Saturday, March 14, 2015

Birthday Club: The Westing Game

I love my cover!
So I should probably review Little Dorrit before the Westing Game you say? After all I read it first? WELL, Little Dorrit was a bajillion pages long and had a bajillion characters and I can't find the screencaps I want. SO THERE. Anywho I couldn't really find any authors born in March that I liked, so I started going through books that I wouldn't mind rereading, and yep, Ellen Raskin was born in March!! Yay!! The Westing Game has been a favorite of mine for a few years now. I watched the movie in eighth grade, and read the book at the end of that school year. It's mysterious, thrilling, and funny. I actually enjoy reading it more now that I sorta remembered the ending.

The characterization in this book is amazing! Especially considering the number of characters! (Not as much as in Little Dorrit, but still a lot!) They each have their own personality and their dialogue shows it!

Turtle is my favorite. She's smart, courageous, and independent! I love her relationship with Baba!

Theo and Doug are probably my favorite other characters. I love the Theo/Angela subplot! Grace and Mr. Hoo are my least favorite characters, but Hoo's On First is a great restaurant name! Crow is the most confusing, until the end, when she's still confusing, but you have more puzzle pieces to understand her. I love the friendship between Mrs. Hoo and Mr. Wexler. "She never will [understand English] unless someone talks to her." Also the line about Denton Deere (ANNOYING ALERT) not understanding the nun/none position was classic. And the line about every quote being from the Bible or Shakespeare comes back to me at weird times.

Rabbit trail: My brain is weird like that. All of the sudden I find myself repeating a line or a scene in my head from who knows where. And I sometimes surprise myself with random info that I read somewhere a long time ago.

The plot is complicated (possibly too complicated?), but the loose ends all get tied up in a conclusion! I love conclusions where the author shows the future of the characters!

Anyway, I highly recommend this book! It's funny, mysterious, and possibly a little scary! Read it twice! It may be better the second time!


  1. This is a favorite of mine too!

  2. I remember reading this book! I loved it! :) And yes, Hoo's on First is the PERFECT name for a restaurant!

  3. I loved this book! I was confused the whole time until the end like every mystery. :)

  4. This is one of my absolute favorite books. I have a rule that I have to wait at least 5 years between re-reads so that it fades a bit in my memory and will feel fresh and mysterious again.

    But... there's a movie? Oh my. How did that go?

  5. Bethany: Yay!

    Lois: The name is perfect!!

    Ekaterina: It is sooo confusing until the end!

    Hamlette: That's a great rule! I should do that! The movie was great as far as I remember. It was different than the book, but pretty close, I think.


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