Holes by Louis Sachar
Stanley Yelnats, as a now juvenile delinquent, has been sent to Camp Green Lake because of a bad-luck curse started by his “no-good dirty-rotten pig-stealing great-great-grandfather”. Stanley faces other juvenile delinquent kids, Mr. Sir, and the Warden, all while digging holes and discovering more and more about the area and its peoples’ histories. He makes unexpected friends and we get glimpses of two other time periods with other characters.
As for me, I very much enjoyed this novel. It isn’t a book that has large action sequences or in-depth characterization, but it has an intricate and well thought-out story line. The friendships and back stories were my favorite part of the book. There is no rushed or greatly varied style of writing; rather, it is written almost as a legend or fairy tale would be told over the campfire. However, don’t be fooled; while it contains more mystical aspects at times, it also explores serious issues such as racism and harshness of imprisonment while not making it the main focus of the book. On a lighter note, the actual story left me thinking about how everything is connected and tied together in ways I can barely wrap my mind around. Holes is a feel good book, albeit slow-paced, and the resilience against so many hardships of nearly each and every character really hits home. It was a refreshing read with a plot like you’ve never thought of before. For readers who enjoy a book whose mysterious dots slowly begin to connect as the plot thickens, this is definitely a must-read.
Written by Veeshva R.