Andrew Gilmore

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Location: Philadelphia


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The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
I just finished reading this book for my honors English class at school after nine days. In its defense, I will say that I actually could identify with at least half the things that happened to Charlie. After all, the period of Charlie's life in which the book takes place is the period of my life I am going through this very moment. In its defense, I will say that while the characters are rather one-sided, Patrick and Sam seem like the kind of kids I would like to have for friends. Against it, however, I will say that, as other reviewers have pointed out, Charlie is a very unrealistic character. In my own life I am often a wallflower, but I don't cry every time I get sentimental or upset… Read more
Finnegans Wake: Centennial Edition by James Joyce
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
I just finished reading FW last night after almost six weeks of thorough plowing-ahead through it. I don't know where to begin in my review of it. I would start by summing it up in the word amazing. This book reinvents language. All through school, we're taught grammar, spelling, punctuation, the format for writing essays, letters, etc., but Joyce rejects that education, says the hell with it and does his own thing. What interpretation of a word is right? Is there a correct interpretation to be conceived? Is there any possible way to wrestle the magnitude of this book to the ground and pin it down to really understand what's going on?? Who knows. Joyce has the reader in the palm of his… Read more
The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
I'd give "The Catcher in the Rye" 2 1/2 stars if there were 1/2-star ratings here. But basically, this book just wasn't as great as everyone says. It's overrated to a degree, but I still found some merit in it. There wasn't much of a plot, and it wasn't very well-written, but it does have some rather interresting, likable charcters. Holden Caulfield himself, though, is just annoying. He complains about everything, gets depressed easily, repeats phrases like "I really did" and "If you want to know the truth" at least 50 times, and swears a lot. I'm 15 years old, and I can safely say that Caulfield is NOT the embodiment of teenage cynicism. I know some kids who… Read more