By Rhea

Of Mice and Men, by John Steinbeck, is the story of two men, George and Lennie, who are an unlikely duo of ranch workers.  George is the “leader,” always taking charge and looking after Lennie.  He never quite trusts anyone but himself and Lennie.  Lennie, however, is his complete opposite.  He is a large, strong man, and is thus a great worker.  But Lennie is not as mentally developed as most people.  His behavior is primitive, and like that of a child.  The two men always stay together, and they share a dream.  Currently they work difficult jobs for small wages at a ranch, but they want to change this.  The two hope to save enough money to buy their own ranch so that they don’t have to listen to anyone but themselves.  It is a difficult dream to achieve, but they meet others on the ranch to help them through, like a man named Candy who wants to join them.  However, they also face obstacles, like Curly, the ranch owner’s son, who is out to get them.  And of course, there is the beautiful and dangerous woman on the ranch, who also turns out to be Curly’s wife.  With all these problems, will George and Lennie achieve their dream, or will it all come crashing down?

Of Mice and Men is a book that all FHS students are currently required to read.  It is not an amazing book, but it is not that bad either.  It is a pretty easy read, and is not too long.  The story and plot are not that bad either, and the end of the book is both surprising and sad.  It has a lot of motifs and literary devices, so it is a good book for English class.  I didn’t love the book, but I felt it was pretty good because of the ending.  Everyone has to read the book, so there isn’t much of a choice, but don’t worry because it isn’t all that bad.