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Posted February 9, 2010
Review of Real Time
In this novel Kass explores Isreal through several teens. The reader gets the views through several teens trying to find themselves, all the while a terrorist attack is about them. One is trying to erase the holocaust memories he has. The other trying to find out the truth about his grandfather who was a Nazi officer, and the last trying to escape her memory of her parents and boyfriend who commits suicide. The book is aimed at a more mature audience because it does have a great deal of violence and a cruelty to it. It does a decent job trying to stay nuetral throughout the story as there are so many different backgrounds the characters come from. Keen does a good job portraying Isreal in it's current state and gives us insight into other similar crises throught diverse characters. The novel definetly has a place on the shelf given the current state of things in the east. It gives us good insight and thought to things people go through over seas, especially teens who are trying to sort through their issues. I would recommend it for the young adult reader as they can relate to many things that are going on.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 4, 2009
Great book for everyone!
Set in contemporary Israel, "Real Time", is told from the perspectives of several characters. Readers get to know each character by thoughts, actions, and beliefs, and become apart of their identities. Kass' brilliant work helps readers not only put themselves in the shoes of the characters in the book, but also in the lives of people who are living in a world different from ours. The suspense and actions of the book make it impossible to put down, as well as wanting to know more about the relatable characters. Although designed for young adults, and obviously a perfect book to be taught in classrooms today, this book should be read by everyone. It is important for us, especially U.S. citizens, away from war to see what's going on in real life outside of the media, but instead inside the lives of others.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 25, 2009
Real Stories in Real Time
Real Time was an excellent read after fifty pages in.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
When I first picked up the book, it didn't draw me in. There were many different characters with different stories and I wasn't sure who was who at first. However, after about the first fifty pages, it becomes clearer and you can really enjoy the story.
I also found the beginning to be a bit slow, but after the main plot begins to pick up, it becomes extremely interesting. The ending seemed rushed and unfinished, but I rather enjoyed the openness of it.
I think this is a good Young Adult Literature book. It's not the best, but it's definitely worth a read.
Posted February 23, 2009
A Little One-Sided
Real Time is broken into five days and each day is subtitled by time, place and person. Minute-by-minute, hour-by-hour, Real Time follows the lives of a German teen, a Jewish Russian woman, a concentration camp survivor, a Palestinian teen, and others until all their lives converge in a single moment: a bus bomb explosion on the streets of Jerusalem. Real Time illustrates the difficulties and dangers of living and working in and around modern Israel for Israelis and Palestinians. Kass does a great job of giving the Israeli point of view, and shows the frustrating red tape a Palestinian must go through to work in Israel, but the importance of the Palestinian plight and the substance of their claims is under valued with the representation of the miss guided Palestinian teen. He thinks he will secure money for his family and gain recognition for himself by being a suicide bomber. There is no mention of "why" Palestinians use terrorist tactics against Israel. As much as Kass tries to give both sides of the story, Real Time falls a little short on the Palestinian side.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 16, 2010
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