I read this in 7th grade for a book report, and sadly don’t remember much about the story, except that I was pretty lukewarm about it. I remember disliking Lyra a lot, mostly because I thought she was a spoiled brat and generally an unpleasant person. One bit I do remember about the book was how at one point she tells someone a story about how she caught a bird once and wanted to kill and eat it, but then her friend stopped her because he’s a pussy apparently. That pretty much illustrates everything I disliked about Lyra. I’m sure if I re-read the book today I would be kinder towards it, but frankly I’m not interested enough to do that. Sorry guys.
That said, I totally wanted to have a daemon and run wild at Oxford College with my badass explorer uncle. I just didn’t want to do it with Lyra.
Verdict: two out of five stars