|Publisher||Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers|
|My Copy||cheap paperback|
|First Read||May 12, 2016|
Hatchet: incredibly good. I haven't looked into this since I read it in junior high(?), and thought of it as just a kids yarn. But it was great for junior high me and also totally wasted on junior high me. It's really well written! It totally still /feels/ like I remember feeling when I was 12. Amazing.
Also, just a rip-roaring page turner. Plotted like a freight train, and the initial crash sequence had my heart actually pounding.
Noted on May 13, 2016
He did not know how long it took, but later he looked back on this time of crying in the corner of the dark cave and thought of it as when he learned the most important rule of survival, which was that feeling sorry for yourself didn't work. It wasn't just that it was wrong to do, or that it was considered incorrect. It was more than that--it didn't work. When he sat alone in the darkness and cried and was done, all done with it, nothing had changed. His leg still hurt, it was still dark, he was still alone and the self-pity had accomplished nothing.
Quoted on May 13, 2016