"The Holes" by Louis Sachar

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You never quite understand yourself until you're tested. The book "Holes" by Louis Sachar tells a story of Stanley Yelnats, who happened to be under a curse that began with his no-good-dirty-rotten-pig-stealing great-great-grandfather. Throughout the days in Camp Green Lake, he was able to discover the real history of his family. I enjoyed reading the adventures in this book even though the ending seems a bit unrealistic. In personal opinion, there were several different purposes of Louis Sachar writing this novel.

First of all, it was quite interesting how Stanley got arrested. It showed how pathetic this world is, that an innocent person only gets vindicated after someone being willing to believe him/her. Stanley wasn't who other people thought he was, he rarely knew about himself. He discovered a lot about his past, about life but most of all, what he was capable of doing. Things will eventually turn out well if you never give up.

"Holes" takes you on an adventure with Stanley, through each chapter, you won't be able to stop reading, because the connection between the past and present in the story pulls the trigger. Every time that a piece of history is revealed, it foreshadows what will happen in the present day Camp Green Lake, that's one part that I liked the most. It's like the story is being relived.

I thought the ending was really unrealistic, sort of surprising. After all the difficult things Stanley went through, it felt like everything went too smooth for him in the end. Zero was lucky to leave Camp Green Lake with Stanley, it even seemed impossible. In the suitcase they found together, there were valuable papers and jewelry, altogether was worth about 2 million dollars, which was shared evenly between Stanley and Zero. This wasn't how...