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Period 8 Paperback – March 25, 2014
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What I like most about Period.8, as all his other books, is how real the characters are. Frankly, I'm jealous of the relationships that the characters have with each other and I wish I'd had a Period.8 when I was growing up. I didn't have the big issues like most of Crutcher's characters, I just want the connection they make with one another. But of course he is eloquent when writing these characters, he was a family and child therapist for over 25 years. So yes, the issues he writes about happens.
In Period.8 they talk about whatever they want, but it has to be real and true. But what isn't talked about in Period.8 is the problem. Chris slowly lets the clues out and we watch the story unfold.
Sports in this book? Of course! He has swimming, basketball, and a hint of wrestling. The scenes are vivid, the wording perfect, the actions of the characters shocking. The main theme going on here.... he hasn't done before, and as Laurie Halse Anderson stated on the back of the book jacket, the ending IS shocking. As is the beginning, in my opinion.
His absolute humor on names of characters and places make me snicker. Come on, "Heller High!" I also loved how he was able to show that some characters own up to their mistakes. That was a favorite of mine. Too often people blame others for their choices.
I would give more information from the book, but that would ruin it! There is a quote from the book on the back jacket cover, "They shed their clothes and quietly bury them beneath leaves and needles. The night air is cold and Paulie feels goose bumps rising. This is nothing, he thinks, compared to what it's about to be.Read more ›
There’s quite a few scenes that take place in Period 8, and they all felt overly dramatic to me. It was a lot like watching a high school soap opera, and these scenes were by far my least favorite part of the book. While I do appreciate the idea of the listening, caring teacher who actually gets his students and supports them both in and out of class, the way the book reads seems just a little. . . off. I think it might be because we never really see the build-up to Period 8, instead there’s just a mess of characters all talking to each other about things that don’t seem like would normally be discussed so easily. Also, there’s a strong attempt to create a realistic teenage dialogue in this book, and while I think Chris Crutcher gets it better than most, it still feels a little stilted.
That’s story line A. Then, we have story line B, which is where the psychopathic bully comes in. I enjoyed this story line much more, because while it may not have been exactly realistic, the action didn’t feel forced and I really enjoyed the pacing. If there had been slightly more of a focus on what was actually going on and less of the conversations in Period 8, this book would have ended up with a much higher rating from me. Even though it’s pretty easy to spot the initial bully the first time he’s introduced, there’s quite a few plot twists that I didn’t see coming.Read more ›
I'm a picky reader. I put down a lot more YA fiction than I read from cover-to-cover. Boredom, predictable plotting, and clunky dialogue cause me to set aside most books after the first few chapters, so for me to finish a book and write a review for it says that it was an AMAZING journey, and that I lost myself in the story. What more can a reader ask for?
I loved the relationship between Paulie Baum and his teacher, "Logs". I loved the authentic dialogue and humor; the lessons Logs teaches his students and the weariness that I, as a long-time educator, know myself. I could "hear" the characters talking in my mind and I laughed aloud a few times.
I read PERIOD.8 in two days; would have finished it sooner than that if I had my way. I read it until I couldn't see last night, and getting back to the book was the first thing on my mind this morning.
YOU: reading this review: PICK UP PERIOD.8 TODAY. I'll go ahead and say this now: YOU ARE WELCOME for this recommendation.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Classic Crutcher. Poignant and entertaining read about teenage conflict experienced through sports.Published 5 months ago by A.F.o.T
An amazing book. All of Chris Crutcher's books are good. This one was extraordinarily good. Needless to say, I loved it.Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
Keeps you in the story the entire time! There's always something happening. Even at the end it leaves you thinking!Published 7 months ago by loveevol
This book was not a very good book. I read it at home during the time it rained or when nothing else was going on. Most of the way through the book was boring. Read morePublished 10 months ago by An0nYm0u$
Not my favorite book by Crutcher, but since I'm a compulsive fan, I had to own it. The plot is a bit strange, but his writing is funny, insightful, and emotionally-intelligent as... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Tara
The ending was shocking. There were some tiny clues but as the story panned out there was a definite twist.
Mary Wells is conflicted. Read more
Love Chris Crutcher. This book was as good as the rest of them.Published 23 months ago by Nancy Turnbough
I THOUGHT this book would be quality YA lit about real teens (including high school athletes) facing real problems and learning to cope with them with the help of a teacher mentor... Read morePublished on May 27, 2014 by P. Joyce