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Donut Days Paperback – September 16, 2010
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I really liked Emma-she was very likable and I enjoyed her feelings about her parents. She feels completely left out over the things that are happening that will affect her. But the end promises hope for a stronger family unit and reevaluation of how each views the others.
At the donut campout, I really enjoyed her interactions with Bear and his evangelical biker gang. They showed a more human face of Christianity. Most are able to realize that they are not perfect and they do not act like they are. They just try their best to live out Jesus' teaching and improve themselves.
Her friendships are not as important. Lately it seems like I've read a lot of books where the female main character is not speaking to her friends due to a fight and thus female friendship is not important to the book. I'm not trying to single this book out because I feel like I've seen that a lot; this just happens to be the review where I'm writing about it.
I also thought that not all of the subplots got enough attention. I would have liked more with the hot guy in love with Emma; I thought it got short shrift. I also would have liked more with her younger sister, who was adorable in the little we read about, and the sibling rivalries that always seem to appear in families.Read more ›
If you haven't already, it is highly recommended to check out Ms. Zielin's other book The Implosion of Aggie Winchester. Another great read that you won't want to put down. Definitely an author worth watching for new books!
Both of Emma's parents are pastors at Living Word Redeemer, so they expect Emma to be guided by their choices. But Emma knows they are disappointed in her. Since her baptism not so long ago, she's yet to speak in tongues. And she's inflamed that the church can be influenced by the wealthiest member of the congregation.
So it's with these thoughts in her mind that she's determined to win the Paul Bunyan Press contest.
The paper is holding a competition. Crispy Dream Donuts is opening a new store, and the paper is offering a college scholarship to the best story written about the opening. Emma isn't sure what angle she will take with her story, but she's going to camp out and interview people who are also camping there waiting for the celebration.
It's during her time at Donut Camp that Emma learns more about herself than she ever expected. She encounters a Harley group that turns out to be the most unusual group of Christians she could imagine. And she meets a couple that have been camping for thirteen days, hoping that with the RV Crispy Dream will give a prize to the person who has logged the longest time at camp. And, though she struggles with herself, she winds up calling on Jake, a boy who had declared his love for her not so long ago, only to have her remain speechless and leave him hanging.
During the time at Donut Camp, Emma's parents have to fight for their own dreams. Mr.Read more ›
Donuts aside, Donut Days is a very compelling and thought provoking book. With interwoven themes of religion and friendship Donut Days is so much more than a book about a girl who likes to eat donuts.
Some of my favorite things about Donut Days were how to issues of family and religion are handled. This is truly high praise coming from me. I'm the girl who did a poster project on evolution vs. intelligent design for her anthropology class. I'm not the least bit religious, but it is still an interesting topic that fascinates me. Emma has always been at odds with many of the people at her parents' church- including her own parents. Emma doesn't dress up or act like any of the other girls and having faith is not something that comes naturally to her. I think that this is what made Emma such a believable character for me. Emma doesn't take things at face value. Emma questions everything including the belief system that she was raised with.
Some of the other secondary characters were tougher for me to relate to. Especially Emma's intelligent-design defending ex-best friend. There was one scene in the class room when, I wanted to leap into the book and smack her over the head with a biology textbook. Violent reactions aside, the story started to pick up for me when Emma meets a gang of born again bikers at the donut camp. I loved this group of people.Read more ›
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The book focuses on Emma's attempts to try to understand the concepts of God and religion. I could definitely relate to Emma as she struggled to try to figure out her own... Read morePublished on January 25, 2013 by Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books
Donut Days is just like a donut, because it's filled with the good stuff and it's easy to eat (or read in this case) it right up. Read morePublished on July 20, 2010 by Lauren
My thoughts...Hmmm, let me start by saying I liked this book. That being said there are a few things that I don't usually discuss with people, those are religion and politics. Read morePublished on July 6, 2010 by Ellz Readz
Lara Zielin's Donut Days is fun, clean read for a young adult audience or adults who enjoy YA fiction. Donut Days' plot is well-constructed. Read morePublished on September 21, 2009 by Carly E. Wells
Let me start by saying I'm probably not the intended audience, but I kept an open mind and tried not to let my own views influence the way I felt about this book. Read morePublished on August 28, 2009 by Della Phipps
Donut Days had a lot going for it. Emma is your everyday girl with her own set of problems but has a great sense of humor to get her through them. Read morePublished on August 23, 2009 by Mint910
I downloaded this book to my kindle, started reading, and didn't get up until I finished it. It's fabulous. Read morePublished on August 12, 2009 by Jamie Harrington
I would recommend this book to any young reader -- and to many older readers as well! The characters are real, the perspective on growing up in the context of a strong religious... Read morePublished on August 12, 2009 by Jim O.