Book Review: A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving

 My review of A prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving.

Title: A Prayer for Owen Meany

By: John Irving

Genre: Fiction

Pages: 637

Release Date: March 28th, 1989

Publisher: Black Swan

Rating: ★★★★☆


Summary from Goodreads:

Eleven-year-old Owen Meany, playing in a Little League baseball game in Gravesend, New Hampshire, hits a foul ball and kills his best friend's mother. Owen doesn't believe in accidents; he believes he is God's instrument. What happens to Owen after that 1953 foul is both extraordinary and terrifying. At moments a comic, self-deluded victim, but in the end the principal, tragic actor in a divine plan, Owen Meany is the most heartbreaking hero John Irving has yet created.


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I felt each and every word in this book.

Although a heartbreaking story, the main characters Owen and John (Who narrates the story) drive a wonderful and excepting culture throughout the book, even when no one else will stand up for what is right.

Owen was definitely my favorite character. He was spunky, hard headed and ready to take on the world, even though his small stature made him the butt of every joke and the blame for all the tricks, even if he wasn't involved. He was sure God had a plan for him, even when no one else thought so. He stood by this statement throughout his short life.

Favorite Quote:
“I am doomed to remember a boy with a wrecked voice. Not because of his voice, or because he was the smallest person I ever knew, or even because he was the instrument of my mother's death, but because he is the reason I believe in God. I am a Christian because of Owen Meany.”

I gave this book 4 out of 5 stars. There were so many emotions in this book, I will remember it for a long time. The life of Owen Meany, although a fictional character, ahs made an impact on my life and has reminded me that size cannot stop a determined heart from achieving great things. 

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