Welcome To Hell – Realistic Fiction   Leave a comment

This book is about an Irish man named Collin Martin, who was framed, beat very badly, and sent to a horrifying jail. The jail was in Bangkok Thailand. In the beginning, he traveled to Thailand just to do business with another company. But it turned out that it was all a scam. A CEO of the company insisted on delivering all the employees’ payments, but ended up stealing it. Colin Martin tracked him down and the CEO’s body guard attempted to kill Colin. Then Colin accidentally stabbed him in the stomach. He was sent to jail for murder. The story is all about Colin Martin’s fight for survival in the jail. The jail is nothing like an American jail, it is basically hell. The guards beat, steal, and attempt to do nasty things to the prisoners. Colin tries so hard to prove he is innocence. He almost loses his mind because the Thai jail is such a nightmare. All the guards care about, is money and are not civilized at all. Will he make it out? Welcome to hell….

Author: Colin Martin

Copyright: 2005

Rating: I would rate this book 5 stars because it was really intriguing how the Author wrote down all of the character’s (Colin) feelings to show his fear for the jail.

Questions to the author: Are Thai jails really like that? Are they that horrible?

What gave you the idea to write a story about this man, Colin?

Connections: I can relate this story to another book called “Safe” by Susan Shaw. It is a book about a girl who gets raped on the street and is petrified by it. She cannot go outside because of the fear of being another victim. She finally fights her fears and stands up for herself. In “Welcome To Hell”, it is similar because Colin is afraid of waking up in the Thai jail. He is scared of the guards who might beat him and kick him.

Genre: Realistic Fiction


Posted December 14, 2010 by Kai Toews in Book Critics, Humanities

Shooter – Realistc Fiction   Leave a comment


This book is about a shooting that happened at a High School. 2 people died and many severely injured. The book is written in many interviews, news papers, TV reports, and other information that helps the reader understand the story. One high school boy named Leonard committed suicide because of being bullied and because he had a very low social life. He killed himself in school but after he injured many students with his gun. His best friend Cameron, a African-American student who was not very popular either, is a big part of the story. Leonard’s other best friend, Carla also took a major part in this novel. The whole shooting happened when Leonard asked Cameron and Carla if they wanted to help him write, “Stop The Violence!” on the school walls. The story is all about police and TV reporters, trying to find out exactly what happened, so they can prevent this from happening again.

Stars: I would rate this book 5 stars. I really like this series called Circque Du Freak and I never thought that I would find another good book. This turned out to be an awesome book because it was full of mysteries on why the shooting occured.

Author: Walter Dean Myers

Copyright Date: 2004

Questions For The Author: I have a couple questions that I would ask Walter Dean Myers if I ever met him. 1. How did you come up with the idea of this story? Did it actually happen on TV? 2. Why did you choose to write it in interviews or reports instead of like a chapter book?

Connection To Another Book: I cannot make a c0nncection to another book that was written in the format that this book was written. But, I can connect this book to “Catcher In The Rye” because in that book the main character is struggling in life and thinks about suicide as well. Although “Catcher In The Rye” is more of a adults book, it is still similar how the to behave (Leonard & Holden).

Genre: This book is realistic fiction because it can happen but is not a true story.

Posted November 23, 2010 by Kai Toews in Book Critics, Humanities

Welcome!   Leave a comment

Welcome to my book critique page! I will be posting my book critiques here roughly every 3 weeks. In total, I will have 9-10 of them, so don’t miss any!

Posted November 9, 2010 by Kai Toews in Book Critics