Sunday, May 17, 2015

Teen Review: Life of Pi

Life of Pi
by Yann Martel
356 pages
Realistic adventure
Recommended for 9th grade up



Reviewed by Stephen C., grade ?


Life of Pi is an astounding book in which Piscine Molitor, or Pi as he’s known as to his peers, goes on a horrifying but amazing adventure through the ocean on a lifeboat with nothing but an orangutan, hyena, zebra, and tiger after being shipwrecked. Pi was moving across the world with his family to a new life when disaster struck and took his life down a path he never thought it would go. Pi goes through many different trials and tribulations, starting with how only the Tiger survives with him and he has to go through the process of asserting his dominance. Somewhere along the line Pi names the tiger Richard Parker, and what I believe could be considered almost a feeling of affection for the dangerous beast is spawned. He finds many bizarre things; a man-eating island, another survivor who isn’t what you would expect, and possibly himself. Most of the book is his attempts at survival and all of the insane actions he did to assert dominance over the other guest aboard the lifeboat.

This book is an amazing lesson in faith no matter your religion or beliefs. It shows that no matter your situation you can always hold on to something. I loved this book and how it held my attention throughout. Pi struggles a lot with what exactly he believes, and in the end decides that he believes in everything; this shows us that it’s okay to accept everyone.

I would recommend this book to any one of my friends or family. Pi’s struggles really clicked with me; his situation and mine could be compared to regular life with his physical environmental issues being compared to emotional and psychological stress of a normal teens life. He showed us how to endure and believe that life really always does have the potential to turn out okay but it may not always be easy and sometimes you need to work for it yourself. I give this book a 4.5 out of 5 stars, the only thing I would have changed is how the opening was a little slow.

Editor's note: Oh, SO many formats! Burbank Public Library has this as a book, an audio book, a large print book, an e-book, an E-audio book

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