Pick number one is a book written by a boy. If you have read my blog much you know, I'm not often drawn to the male voice in the books I read.
This book was easier to read than most.
If you are in the book club and you haven't finished the book, warning, I have and there will be spoilers here. (I have to review it all as it is due back to the library.)
Things I liked:
I liked the usage of the dogs point of view and enjoyed reading those parts.
I liked the introduction into the racing world.
I liked Denny's relationship with his daughter. I love fathers who are engaged in their children's lives in positive ways.
There are really nice passages in the book that are definitely truths wrapped in fiction. Like this one:
"Often things happen to race cars in the heat of the race...When faced with one of these problems, the poor driver crashes. The average driver gives up. THE GREAT DRIVERS DRIVE THROUGH THE PROBLEM. They figure out a way to continue racing....To be able to possess a machine in such a way is the ultimate show of determination and awareness. IT MAKES ONE REALIZE THAT THE PHYSICALITY OF OUR WORLD IS A BOUNDARY TO US ONLY IF OUR WILL IS WEAK; a true champion can accomplish things that a normal person would think impossible." Garth Stein
Things I didn't like:
Eve. Probably bitchy of me but I just never liked her.
The thing I hated: SPOILER ALERT:
I don't like it when books, movies, or tv use a girl or woman lying about sexual assault as part of their plots.
I know it happens in real life. But I think it is very, very rare.
What is more common is a girl or woman being assaulted, telling the truth, and not being believed. Or being too afraid to tell anyone for fear she won't be believed.
It ruined the book for me.
Feminist is a label I wear proudly and I don't like books, movies, television that make life harder for all of us in the human tribe.
I am happy that the next book we will be reading is The Wanderground by Sally Miller Gearhart. I think it will establish balance.