Saturday, January 14, 2012

Abducted by Tuck Everlasting

On Sunday I read Tuck Everlasting in ONE day!

That means that this one little book, counts toward all of my 2012 challenges, except one!

My own page count challenge? Yep! A full 139 pages!

Bev's TBR challenge? Yep! I've had it on my tbr shelf since August!

Kate's Re-Read challenge? Yep! I read this one back in middle school!

Annette's Read in a day challenge? Yes, Sir! I read this one on Sunday and I also managed to have lunch with my mother, run some errands, go grocery shopping at Sam's, and had dinner with my parents followed by a couple of hours of television!

The only challenge it doesn't work for is Yvonne's Finishing the Series challenge...but hey you can't win them all now can you?

Anyway, Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt is an amazing novel about a ten year old who is forced to come to terms with life and death, when she meets a family that can never die.

I love this novel because it walks the line through a very difficult balance. The novel is dealing with these heavy issues and yet, it doesn't get to heavy into developing the relationships in the book.

Like I said, I first read this book back in middle school (which was a pretty long time ago) but I feel like the reason I remembered the novel so well is because I have seen the movie...more then once!

The 2002 movie, starring Alexis Bledel and Jonathan Jackson, actually follows the novel pretty closely. I think that really the only noticeable difference was that in the movie Jesse and Winnie spend more time together and really develop their relationship.

But their relationship in the book isn't that close because James is 17 and Winnie is only 10. She is excited by him and charmed by him, but is it love? Who knows!

- Out of respect, I'm going to go ahead and say SPOILER ALERT in reference towards the next paragraph for those who maybe haven't read the book and don't know how it ends, but I mean seriously, come on, this is a classic! Go read it! -

In the end, Winnie is given the opportunity to live forever when Jesse gives her a bottle filled with water from the same spring that his family had drunk from. And what does she do? She pours it out over a toad in order to save him instead. I love that because it shows that she understands the theory of the circle of life enough to know she can't keep the water for herself. But, in her own childish way, she comes to love and respect life in all creatures to the point that she wants no harm to come to this little toad.

I think novels like this are important today. Especially for a society that is beginning to romanticize the idea of eternal life with novels about vampires and werewolves and whatnot. We want to believe in eternal love. We want to believe that we can live forever, happy and fulfilled. But is it right?

Hell No! Remember that from time to time people!!!

Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt gets an abduction rating of...


Annette Mills said...

When I saw the title the first thing I thought is this would be a good one for the challenge. Then I realized who posted it and you are a part of the challenge! I read this a long time ago too, but I think it's worth a re-read. Great thoughts!

fakesteph said...

I remember reading this is 6th grade. Had I known Joshua Jackson was in the movie, I totally would have seen it. I've got a thing for Joshua Jackson stemming from his Mighty Ducks Days (I actually never watched Dawson's Creek, so all I know about Pacey is he had sex with a teacher and Katie Holmes). I love books that count for a ton of challenges!

Kate @Midnight Book Girl said...

Sadly I've not read this book yet! And you know how much I love me some Jonathan (not Joshua, Steph!)Jackson. Maybe if I can find a book cover with the movie pics on it I'll pick it up and finally read it. I've always meant to. I actually wonder if I do own a copy... off to check!

In the movie I have a hard time agreeing with Winnie's choice, but I think I'd be okay with the ending in the book since there's a larger age gap.

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