Friday, May 18, 2007

Summer of the Swans

The second title in my Newbery Challenge was The Summer of the Swans by Betsy Byars. This book simply didn't capture me. I finished it easily since it is a rather short book (142 pg.) but didn't find myself really connecting to any of the characters in what seemed to me to be a character-driven book. Sara appeared whiny and self-centered to me as did Aunt Willie. I was appalled when Aunt Willie refused to fix Charlie's buttons instead preferring to watch tv. I did, however, feel the world of Charlie was far more interesting. Just my two cents.

3 comments:

booklogged said...

This is one I haven't read. Maybe I won't bother.

alisonwonderland said...

I haven't read this book since I was a child, but I remember loving it! I guess I ought to read it again and see what I think now.

BookOkie said...

Something about it just didn't appeal to me. Maybe it's different as a child. Certainly don't give up loving a book just based on my humble opinions. I hope if you do re-read it that it is just as wonderful as you remember. I just hate when the opposite happens.