As I am sure has become evident by now I LOVE Veronica Roth's "Divergent"- whenever I walk by my bookshelf and see it out of the corner of my eye I can't help but feel the need to reread it (despite having reread it in its entirety, or parts of it, a half dozen times since I first read it), it is a book that I know that I will never get sick of reading and a world I will want to get lost in time and time again.
I can't think of a more fitting description for it than what Markus Zusak says:
"Sometimes you read a book so special that you want to carry it around with you for months after you've finished just to stay near it."
So you may be wondering what my plea to you is? My plea is for you to head over to the HarperCollins Canada March Madness and vote for "Divergent" (basically the HCC March Madness event pits the crème de la crème of its books against one another and as their tagline states: "64 books begin, but only 1 will be crowned champion").
Why do I think that you should vote for "Divergent" over "Bridge to Terabithia"? It's not because I think that "Divergent" is a better book than "Bridge to Terabithia", I love them both for different reasons- I first read "Bridge to Terabithia" when I was in grade six and it was the first book that I ever experienced a physical reaction from (to this day I can still vividly recall the 'punch in the stomach' feeling I experienced when reading about Leslie's fate).
I think that you should vote for "Divergent" is because we all already know that "Bridge to Terabithia" is a classic and I think that it is about time that a new book had a chance in the spotlight- who knows? Maybe one day "Divergent" will become a classic? ;)
And... What is awesome about this event is that anyone can vote- there are no geographical restrictions! AND you can vote every hour! Oh, and if that wasn't enough... One voter will win all 64 books (A PRIZE VALUED AT $1000.00! Also, I looked into it and: The Contest is open to all residents of Canada, excluding residents of Quebec, who have reached the age of majority in their province of residence," you can find the full rules HERE)!
So what are you waiting for? GO VOTE FOR "DIVERGENT"!