Before we get started for the review I just want to say I NEVER would have picked up this book on my own, but for you guys, I broadened my horizons.
Name: Being Henry David
Author: Cal Armistead
YA Genre: Contemporary
Book Form: Hardcover
Reading Time: 2 weeks
Rating: 2.5 out of 5
Quote: “When you’ve lost your past you have to live in the present.
Back of the book:
“How can you move on with your life when you can’t even remember it?
He wakes up in Penn Station with no memory of who he is. All he has in his possession is a worn out paperback of Walden by Henry David Thoreau. All he knows is that he’s on the run.
And so he becomes Henry David, “Hank” for short. With the book as his guide, he sets out for the only destination he can think of: Walden Pond. There, while sleeping in the woods and hiding around town, it seems like he can begin again, with new friends and a girl he can’t stop thinking about.
But when pieces of memories start coming back, Hank realizes the stranger he fears the most is himself. What’s in his past that his mind won’t let him face?
As you have seen by my grading (2.5) I was not impressed, but before I begin to criticize the book I would first like to point out its strengths. The book was interesting, I’ll give it that. The fact that a boy can’t remember who he is, not even his name is intriguing, and the beginning description literally feels like a strike to the face.
What made the story good, was how the beginning and the end weaved together a beautiful metaphor on how to treat life. I found the meaning behind the book the best part about it, but the actual story lacked depth.
The story, at first, was so intriguing I couldn’t put the book down. It was after the first few chapters that it winded down, but nothing seemed to be happening. From chapter 6 to about 15 or so I call those the Dead Pages. There were sparks here and there of interest, something that would bring the book back to life, but they were quickly extinguished.
It was as though Cal was trying to keep the book going, and drag it out to become a novel. I believe that if the book lost 100 pages, it would make more entertaining. It would keep you on the edge of your seat and not dread so long on things teens don’t want to read.
I believe this book is for those who are heading down the literature path. This long, drawn out book is exactly what most literature is all about. It had some intense parts, but overall it was very boring and took me forever to read. If your the type of person who can take on a slow book that has great meaning behind it then I say go for it, but if your like me and want something you want to fall in love with you should pass.
I would love to hear everyone’s thoughts about this book. Every one of us has different styles and maybe this is yours.
As always your thoughts are welcome.