Friday, September 8, 2017

Book Review: 'Cabin Fever' by Jeff Kinney

"I believed, therefore I spoke, 'I am greatly afflicted.'" -- Psalm 116:10 (NKJV)

Jeff Kinney has done it again! He has an amazing ability to reach back into childhood to remember the perspective we all had and to revive memories of Christmas, winter, bullying, online activities, "solutions" that didn't work out so well, having to help parents, and starting little enterprises. I felt as if I were there with Greg in many cases.

Even better, his portrayal of Greg as being hapless . . . but not quite knowing it . . . is especially appealing. There's some of Greg in all of us, and Jeff Kinney obviously appreciates the naiveté while letting us all enjoy some good laughs that are almost as much at our own expense as they are at Greg's.

Finally, Jeff Kinney understands the frequent silliness of the world . . . when we "believe" in what we are supposed to believe. In so doing, there's a cautionary tale here to ask questions first.


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