Dear Suzanne Collins,
When I pick up a book, I usually expect it to be something that's just to waste time, so I'm not as bored as I was. I don't expect it to be something that changes the way I am, or even the way I think. I can almost never find any book that I really enjoy that much. Then I picked up The Hunger Games.
I haven't been able to ever imagine the world in a book, with only a few exceptions. And in those few times, it still hasn't been clear enough. When I read your book, I was able to imagine every detail of the world that you threw me into. I have a map in my head where everything in District 12 is, down to the shops and the fence that Katniss and Gale go beneath to hunt. The details you give are just incredible how they make the world so much more believable, and make the book such a joy to read. I can actually picture the characters in my mind, and not just have blank fuzz as the face of the main character.
I have noticed myself thinking over decisions more thoroughly and seeing how these decisions would affect the others. Sure, these decisions aren't near as tough as the situations that Katniss had to face in the games, but it makes me think over things a little more. Katniss had to make decisions, factoring in what consequences there are for each decision, and making that decision in a split-second. What will they think of me? Is this right? Am I going to regret this later? These are questions that Katniss had to ask herself, when she has the whole audience watching. I find me asking myself these questions about the decisions I make, and how it will affect my life. Katniss also faced decisions that she had no idea what to think. Weather she liked Peeta or Gale, how the judges thought of her in her evaluations, and weather to join as allies or literally stab them in the back. These decisions are a lot harder than some of the ones I make every day like what flavor of juice I should have in the morning, or what color shirt I should wear.
The book has also taught me a life lesson while not even trying to. It has shown me that life can be taken away at any second. Anything could happen. The laptop that I'm typing on could have a battery malfunction and explode. Boom. I'm dead. It's incredible, actually. Katniss' life could be taken away one of those nights when she slept in the tree, or if she wasn't lucky when fighting another person in the arena. I've noticed myself being more aware of my actions when handling dangerous objects, or doing dangerous tasks.
I found myself not using The Hunger Games as simply something to waste time, but as a whole new world that I couldn’t wait to escape to. I don't know how many times I was yelled at my parents to actually participate in conversations, to do my chores, and to fall asleep after reading it until 2 AM. The Hunger Games was a truly irresistible book that was extremely hard to put down. When I had to put it down after finishing it, I wanted more of it. Then I discovered the sequel, but that's a whole other story...