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Posted July 6, 2010
My thoughts...Hmmm, let me start by saying I liked this book. That being said there are a few things that I don't usually discuss with people, those are religion and politics. You have your beliefs, I have mine. Donut Days takes place in a VERY religious community. There is quite a bit of preaching to the main character Emma about her actions in relation to the Bible. She seems to be constantly disappointing practically everyone because she doesn't walk the straight path everyone expects her to. There was almost too much preaching for me to enjoy the book. I was turned off at times and frustrated with the characters. There were several times I almost quit reading, but I continued, and I am glad I did.
While Donut Days, in my opinion has some flaws, it does have some strong qualities. There is a wonderful story here about friendship, self belief, and self discovery. I enjoyed Emma's voice, she felt very believable. Her character was very strong and determined and she was not afraid to stand up for herself. Donut Days also offers readers a bit of a mystery to solve. Lastly, the book made me think, question my beliefs a bit, and smile at the end.
Donut Days is recommended for young adults. It is a very clean read. Great for a day at the beach!
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Posted November 9, 2012
Posted May 28, 2010
Posted January 22, 2010
Dunut Obsess Girl
Emma is a girl struggling to figure out what is going on in the church her perents sermon in, why is she losing her best friends, falling for a guy that she knows all her life and trying to win a scholorship for a college her parents are not willing to pay for. This a book I recommend for everybody that wants to read a beatiful story of a girl refinding the correct path to walk towards. Oh, and for every donut lover out there!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 20, 2009
Reviewed by Jaglvr for TeensReadToo.com
Emma Goiner's father informs her one night that the only universities her college fund will help support are those that her parents approve of. In other words, any secular school is OUT.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Both of Emma's parents are pastors at Living Word Redeemer, so they expect Emma to be guided by their choices. But Emma knows they are disappointed in her. Since her baptism not so long ago, she's yet to speak in tongues. And she's inflamed that the church can be influenced by the wealthiest member of the congregation.
So it's with these thoughts in her mind that she's determined to win the Paul Bunyan Press contest.
The paper is holding a competition. Crispy Dream Donuts is opening a new store, and the paper is offering a college scholarship to the best story written about the opening. Emma isn't sure what angle she will take with her story, but she's going to camp out and interview people who are also camping there waiting for the celebration.
It's during her time at Donut Camp that Emma learns more about herself than she ever expected. She encounters a Harley group that turns out to be the most unusual group of Christians she could imagine. And she meets a couple that have been camping for thirteen days, hoping that with the RV Crispy Dream will give a prize to the person who has logged the longest time at camp. And, though she struggles with herself, she winds up calling on Jake, a boy who had declared his love for her not so long ago, only to have her remain speechless and leave him hanging.
During the time at Donut Camp, Emma's parents have to fight for their own dreams. Mr. O'Connor, the richest member of the church, has his own agenda, and when Emma's mom preaches that men and women are equal, it starts a cascade of events that soon envelopes everyone with their consequences.
DONUT DAYS is a great, insightful novel by Ms. Zielin. It reads quickly and touches the heart. Though Emma grows up in a minister's home, the story is so much more than that. Yes, Emma tries to make her parents see that she's her own person and wants a world beyond what they have in mind for her. But it's also a story of fighting for what you believe in and achieving your own dreams.
Emma is a strong character with her own insecurities - but a strong belief in herself and her dreams.
Posted August 16, 2011
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Posted March 5, 2011
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