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Book Title: Broken Soup|
The author of the book: Jenny Valentine
ISBN 13: 9780007229659
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 15.90 MB
Edition: HaperCollins Children's Books
Date of issue: January 7th 2008
Read full description of the books Broken Soup:This is a 3.5. Even though the book was interesting and I liked the basis of it, there were a few things that bothered me. Rowan is a likeable character and responsible. A lot of the book was about how sad Rowan's mother is because of Jack's death, and how it's now up to Rowan to take care of her little sister, Stroma. It's a sad subject but the book itself doesn't have a sad and desolate tone. Stroma is funny and a believable 5/6 year old girl. Like many kids her age, her strength and knowledge is underestimated. I'd probably go as far as saying that Stroma was the strongest and smartest character in the book. The whole mystery was predictabley unpredictable. If that makes any sense? I didn't guess all the twists, but I still saw them coming. The last one, not so much, but it wasn't much of a surprise. That's not bad though because I don't really cared if books are predictable, so long as they are good.
Anyways. Now is the time for the negative. I finished this book in a matter of hours, it was that intersting. I wanted to know when she'd solve the mystery of the photo negative and how things were going to work out with her mom. It was so short though. It's probably my fault but it felt like I took a breath and then it was over. Another thing that irked me was how easy Rowan was to forgive...someone. Not that I wanted her to hold a grudge but she went from angry, to forgiving, to feeling sorry for them in like, one paragraph! It just seemed too easy. One last thing that bother me was how the characters didn't think that smoking weed was a bad thing. Like it wasn't bad or good just something that people do. Just another part of your personality (not the main character Rowan, which I very much appreciated). Maybe I've been brought up too old-school but smoking weed is BAD!! WITH CAPITAL LETTERS AND EXCLAMATION MARKS!!! And if an adult is doing it it's wrong, NOT cool. I don't CARE if it's common because I already know, and that doesn't make it okay! If you're an adult and still do that stuff you have some serious issues to work out. Alright you can stop rolling your eyes now because I'm done. There was a little language, a few f-bombs, but nothing excessive.
It was a good fast read. A lot of stuff was fit into it despite it's size. One thing I particularly liked was how Rowan mentions that when people die the memory you have of them and who they really were sometimes don't even resemble each other. You edit out the bad stuff and just remember this great and perfect person that never really existed. It always frustrated me that people did that, but I liked that it was mentioned in the book. It was also nice to see how Rowan starts to see some of the good things that came out of Jack's death. Not that it was a good thing that he died, but that even though her brother was gone, good things still happened because of him. I know that some people think that the ending seemed to be tied up too neatly, but I liked it. Not everything is solved, but you can see where it's heading. Rowan and her family were just so sad, so as long as the ending had hope and happiness it was good to me.
Read information about the authorJenny Valentine moved house every two years when she was growing up. She has just moved house again, probably not for the last time. She worked in a wholefood shop in Primrose Hill for fifteen years where she met many extraordinary people and sold more organic loaves than there are words in her first novel. She has also worked as a teaching assistant and a jewellery maker. She studied English Literature at Goldsmiths College, which almost put her off reading but not quite.
Jenny is married to a singer/songwriter and has two children.
In 2007, Jenny won the Guardian Prize for Children's Fiction with her debut novel FINDING VIOLET PARK.
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