Monday, March 10, 2008

The Watcher by James Howe

The Watcher is about a girl who suffers abuse from her father and decides to remove herself from reality by watching others one summer on the beach. She makes up in her mind about how perfect these people’s lives are, although one boy, Evan is dealing with his parents’ divorce and the other boy, Chris has a beer addicted father. The boys being watched notice her on the beach with her notebook and decide to find who she is and why she is just sitting there. One boy goes to her house to investigate her home life and he witnesses the abuse. When the authorities are called, the father denies what is happening but eventually the watcher opens up and tells about what is happening.
I would recommend this book for people who enjoy intricate stories with several points of view.  The themes were emotional revolving around divorce, alcohol addiction and abuse.

Zach L.- 7th grader