Thursday, April 3, 2014
The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin
I remember my friend, Julia, reading The Westing Game and loving it. I tried. I really did. But I quickly lost interest. I think, quite honestly, my young mind couldn't follow the story. It changes perspectives frequently and I just couldn't keep up. Now, nearly 25 years later, as I was looking for a new book to read and came across The Westing Game, I figured I'd give it a try. I'm so glad I did. Because, it was altogether awesome.
The plot: Man dies (Westing). Leaves a ton of money for people....who are all somehow connected to him. He accuses 1 of them of being the killer. They have to figure out who did it in order to win the money.
Reaction: I loved it. I really did. It's fun and I was surprised. I liked piecing it all together, and then being wrong, and putting it all together again. It's a young adult Clue. Does it get better than that?! I really enjoyed the individual characters. It was a good mix of personalities and backgrounds...psychologically messed up, physically disabled, submissive, and overbearing. You have a little of everything and it blends so well together...with a GREAT ending. I loved how it concludes.
I suggest it 100%.