Friday, October 8, 2010

Review: Holes by Louis Sachar

Paperback: 233 pages

Publisher: Bloomsbury; First edition (1998)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 0439253225

ISBN-13: 978-0439253222

The Story of Holes

Stanley Yelnats was given a choice. The judge said, "You may go to jail, or you may go to Camp Green Lake." Stanley was from a poor family. He had never been to camp before.

And so, Stanley Yelnats seems set to serve an easy sentence, which is only fair because he is as innocent as you or me. But Stanley is not going where he thinks he is. Camp Green Lake is like no other camp anywhere. It is a bizarre, almost otherworldly place that has no lake and nothing that is green. Nor is it a camp, at least not the kind of camp kids look forward to in the summertime. It is a place that once held "the largest lake in Texas," but today it is only a scorching desert wasteland, dotted with countless holes dug by the boys who live at the camp.

The trouble started when Stanley was accused of stealing a pair of shoes donated by basketball great Clyde "Sweetfeet" Livingston to a celebrity auction. In court, the judge doesn't believe Stanley's claim that the shoes fell from the sky onto his head. And yet, that's exactly what happened. Oddly, though, Stanley doesn't blame the judge for falsely convicting him. Instead, he blames the whole misadventure on his "no-good-dirty-rotten-pig-stealing-great-great-grandfather." Thanks to this benighted distant relative, the Yelnats family had been cursed for generations. For Stanley, his current troubles are just a natural part of being a Yelnats.

At Camp Green Lake, the warden makes the boys "build character" by spending all day, every day, digging holes: five feet wide and five feet deep. It doesn't take long for Stanley to realize there's more than character improvement going on at Camp Green Lake. The boys are digging holes because the treacherous warden is searching for something, and before long Stanley begins his own search—for the truth.

Fate conspires to resolve it all—the family curse, the mystery of the holes, the drought that destroyed Green Lake, and also, the legend of Kissing Kate Barlow, an infamous outlaw of the Wild West. The great wheel of justice has ground slowly for generations, but now it is about to reveal its verdict.

My thoughts on Holes

I know I'm going a little old school on you today but, I just had to do a review on Holes by Louis Sachar. The first time I read this book was about three years ago. From a ten-year-old's point of view, this book is absolutely great. I just recently read this book again. From a thirteen-year-old's point of view this book is absolutely great. There is a fairly big gap between those two ages. Very different book tastes. Holes is one of those books that is kinda a bridge between the two ages. There will always be those books that, no matter how old you are, you will probably enjoy them. Holes is one of them.

I'm not saying that this is the best book in the world. But, if you are say, under middle school age then you will most likely love this book. If you are older, and want a fairly quick read, I would recommend Holes. Good writing, imaginative story, unique scenario. There is only one completely un-real thing about this book. The yellow-spotted lizards. Small lizards that, if they bite you, you will suffer a long, painful death. This is about the most violence there is in the book. This book by Louis Sachar is pretty clean. It is also a book that an average 8-10 year old will most likely want to read it multiple times. I probably read it three or four times when I was around that age.

So, Holes: great book! Kid: you want to read it! Read it and love it, it just gets better with age!

Hey to all you people who read for fun. U R COOL.


1 comment:

AMY ~ ReadingTeen2 said...

Jon Voight, that's ALL I have to say...