Becky Boer

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All Fall Down

I couldn’t decide between three or four stars for this one, but ultimately, I decided on three because of one factor: the musicals. I suppose that a five-year-old could have an obsession with musicals. I suppose. Especially one as annoying and precocious as Ellie (thank God they called her Ellie, and not Eloise, most of the time). And I suppose part of the reason that Weiner wove that little thread throughout the book was so that it would make sense when Allison tried to escape rehab,  ...

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Teacher Misery

This review was previously published on Goodreads. The title describes this book perfectly: miserable. I kept waiting. Waiting for the light-hearted moments, for the “this is why it’s all worth it” stories. There weren’t any. No, this is just a person who hates her job. It’s hard to say which is most disturbing: the stories she tells about her severely troubled, needy students, or the hateful attitude with which she relives the stories. Ms. Morris has no  ...

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The Reader

I really didn’t know what to expect, going into this book. I honestly thought it was simply a morality story based on an inappropriate relationship. And then when I found out that Hanna used to be an SS officer, I was shocked. I had no idea that the Holocaust featured at all in the look, let alone that it featured so heavily. I appreciated that Michael cared about Hanna, even after learning what she did. I think that he wanted to hate her; he wanted to see the awfulness of her actions  ...

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East of Eden

Wow. This book was spectacular. I’ve been avoiding writing a review for a while, because I don’t really know what to say. That happens to me often when books are so expansive. This one covered literally decades, with two different families, and at least a few generations of each. It was… well, yeah. Expansive. I’m going to focus on characters, since the story really is character-driven. I loved Sam Hamilton. He was the epitome of good, and I loved him for that. I  ...

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