Thursday, December 31, 2009

Pictures of Hollis Woods

This is one of those books that I sit and stare at the computer for hours before I can finally bring myself to review it.

Pictures of Hollis Woods it wonderful and frustrating all at the same time. Hollis Woods is an extremely talented artist who is in a constant state of limbo in the foster care system. She continually hates her foster family and runs away. I have been involved with foster care for most of my life. My parents took in infants and toddlers so while I never experienced someone Hollis's age in our home, I had a hard time sympathizing with her running away all of the time, even from homes she liked. Sometimes I just wished she could stay and be happy. This frustration with her running did not however keep me from liking the book. It is well written, on about a 4th grade level and it is a very quick read. I read the entire book on a short airplane ride.

There wasn't very much suspense as the story was pretty easy to figure out but it also meant that I didn't have to focus all of my energy on reading. I like books that do not require me to read the same sentence over and over again to understand the meaning. I would recommend this book if you are looking for a short read that ends happy.

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