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3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.
Description: Its how a young woman named Arabella(Bella) meets J
Like or Dislike: I didn't really dislike anything, overall it was a pretty good book to read. It explained more to me about why and how J.W. Booth did what he did.
Recommendation: I would recommend this book to people that like kind of a mystery book or like to learn more about what changed life in history.
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2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.
For those who like history
posted by 11100882 on February 21, 2012Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 21, 2012
For those who like history
Assassin is a book about a young girl named Bella. She is in 1800's during the civil war in the city of Washington D.C. The story is told in two perspectives, so I found it a little confusing. The other perspective in the story is John Wilkes Booth. I would not recommend this book for people who are into action because it poses as like a cool explosion book, but it's about a little girl in love with an actor. But there is a lot more than just that. You'll have to read to find out.
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Posted April 4, 2014
Kept My Interest, Just Not that Into Historical Fiction
Assassin is a fictional account of the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln. It is told, in alternating chapters, from the perspectives of teen seamstress and want-to-be actress Bella and handsome and popular actor John Wilkes Booth. Bella, the main character, comes under the spell of Wilkes and somewhat unwittingly assists him with his terrible crime. Bella is portrayed as suchhh a victim; this was a frustration for me as I read.
Still, the book held my attention, and I did look forward to picking it up each night. I read the book along with one of my 8th grade students, and we had some good lit circle chats about the plot, characters, and historical events. My favorite part of the reading experience was learning quite a bit about Lincoln and the events of Civil War Era Washington, D.C.
A warning to teens: if you were thinking the title indicates a very "manly" novel, you would be wrong. There is quite a bit of froooooofy romance (victimy Bella is just gaga over handsome Wilkes). I do think this annoyed me way more than it did the teen boy in my book group.
I would recommend the book to people who enjoy history and want to learn more about Lincoln's death and the Civil War. This would be an excellent novel to read or teach alongside a history-class Civil War unit.
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