Friday, November 2, 2012

Blog 80 - We the Animals

Author: Justin Torres
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 125
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication Date: September 11, 2012
ISBN-13: 9780547844190

About the Book
In this groundbreaking debut, Justin Torres plunges us into the chaotic heart of one family, the intense bonds of three brothers, and the mythic effects of this fierce love on the people we must become.

"A fiery ode to boyhood . . . A welterweight champ of a book." —NPR, Weekend Edition

"A tremendously gifted writer whose highly personal voice should excite us in much the same way that Raymond Carver’s or Jeffrey Eugenides’s voice did when we first heard it." —Washington Post

My Review

Things that I liked: I really liked how Torres wrote a story that was from the point of view of a family member within this family of three brothers who did what boys generally do: tear up stuff, throw rocks, and sticks. He shows the family life of his main characters, and of a minority family. He gives so much depth to all of the characters, even the minor characters.

Things I didn’t like: I didn’t really like that each chapter felt like a short story in itself. I know that may have been what he was going for. But for me as a reader, I didn’t particularly like it. I think that is just my reading preference though.

Overall: I thought it was a good read. I recommend it to those who would like a slice of life read in their collection. 

That is all for now. Happy Reading!

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