Friday, September 30, 2011

Philip Hall Likes Me. I Reckon Maybe. -- Bette Greene

An entertaining but vague book.

Technically, this is a good story. Beth is a feisty, lovable character, and readers will ache and cheer for her as she experiences all of childhood's challenges. The dialogue is a fairly authentic and vivid southern accent, and the writing flows smoothly. Though fun and easy to read, the story lacks suspense and never seems to have a point. Since this book is made up mostly of smaller chunks of stories, it could be a useful tool in English classes for teaching anecdotes.

It won't change your life, but Greene's novella might just put a smile on your face.

Estimated Reading Level: 4th Grade
Grade: B + 

1 comment:

  1. Isn't it supposed to be like a memoir though? Most memoirs don't have a plot, just a series of vignettes with overarching themes. For instance, The House on Mango Street.