The Cardturner

From Matthew, Teen Book Reviewer
author: Sachar, Louis
The Cardturner
In the book, The Cardturner isn’t about card games that teenagers play. Instead, it’s about the adult’s game, bridge. This book starts out when young Alton gets a call from his Great Uncle Trapp. Trapp is a blind and rich senior citizen that wants Alton to play bridge with him. Alton is forced to play with Great Uncle Trapp(by his parents), but he doesn’t want to play bridge.

From the start of the book, Alton’s (and his family’s) life is filled with problems. Alton got dumped by his girlfriend, Kate. Alton’s best friend, Cliff, is now Kate’s boyfriend. The reason Alton’s parents forced him to play is so they can get into Great Uncle Trapp’s will. However, they are “in competition” with the Castenedas, a family that’s supposedly full of psychos, who happen to be close to Great Uncle Trapp.

When Alton gets to the bridge club, it turns out that Alton doesn’t have to play. Instead, he’s Great Uncle Trapp’s card turner. Throughout the next few weeks, Alton learns how to play bridge, and more about his uncle’s mysterious life. Alton also teaches his younger sister, Leslie, how to play bridge. One day, Toni Casteneda goes to the bridge club. Alton is fascinated by Toni, and thinks that she is normal, unlike her other family members. The two teens later become friends.

For all of Trapp’s life, he wanted to win the National Bridge tournament. Due to family reasons, his dream was never accomplished. Later in this book, Trapp plays in the Nationals again to suprising results. Will Alton find out about Trapp’s past? What will Alton and Toni do to honor Trapp? Find out about this, and more in “The Cardturner.”

I didn’t really find this book entertaining. Many parts of the book discussed the bridge games that the characters participated in. Those parts were confusing to me. If you have a knowledge of card games, then you might enjoy it, but if you don’t, it can be a bit boring. There is a slight chance that you could become interested by the mysterious events of the book. However, I wouldn’t recommend this book to my friends, but I wouldn’t tell them to avoid “The Cardturner” either.

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