Thursday, May 28, 2015

Teen review: HGTTG

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy is a short but sweet 137-page science fiction novel by Douglas Adams. For the sake of this review, the title of this book will be abbreviated to Hitchhiker’s Guide. Hitchhiker’s Guide is a book about five friends and their antics in space. These five friends are: Arthur Dent, a simple human from planet Earth; Ford Prefect, an alien writer/researcher for The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy; Zaphod Beeblebrox, the infamous two-headed President of the Galaxy, recently gone rogue; Marvin, a depressed robot; and Trillian, Zaphod’s human companion. With Earth destroyed, Arthur has no choice but to follow his friends on their ship, the stolen Heart of Gold, in order to explore the galaxy and learn from his new life.

Hitchhiker’s Guide was brilliant. Adams was a hilarious writer, and this is evident throughout the book. The entire story is full of comical situations and witty dialogue. These situations work well with Adams’s galaxy, and with how the galaxy is a seemingly infinite and diverse world for the Heart of Gold to explore. It just astounds me the amount of creativity and talent it must have taken to come up with this masterpiece. The creative universe fits Adams’ writing style perfectly, creating a book with never a dull moment.

This book deserves a 4.5 out of 5. Hitchhiker’s Guide is one of my all-time favorite books, and for good reason. Once you start reading this book, you will never want to put it down. The story is always engaging, funny, or interesting. Adams’s writing is borderline addictive. I would recommend this book to all science fiction and adventure enthusiasts. The reading level starts from about 13 years old, but some would argue that there might be some inappropriate or subtly distasteful humor. Hitchhiker’s Guide IS part of a series, I have not read it all yet but I have personally heard very good things.

Reviewed by Isaac Kim, grade 9

Editor's note: Isaac, you are not alone in your fondness for this book! We read this book last year for book club, and then used the radio show scripts to create an awesome Readers' Theater version that was performed by our teens last summer during Teen Summer Reading. BPL owns all the sequels, as well as some sound recordings for those who like audio books, and a cool book called The Science of THGTTG. If you have ever wondered about, say, the number 42, check it out!

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