30 January 2014
Being Henry David
Armistead, Carl. Being Henry David. Albert Whitman Teen, 2013.
"Hank" wakes up at a train station with no memories. All he has is a copy of Thoreau's "Walden," so he heads to Walden Pond in hopes of finding answers. As he gradually regains his memories, he has to choose whether he wants to continue in the life he is now living, or go home and face the consequences of his earlier choices.
Initially I found this story to be a bit annoying, but I enjoyed it much more once Hank began regaining his memories. I enjoyed the mystery of discovering what he had left behind as well as watching him wrestle with the decision to go home or to stay where he was.
Recommended for: teens, tweens
Red Flags: alcohol use, some graphic car-crash scenes
Overall Rating: 3/5 stars