This is one of those books that slipped through the cracks in my childhood, and so now as an adult, I have remedied that…yeah me…
Anyway…my overall feeling about Tuck Everlasting is that the story has a lot of potential; a simple family stumbles upon the key to immortality and seeks to hide its source for the good of humanity. Generations later, a young girl discovers their secret, and inadvertently alerts the book’s villain to it, who sees it as an opportunity for profit. Questions abound throughout the book as to whether immortality is truly a blessing or a curse, a weighty theme that will cause the reader to stop and ponder.
However, I think the story could have been expanded upon. The events that occur seemed rather abrupt to me and needed to be fleshed out more. I was also left with a number of questions:
Why did the Tuck family have to continually return to the spring?
What was the reason for Winnie’s choice at the end of the book?
What is with the toad?