This book exceeded my expectations, I didn't expect to enjoy it as much as I did. I'm used to reading fiction novels about a querky teen romance, not nonfiction economic books, although I won't be reluctant if I come across another book of this type. The author did a fantastic job at keeping me glued in and dumbing down the material enough for me to understand.
I throughly enjoyed this book. I like how it brought up serious issues in our society in a non-bias manner and it gave readers insight in material that they most likely did not know before. The book overall was an easy read but the author was still able to get the point across in a detailed and expressive fashion. The book was extremely enjoyable.
Overall I think the book can really open the eyes of others who don't realize the struggle some Americans go through daily. Even though I did find the book boring, it did do a good job of getting its point across.
Though the book wasn't very interesting, I can appreciate how well it was written. It was written simply, but efficiently. It got the author's point across in a simple way. I also enjoyed some of the stories told, and it was a better way to get across a topic that I find boring. It gets across a very important argument, and can help people to understand the topic of class very easily.
I am not a big fan of economics, and I didn't believe this book was going to be entertaining, but I now understand that a book cannot be judged by its topic, and that it can be more captivating than what it appears like at first glance. The dynamic narrative, the simple sentences, the common words, the brilliant rhetoric, the emotion and the heart-breaking stories of common people, like all of us, all elements that come together in a marvelous account of the struggles of the American dream, and the harsh realities of inequality and the importance of class.
At first, I though this book would be very boring, but as I continued to read it I became more interested and intrigued by the topic, and now I completely agree with the author that class issues in America are a huge problem and do need to be fixed. My favorite part of the book, however, were the first hand accounts from people. I found them very interesting and after reading them I felt as if I could somehow relate to them completely.
Looking at the cover, I got a little bit annoyed because I don’t do economics , however this book takes personal stories of different types of backgrounds and social classes and beautifully formulated a very intriguing book and I enjoyed it to a great extent. It connected personal lives with the economy and taught me a lot about how harsh and great the real world can be. You have to make it your own before the world makes decisions for you.
Class Matters really expanded my view of class. Originally I viewed class as something one dimensional that stemmed off of minority status and hard work, but it was much more about the class you were born in and multiple other factors- like the culture in your area. Keller made the book very easy to follow and it really opens your mind to all the layers of class and how important it is in every factor of life. I’ve never read a non-fiction with this anecdotal/ journalistic type of approach and I really liked it. It made the explanations clearer and made the book more interesting.
Students in Mrs. Theaker's class reading The New York Times' contributors Class Matters will discuss here.