Lately I have been on the hunt for unique books. I love them. I remember hearing about this book a few years ago and never got around to reading it till now. It is neat with all the illustrations on in the margins of the pages. Here is the goodreads description of the book:
This book was book was no good. Ugh... I hate to say this. The book starts out with a lot of promise. I enjoyed the first half. Then I just felt it was more of a chore to read it. It's a pretty big book. The book is about a 12 year old boy (T.S.) who maps everything. I thought that was neat. Plus we get to see all these maps in the book. I mean he maps everything!! The story goes that he was entered and won an award from the Smithsonian. So he runs away and hops a train to DC to attend the ceremony.
So far ... it's a good book. I am learning about his family... the mystery of what happens to T.S.'s brother. Then we end up on the train ride to DC. T.S. ends up sitting in a Winnebago that is being shipped somewhere. While traveling he begins reading his mom's notebooks. These notebooks are a side story about his grandmother and how she became a scientist herself. While interesting I just didn't connect to this story and finally ended up giving up. I DO NOT LIKE TO DO THIS. I feel a story is incomplete. I also rarely DNF a book. I only had about 100 pages to go and just didn't want to put anymore time into the novel.
The book is just way too wordy. I loved all the illustrations, but it has already been taking me a long time to finish this book. When I DNF a book I always wonder... do I just not want to put the time in? Or am I really just not into the book. I want to know what happens to the characters but just don't want to fight through the book.
I wish I could've loved this book. It just wasn't for me. I don't think others should avoid it though, it might just be what you are looking for in a book. I just thought it was really really long and drawn out.
The crystal ball says:
Thunder is booming!! Run inside and don't bother reading!