Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Everybody Sees the Ants by A.S. King

Lucky Linderman didn't ask for his life. He didn't ask his grandfather not to come home from the Vietnam War. He didn't ask for a father who never got over it. He didn't ask for a mother who keeps pretending their dysfunctional family is fine. And he didn't ask to be the target of Nader McMillan's relentless bullying, which has finally gone too far.

But Lucky has a secret--one that helps him wade through the daily mundane torture of his life. In his dreams, Lucky escapes to the war-ridden jungles of Laos--the prison his grandfather couldn't escape--where Lucky can be a real man, an adventurer, and a hero. It's dangerous and wild, and it's a place where his life just might be worth living. But how long can Lucky keep hiding in his dreams before reality forces its way inside?

I usually like reading from a female’s POV. For obvious reasons I can identify myself more with them. But reading from Lucky’s POV was different. I felt very protective of him. I couldn’t get why “mom” and “dad” couldn’t protect better their son, but as the book progressed I kind of got why everything was happening. I don’t want to get into details because I will spoil the book.

All her characters were amazing and realistic. One of the characters that impact me the most was Aunt Jodi because it reminds me of someone close to me. It amazed me how much they were so alike (Aunt Jodi and that someone). Oh and the ants!! One of my favorite things about the book were the ants. They were hilarious!

This book touched my heart, broke it and made me laughed like a crazy person. A.S. King is incredible with words, and I admire that she decided to write about bullying, to educate us about how bad the situations is for some kids out there.

I want to say something to people who witness bullying, if you see someone getting bullied do something don’t stand there and act like nothing is wrong. You might save a life


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