Monday, September 9, 2013

Book Review: Ostrich by Matt Greene

How do I talk about this book?  I'm filled with conflicting emotions regarding the story.  I don't want to say it was well-written because as a whole the story was not.  But, I also don't want to say that it wasn't because in small sections, the chapters and each page, I enjoyed it.  It has its negatives and its positives.  I guess the negatives outweigh the positives since I rated the book a 2 and not a 3.

This story is about a boy who is sick.  I'm not sure if it states what he has, but I do know he has seizures.  He has to be admitted to the hospital at least once in the story.  Let me see if I get the story correctly.  He is trying to get into this private school.  He thinks something is up with his parents' marriage.  A lot of thinking is because of his friend and what she experienced with her parents.  He investigates his parents' marriage.

It was hard reading this story.  Like I said above I enjoyed it in small sections, but the problem was I kept waiting for the point.  What's the point of this story?  It never came.  The ending just left me confused.  It was an ending and it was a conclusion to something, but it didn't feel like the conclusion to the entire story that I just read.

Also, I'd like to point out there were some dirty parts in this book.  The boy is middle school age, I believe, and his dad finally takes parental controls off his computer.  I bet you know where I'm going with this.  Now the boy gets to peruse porn websites.  He's not doing it to jack-off.  He wants to know what they're like.  He describes (not very vividly so that it's disgusting, but it's dirty nonetheless) the different kinds.

I read this as a review request from netgalley using Adobe Digital on my laptop.  All opinions are my own. I was not compensated for this review in any way.

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