Of Mice and Men

Of Mice and Men

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Potato_Yummy
Jun 29, 2020

Of Mice and Men shows a relationship between George and Lennie. George is skinny but good with words, and Lennie is incredibly strong but foolish and sensitive. George mainly takes care of Lennie since he always gets into trouble. Their dream is to live in a shack and call it home, with animals and living as farmers. When Lennie and George seem to almost reach their dream, everything goes wrong when Lennie’s foolishness causes great consequences. This book was not a favorite but still an enjoyable, quick read. What I disliked about this book is that the book didn’t make me excited or think about what would happen next. What I did enjoy was the book conveys emotions and friendship which was a common theme through the whole story. I would recommend this book for all teens even though it wasn't an exciting read because it shows the importance of existence and loneliness.

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ctonci
Jun 12, 2020

Of Mice and Men is a book about the journey of two ranch workers Lennie and George. Lennie faces mental disabilities which makes their travels difficult, in fact during the time of the Dust Bowl many people were discriminated against because of their mental capacity, skin color, or gender. These discriminations are seen as George and Lennie meet people of color and women in their journey, hearing the stories of different minorities. As George and Lennie go looking for jobs as ranch workers, to fulfill their dream of living independently, Lennie gets them into many unexpected troubles that they have to fix along the way. This book was good because the messages are still relevant today since making a living as a person with mentally disabilities is made harder by society. Although it explores heavy issues, Of Mice and Men is still lighthearted. I’d give this book a 5 out of 5 stars, because it captures the problems of many minorities in the working class and still portrays a beautiful plotline. The age group for this book is 12+ because the issues covered are mature but the vocabulary is not challenging so even younger readers will be able to read with ease.

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Mikeyelvis2005
May 07, 2020

I really liked this book because it keeps you interested all the way through. This book is about two men named Lennie who is mentally slow and George who is Lennie's best friend and care taker. They both travel together and get to a camp where they both get jobs and live on this camp. Lennie gets himself into trouble and George is always there to get him out of trouble. Lennie gets himself into so much trouble that George can't help him this time. This book will keep you on the edge of your seat. At the end is a real game changer so you have to pay close attention at the end.

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kimdaang
Apr 24, 2020

I liked reading this book even though it was for school purposes. It is interesting how dependent these characters are. George seems like an independent person but he brings Lennie around all the time. Lennie is a liability to George, but he is too ignorant to realize it. Even though this is a fictional book, it takes place during a real event, the dust bowl. If you want to learn a bit about history while reading a fictional book, this book might be the one.

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hero070960
Nov 02, 2019

I loved reading this book! The dynamic between the two main characters was fun and relatable because they continuously go back and forth between arguing and reassuring each other. They obviously need each other to be successful in their journey, and that made the ending very powerful and emotional. The themes of lonliness and acceptance are very prevalent, and I believe reading this story opened my eyes to the importance of maintaining good relationships. I thought John Steinbeck's writing style was very descriptive and emotional, and his characters were very lifelike, each with a different style of dialogue. I connected so much with the characters that I actively hated certain ones (like Carlson and Curley), and empathized with others (like Candy and George). I would highly reccomend Of Mice and Men to anyone who enjoys a tragic story of friendship or a rustic country setting. This was my second time reading the novel, and it will definitely not be the last! Rating: 5/5
@outdoorsman14 of The Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Oct 10, 2019

I loved reading this book! The dynamic between the two main characters was fun and relatable because they continuously go back and forth between arguing and reassuring each other. They obviously need each other to be successful in their journey, and that made the ending very powerful and emotional. The themes of lonliness and acceptance are very prevalent, and I believe reading this story opened my eyes to the importance of maintaining good relationships. I thought John Steinbeck's writing style was very descriptive and emotional, and his characters were very lifelike, each with a different style of dialogue. I connected so much with the characters that I actively hated certain ones (like Carlson and Curley), and empathized with others (like Candy and George). I would highly reccomend Of Mice and Men to anyone who enjoys a tragic story of friendship or a rustic country setting. This was my second time reading the novel, and it will definitely not be the last! Rating: 5/5
@outdoorsman14 of The Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

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Derringer
Apr 06, 2019

IMO - This "John Steinbeck" novel (from 1936) just doesn't hold up today as a good read. And, for the most part, its story is far from being a memorable one.

I was expecting Of Mice And Men's story to be a lot more uplifting and insightful in its outlook of people who were living "on the wrong side of the tracks".

Anyway - With that all said - I found this novel's story was far too drab and its characters far too dull for my liking. Of course, you may find it otherwise.

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madmax011
Feb 26, 2019

I liked this book. Very well thought out, although it was very sad at the end.

CarleeMcDot Jan 28, 2019

Like I mentioned, I needed a couple audio books to keep me entertained on my drive to and from Phoenix for the Rock 'N' Roll Arizona Half and since I already had an 8 hours long one, I needed a shorter one. This one was available and was only 4 hours long so I snagged it. It was just a coincidence that both books were set during the Great Depression (and that the first book referenced the quote the title of this book was borrowed from multiple times - it was like it was planned... but it wasn't ;)). Like most classics you were supposed to read in school, this was one a missed... There's a possibility I read the CliffNotes, but in all honesty I think I just watched the movie. Anywho, I had forgotten the story and wanted to give it another chance. I can see why it won so many awards in its day (although I'll be honest, the racist language was cringeworthy). This book focuses on dreams and aspirations, despite the characters often being in powerless or abusive situations. I definitely wouldn't consider it a feel good book (at times I'd say it is even emotionally draining), but it is touching, tragic and oh so powerful. I would give it a 9 out of 10.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Sep 14, 2018

Written by John Steinbeck, this book is considered as classic American literature. It tells the tale of George Milton and Lennie Small: two men who travel place to place in the U.S in search of a new job during the era of the Great Depression. The topic was socially relevant at the time since many people struggled to make a living during that period. Moreover, the book is relatively short and easy to read. However, I expected more from a novel considering the praise and acclaim it received over the years. Since the book is short, there is little character development through the entire plot, which prevents it from leaving a major impact on the reader at the end. I could only relate to and sympathize with the main characters to a limited extent since the book doesn’t do a great job explaining their origins and what led to them becoming the people they are. I would give this book 3 stars.
@Riveting_Reviews of the Hamilton Public Library Teen Review Board

The novel Of Mice and Men written by John Steinbeck is a classic. It is full of very descriptive imagery, while also including a steady plot with characters developing throughout. This short novel is filled with twists and turns that will be sure to have you in tears by the end. I read this for a writer’s craft class and I feel that this novel is a great read for anyone looking for examples of archetypal characters with a spin. Steinbeck uses a variety of methods to describe his character’s characteristics, yet also keeps this novel short and sweet. I find that this novel was quite a short read considering it’s about 110 pages long. Although short, this classic is able to show a lot of powerful wordplay and imagery. I would recommend this to anyone looking for a very visual novel. I give this book 3.5/ 5
@TheCuriousBookworm of the Hamilton Public Library Teen Review Board

This is a heartbreaking story about two friends who are simply trying to make it in this world. George wants nothing more than to keep Lennie safe, and Lennie only ever wants to make George happy and proud. A humble tale about thriving for the American dream while facing discrimination and death brings readers on a roller coaster of emotions. Readers learn the dynamics of power and how one obtains it. They live vicariously through the two friends and understand what its was like to live in the U.S. during the Great Depression, what it is like to be mentally disabled, and what it is like to be a ranch worker. I only wish we got to see more of the duo’s past and their friendship. Rating: 4
- @Pandora of the Hamilton Public Library Teen Review Board

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Linyarai
Mar 06, 2018

I read this book for the "A Novel That Is Considered A Classic" part of my 2018 reading challenge. It was a very quick and simple read, I would have liked if it went into more detail and explained the men's lives better.

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abbi_g
Feb 18, 2018

I read Of Mice and Men for my book club. I'm aware that it is a classic; but I'd be lying if I said that I know what qualifications make a book a classic. It's a good novel and I applaud Steinbeck for being able to tell a good story in just a little over 100 pages. Obviously, I didn't appreciate how Crooks was treated by Curley's wife; but I'm glad that the author gave him a voice rather than treating his character like common furniture in a room, especially due to his social status on the ranch. I'll admit that after reading this story, I wouldn't mind reading another Steinbeck novel.

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Crystal_37
Sep 05, 2017

Is a sad book but is really easy to undersatand. I like it.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Aug 19, 2017

Of Mice and Men is a classic novel by John Steinbeck following George an intelligent man who is responsible for looking after Lenny an aloof lower functioning man. They are both on the road trying to find honest work and keep their heads low during the great depression. They finally find a job on a farm where they meet an array of personalities. Throughout the book, George struggles to keep Lenny out of trouble and keep their job in order to make enough money to buy their own farm. Although near the end Lenny finds himself in trouble leading to a tragic end. I would recommend this book because it is quite an easy read. @GoosReviews of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

Of Mice and Men is a story following two men and their adventure in achieving the ‘American Dream’ which is owning their proper ranch. However, along their journey in accomplishing that dream, they must overcome certain obstacles and learn the truth about what it means to be human while encountering friends and foes.
The author of Mice and Men, John Steinbeck, was born on February 27, 1902, in Salinas, California. During his early years, he lived a comfortable life with his family. He also worked at a ranch, which gave him the images used in Of Mice and Men. He also experienced the time of the great depression, which was the time during Of Mice and Men. This gave him the vision and idea of writing Of Mice and Men.
The purpose of this novel is to illustrate about what it means to be human. Isolation is one of many themes in the novel and the author illustrates it well in the novel. The relationship between a female character and the men in the story represents the theme isolation well. Also, the relationship between a coloured man and the rest of the characters also represents this theme very well.
Overall, this a very good read if you’re interested in the perspective that the author has on humans.
- @newtricksterx of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men follows two farm workers Lennie and George who travel from farm to farm looking for work during the Great Depression. George is a smart man while Lennie is mentally disabled. However, they both dream of having their own farm to live on, and consequently develop a close friendship because of their shared dream. The book is a gripping read as George and Lennie have to overcome many difficult obstacles on their way to owning a farm. Lennie’s mental disability and extreme strength get the two friends into trouble when he breaks their employer’s hand in a confrontation. Additionally, the Great Depression in the United States makes it almost impossible for them to buy a farm. Nevertheless George and Lennie try to accomplish their dream despite the challenges and George often consoles Lennie when he is stressed by recounting stories of the cute bunnies they will grow on their farm. Their resilient friendship makes the story emotional at times and the book as a whole is a very enjoyable read.
-@CookieMonster of The Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

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Schoolgurl95
Jun 17, 2017

This is an amazing short novel. It contains so much material for it's length. 5 stars.

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llojoh
Apr 03, 2017

Very short book, almost more like a short story. I did however enjoy it. It was a very enjoyable read.

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Ron@Ottawa
Mar 31, 2017

I like easy reads and this is one - a very short novel. However, I find the dialogues to be too 'rustic' for my liking. Still, the story is interesting. I think the film versions (there are two) are more entertaining.

Two men seek jobs during the Great Depression. Both have challenges. Throughout the story their friendship strengthens until one gets into trouble. This book is one of my favorites because it shows how strong friendship can be. - Franchesca, Teen Volunteer

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kaspr008
Sep 15, 2016

This book was amazing. Very tough, a lot of language but amazing. I loved the story from chapter 1 and all the characters were interesting.
You'll cry so so much at the end, I don't want to give anything away, but it is the saddest book ever. Simply amazing though.
Though I am in grade 8, I'd say this book is good for ages 16 to 1000
Very mature teens of younger ages (like me) would love this too. If you get the story, you'll love the story!

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Sohama
Aug 23, 2016

This book was very interesting to read because of the setting (back then) and the detail put into the book. The book really left me thinking whenever death occurred. It was hard to understand why it happened to the characters and the reactions the people had were kind of disappointing.

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Derringer
Aug 03, 2016

(Only in jest, of course) - But, if you ask me - I think that this short novel (only 106 pages), which John Steinbeck wrote in 1937, would have been more appropriately titled - "Of Rabbits, Puppies, Mice and Men".

Like, I don't know exactly how many times either the word "rabbits" or "puppies" came up in the story, but, I'll bet you that it came pretty close to being about 100 times. It's true.

And - Yeah. Yeah. - I know full-well that "Of Mice and Men" is considered by many to be an undisputed classic of 20th Century literature - But, with that said - Let me tell ya - I tried and tried, as I read along, to warm up to the 2 main characters in this tale - But, time and again, I found myself feeling pretty blase' about these 2 drifters and the situation that inevitably escalated around them.

Now, don't get me wrong here - I didn't hate "Of Mice and Men". No, I didn't. But, in all honesty, the best grading that I could come up with for this 80-year-old story was just an average 2.5-star rating (which really isn't so bad.... Is it?)

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miinas
Aug 03, 2016

SPL Summer Book Bingo: You finish reading in a day

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ssk22
Jul 06, 2016

Breathtaking prose, touching characters and a heart breaking ending. Who said only lengthy novel can make an impact?

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Makemoney
Jul 06, 2016

Breathtaking prose, touching characters and a heart breaking ending. Who said only lengthy novel can make an impact?

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ilovecats2003
Jun 27, 2016

We read of Mice and Men in school this year. I understand it is a classic and don't have anything against classics, but this book didn't do anything for me.

Firstly, I found the book (generally) uneventful and the characters annoying. The dialogue got on my nerves very much.

The book was very boring and blah until around page 75 (there are only around 100 pages) and I couldn't get into it.

I do not recommend this book unless you are looking for historical fiction about the great depression.


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