REVIEW: The View From Saturday by E.L. Konigsburg

REVIEW: The View From Saturday by E.L. KonigsburgThe View From Saturday by E.L. Konigsburg
Published: Aladdin (1996), Paperback, 176pg
Genres: Contemporary, Fiction
Source: Bought


Summary:

Meet the Souls - "Noah," who quite by accident was best man at the wedding of Ethan's grandmother and Nadia's grandfather

- "Nadia," a hybrid with a halo of red hair, a dog that's a genius, and a fondness for baby turtles

- "Ethan," the silent second son of one of Epiphany's oldest families, who discovers he likes halos

- "Julian," the strangest person on the school bus, who starts everything by inviting the others to a tea party

How did Mrs. Olinski, returning to teaching ten years after being paralyzed in an automobile accident, choose these four to be her sixth-grade Academic Bowl team? And how did this unlikely foursome become even unlikelier champions, in far more than just the state middle school competition? "The View From Saturday" is a rich and rewarding journey that answers these questions and raises many more. (from Goodreads)

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The ultimate in “real life” books, where all the excitement is emotional and there are no car chases or spies or vampires needing slaying. It’s also kind of slow and boring. But I love it anyway! Maybe it’s because the story’s told from the POV of all the kids and their teacher, and each section really FEELS like it was written by an intelligent sixth grader and/or adult. E.L. Konigsburg is SO good at doing authentic children’s voices; it’s one of my favorite things about her writing.1 I also like how she can make the most mundane things interesting. Which is why she’s one of my favorite contemporary writers!

And this is one of my favorite books! I’ve read it at least six times. It’s just so lovely! The descriptions of upper New York going into autumn and of Florida’s beaches in the summer make me want to visit those places like nothing else has done. And I like how all the different characters’ stories intermingle, as if they were in a particularly pretty quilt or something.

The View From Saturday is a very quiet story, and I can understand why it’s maybe not the best-known or most favorite of E.L. Konigsburg’s book. But it’s still a wonderful read, and I’d definitely recommend reading it if you’re a fan of MG contemporary fiction.

Read: August 17, 2013

From Googling around I think this is one of those books that’s assigned a lot in school! Which…makes sense, I guess? I’d probably have liked to read it in class (if I was the sort of person who liked reading assigned books, anyway).

Footnotes

  1. And no, unlike with 14 by Peter Clines, the multiple POVs did not bother me. I think the separation of each character’s story into its own section helped with that.

2 Comments

    • I am SO glad I was never actually assigned this book in class. I might have liked it, but more likely I’d have never read it and then ignored it for years as a “boring school book.” (HOW did I ever graduate from school; I never did any of the assigned reading! Sheesh.)

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