Book Report: Yearbook by Allyson Braithwaite Condie

IMG_4448One of my writing groups decided to read this in our efforts to improve at juggling multiple point of view characters. I have to confess, I wouldn’t have read the whole thing otherwise.

The author had about eight or ten viewpoint characters. Most of the chapters were told in first person narrative style, but some were in the form of journal entries or poetry. Smaller ways she differentiated the voices were with sarcasm or a high vocabulary.

One thing that really helped to keep the narrators straight was that she alluded to specific events from the character’s previous chapters.

My main beef with the book was that it was supposed to be set in Seattle, but for a good chunk of the beginning I thought they were in Utah. Having lived in both the Seattle area and Provo, Utah, I didn’t feel the author captured the feel of Seattle or the people here at all.

I think it’s still a good read for Mormon teens because, let’s face it, there aren’t a whole lot of books out there with Mormon main characters. But those who didn’t grow up in Seattle will probably enjoy it more than those who did.

Happy Yarning!

Meet the Mormons

I don’t intend to make movie reviews a staple of this blog, but I wanted to put in a plug for this film that just opened in theaters last Friday. I enjoyed it a lot more than I expected to.

I was worried it might be really cheesy and sugarcoated or poorly filmed or dead boring. It was none of these. I was engaged and even entertained throughout, and the filming was all very professional and seamless. The only thing I can really complain about is the narrator was perhaps too perky.

The film doesn’t try to preach or defend any particular points of doctrine or church policy. It’s a documentary about the lives and experiences of six people who are members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

I’m glad this was a film that I can highly recommend. But then, I’m a Mormon. What I really want is to know what other people think of Meet the Mormons.

Happy Yarning!