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One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kasey ****

I am reading One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, and as of when I’m writing this I’m on page 171. The Lexile for it is 1110, which is a normal high school Lexile. There’s not much that I like about it but I can say that I like the way the characters are unique in their own way and all have their own little flaws. The setting of the book is a mental hospital and the characters fit their rolls perfectly.

There were a lot of parts about the book that I really disliked. For example the book took about 75 pages for me to get a little bit interested in it. I also don’t like how the book gets interesting and then it becomes “boring” again. It became so boring at some points that I almost fell asleep. I also don’t like how there’s not a lot of background for the narrator, the only things that I got from reading is that the narrator is a Native American and he has been in the hospital longer than anyone else. There is some mention of his past but it’s not enough for me to understand why he’s in the hospital. As I read until the end I hope that I can find out more about him.

The book altogether challenged me. It was a hard read for me (I’m a very slow reader) and the fact that not a lot happened in it made it even slower. There were also some parts in the book where I couldn’t wrap my head around what was going on or who was a part of the scene. The content was really difficult to understand. For most of the book I had to really read into what was going on and think about the little details. There were also some parts of the book that I had to think so much that I’d get lost and the reading really slowed down or I’d get frustrated and distracted. I found myself getting confused every 4-5 pages, because the scenes change so often, and by the time I figured out what’s going on something new happened and I had to figure out what was going on again.

Although I have had some trouble reading it to the point that I’m at, I would recommend this book to someone who can handle the slow parts, or someone who loves reading.


Megan Hughes is in her third year as publications adviser at Park Hill South High School. She currently advises the View newsmagazine, South Paw yearbook and LitMag.