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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
Based on an original new story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is the eighth story in the Harry Potter series, and the first official Harry Potter story to be presented on stage. Pre-order the official script book today. Kindle | Hardcover
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Wisely, the plot is simple. Relationships and their expectations, surprises and the general peril of negotiating them. This is not to say it is spartan or dull. The author keeps the story moving with actions, their consequences, and the promise of pending disaster or triumph, just kept on a modest scale. The actual text provides some interesting additions, with format changes like computer language and short chapters written as lines in a play. Don't be concerned by a story of high-school love. There is not a single wail of teenage ennui to be found. My favorite thing about the relationships is the respect given them. Young or not, love is confusing and extraordinary and painful as hell. That's all there as the protagonist Neil wades through these waters. It seems pejorative to call it a coming-of-age story or a love story, because it is more. It's about people, aptly created and fully flushed, as they dig into themselves and others. More closely, it's about what happens in these relationships when they hit bedrock and their shovels break as they dig. The brightest star of the story is Neil. The writer, Eric Sipple, has sculpted him in such a way that you root him. Like the best of a John Hughes or Cameron Crowe film character, you don't pity Neil. He has the goods and you simply want a victory for him because his time has come.
As a narrator, Neil is charming. Honest. No hipster smugness. He honestly guides us through his life, insecurities and all.Read more ›
Here Sipple spins another touching tale, with, yes, teenagers. He captures the awkwardness and confusion of this age without dumbing his characters down; they show flashes of insight and perspective as the larger world seeps in through the cracks of their relatively sheltered lives.
This is a lovely read--a smart, funny, and poignant tale of _people_, just trying to be navigate life.
To say more about the plot would be spoiling it, and I want everybody who reads this book (and you definitely should read this book) to go in completely clean. It's an amazingly heartfelt, touching, incredibly emotional read. It feels like it is over far, far too soon. That's not to say that the story feels incomplete in any way, far from it, actually. I just mean that as soon as it was over I wanted more of the story. I wanted to spend more time with Neil, and with Celeste, and with Jill, Neil's cynical riot of a best friend, and Asada-san, Neil's mentor and the director of the winter play at Neil's high school, who sees the heart and specialness inside of Neil and works to help him pull it out. I wanted to learn more about The Wanderer's City, and about the circle of stones (Oops, spoilers!). But what we got was incredibly special, and wonderful. Young Adult novels at this point are a dime a dozen. But very few of them are as special, or as well written, or as just plain good as this one.
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A really nice read. From the kid who was always kind of dorky and never had the closest friends in high school, this story rang true - especially his falling into place in Drama... Read morePublished 9 months ago by JoelWeasley
I read this a while back and immediately purchased more copies to give as gifts. I really enjoyed the playfulness the book took with the "4th wall" that was clever and... Read morePublished 18 months ago by H. G. Prime
It was absolutely amazing! I could instantly connect with Neil as a sort of accidental theater kid out of place. Read morePublished 20 months ago by John Durden
I loved this. I really liked the characters. They were well written and I could relate to them. The storyline was so intriguing. I had no idea where it was going to go. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Jo
Full disclosure: Eric Sipple is a close personal friend of mine, as well as a collaborator.
When I read the book, though, I barely knew him. Read more
Having enjoyed Eric Sipple's online offerings and his wonderful short story in Hot Mess: speculative fiction about climate change, I was excited by the prospect of this book. Read morePublished on March 12, 2013 by OnOneCondition
This book brought me right back to high school, and senior year anxiety. It took me only about three hours to finish, the chapters breezed by. Read morePublished on February 1, 2013 by Lauren Emerson
I enjoyed this book a lot. It's a coming-of-age story about a high school senior named Neil who comes to realize his view of the world is not what it seems. Read morePublished on January 23, 2013 by Claire-Dee Lim
Eric asked if I would review this book for him, and since I was already familiar with his writing, I gladly accepted, knowing I was in for a treat. Read more
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