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The Shell House The Shell House is a beautifully written and sensitive portrayal of love sexuality and spirituality over two generations Greg s casual interest in the history of a ruined mansion becomes personal as

  • Title: The Shell House
  • Author: Linda Newbery
  • ISBN: 9780099455936
  • Page: 351
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Shell House By Linda Newbery, The Shell House is a beautifully written and sensitive portrayal of love, sexuality and spirituality over two generations Greg s casual interest in the history of a ruined mansion becomes personal as he slowly discovers the tragic events that overwhelmed its last inhabitants Set against a background of the modern day and the First World War, Greg s contemporary beliThe Shell House is a beautifully written and sensitive portrayal of love, sexuality and spirituality over two generations Greg s casual interest in the history of a ruined mansion becomes personal as he slowly discovers the tragic events that overwhelmed its last inhabitants Set against a background of the modern day and the First World War, Greg s contemporary beliefs become intertwined with those of Edmund, a foot soldier whose confusion about his sexuality and identity mirrors Greg s own feelings of insecurity This is a complex and thought provoking book, written with elegance and subtlety It will change the way you think.

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    1. This book s writing style is very florid and sentimental I knew from the summary that it probably would be I thought by biggest complaint would be the writing style, but to my disappointment, sentimentality is the least of what made me want to throw this book at a wall Most of the dialogue during the present times felt ridiculously staged, Edmund got to the point where he was so scornful he became a flat and unrelatable character, and the ENDING This is the angriest I ve been at the ending to a [...]

    2. I couldn t get myself to finish this book I kept trying and trying in hopes that the novel would get better especially with so many high reviews on The only plot line I found somewhat interesting was Edmund s storyline Unfortunately, it was a minor storyline because it mostly focused on Greg and Faith.I didn t like Newberry s writing style, which is probably one of the main reasons I put the book down I couldn t connect with it at times I thought the prose was too sentimental and at others too s [...]

    3. Although marketed as a young adult title I feel this title may appeal to older readers This is the second time around that I have read this book The first time around I think I may have read it too quickly to appreciate the quality of the writing I enjoyed both narratives in the story however I definitely preferred Edmund s narrative set during the first world war rather than Greg s set in modern times Every book that you read nowadays is set during the first world war, not that I am complaining [...]

    4. I couldn t get myself to finish this book I kept trying and trying in hopes that the novel would get better especially with so many high reviews on The only plot line I found somewhat interesting was Edmund s storyline Unfortunately, it was a minor storyline because it mostly focused on Greg and Faith.I didn t like Newberry s writing style, which is probably one of the main reasons I put the book down I couldn t connect with it at times I thought the prose was too sentimental and at others too s [...]

    5. It is impossible not to compare this book to this year s Carnegie Award winner, for it is the perfect companion novel to Aidan Chamber s winner Postcards from No Man s Land Dutton Books, 2002 Both books delve into issues of world war and burgeoning sexuality with passion, elegance and authentic characters.In The Shell House, shutterbug Greg is lured to the ruins of a mansion, where he meets a girl whose family is intent on a volunteer project to restore it Faith becomes a pillar between his inte [...]

    6. Muchas veces se ha pretendido aleccionar a los j venes a trav s de novelas de maduraci n , pobladas con todo tipo de traumas adolescentes, rabietas y clich s exagerados con los que supuestamente deb an sentirse identificados Sin embargo, pocas veces se ha escrito sobre j venes de verdad, a los que se les permita ser espirituales, reflexivos, maduros, curiosos The Shell House es una de esas excepciones Cuando Greg, un joven aficionado a la fotograf a, se topa por casualidad con las ruinas de una [...]

    7. An interesting book of love, war and friendship but I felt it was rather unfinished I hate it when books are left open for the reader to make up their own minds about what could have happened I felt that there were still some mysteries of Graveley Hall unresolved and I wanted some resolution between Greg and Dean, view spoiler maybe a thank you for the first aid hide spoiler view spoiler Did they get together in the end He helped his friend get her faith back but what about him, did he find love [...]

    8. Interesting Main modern character is not resolved enough in the end and the ending leave you wanting The modern and historic characters and not connected enough But it is compelling Note content in this book may not be suitable for all readers

    9. This book I assume this is the audio CD is a very good read, bouncing between modern day and one of the world wars The caharaters are amazingly deep and the two stories reflect one another.

    10. Originally posted on Once Upon a Bookcase.When I was first sent this to review, I wasn t sure if it would be my cup of tea As you may have read, I m generally not a fan of historical novels, so that aspect didn t appeal to me, especially as it was about the First World War And I wasn t too sure about Greg s fascination with the house either The story just didn t much appeal to me I decided to give it a go anyway I m so glad I did, it s awesome A budding photographer, Greg takes an interest in th [...]

    11. I really liked how she included a theme of homosexuality in the book as well as hints about religion It s an very good book and i d recommend it to anyone even though I had not much time to read it so I had to read it over a longer period of time than I would have liked Also tugged at my heartstrings a few times within the chapters and left enough gaps to leave things open to interpretation However the only reason I could not give it five stars was that there was no closure at the end and we do [...]

    12. I liked many things about this book, it was gentle and meditative and featured young people asking difficult and interesting questions, but I was never really pulled in by the story I enjoyed it while I was reading it but could have quite happily stopped halfway through without feeling I was missing anything Recommended for someone who wants a book to chew over, but not a particularly gripping read.

    13. This book was very enjoyable as a whole I liked the different perspective from Edmund the most I think most people did I, myself being lgbt, really liked the simple love between Edmund and Alex There wasn t really much oh no, we re both men this is so wrong that was shown told between them They were just two guys, wholly and beautifully in love with each other.I also liked the arguments Greg had with Faith I agreed with practically everything Greg was saying, since I am an atheist as well Faith, [...]

    14. This book started off so well, which was why I was generous and gave it three stars, but it seemed to get very strange towards the end.I loved the character Faith, who was so original, but then by the end of the book she was trusting all normal and boring She had the belief that many others her age didn t have, and she had such interesting opinions, but at the end it all changes and I really hated that.Then Greg At the beginning of the book I thought that he and Faith would end up being together [...]

    15. A thoroughly enjoyable read I seem to be in a bit of a war phase at the minute and I loved the way the life of Edmund and Alex in the trenches was paralleled, in some ways, by Greg and Jordan s modern life Both historical periods were portrayed really realistically with dialogue completely convincing for the time The switch between narrative voices seemed seamless I was left wondering, was it in fact the same narrator well I know it was as in writer, but , I kept thinking of Edmund if only he co [...]

    16. A brilliant and very different war novel set against the backdrop and during WWI and also the present day which has an indirect bearing on the narrative.Greg is struggling with lots of personal issues in his life, his attraction to his best friend Jordan, his religious friend Faith who makes him question his own relationship with religion and peer pressure in general.When he suddenly stumbles on the story of Edmund Pearson a gay soldier who falls in love with his best friend Alex and who suddenl [...]

    17. An interesting dual time story with a present day boy facing questions about his sexual orientation against a backdrop of a First World War love affair and mystery Unfortunately I thought it got bogged down in religious discussion and there was very little resolution at the end It just seemed to end at a random moment view spoiler We knew what happened to Edmund, the First World War soldier, but the main characters didn t find out anything Nor did Greg resolve any of his issues with his friend J [...]

    18. I wasn t quite sure how many stars to give this book The tie was between two and three, but in the end I decided to give it three.There were parts of the book that I really liked and that made me want to go on Chief among those things was the Edmund storyline.But then there were also endless discussions about God and faith I have no problem with the topic itself, just to make that clear The way it was done just seemed really forced and unnatural I would have preferred for the author to be subtl [...]

    19. Good premise for a novel modern teenagers coming of age juxtaposed against their First World War contemporaries The novel mainly discusses themes of homosexuality and Christianity and, while it is to be applauded for doing so openly and seemingly without judgement, I though that this was also its weakest point because Newbury does go on, and on, and on I found the discussions that her protagonists have to be generic with no real sense of genuine teenage speech Mostly however, I dislike the abrup [...]

    20. Wow This book was just incredible and I am so glad my sister came across it so I could have the pleasure of reading it There were so many difficult subjects religion, sexuality, suicide but it portrayed a load of opinions from the minds of teenagers like myself I thoroughly recommend this book to many of my friends and it has got to be one of the greatest books I have read It is difficult often to find a book out of my usual genres but this suited me very well Great book

    21. I picked it up right after Set in Stone , it was not as good as Set in Stone in my personal opinion but still a nice read It was about teenagers, confusions in their lives And It was beautifully done I wish had been done about Greg and his friend forgo his name I was a little disappointed to see only a scene in his dream.

    22. Loved this book The way Newberry changes from past to present is so intriguing and refreshing, it gives the book so much interest I loved the way Edmund s story has a blind effect on greg s own sexuality and it s only at the very he end he discovers this The ending is also perfectly constructed in subtly hinting what happens after the story ends.Great read

    23. I enjoyed this book much than my first Newberry book The Shell House does a great job of weaving two stories together Similarities run between the two, but it doesn t feel like the same story being retold by two different characters There is depth to the young adults that is believable in today s age There is credibility to the young lovers in the past A good read.

    24. This isn t a book I would have chosen it s YA but a friend lent it to me It is well written with an interesting plot alternating between now 2002 to be precise and WW1, so topical at the moment I found the WW1 story intriguing and wanted to know what happened to Edmund I like the comparison between now and then I was a bit disappointed by the ending which seemed rather abrupt.

    25. A parallel story Edmund in WWI falls in love with Alex, a fellow soldier This remains a hidden love until Alex is killed in the trenches Greg, sixty years later, is puzzled by the mystery surrounding Edmund s burned out estate and the disappearance of Edmund while dealing with his own adolescent nature.

    26. I really enjoyed this book, thought the ending did confuse me a little I think I know what happened I m not saying anything that could be a spoiler and I must say it was a little disappointing to me I still loved the book and I will definitely recommend it.

    27. Written for teenaged readers many adolescent issues are covered sexuality, religious belief, the effects of war, bullying and commitment all concern Greg as he develops friendship and seeks the truth behind Graveney Hall.

    28. d ception beaucoup de questionnements sur Dieu, peu d incursions dans la premi re guerre mondiale et une fin qui ne ressemble rien je mettrai plut t 2,5

    29. I always dislike when anyone says this book will change you Inevitably, I always get my hopes up and they are always disappointed it didn t change me

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