McCormick focuses on one squad of soldiers as they depend on their courage, their morality, and their need to make nearly instantaneous decisions in action. This is not a tribute to war; it is a tribute to soldiers, particularly those on the frontlines, and the juxtaposition of Ali's story makes this unforgettable. However, for some reason I did not enjoy Matt. Never Fall Down is a difficult book to read but a necessary book to read. I like McCormick's style and I truly cared about the characters.
Perhaps a re-read will result to more stars. He almost had Matt killed. These two lines did more damage to the political balance or neutrality of the book than any other references. I would like to read more of her work. However, through his clouded brain, one consistent memory continues to surface. Matt knew he had a job to do so he lives with those memories the rest of his career and life.
The imagery throughout the entire book was presented clearly and nicely. As soon as we do, we start taking fire. In the end, what stands out to me about this novel are the little things: the warbling singing voice of a woman on the radio, the rhythmic up-and-down of a yo-yo, Halo video games. Point A to Point B. The book had a lot of close relations with the war subject and I thought that it was very exciting book to read. Stories from home about bio tests and dances feel so afar away from the streets they walk every day with possible threats and danger around every corner.
I don't normally seek out books about war. What soldiers have to see, do, and forget will break your heart. From what truths might his damaged brain be protecting him? I hate novels where the army is mocked or put in a bad light or just written in a sloppy style because I read in my family's letters and other books how horrible and life shattering war can be. Or would it sound like a fly buzzing just out of range? National Book Award Finalist Patricia McCormick has written a visceral and compelling portrait of life in a war zone, where loyalty is valued above all, and death is terrifyingly commonplace. But he doesn't feel like a hero. The settings allow Matt to change though out the book.
The rest of the photo, in graphic design terms, bleeds off the printed cover. Matt's first conflict is a Man vs Self. Considering how hard up we are for soldiers over there, I wouldn't doubt it. The narrator was just okay, his voice rather too mature for an 18-year old teenager. Should some things be forgotten? After being physically and psychologically evaluated, Matt is questioned by higher ranking officers about the event. Wrote it on the inside of his brim one time when he was in a slump.
Personnel Response: Right away I knew that this book would be the one that I would not put down. The second half is when he's out of the hospital and it's when the chaos really starts. Matt started to thing Justin shot Ali intentionally. It's definitely an interesting, emotional read but it is short so that definitely helps. But he doesn't feel like a hero.
I loved having a first hand look into the Iraqi War, The soldiers and The civilians. As a veteran, I would question her choice to conduct research with Veterans Against the War without also talking to Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, Veterans of Foreign Wars, or The American Legion. With time to think, Matt is trying to remember just exactly what happened. The book had a lot of close relations with the war subject and I thought that it was very exciting book to read. This staccato self-reflection, delivered at the end of a tidily twisted plot, captures a reality of the Iraq war, but seems to leave the young soldier unaffected. He knows how Ali got killled he closed his eyes and saw the whole thing.
Matt starts to think he mig 3. Are you able to absorb new information? Roll on, Tide, it said. He also knew that he and Justin were the only members of his squad in that alley at the time. Amazing that this fact is one of the few things Matt can remember as he wakes up and finds himself in a hospital, answering questions from a man in scrubs standing at the foot of his bed. Matt believes that he is the one who killed Ali. The relationships between everyone are clearly defined and the interactions are written realistically. Surrounded by uncertainties and strangers, Matt must try to piece together the puzzle of the day and his actions.