When I was working this past Summer, I saw this book called Holes by Louis Sachar. It stood out to me for some reason, but I couldn’t quite put my finger on it. I asked if I could borrow it to read it, but then I never got around to reading it cause I just didn’t have breaks during Intensives this year, and so, I gave up on the prospect. I also wasn’t in reading mode at the time so I never brought the book home to read.
A month later, the book returned to my consciousness when So Jeong had the book during a tutoring sesh. I asked her about it. She said that she was interested in reading it. I asked her why, and she said that it was a big novel by the same author as the Wayside School books we had been reading. And then it all clicked. My subconscious must have recognized the author of Holes when I saw the book sitting on the shelves. We, So Jeong and I, had been reading the Wayside School books by Louis Sachar. I am not really a fan of those books, but they’re funny, and So Jeong enjoys them, so I put on a brave face and pretended to enjoy them as well. However, yesterday, So Jeong informed me that she had started reading Holes over the weekend and really liked it. That’s what we did during tutoring yesterday, and I must admit, I sort of got hooked on the thing while reading with her.
Thus, when I got home last night, I checked DPL for a Kindle copy, and lo and behold, a copy was available. I read the thing in about four hours. I just finished it. Obviously, it’s young-adult fiction, but the storytelling fascinated me greatly. Despite the story easily telegraphing itself, the form could get daunting for a child. But honestly, I mostly enjoyed that the story was not linear and that, despite the story’s simplicity, it was written quite beautifully. I very much enjoyed reading the thing. Now I suppose, it’s time to move away from such childish things.