To start off, I am so thankful for our country and the freedoms we enjoy. Our government is not perfect, but we are so blessed to be here with a government that at least follows the rule of law. This book is well written and compelling. I learned a lot about Iran and it’s history and government. At times it was difficult to keep track of all the different Iranian leaders and what purpose they have in the government, but Esfandiari writes so well that even though I wasn’t 100% sure of who was who, I understood what was going on. She has led a very exciting life, compared to mine. She has lived in Austria, Iran, and the United States. Unfortunately, I do not remember hearing her story when it happened, but I am glad I read the book. It helped me to learn more about world affairs and how different countries rule. It also gave me a personal side to Iran. To me Iran has always been about Ahmadinejad and not allowing him to have nuclear weapons. I have been one to suggest using every option to stop him. After reading this book I still believe, now even more, that Iran should not be allowed to have nuclear weapons, but I worry more about the citizens of Iran and how they will be affected either way. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who wants to be more aware of what can happen in our world, who wants to learn more about Iran and it’s history, and who wants to become more grateful for the country we live in and the freedoms we enjoy.
Rating: PG-13 The only reason I added the “13” was because it is difficult to understand and her interrogation and prison life are not happy. She was not physically harmed, but I think it would be too much for younger teens. There is little to no language and no “physical intimacy,” but it is about prison life.
Recommendation: I think it would be a great book for high school seniors to read while they learn about world history. I don’t know if I would go younger than that. So high school senior and up would benefit from reading this book.
Recommended for: High School and up.
Housekeeping by: Marilynne Robinson This is not a fast read, but it is a very good human interest story. It is sad and depressing at times, but it really makes you think about your life and how you interact with other people. It is the story of a family. Two girls are left on their grandmother’s doorstep, by their mother. The story continues showing how the two girls react to the different women in the family taking care of them. Each girl reacts differently, and it is very interesting to see. I liked this story a lot and would definitely recommend it.
Recommendation: High School and Up. I don’t think younger children would be interested.
Breaking Dawn by: Stephenie Meyer This is book number four in the Twilight Series. This book is definitely not appropriate for young adults!!!! In this book Bella and Edward get married, and then do what married people do. Fine for me, maybe, but I do not want my girls reading it as young adults. There are jokes about them being “intimate” and very detailed descriptions about the aftermath (which is nothing like reality….but a young girl would not know that). Bella becomes pregnant, and everyone except her and Rose want to abort the “thing.” Once again, not really something I want a young girl reading. The story is strange but good, and it keeps you reading. Bella’s continuing relationship with Jacob still drives me crazy. I was worried when I started reading, but the ending made it all come together for me. I really liked the ending. Sorry for my strong opinions on this one. The other day I heard a 12-yr-old say she was reading it and I just cringed…
Rated: PG-13 to R (For language and very adult themes, physical intimacy)
Recommendation: Married and Up. I do not want my young girls to think that “physical intimacy” or being pregnant are in any way like they are in this book. This is NOT for young adults!