Thursday, December 26, 2013
"Mandie and the Secret Tunnel" by Lois Gladys Leppard
The concept for this book is good, but it worked for me much more as a kid than as an adult. I felt like the writing was lacking something and just wasn't very captivated by the story this time around. I also felt that much of the plot was introduced in a way that was too convenient (for instance, the final big plot point *no spoilers* was too convenient for my tastes. While I'm glad that Mandie got her happy ending, I wish that a little more time could have been dedicated to that part of the plot). I know that girls still read these books so I hope that they enjoy them. I have many happy memories of my first go around with this series. But if you have read them before, I worry that you may not enjoy them as much during a re-read.
On a related note, I saw where the movie was on Netflix so of course I watched it. Wow. I didn't have high hopes for it since most movies based on books aren't very good, but this one was not a happy experience. Sadly, it was some of the worse acting I have seen. Highly recommend skipping this one.