Saturday, June 16, 2012

Teen Reviewer Amanda is back to review PULL

Teen Reviewer Amanda joins us again with her second summer read

In PULL, David Albacore is just 17 years old when his father shoots his mother, killing her. With his mother dead and his father in jail he suddenly has to take on the responsibility of his two younger sisters. After convincing his aunt to take them in, he tries to balance a new job, school, a new girlfriend, and basketball. This story is an insight on resilience and real women abuse. This book was extremely well written and realistic. I would recommend this to anyone who likes realistic fiction and fast paced books. With everything going on in this book, I expected the characters to get a bit unrealistic simply because of how complex the plot was getting, but Binns kept the characters real and believable throughout the entire book. She did an excellent job making me care about what happens to the characters. By the end of the book I was on the edge of my seat just hoping David and his family would turn out okay and not end up on the streets. The description in this book was stunning because it wasn't overloaded. Binns didn't give me more then I needed. This really worked in the book because it let the reader focus on the emotions going on in the book rather than on the setting.

I connected deeply with the characters in this story. Because I'm a teenage girl, I connected with David's sister, Barney, the most. All she wanted to do was fit in at her new school, and be popular. She didn't want to have to think about money or anything too serious.

Linda, David's youngest sister, was kind of mysterious all throughout the book. She was described as very quiet and kept to herself. The reader never really got much information on how she was handling her mother's death. All you really know is that David loves her deeply.



B. A. Binns said...

Amanda, this is the second book you've read as part of our summer reading program. I'm so glad you liked my book. And I'm glad to see you and the other students participating and having fun reading.

Harley Brooks said...

Amanda, you've done another great job of reviewing - very perceptive. I read PULL and loved it as well, and was glad to see you chose it for your review. Keep up the good work!

Anonymous said...

Sounds like a very emotional read . . . I better keep tissues handy!

Sheila said...

PULL is a really good story with appealing and believable characters who step off the page. I am so glad that Barbara is writing, presenting, and speaking out. I'm a white author and illustrator, but my family is diverse. We need books that reflect the racial makeup of many classrooms and cities. Librarians and parents can make a difference. Request diverse books in your library and encourage kids to read a variety of stories.