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What Hearts (Laura Geringer Books (Paperback)) Paperback – May 19, 1999
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I most recently purchased the Kindle Edition. Unfortunately, there are several typos, seemingly from whatever OCR software was used to create it. There are two instances where "and" became "arid" and at least two cases where "kind" became "land." There are also several stray apostrophes spread throughout (perhaps from flecks or imperfections in the original pages), as well as a few random characters and symbols attached to the ends of words. These issues don't make the Kindle Edition unreadable, but they are noticeable and sometimes distracting.
If you simply must have it now, definitely go for the e-book. If you can wait, get a paper copy.
Brooks presents his basic themes, forgiveness (a rather unusual subject) and the meaning of love, with absolute sincerity. Asa's feelings and problems are real. It doesn't matter how different your life and problems may be from Asa's; if you are sensitive to your own feelings, I think you will be able to identify with his.
This may sound a bit odd, but it's also one of the most beautiful books I've ever read. I might particularly cite, in the second chapter, Asa's forgiveness and acceptance of his friend Joel. The end of this chapter is truly wonderful; all by itself, this would make the book a great one. Also the almost heartbreaking, though very beautiful, concluding chapter, one of the most sensitive and true descriptions of love (and, once again, forgiveness) that I know.
All in all it's a masterpiece. Sure, hardly any book is absolutely flawless, and "What Hearts" is no exception. But the author's remarkable perception, exquisite writing, and love for the human heart transcend any small faults you might find with the story. It is one of those rare books that really come from the heart.
He is shocked when he comes home to find that his mother and father have divorced and tha his father has moved away. He also learns that his mother and himself will be moving to North Carolina to meet a man named Dave who Asa's mom is going out with.As soon as Asa meets Dave he decides that he hates him.
This story unfolds with experiences between Asa, Asa's mother, and Dave of shock, fear, sadness, and happiness.
I recommend this book to anyone, as I said, who enjoys and can read and enjoys reading chapter books. It is wonderfully written and covers many issues of today's society including hatred and ignorance, while happier issues also queue in like lve and friendship. This is an awesome book.
First off, I do not find pleasure in reading a book about a kid who grows up in a dysfunctional family with an unstable mother and an abusive step dad. The whole book is made up of short stories that all have a depressing background and are not very interesting. I do not know why the author wrote on this subject but it is possible that he may have had a childhood much like the main character and so he wanted to show the trials of life in a bad family.
My second reason for disliking the book is that the four short stories are only connected by the fact that the main character stays the same. They jump around a year or more at a time in order to try to show most of Asa's childhood. Also most of the short stories end poorly in a way that makes you wonder, never to find out, what happened after the scene ends. In other words there is no real resolution to the story.
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Would love to contact the author! This is the story of my fifth grade class!Published 19 months ago by Martha T.
This is a very good book by Bruce Brooks. I recommend this book for young adult readers because the concept could be difficult for 6th grade and under but otherwise it is a great... Read morePublished on March 2, 2014 by Rachel Wright
It was kinda crappy. Asa was underdeveloped, the writing style was extremely drawn out, the plot line unrelatable to the target audience and Asa's sudden understanding of every... Read morePublished on January 13, 2014 by if you knew my name, it would ruin the suprise.
When Asa was seven years old, he came home from first grade, ready to impress his mother and father with what he had done on the last day of school. Read morePublished on July 1, 2007 by A. Luciano
I love this book!!! It was a little sad though. When he graduated the first grade he was so happy but whenever he told someone about it they did not seem to care. Read morePublished on May 16, 2007
This is Chan Il's book review not mine
This is a book about a boy named Asa. It is written by Bruce Brooks. Read more
This is a book about a boy named Asa. It is written by Bruce Brooks. This book doesn't seem to be one of the best books that Bruce Brooks wrote, though most of his books got at... Read morePublished on November 27, 2005 by ChanilShanghai
This book is about a boy named Asa who is in 1st grade and this book is full of excitment and adventure.He has all straight A's on his report card unlike me. Read morePublished on May 4, 2005