Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Review - Theodore Boone: Kid Lawyer by John Grisham

Rating: 3 1/2 Stars

Goodreads Summary:

A perfect murder

A faceless witness

A lone courtroom champion knows the whole truth . . . and he's only thirteen years old

Meet Theodore Boone

In the small city of Strattenburg, there are many lawyers, and though he's only thirteen years old, Theo Boone thinks he's one of them. Theo knows every judge, policeman, court clerk—and a lot about the law. He dreams of being a great trial lawyer, of a life in the courtroom.

But Theo finds himself in court much sooner than expected. Because he knows so much—maybe too much—he is suddenly dragged into the middle of a sensational murder trial. A cold-blooded killer is about to go free, and only Theo knows the truth.

The stakes are high, but Theo won't stop until justice is served.

Brimming with the intrigue and suspense that made John Grisham a #1 international bestseller and the undisputed master of the legal thriller, Theodore Boone: Kid Lawyer will keep readers guessing and pages turning.

My Review:

I just KNEW this book was going to be one of my favorite books of the year. It had the BEST mystery i'd heard in a while, even though it had its cliches. John Grisham is by far one of the most fames crime writers of our time, but i have never picked up his adult novels because adult thrillers with mysteries are always very sophisticated and confusing.

When i saw John Grisham had a book for kids on the shelf, i didn't care if i was a year or two out of the age group, i was GOING to read this. I really liked the idea of a young kid aspiring to be a lawyer, because i've always aspired towards things by putting myself around other writers the best i can! It was a fresh take on a mystery novel without being all serious and weird.

Instantly, the book seemed to fall flat! In a mystery novel there needs to be two things to catch my attention, at least there are for me!

The first thing the novel needs, and this one does not have, is a shocking opening scene. John's first kids book lacks the adrenaline rush that never really kicks in. The beginning was like the beginning of any other story. The boy woke up and went to school, we find out he loves to be a lawyer. Oh, and there's this big case. A plot that unfolds like that is just boring and slow. I didn't read it for long increments of time because i got really sleepy.

The second thing a mystery novel needs is a really, really, REALLY strong ending. But this book lacks that too. I've always loved the crime shows where there are guns and knives and yelling and punching and stuff. I know this book can't have ALL of that due to the age group, but the book literally ends just as easily as it began. It kept my interest for a moment, when some piece of evidence came out. When the mystery was finally answered, i was like: Sure! Okay, yeah...i kinda got that from the whole story... And then i closed the book and just put it away.

Overall, the book is written fine, it doesn't have a single scene of intensity to it. Is it horrible? No. Is it just adrenaline-rush after adrenaline-rush, shock after shock? No, not in the least. I was disapointed heavily in this book, and cannot bring myself to pick up the next one...


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