First, let’s talk about the cover. I know you’re not supposed to judge a book from it’s cover, but most can’t help themselves, like me. The words “this greenhouse grows humans” are printed over the words “The Gardener” which is over the skillfully hidden profanity of the human being grown. So my question is, was that statement really necessary? We kind of already get the idea of the greenhouse growing humans from the human being grown on the cover. Not to mention that with that is the title “The Gardener”. What does the author think we’ll think? Oh! That human shaped daisy is beautiful! Then there’s the first paragraph. How in the world would you only remember your father by a vicious chow mix? Later in the book it tells us that it’s because a video the main character’s mother showed him, but

The Gardener by S.A. Bodeen
The Gardener by S.A. Bodeen

you don’t think that she would have shown him eventually? Was she just waiting for the dog to attack her son? The author never explains why the dog attacked. After the mother shows her son a video of his mother reading a book to him (why that’s the only video and why she even thought of filming that is never said), the owner of the dog shoots it. Shoots the poor thing in his backyard. I’m a serious animal lover. Why would you kill the animal?! Not even looking into why the dog decided to attack the boy. About two pages later there is a bully just casually pinning two kids against some lockers. My first thought is where are the teachers?! I’m sure someone would notice in regular schools. First chapter the main character decides to fake punch a kid with brain injury. Why. Why would you feel the need to do that? Then, after that, he calls the kid ugly. Why would you do that. The book really starts when he accidentally wakes a girl up with his father’s DVD, I’ll give him some respect though, only because he played the video over again to find out how she awakened. Then the main character and his friend drive away with the chick. Something about destiny, the girl gets addicted to Yoo-Hoos, main character falls in love with girl, they figure out she’s basically a plant, and just about everything you’d predict to happen. Seriously. Boy falls in love with girl cliche, “Don’t let go Jack!” cliche,  boy finds out about the growing humans (the Greenhouse), then finally, he meets the Gardener. Who is of course his father. After a whole ton of cliches, there is actually a good ending. To find out what happened in the end, read the book! Share your opinion on it too.

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