CooperB5: Boys in The Boat

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CooperB5: Boys in The Boat

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sep 14, 2016, 10:07 pm

The book The Boys in The Boat by Daniel James Brown is about bonding as a team and reveals when people come together as a team and bond and learn about each other, they can help each other accomplish anything. This book is about some freshmen college students in 1932 who start crew, which is rowing, and learn how to bond and work together as a team, but also train for 1936 Olympics in Berlin. It also tells some of the freshmen's childhood stories and struggles they had during their childhoods.
I thought the author did a really nice job crafting this book. The book was easy to understand and it almost felt as if you were there when it all happened. Daniel also added how people would row in a shell/boat, the history of crew, and some very interesting physics involved in this incredible sport. It also had some world events going on in the book, such as the Dust Bowl. The problem was it was very hard to catch on to at the beginning of the book. It was dull and wasn’t really about crew at all, but instead what Seattle was in the 1930s and what financial state most people were in at the time.
A few aspects of the book I liked was how the racing was very detailed and how the author made it seem like you were one of the people in that boat rowing. Some of the details were the viewing train to how news reporters were waiting to type back to their home towns about the race. Sometimes the book book took view of another person in Germany or California. In other books, sometimes that can get a little confusing about which person is which. But this book made easy to understand who was talking and where they were. But some aspects of the book that I didn’t like was how the chapters were incredibly long. It took about an hour just to finish one chapter out of eighteen chapters. But keeping the chapters long and few make the reader want to finish and not stop midway through a chapter. Another thing I didn’t think was necessary in this book was pictures at the end of some chapters. The author put them at the end of the chapter, but they weren’t really pictures relating to that chapter. Instead, they were pictures relating to what was going to happen in the next chapter, which can get confusing.

sep 15, 2016, 7:48 am

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You're right, the writing was extremely vivid and compelling. I was so impressed that I read it three time through (once on audio) and researched the story background and read another of the author's books. It might have been the best book I read that year. Good choice!