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★★☆☆☆

Louis Sachar, Holes is a bestselling novel. ”

Written on: 24/12/2004 by nathan27 (1 review written)

Good Points
Mildly interesting idea
A little addictive

Bad Points
Boring, dull storyline
Boring, dull area to set a book in
The unwinding mystery isn't as exciting in the end as it was rapped up to be

General Comments
Louis Sachar, Holes is a bestselling novel.

Why?

Don't ask me.

I found this book very dull and uninteresting. It is very well written and I can see why it grips onto some but for me....I didn't find this book at all a gripping read. The characters are a little too strange with their erratical names. But, hey, you gotta hand it to the author, writing two hundred pages or something about digging holes - that's something not many could achieve.


The book is about Stanley Yelnats. He is sent to Camp Green Lake. Don't be fooled by the name. It's a camp for bad kids. Though he was innocent the court heard his as guilty. He supposably stole Cylde Livengstone's shoes. He is not very welcome at the camp.


The book was so popular it was made into a film. The film is even worse. It did quite averagely at the box office but this is about the book.


I guess Holes is a book where you enjoy it or you don't. Though I don't despise it, it wouldn't be a book that you would find on my book shelf.


Conclusion:

Holes is a dull, boring, slow-paced, simple story that was not at all gripping. Don't get any ideas from this review though because, as I said before, Holes is one of those books. You like it or you don't. The "great" mystery is unveiled at the end. I was expecting a thrilling end to such a dull, boring book. I thought that the author would trick the reader and suddenly turn the book into a fast-paced book that makes you go "Ohh yeah!" or "Why didn't I think of that before?" Nope. Holes leaves you with a dull and dimple story.


An extra star for weaving from past to present and another extra star for having the heading of Part 3: Filling in the holes. You find out why this is witty when you read the book.

Average novel.

4/10.

Nathan.

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