There are quite a few books about books or reading or the power of words , but I liked the angle this one took what if you grow up in a religious family that thinks many books are dirty and even fights them In the end, it wasn t so much about the books which made me go a little meh but a story about growing up and having to choose between your family and your books your freedom of thought It was a nice read but considering the topic, I expected it to be gripping, deeper, something Maybe that s a flaw due to Lasky s rather simple writing The ending was a little unsatisfactory I thought Harper got an easy way out and didn t have to deal much withy any consequences at all. If you have Harriet The Spy on your all time favorite book list, you should have this on there, too I m not comparing the two other than the age and sex of the protagonist, the books are completely different but rather, my reaction to them I read Harriet over and over, re read as an adult, and would still be reading it now if I hadn t practically memorized the whole thingIf I d come upon Bookbat at the same age, 10 or so, I d have done the same might still And it might have induced me to seek out and explore some of the books she mentions in here. Harper Jessup Is An Avid Reader, And When Her Parents Become Migrants For God She Must Keep Her Books Secret As Harper Grows Older And Realizes How Valuable Reading Is To Her, She Comes To Understand That Her Parents Radical Efforts In Favor Of Educational Censorship Are Related To A Quest For Control Within Their Own Family And So Harper Finds She Must Make The Hardest Choice Of All Sure To Be Controversial, Prepare For A Stimulating Conversation The New Advocate I haven t been this emotionally compromised by a book since I read Rilla of Ingleside in 2015 It was admittedly difficult to read through the religious hate not that it s presented in any positive light Harper grapples to find her own voice and opinions amidst her neglectful upbringing, her lack of friends from moving so much, the struggle of growing up and hitting puberty with parents who offer no guidance whatsoever and often add to her confusion Harper s journey is told in a perfect example of masterful literary crafting I related to her love of books so much on a personal level, the way they can comfort and make readers think for themselves The way she and Gray talk about books with each other is so familiar and heart warming This book is an ode and homage to the transformative power of literacy The specific literary examples persisted as themes throughout the book, culminating in an epilogue of satisfaction and perfection I spent at least the last third of the book with tears in my eyes I know this review seems overly gushy, but this book hit me so hard in the feels. I wish I could give 4.5 stars I reserve 5 stars for books I want on my bookshelf and would read again and again This book, while not quite that, is riveting I wish it had been around when I was an adolescent. I ts been fun to mine the newest literature for tweens and teens, under the guise of pre reading for my young son This book was published long after my teen years I enjoyed its portrayal of the out there wing of the evangelical church, banning books they think might cause people to think or question It s a poor faith that can t stand up to Judy Blume and books on natural history The main character, a compulsive and enthusiastic reader, is believable, although she does sometimes have insights that are beyond her years If you love to read and, in particular, you get a special thrill reading from the banned books list, this book is for you. Inside you had become lonelyBut I will visit youA dark spot can consideredDamp A bat can be called a rat with wingsKathryn can be considered a sin because she uses her cat through a book of memoirs This is a great YA book What do you do if you believe something that is fundamentally different from what your parents believe Excellent book for teenage book lovers. This was the newest installment in my reread available juvy lit to survive the stress of finals series Initially, I was disappointed Lasky varies her sentence structures so rarely that I found myself lulled practically to sleep at times, and I m not sure how well the direct address worked outside her target age group Whether it works within her target age group I can no longer speak to That said, the plot about growing up an avid reader in a family of newly fundamentalist Christians who aspire to ban most books did ultimately become engrossing enough to win me over I was a little disappointed with the terms of the ending I wonder if autonomy would have been outside the realism of Harper s character, or just a nice move toward an even stronger female protagonist Also, I thought the constant use of references to other books became a little forced, although the portrayal of relationships to authors struck me as touching and well done But overall, this is a semi engrossing read, worth the minimal amount of time it takes to finish. Because my parents are religious, they have said some things about reading certain books from time to time but it usually had been in a passing note probably because they already have read the books before and enjoyed it hehe and they let me decide for myself if I should keep this book a part of my memory or just put it in the trash part of my brain But what Harper s parents does to their children in this book goes as far as to make me feel like they re abusing their child mentally I mean, with forbidding their child to read 99% of the books and not teaching them ahead about puberty, how do they expect their child to turn out to be I think part of growing up is from experiencing many things and deciding for myself it I want this knowledge experience to stay with me or not The way Harper s parents restrict their children in the name of religion makes me want to just rip the book in half Yes, I think practicing religion is a good thing However, when sharing religious beliefs turn into ignoring other peoples freedom, I think it s better to be without Sometimes when I visit a place in Korea kind of like the Times Square, I see people from different churches holding up signs saying that if I don t go to their church, I will burn in hell Sometimes I get pestered with questions like what religion I believe in and regardless oft answer, they start explaining that I have to be saved and blah blah blah Up until now those words seemed like something I would tune out but reading about a child that was similar to me as in reading habits in that kind of environment was a surprising change of perspective because for me, libraries were always open to me, not something I had to sneak around and feel guilty for.