Review of Killing Hemingway by Arthur Byrne – 5 Stars

Killing HemingwayKilling Hemingway by Arthur Byrne

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

As the description says, Teddy is an exceptional young boy who relishes every learning challenge that comes his way. He soon finds his appetite for learning can be a hindrance as much as an achievement when he speeds through classes and soon finds his lessons boring. The book follows him through from childhood schooling into his college years where he soon finds that his attention turns to finding a girl, and meeting friends, a much greater challenge for him than any academic puzzle he had previously been set.

I enjoyed this book, I found the author’s writing style very easy-going and also witty when required. As others have suggested in reviews this book is more than a YA novel yet not a tough adult read – somewhere in the middle. All the settings are very natural for the reader and easily absorbed and the story moves along at a great pace, allowing you to enjoy Teddie’s wins and also sympathise with his frustrations.

I was trying to think what this is similar to and there are only two things that spring to mind; Matilda by Roald Dahl but for me, this book could easily have been about Sheldon from the Big Bang Theory TV series, to me the characters were quite similar.

A very enjoyable book – not sure the title portrays the true nature of the story, as it is only relevant to a small part but the book itself is well worth a read. It’s short, an easy read and I think people will enjoy it.

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Know Your History – 17th September – Gail Carson Levine born

know your history - writingOn this day… 17th September, 1947 – Gail Carson Levine born

Gail Carson Levine (born September 17, 1947) is an American author of young adult books. Her first novel, Ella Enchanted, received a Newbery Honor in 1998.

Advice On Writing

“Why do you keep reading a book? Usually to find out gail carson levine quote - hopewhat happens.
Why do you give up and stop reading? There may be lots of reasons. But often the answer is you don’t care what happens.
So what makes the difference between caring and not caring? The author’s cruelty. And the reader’s sympathy… It takes a mean author to write a good story.”

Did You Know?..

It took 9 years for Levine’s work to get published.

During this time she took writing classes and joined critique groups and The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. Levine says “those years were some of my happiest. I was learning to write.”