By: Louis Sachar
Reviewed by Caitlyn Wood
”I’m not saying it’s going to be easy. Nothing in life is easy. But that’s no reason to give up. You’ll be surprised what you can accomplish if you set your mind to it. After all, you only live one life so you should try and make the most of it,” Mr. Pendanski said as he was trying to give inspiration to these miss-fits and rebels.
Holes is about Stanley Yelnats and his “family curse.” Stanley is framed for the theft of a superstar’s shoes and gets sent to a juvenile camp. I know that makes this book seem like it’s going to be really interesting and is going to keep you on the edge of your seat, but don’t get your hopes up. He has to dig holes with every other delinquent who was sent to the camp. This takes up about half of the book; just digging holes and some minor, non-important events. They don’t realize it at first, but they are actually just helping the camp owner find a buried treasure. Through all the long hard days of suffering in the heat, Stanley is able to make friends with another camp recruit who’s been nicknamed “Zero”. This is the point in the book where the cheesiness starts to begin. Zero eventually runs away from the camp, and Stanley follows in attempt to save him from dying. That part was one of the most predictable parts of this whole book. With about seven chapters left in the book, it’s a little obvious that something major is going to happen. Stanley and Zero find each other, but instead of going back to the camp, they decide to go to the giant rock they see in the distance that looks like “God’s Thumb”. It’s there that they realize they were sent to this camp for a reason, and they make their way back to the camp to complete their mission and discover the reason they were sent here.
To tell you the truth, I really didn’t like this book whatsoever. The book was predictable and boring. I could always tell what was going to happen next. There was no big “WOW!” in the book. The theme itself is quite cheesy and over-used itself. I mean, how many times have you heard of a book with the theme “you can accomplish anything with teamwork” or something like that? There’s probably about a million books out there with that theme. Just like the movie, the book is just blah. Though I must admit, I liked the movie more than the book.
I would recommend this book to anyone as long as they like books that are cheesy and predictable. This book would be perfect for anyone who likes books like that.