Although “The Other Book” was hard to get into at first, when I did, I found it easier to keep going. This book tells the adventure of a boy named Edward who finds a dusty, old book and becomes oddly attracted to it. He discovers he has become the guardian of this book, which is known as “The Other Book.”
With the help of his school friends and even his enemies, Edward has to find a way to make sure “The Other Book” doesn’t fall into the wrong hands, resulting in mass destruction. His quest is complicated by the fact that there are a lot of characters who pop in and out, and it is challenging to figure out where they stand.
The first chapter tells a story, then the next chapter has nothing to do with it! I liked how the author, Philip Womack, gave you little bits and pieces of the whole tale to keep you curious and then brought them all together.
I also liked how Mr. Womack made each character seem to be one type of person on the surface, but underneath they were entirely different. For example, at one point Edward met a seemingly crazy man, but he really wasn’t so crazy underneath.
In some ways, this book kind of reminded me of the Professor Snape is always looking for ways to pick on Harry.
I would give this book 1 star, but that is just my opinion and you may like it more than I did. I warn you, there are some scary parts! It was rather hard to keep up with the story and to relate to the characters. For example, I felt like I didn’t know what Edward was really like and I couldn’t get a mental image of him.
This book is the kind that you have to sit down and read a lot at once because if you stop and begin again the next day, you feel a little lost in the story. If you’re a big reader, enjoy ancient mythology and like to just sit down in a comfy spot and read for a long time, I would recommend trying this book.
RATING: 1 star
BOOK: “The Other Book”
AUTHOR: Philip Womack
PUBLISHER: Bloomsbury USA (February 2008), hardcover, 272 pages
READING LEVEL: Young adult