Friday, January 25, 2013

Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt

Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt
1985, Farrar Straus Giroux

Synopsis: Doomed to--or blessed with--eternal life after drinking from a magic spring, the Tuck family wanders about trying to live as inconspicuously and comfortably as they can. 

But when ten-year-old Winnie Foster stumbles upon their secret, the Tucks must take her home and explain why living forever at one age is less a blessing that it might seem. Much trouble arises when Winnie is followed by a stranger who wants to market the spring water for a fortune.

Why read: Liked the movie

What impressed me: This was a nice little story, realistic with a bit of fantasy. Perfect for middle grade readers, with good writing, an interesting story and nothing too frightening as to offend sensitive readers.

What disappointed me: The movie was so much better and I wasn't even a huge fan of the movie. The dynamics between Winnie and Jesse weren't weirdly creepy in the movie since she was older. The book had a bit more tension, but that was most likely caused by the modern times I was reading it in. The tension was caused by my constant wondering which one of the adults was a pedophile, murderer, etc. It's almost inconceivable to read about a little girl who is taken by strangers who don't have a horrible agenda hidden away.

Recommended: Sure, if you didn't see the movie.

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