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Gentlehands (Harper Keypoint Book) Paperback – May 8, 2001
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Buddy Boyle is young and immature to the ways of the world. But when Buddy meets Skye Pennington, he realizes that there is a whole other world, and it has class. Unfortunately for Buddy, he lives in a middle class lifestyle and has nothing to impress Skye with (since all boys seem to have a need to impress their girlfriends) So Buddy takes Skye to meet his wealthy and estranged grandfather.
I enjoyed this book because it is quite different from most of the books that I've read before. I am more into historical fiction type books and although this book may seem like that type, the theme is mainly concerning discrimination. I've never read a book about the holocast, and this book gave an interesting point of view. At one point in this book, I really felt like crying because of how cruel some people can be. This book touched me on a real emotional level surprisingly since it started out quite differently. The symbolism is wonderful. The grandfather talks about how all birds are prisoners of their own territory and yet he always feeds the birds. I thought Gentlehands was marvelous, but the only reason I did not give it 5 stars is because it ended rather abruptly. It's one of my pet peeves when books end too quickly, and this book did. But give this book a chance, it gets boring at some parts, but it really is a great book and has a great lesson: that the past is all in the past.
Buddy was never interested in his grandfather until he started dating Skye, a beautiful rich girl who spends her summers in town by the ocean. Buddy knows that his family couldn't possibly impress this wonderful girl, but he remembers from his one visit to his grandfather that he lives in a nice home on the ocean filled with fine things. So Buddy brings Skye there to see him.
Immediately Buddy and Skye both fall in love with Buddy's grandfather. He is sophisticated; he knows about wine and opera. His home is filled with fine and expensive things. He takes care of the animals that live near his home. He seems the epitome of culture and grace, and Buddy and Skye start spending a great deal of time with him. Buddy feels like his grandfather can teach him all sorts of things about fitting into Skye's world that he couldn't learn at home.
Buddy's parents are not thrilled about his newfound relationships with his grandfather and with Skye, but they don't stop him. That is, until a nasty rumor starts spreading about Buddy's grandfather. Could he really be who people say he is?
The ending of this story was really good. It fit in well with the rest of the story. I also liked that the grandfather was made so appealing; it forced me to reconsider my views on the goodness of people. However, I disliked Buddy intensely. He wasn't nice to his family, especially his little brother, and so I found it hard to sympathize with him or root for him throughout the story.
Perhaps it should be rated at a Young Adult level because of the topics and the main character's age. I think older teens would appreciate the issues Buddy has to deal with in regards to his little brother, his parents, his boss, and his rich girlfriend. I think his interaction with his parents fairly typical for a son testing new waters, ones in which his folks have never journeyed.
This book really made me think about the humanity of the grandfather and his relationship to his grandson. It made me think how a single person can appear as a beast to some and yet be a source of love to another. I read this book a month ago and I'm still struggling with my feelings on that issue.
To me, this is the sign of a very good book - when you are still pondering it's messages long after you have closed it's pages!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A classic book for young adult literature. Have used it for years. One of the most frequently read books in my Adolescent Literature class. Rated favorably year after year.Published 17 months ago by tom reck
My daughter bought this book. She's reading it in her 7th grade Honors english class. She's an avid reader. She loved the Harry Potter series and has read several other series. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Corey B. Multer
This is a great read for middle school students to understand the trials and hardships of the Holocost. Reading list requirementPublished on April 17, 2014 by Evepat
The book was delivered very quickly. The only drawback was that it was more worn than I had expected, but as a required summer reading book that will be ok.Published on June 18, 2013 by newfly
This book is intended for a mature high school audience..unfortunately it is being given out to 13 year old 8th graders... Read morePublished on August 1, 2012 by boodle56
Before you say... "Oh, no. Not another love story book", please know that this story is based on actual events (the Holocaust part) and of finding out who we really are and who the... Read morePublished on March 12, 2008 by Jose A. Hewes
While the track of the story is bit predictable, this book is worth a read. I've read it several times and i'm still haunted by Buddy's grandfather and his secrets, and how he... Read morePublished on August 16, 2007 by Brandi Gooch