The Class by Frances O’Roark Dowell was presented as a middlegrade novel with 20 or so different perspectives and that was what really grabbed my attention in the end. I was massively curious as to how the book would roll all these different POVs into one novel and so I figured it was worth spending some time on. And honestly, I probably should have known better than to pick this book up based on something as simple as that.
You see, I was so insanely bored reading The Class that it took me so much longer than I ever expected to actually finish it. I kept looking at it, knowing I should just get through the book already, and decided to avoid it for days.
The Class basically follows all the kids in a sixth grade class as they basically all act like typical sixth graders would–minus the insane amount of everyone dating each other by saying they’re dating and breaking up four days later that typically plagues middle school these days–and ensues into some bits of craziness as friends stop talking to each other and the teacher’s stuff gets stolen.
Now, while I say I was incredibly bored reading this book and that fact one hundred percent true, I do think it has some good themes to it. There’s that of friendship and acceptance and of caring for each other. And it’s a book young kids might enjoy and gain some perspective from. The entire class is reading the book Wonder for an assignment and even some of those themes crop up throughout the course of this novel. Frankly, though, I’d just rather have read <i>Wonder</i>.
For me, since I’m not the biggest fan of contemporary novels in the first place, I know my opinion of this book might be slightly biased. Now, I don’t personally think I’d ever get this book for my child if I had one. While I’ll say that the themes were good ones, I imagine there are much more fun books to read. Granted, if this is the type of story that someone is interested in, perhaps it might be better than a fantasy novel with the same themes. All the same, this one didn’t quite hit the right mark with me.
I was provided a free copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.