This is a book I have read while in secondary school and I loved it then. Since then my tastes in good books has changed so let’s see. It is time for a review.
Stanley Yelnats is under a curse. A curse that began with his no-good-dirty-rotten- pig-stealing-great-great-grandfather and has since followed generations of Yelnats. Now Stanley has been unjustly sent to a boys’ detention center, Camp Green Lake, where the warden makes the boys “build character” by spending all day, every day, digging holes: five feet wide and five feet deep. It doesn’t take long for Stanley to realize there’s more than character improvement going on at Camp Green Lake. The boys are digging holes because the warden is looking for something. Stanley tries to dig up the truth in this inventive and darkly humorous tale of crime and punishment—and redemption.
Taken from goodreads
The story is simple but even though it is simple it still makes for a good read. You won’t be getting many surprises throughout as it is all very predictable but what do you expect from a book you read when you are 11/12 years old. This doesn’t mean I didn’t enjoy every second of it though. The character building used for stanley is fantastic as you seem him become more confident in himself and actually make friends for once in his life. One character I really enjoyed while reading this book was X-ray, we never got a lot of book time with him but each and every time he was mentioned or spoke you can tell that the rest of the group would listen to him which is weird considering he wasn’t the biggest or smartest person in the group. For me this made me want to know more about him but was left a bit disappointed in that area.
From a descriptive point i dont think this book is the best, mainly because all that is around them is a dried up lake with holes and after you have set the main setting their really isn’t any point talking more about it due to the fact you would run out of words for ‘dry’ ‘hole’ and ‘water’ eventually.
One part I did really enjoy was the relationship between Stanley and Zero. what makes this relationship even better is the fact that we are treated to a little bit of past story telling and when everything comes together at the end of the book it just feels so right. We find why the friendship that the two boys have is so special and why it has taken three generations for the Yelnats luck to be turned back around.
For a guy to make a book about digging holes actually exciting to read, i have got to give props to Louis Sachar as i know I personally couldn’t do it.