Louis Sachar hits another home run, first Holes now this! Small Steps is the next book to success! Small Steps was a book that made me laugh, cry, and just made me crave reading on. It is one of the best books I've ever read in my life, plus my family had a kick out of it as well!
Small steps is all about a "Get rich quick" scheme that involves ticket scalping for a concert. While at the concert Armpit (back once again, better than ever!) encounters a famous singer who's singing at the concert and well, they do, fall in love. Now, don't get me wrong I mean Small Steps is not a love filled mushy book, it's an exciting thriller with loads of action, even in the love scenes! For example, there happens to be a twist that puts 2 peoples lives on the line...
Louis Sachar is a wonderful story teller so even if he is not in the story he is very descriptive. You feel like you are in the story. And when you stop reading the memory and excitement still fills your head. There is much more suspense and juicy words than in any book known to humanity! You know how most fairy tales and some stories are unrealistic and always have a happily ever after ending? Small Steps is different there are masses of twists, cliffhangers, and a surprising ending.
Some major key themes are friendship, trust, and love. Friendship, because in Small Steps there are several people who want to be friends with other people like girls being friends with boys but there is peer pressure and sadly quite a bit of racism that will keep people from being friends. Trust is another really important key theme is trust because if you don't trust your parents, friends, or yourself. Life will be really hard for you and for other people who know you. Plus if you don't have friends that don't trust you or that you don't trust that may not work out so well. I'm only going to say a few more key themes and one of them is love. Love is a theme because if two people love each other but they are from two totally different worlds something or someone may try to ruin their relationship. Now finally the last theme... Taking small steps to a better life!
What else does a great book need...? Characters! Small Steps has awesome characters like Armpit, he's funny, nice, cool, very realistic and just trying to do the right thing. I like Armpit because he is a good kid but he has a bad reputation so you kind of feel his sorrow. Then we have Ginny, a 10 year old girl with a mental disability but she still stays strong while saying funny jokes once in a while, and still staying super sweet. I like Ginny because Louis Sachar doesn't make fun of her she made me realize how fortunate we all are. Of course there have to be more characters but for now I'm just going to say one more...Kaira DeLeon! Kaira is nice, funny, a great singer, and just trying to make a real friend. As I said there are many characters that are sure to blow you away, but for now you're just going to have to read the book.
Small Steps is based in several places the main one being Texas where Armpit lives. It also takes place in some small places, a concert where he meets Kaira DeLeon, A Hotel in San Francisco, school, and...China town! These places are all so different that you sort of get a sense of where you are, and since Louis is so descriptive you feel like you are standing at the location, being in the story!
I think this book is a great fiction thriller that any person would love. (Though I do suggest ages 11+) Small Steps is a great book that will make you want to read on no matter what else you are going to do! I guarantee you will love it!