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Thursday, July 9, 2015

Friday Quotes, July 10th, Challenger Deep

Book Beginnings on Friday is hosted by Rose City Reader
The Friday 56 is hosted at Freda's Voice
 
Check out the links for the rules and for the posts of the participants each week. Participants don't select their favorite, coolest, or most intellectual books, they just use the one they are currently reading. This is the book I'm reading right now: 

Book Title: Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman

Book Beginnings:
There are two things you know. One: you were there. Two: you couldn't have been there.
Friday 56:
It should be the end of my miserable like, but someone catches me, holding me as I dangle by a single arm above doom.
Comments: This fictional book is about a boy's descent into psychosis. He has a hard time distinguishing between reality and hallucinations. The book is based on experiences of the author's son. It is amazingly insightful and disturbing.


21 comments:

  1. Not quite my cup of tea but I hope you enjoy it!

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    1. I am honestly not sure it is anyone's cup of tea but it is fascinating to view Caden's descent into madness. In the Afterward the author talks about how this book isn't really fiction since he borrowed many of his son's experiences. That makes it even more heartbreaking.

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  2. The beginning is quite a powerful statement.

    My Friday post: http://www.bookclublibrarian.com/2015/07/friday-focus-friday-56-book-beginnings_10.html

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  3. Sounds pretty intense. My YA BB and 56 come from Rebel Mechanics by Shanna Swendson. Happy reading!

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    1. This book is for my high school library and I am guessing will win at least a Printz Honor this year. Check it out.

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  4. Oh, that's a beginning and a half. This book sounds intense.
    Cora @ Tea Party Princess

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    1. I didn't read it closely when I first started the book. Now that I look at it I know this phrase has a double or a triple meaning that will be unraveled in the book. Very smart writing.

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  5. Oh, I love books about mental health issues, especially when the author "shows" us what that is like for those experiencing the issues. Thanks for sharing.

    Here's mine: “THE PERFECT SON”

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    1. This is one of the few books I've read which so clearly identifies the descent into madness. The BELL JAR by Plath is another, of course.

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    1. It is indeed intense, also confusing since the characters move back and forth from reality to hallucination and sometimes it is hard to tell which is which. I suppose that is the point the author is trying to make.

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  7. This definitely sounds disturbing and fascinating. Definitely an intense read!

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    1. Yes. It really is. As I near the end of the book I am starting to be able to put together all the piece. Brilliant writing.

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  8. Interesting book beginning... it makes you wonder if the person who was/wasn't there was a ghost? Reading that line alone without the blurb or anything anyway :) I got it close to the mark anyway with the psychosis, he he. I hope you enjoy the read :D Thank you for visiting my blog.
    Have a great day,
    Amy x

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  9. I haven't heard of this Neal Shusterman book before. It sounds interesting and the cover seems appropriate. Happy reading!

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  10. I love that beginning! Happy weekend!

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  11. I do not think this is my style but the snippet was interesting to read. Happy Friday!
    Here is my Friday 56:
    http://missdothacker.blogspot.com/2015/07/friday-56-will-pooles-island.html?showComment=1436559616950#c336502453734994566

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  12. It seems everybody is reading this one. I'm kind of on the fence about it but leaning toward giving it a go.
    My 56 - http://fuonlyknew.com/2015/07/10/the-friday-56-68-for-nick-by-taylor-dean/

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  13. I found the beginning interesting but I am sure I would enjoy this title. Hope you are enjoying it. Here is my Friday 56

    http://totallyaddictedtoreading.blogspot.com/2015/07/friday-56-7.html

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  14. Somehow I've never read anything by this author - that's going to change! Thanks for sharing.

    Check out my 56 (With Book Beginnings) and my current giveaway.

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  15. Hi Anne,

    This one is definitely a bit too disturbing for my liking. I know that is the whole idea of challenging myself with my reading, but to be perfectly honest, I am a little afraid that I may see something of my own thoughts and behaviour in Caden's story!

    I love the opening lines and the multiplicity of meanings which could be read into them.

    This is probably not a book I should be saying I hope you enjoy, but I do hope that you find it an interesting journey into the human psyche.

    Thanks for sharing and enjoy the rest of your weekend :)

    Yvonne.

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