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Stay with the other Gary Paulsen books
on January 4, 2000
Brian's Return is about a boy who is trying to find the missing part of his life. But he eventually realizes that the wilderness is his life. He goes back to the woods, and he realizes that he can't live without the woods in his life. An ordinary, teenage life is to boring for him, instead he wants to experience the excitement of the outdoors.
I thought this book was bad because it wasn't exciting, had no point, had a weak story, and a bad ending. First of all, it was not exciting because it was obvious what was going to happen throughout the book if you read his prior books. Secondly, it had no real point because this book seemd as if the author just jotted down thoughts and that didn't fit together like his other great novels. Next, Brian's Return had a weak story line because the story didn't really go anywhere. The same things kept happening as they did in his other books. The book didn't really end in a good way because it seemed like Gary Paulsen was too tired to finish the story.