Guest Review – The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins



Title: The Hunger Games

Author: Suzanne Collins

Publisher: Scholastic

ISBN: 978-0545425117

From Amazon:

The New York Times bestselling The Hunger Games, with an all-new cover from the major motion picture!

The astonishing bestseller is now a fantastic movie. Here is the original novel with new movie artwork on the cover. (Original cover version also available.)

In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of twelve and eighteen to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV.

Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who lives alone with her mother and younger sister, regards it as a death sentence when she is forced to represent her district in the Games. But Katniss has been close to dead and survival, for her, is second nature. Without really meaning to, she becomes a contender. But if she is to win, she will have to start making choices that weigh survival against humanity and life against love.


With the growing excitement over the upcoming release of The Hunger Games movie, this book seems to be the only one that I talk about anymore.  I have had Hunger Games discussions with no less than five different people at work yesterday alone, and that is a shocking number considering the lack of readers to be found there.

My barn buddies are not immune, either.  Elsa is eleven, and she’s in middle school.  She is a voracious reader, and she is getting old enough to read some YA novels.  She really loved The Hunger Games, and she asked if she could share her love here at the Café.  Who am I to deny a future book blogger??  Elsa, the floor is all yours!

My Review On The Hunger Games by Elsa:

The Hunger Games was a thrilling, exciting book. It showed how much love can stretch over distances,  and the importance of believing in what you want. I thought that the Hunger Games was about something different when  I heard about the book when I was in the fourth grade.   But now this year, after I’ve read it, it shows so much more than people killing other people for entertainment; it  explores how indecisive humans are and how ugly, despicable, and unruly we can be.  Even though this is a fiction book, it can help you realize what you want the most. I realized that I wanted to be stronger, not just physically, but mentally. I wanted to be my best, to be the strongest person that I can be for my friends and family.

I can confidently say that this is a great book and that I will want to read it over and over again. The Hunger Games is a book that I am officially obsessed with.  I had such a hard time putting it down and stepping away from Katniss and her struggles.  Would she survive the Hunger Games?  Would something even more horrible happen to her?  This is such a good story that even when I wasn’t reading it, I was wondering what was going to happen next!   I want to read the rest of Suzanne Collins’ books!

~Elsa,  age 11

Thanks, Elsa!  I dug out my copy of Catching Fire for you, so you can see what happens next!

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2 thoughts on “Guest Review – The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

  • March 9, 2012 at 8:49 pm

    Great review Elsa! I too loved The Hunger Games. It is one of those books that people of many ages can like….I even had my husband read it and he enjoyed it too. Have fun reading Catching Fire!

  • March 10, 2012 at 10:13 am

    Thanks Linda!!!!! It started as a dare because my friend decided that I couldn’t read it in 2 days. But I really loved it when I finished it!!!!!

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