The Hunger Games: It’s time to give that alcoholic coach a break


By Dunning Kreuger, Guest reviewer

So I just read Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games.  I don’y know about you, but I think this book could really take off like a flash!

Katniss Everdeen is REALLY good at archery.  I mean her ability to shoot arrows RIGHT PAST people’s heads is uncanny–like nothing I’ve ever seen. And trust me, I’ve seen some hard days out on the streets.

What’s odd (and I think this is supposed to create tension) is the local sports recruiters manage to bring on her little sister in the first round draft picks.  Katniss, knowing that her sister possesses not any of the skill sets, decides to keep the recruitment organization from being embarrassed, by taking her sister’s place.  At first,they are skeptical, but Katniss shoots more arrows past people’s heads to solidify her point.41bOj-am1RL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_

What’s really neat, is how Haymitch, Katniss’ coach is able to take Katniss’ anachronistic skills (this is a dystopian drama–so the future is the setting) and calibrate them for the games.  All this is accomplished while Haymitch is COMPLETELY horizontal from drinking.

Two things about this book and I’m done.  First is, I think the message is “if your coach is drinking a lot, he might see your true potential. Lighten up.”

The second is (and I know I’m going to be accused of reading into things, but ROFL)I also think that the book is a metaphor for those of us who are still resistant to the waves of Candy Crush invites on FaceBook.  Eventually, you’re going to have to do it, so you may as well download the app.

That’s it.  I liked The Hunger Games.

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