Holes is also a pretty great film. The adaptation managed to stay very close to the source material and the story translated well to screen. The Holes film was a treat for long time fans and a great introduction for the uninitiated. You do not need to have read the book to have enjoy the film.

The story of Holes follows Stanley Yelnats. He and his entire family are cursed with unbelievably bad luck in. When Stanley is in the wrong place at the wrong time he is sent to Camp Greenlake, a detention camp for boys. At Greenlake, Stanley has to dig holes every day to build moral character… but there is something else going on… Digging holes doesn’t feel like something you do at random. The Warden might just be looking for something.

Holes tells Stanley’s story interspersed with two others. We follow Stanley’s no good dirty rotten pig stealing great great grandfather. Which if you haven’t guessed is a lot of fun to say out loud. Through him you learn why the Yelnats family is cursed. I’ll give you a hint. It has to do with pig theft.

Then there is my favourite narrative: that of Kate and Sam. I don’t want to give too much away. But I promise you’ll cry.

Ouch. My heart.

I recommend you check out both the book and the movie. The book may be a little juvenile but it’s a great story, has an awesome sense of humour and some pretty heavy themes. As for the film, everyone gives awesome performances and the love story between Sam and Kate is bittersweet.

  • Multiple timelines
  • Sense of humour
  • Kissing Kate Barlow
  • Themes
  • A little juvenile at times
Plot - 7
Characters - 7
Setting - 9
Writing Style - 6
Enjoyability - 7
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Alexandra is always looking for the next book she can devour. She has a love hate relationship with teen fiction specifically when it comes to fantasy, post apocalyptic and failed shakespeare adaptations.

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