Orphan Island one big metaphor? I think it was just too smart for me. I have read reviews from people I really respect and admire, like Czechgirl, who absolutely loved this book, so I am sure I just didn't understand it. I really had a hard time getting through it because I found the main character to be so unlikable and I really didn't get to know the other characters enough to care about them, though some did seem likable. I wonder if this is one of those deals where the author had more in what she wrote, but the publisher made her take out a bunch so that they could make it into a sequel. That is what happened to my friend and her husband with their book Claws. They weren't too happy with the final product because it was so different from what they had written and was to be made into two books or even three. The book sold very well! But the publisher lost a big client during the time the whole thing was coming out, Cornelia Funke, so they didn't end up doing a sequel. Funke reunited with Chicken House this year, but still, it just goes to show you that money changes everything.
Again, however, everyone else really seemed to love OI for what it was, so it probably was just me. They are saying it is Newbery worthy, so I probably need to take another look. But there were so many unanswered questions. Which is great! But it just didn't pull me in enough to warrant me wanting to ponder the answers. Again, probably all on me.
What's Going On Here?
There are SO MANY wonderful book review blogs out there and I can't compete with them, that is for sure. So this is not a book review blog. This is just a way for me to organize what I have read so that I can be better at matching the right book to the right person. The blog title comes from the brilliant mind of the most talented woman who ever lived, Ms. Judy Garland. The full quote is, "Always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of someone else." That is what I hope to do here and in ever aspect of my life.