This week, I read “The Hatchet” by Gary Paulsen. The plot of this book could leave children slightly frightened. The idea of being lost in the wilderness of Canada, all alone.
This book is about a boy named Brian who is struggling with personal issues at home. He takes a flight to visit his father in Alaska. He is the lone survivor when the plane crashes. He is forced to fend for himself and keep himself alive in the wilderness. Between natural disasters and fighting off animals, Brian becomes uneasy and fights the feeling that he will never be saved. Although at times he wanted to give up, he became so strong and his survival instincts save his life. He teaches himself to hunt (sort of) and fish.
I will not spoil the ending for you, because if you have not read this book, I highly recommend that you do so.
This book was motivating, tiresome, stressful, brilliant, and uniquely written. I loved the way that Paulsen would write some of his sentences in short phrases. Sometimes only one word. Just a repetitive word. This acted as Brian’s thoughts and how he was bouncing back and forth with a running mind.
I did love this book, and I am slightly ashamed that I didn’t read it when I was younger.