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An alienated, aspiring young painter who attends high school at a boarding school for the arts discovers that being true to himself means opening the door to both pain and pleasure.
"[Teens] will relate to the disconnected characters who feel painfully alone and will be encouraged by the acceptance of their uniqueness."—School Library Journal
Copyright © 2002 by Elaine Marie Alphin
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Posted November 6, 2007
I absolutely loved this book! When I read it, I felt emotionally attached to it and kept wondering how Charles would set himself free. Great story by Alphin, and I understand why many people won't get interested in this book- you really need to think and get in touch with your own self. Definetely one of the best books I have ever read, challenging.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 14, 2006
I think this book is great because it weaves in the whole emotional secrecy plot with a fantastic painter, and how Charles Weston relates these parts of him., and how his art also helps him and hurts him. It gets into alot more deep thinking than most books do, and he is very cautious about showing too much of himself to anyone. And also everything added in the story seems to fit even if its a little unexpected. It also teaches people how to be themselves and not be trapped by others peoples' expectations of you. which Charles finallly figures out at the end after his suffering. There are also alot of songs that i think would go perfect with this book, and i wonder what it would be like as a movie? Anyway, this book is great for teenagers who like to read, and it better than most.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 30, 2004
I don't know why so many people bashed this book. First of all, the metphors in here are plenty, so be prepared to do a lot of thinking. Also, the plot is thickned by emotions rather than perpetual events, which mkes the story even more personal and believable. Tackling issues from individuality to homosexuality, 'Simon Says' is a book we should all read in order to find our true selves and defend it.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 22, 2002
Simon Says dares to go where no other book has gone before and after reading it I had an incredibly different persective on life. We are thrown into the world of Charles Weston, and are forced to find our true selves. It is a wonderfully written, exceptional book, that sucks you into its reality. Everyone should read it.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 10, 2011
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