I should have posted this earlier, but my gift swap books arrived from Llp, and they are AWESOME and exactly what I wanted! (There were also delicious chocolates, which I would have photographed too except they are ALL GONE.)
Thanks so much, Llp!
Best wishes to all Cannonballers through the holiday season (or just winter, if you aren’t a holiday person)! I hope to get back on Cannonballing track next year!
Sign up for the CBR book exchange only ended on Wednesday, and the first few packages have already been sent out. As far as I know, this is the first one received! Yay for Amazon! Considering that I’m the organizer, I have to say I feel really weird being the first one to post. Anyway, as you can see, I received three awesome books from Siege of The Caustic Critic. I mentioned that I liked World War II, had an interest in historical disasters and enjoyed mysteries set in the past, and as you can see, her choices fit perfectly into those categories!
In case you can’t see, she sent me The King of the Castle by Victoria Holt, Cut to the Quick by Kate Ross and Miracles on the Water by Tom Nagorski.
Thank you so much!
Naturally, Dany had to investigate and give her seal of approval. She was also very excited about the box the books came in (I had a picture but then realized that my address was prominently displayed on the box and the picture).
Craig Gilner is fifteen, and he wants to kill himself.
He feels like he’s under pressure from every direction, and no one–not his parents, not his teachers at his pre-professional high school, not his best friend to whom everything comes easily, not the girl he has a crush on–seems to understand. The “tentacles” of responsibility and social obligation are tangling through his life and he gets to the point where he can’t even manage to sleep or keep food down. Finally, when it all gets to be too much, Craig checks himself into the psych ward to try and get some help.
I actually saw the movie version of this first, and enjoyed it quite a bit. While the film focuses entirely on Craig’s time in the mental hospital, the book adds in a lot of the time leading up to that. It definitely shows just how Craig ended losing it, but it also expands the role of his family and friends. The first half of the book was basically a lead-up to the second half, which is the time he actually spends in the hospital.
On the whole, I liked this a lot — the main character’s voice is really likeable and seemed authentic to me. I also enjoyed the secondary characters, though I felt like some of them could have been a little more three-dimensional, particularly Noelle, the love interest. She occasionally came out with some interesting dialogue, but I didn’t feel like I got a good sense of her as a person. It’s a good YA book with some interesting turns — but I actually prefer the movie. The character played in the film by Zach Galifianakis, Bobby, is much less important in the book, and I missed him. Craig needed a foil, which the book doesn’t necessarily provide.