Friday, May 16, 2008

It's Tough Being Esau

At least for Sara Louise it is.

I really enjoyed reading Jacob Have I Loved by Katherine Paterson. I didn't realize that she was the same author that wrote Bridge to Terabithia which I also enjoyed, although it has been 7 years since I read that in my children's lit class and I cannot say that I really remember what it was about...maybe it will be on my reading list too.

I usually enjoy a good "coming of age story" like this one and of course the protagonist is very sympathetic. You cannot help loving the girl who is out shined in every way by her younger twin sister. She is hardworking, honest, funny, and genuine. I found myself rooting for her to succeed, although I couldn't have guessed how she would have ended up all grown up. I was disappointed with her when her sister got to go away to school and she had to stay home, I felt her anger when her sister used her hand cream without asking. I really wanted Call to grow up and love her for real. But as it turns out, she ended up doing exactly what she was meant to do, being exactly where she was meant to be, and loving exactly who she was meant to love.

I just loved the comic relief provided by Wheeze's grandmother! Her constant rambling of inappropriate scripture cracked me up - mostly because I am not bearing the brunt of a similar weird, old woman. And I was so pleased that Sara Louise's father truly got her. It was like her one haven of hope at home - being out and understood by her dad. Everyone needs someone like that in their lives.

I love children's literature. This settles it. I won't be reading many adult books for a while. In fact, I've already started my next book...


Joanna said...

Wasn't it great. Every time I would read about something Call would do and somehow slither her way into being the innocent one, I would want to wring her neck. I remember being just a girl and wanting to beat the ever-living daylights out of this girl that was a fictional character...and on top of that, she *totally* would have one. Oooohhh, now I want to read it again!

Joanna said...

You know what else I really liked about this book? I think that the title is genius.

Johanna said...

Do you mean Caroline? Call is the boy who is a friend of Wheeze's. Caroline is her sister.

Joanna said...

LOL!!! Yes. Sorry.

Lawanda said...

I think the title is awesome too. I had NO IDEA she wrote Terabithia as well!

See THAT book, I'd never read, and so when I took my dd's to see it, and with the sad ending... well.... Let us just say that I was so embarrassed because of my uncontrollable crying!!

In JHIL, I loved the ending. Perfect.

And I think it was a fabulous book for a girl like me. I had the lowest self esteem ever. Still have issues with it. But I am learning, I am learning.