Rated of 5
I too had to read this book for English class. The book to me and nearly everyone else in the entire school that was told to read it seemed to think it was an approved form of porn. I read a shocking part to me out loud to another girl in my reading group in the hallway in the school and I was stopped by an adult hall patroller and brought me into the office. When they found out that it was a book for class they first felt stupid then they left. There are also parts of this book that I know there is symbolism behind it, but made no since what-so-ever, including the entire story line about Ella, Bobby and Ike's mother. Haruf spoiled every story line by adding sex, drugs, drinking, smoking, or violence when most if not all of the plots would have made a bigger point to a group as a whole. We would have spent less time fighting and debating about the inappropriate content of a school novel, because that is what they are teaching us not to do, and more time devoting about the message behind the story which is blindsided by all of the horrid content that is a required read. How did this book be a National Book Award Finalist?