Birdie review by MIZZIQ
Birdie
Age Range - 12 and up
Genre - Fiction

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Age at time of review - 14
Reviewer's Location - Fredericksburg, VA, United States
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This book has few characters and is quite a simple book. The main character, Mark, has had trouble with the law and he lives with his Aunt and Uncle. The book starts off a couple of years after his Uncle's death and just as Mark is getting used to seeing a probation officer for previous offenses that are only clarified at the end. Up until this point the book is quite slow paced and very boring as well. Things get started when the probation officer suggests he work as a caddy at the golf course that apparently his offense was committed at. Much to his surprise the old man that he is going to be helping is blind. The relationship between the two grows and this is the main focal point of the story--including Mark's relationship with his sister and Aunt who are minor, but still present, characters. It's a story of moving on and growing up.

Opinion: 

For the most part this was a very boring story. I'd suggest taking your time with it even though it's small. There are meanings that you can take from it--whether the author intended them or not. I think that most people can identify with some parts of all the characters. The old man and Mark have a true friendship which is heartwarming. The story doesn't really leave you anywhere. It's more of a story of a kid learning to move on even though he makes mistakes. There's a few flashbacks which were interesting. I wouldn't particurly reccomend this book. It's a lot like the books I usually read so trying to beat some of my favorites are hard---all that to say I wouldn't NOT read it...I just think it was more of a debut book. (Not sure if it was or not.) So the story had meaning and some parts I throughly enjoyed. The ending was almost worth it....however I was glad it was so short.

Rating:
2
Content Rating:

Content rating - some mature content

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Just an angst teenager. Nothing out of the ordinary.
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