Gary Paulsen was a staple of my middle school career. His stories are riveting, memorable, and frankly pretty inspirational. Hatchet is the pinnacle of his works, in my opinion, and I purchased a physical copy recently (I hadn’t read this one since I borrowed it from Chester Middle School’s library) so I could enjoy it again.
My parents split in 1996. At the age of two, I became that kid with the divorced parents who spent every other weekend with her dad. My family was concerned that my parents had “set me up for failure” or that my ideas about love and healthy relationships had been forever flawed. Divorce isn’t the greatest thing you can do for a kid, but I’m here to say that it’s really not the worst thing in the world either.