The Way Home Looks Now 1 ½ out of 5 stars 10/24 points
This book was horrible. The interest was low, the setting was bland, the characters were kind of life like, and it was not original at all! Let’s start with interest. I could not wait to put this book down! Sometimes it picked up a little bit, like when Nelson died on page 45, chapter four. It also picked up when they realized Aaron is Erin, and is a girl, on page 179, chapter twenty five. When Nelson died, it was like BOOM! Okay, he’s gone. It said in the story “They tell us he didn’t suffer.” I thought, what? “Nelson died instantly.” Oh. And originality. NOT AT ALL! It was so much like “The Only Game.” First of all in both books a character’s last name is Bennet, they both have overweight friend, and both of the older brothers died! The setting, I could only see little bits and pieces of nothing! Now characters. One word for you. MOM! You can’t not eat or drink for that long! Everyone else was life like though. But seriously, your MOM for crying out loud! You have to take care of your kids! And take care of yourself! The dad (Ba) takes care of the kids more than the mom. In the story it says “she didn’t move, not even to adjust the picture when it got fuzzy.” Also it said “Elaine and I were very hungry.” That was on page 51, chapter six. That is why I gave the book a one and a half stars and a 10/24 points.
| The Home Looks Now | 17/24 Rubric Rating | 3.5 Stars |
This is not a great book. I won’t recommend this to a friend. I did not like the main plot of a sibling dying and then you try to keep your family ‘distracted’ by using a sport (baseball). This is why this isn’t as interesting as the other book club books. This had very little respect to my reading and interest level. This leads me to plot language, because of the poor interest this book not much interesting language. This was not original because this is practically the same thing as the “Only Game” by Mike Lupica
This book as a whole is not very good, but there are little parts that are good. This book is not something worth reading, and I will not read it again.
The Way Home Looks Now 4 stars 19/24 rating
The Way Home Looks Now is a story about a baseball player named Peter. Nelson is a character that is friends with Peter. He is a family member and died in a car accident later on in the story. Plot language was ok, although it did not have figurative language or that many strong verbs whatsoever. Setting was good, it describes a bit of the setting. Then, you can imagine the rest giving a random picture that nobody else will have in their heads. You can imagine that baseball field filled with trash since it described about people picking up trash on the baseball field. This book reminds me of another book named “The Only Game” because this book is about baseball as well. This book is almost completely similar to The Way Home Looks Now because someone died in “The Only Game” because of a dirt bike. A dirt bike is a vehicle, not a bicycle made out of dirt. Both characters died by automobile accidents. The originality is not so good. Based on how interesting this book can possibly be, I rated this book 4 stars because of the things the author should have done a bit better and the interest is not so high. Actually, this book is quite interesting with the few major events it has. For example, Martin is a teammate in Peter’s baseball team. Another teammate was suddenly recognized as a girl because Martin said, “You’re a girl” to that teammate. Apparently, he was a girl. This is one of the major events that happened in the story. The book reminds me of a red background because everything doesn’t go that good later on in the story. Overall, this book is sort of ok. If you’re interested in reading this book, I think this is the book for you (Ignore my comments, especially from other people). I think this book is good as well and that you should try reading it as well.
The Way Home Looks Now 24/24 points 5 stars
Have you ever wanted to read a fantastic book that you will love forever? Well, The Way Home Looks Now is pretty amazing even if you don’t know anything about baseball. Let me tell you why. For starter the book uses great language. As evidence the text states, ‘’That’s like eggs and stuff; you’re asking me to bake.’’ from page number 63. This book also has good interest. As proof from the book, ’’Ba asked me to stop at the Minute Mart after school, but I had forgotten, only to have to leave again.’’ That got my attention on the first page. The setting was very understandable or understandable. In the text it stated, ‘’Ba is not sitting with the other parents-he is sitting apart, on his stool, holding a Chinese newspaper. The pages of the newspaper are tissue thin, and threaten to blow away any second.’’ That was from page 92. The characters are lifelike and in the text it states, ‘’ Sean and I walk to opposite ends of the field- Sean to the right, me to the left.’’ That sentence was almost the beginning of a game and you can’t forget a game. So in all, the book was worth 24 points and 5 stars. This is because the way the author uses the words that are in the book. That is why I gave the book 24 points and 5 stars.
The Way Home Looks Now 3/5 stars 12/24 rubric rating
The Way Home Looks Now is about a boy of whose his brother dies. Then the boy[ Peter ] decides to play baseball to get his family’s mind of his brother. I rated ‘’The Way Home Looks Now’’ 3/5 stars and 12/24 rubric rating because of its likeness of ‘’The Only Game’’ by Mike Lupica. For example they have the same plot and in each one the brother dies. I did not enjoy’’ The Way Home Looks Now’’. But I did like how the author added the detail of Aaron being a girl named Erin. It shows that girls can do anything boys can. It also shows diligence. For example, Erin has to keep working to try to find a team that will take her. On a related note my most favorite part is when on page 179 it says’’ You’re a girl,’’ says Martin. His voice rises and squeaks ‘’a girl?’’. I rated this book so low because it is not very interesting. Also because it has fighting and bullying. Lastly I rated this book so low because the brother dies and the mother goes into depression and shock. That is why I rated ‘’The Way Home Looks Now’’12/24 rubric rating and 3/5 stars and I do not recommend this book to other children or adults.
5 Stars The Way Home Looks Now 24/24
I read a fantastic book called The Way Home Looks Now. This book is about a boy named Peter who has a brother named Nelson who died. His mom becomes mad and barely even eats and talks. Hoping to raise her spirits, he tries out for baseball. After every game he talks to his mother about it. In the end Wendy Wan-Long Shang, says they will be starting to come together again but doesn’t tell how. I gave this book five stars out of five stars and a rubric rating of 24/24, because this book is organized, interesting, original, and the setting and characters are amazing. This book is very organized. This makes it easier to understand the text. For example on page 158 it says,” After a screen door slams behind him, a face looks out. The man from the game . ” It wouldn’t make sense if they took Martin home before the game. This book is very interesting. For instance on page 96 it states,” I turn around because Chen is my father’s name, and I think it is amazing there is someone with the same name.” I found this part the most interesting because I couldn’t wait to find out who it was. The text is very original. I’ve never read anything quite like it. Espeically on page 80 it says ,’’ I like baseball, I say. It’s stupid.” I’ve never read any book that said something like that.These characters are amazing. (Peter ,Laney ,Mom ,Ba ,and Nelson) My favorite is Nelson. On page 20 they are talking about long division with decimals and he helps Peter. He says,”And you can’t get a number greater than one because that would mean he got more hits than at bats.” He is smart and he is caring to his brother. The settings are essential and relevant. My favorite is Folgers Lot. I like it because that is where they play all their games like on page 170 it says,”We go around and around playing Three Flies Up, Pepper, and Over the Line.” It’s the place where they go to hang out.
Book: The Way Home Looks Now
Rubric Rating: 18/24
The Way Home Looks Now is about a kid named Peter whose brother dies in a car accident. He wants to join baseball because he thinks it will make his Mom better. (His Mom is so depressed that she won’t get off the couch.)
This book is not interesting. There is only one unpredictable part and to me, unpredictable parts are what make books interesting. ““You’re a girl,” says Martin. His voice rises and squeaks, “You’re a girl?””
Despite the lack of interesting parts, this book had good characters. I like Peter because he’s the main character and tries to protect Erin. I also like Aaron/Erin because once she decides she’s going to do something, you can’t stop her.
I like the house in the “Before” because Peter’s mom made lemon chiffon cake and other stuff like that. I also like the American -vs-Taiwan little league game because- it’s where Peter finds out that Clarissa likes him. “You know she likes you, right Peter?”
I thought this book was only kind of original. I thought it was kind of like “The Only Game” by Mike Lupica. I have never read a book based on Chinese people, though.
I gave this book a 2 star rating because his mom is depressed in the whole book and it had a bad ending. I gave it an 18/24 rubric rating because the characters were fine (-0), the settings were good (-0), it wasn’t interesting (-3), I couldn’t understand some of the Chinese words (-1), and it wasn’t that original (-2).
The Way Home Looks Now 14/24 31/2 stars
The Way Home Looks Now is an ok book. It’s centered around baseball. I really don’t know anything about baseball other than “three strikes and you’re out”. So it was an ok book.
The interest was not really there for me. I did not find this book grabbing my attention. Probably the only interesting part was on p.179 when Aaron is actually Erin, a girl! But other than that part, the book really was not interesting for me.
The setting was really good. I liked the part were they described the baseball field. In the text it said,”It was a really beautiful night- it wasn’t your typical end- of- summer night when it’s so hot the air shimmers over the road. A tiny cool breeze fanned us in the out field. While we waited for our turn at bat we watched the clouds grow purple and blue edged in orange.” It felt like I was with them.
The characters really brought the story to life . I have to say my favorite character was Nelson. He really stood up for his little brother, and it was really sad when he died I felt sad. I just think the author did a really good job describing them. You could really tell Mr. Greer was mean when the text said “roared Mr. Greer”
Last but not least the originality. It was really good. I really how they ended the book. It had a cliff hanger. It did not ended the way you thought it would ended.
Remember when I said this book was ok. Well it is ok only because I could not understand some of the things, like I had no idea what the black bands were for. But other than that this was a really good book.