CP English 10
October 21, 2014
Book Talk: Shiver by: Maggie Stiefvater I initially chose to read Shiver, a fictional story by Maggie Stiefvater, because I knew that it was going to be an interesting read because everyone was talking about it when it first came out. After the first book came out then there was a second and then a third and it seemed to be the main obsession at the time. So I went and bought the first book. I remember reading the first couple of pages when I first got the book and I instantaneously loved it. I never wanted to put it down. But I started getting caught up in soccer at the time and then school and I put it on my bookshelf for a while and I guess I kind of forgot about it because here I am now, 2 years later reading it all over again. I decided to re-read this book because I never actually finished it and I left off in the middle of the book very confused. So I started from the very beginning, and read it again. Shiver opens with one of the narrators, Grace, who remembers the time she was bitten by wolves and almost killed. The way she remembers it, it was almost pleasant, though. Like being licked by a friendly dog, but bloodier. Her point of viewalternates with Sam’s, who is a werewolf in the winter and a human when it’s summer. Grace is in love with Sam, the wolf. In fact, she loves him before she even knows he comes in human form, too.
After a high school student named Jack Culpeper is killed by wolves, hunters invade the Boundary Wood to hunt the wolves. Sam is shot and Grace finds him bleeding on her deck... in human form! She realizes that Sam is the wolf she’s been loving all this time because he shares the same yellow eyes as Sam, the wolf. Over the coming weeks, Grace and Sam's love grows. Grace also learns more and more about the wolf world and is determined to find a cure for Sam before he becomes a wolf forever. Meanwhile, Jack Culpeper’s sister, Isabel, has discovered that Jack is still alive, and he's a wolf. Jack was kind of a jerk as a human, and he's even more of a jerk as a wolf. Isabel is desperate for a cure, too.
To increase the drama, a she-wolf named Shelby attacks Grace, but Sam fights her and Grace's dad shoots her as well, but Shelby lives to howl again another day. When Grace and Sam are apart, Sam spends his days searching for Jack. He's afraid that Jack will expose the wolves’ secret to the world. On top of that, Sam grapples with the fact that Beck, the man who turned him into a wolf in the first place, did it on purpose. Sam is angry