Pure and utter fluff. A quick, fun read. I would describe it as a soap opera in book format! It was full of lies, deception, cheating, glitz & gla...morePure and utter fluff. A quick, fun read. I would describe it as a soap opera in book format! It was full of lies, deception, cheating, glitz & glamour and scandal! It served it's purpose as being a total no brainer read.
What was most pleasing though, is that the author still had great characters, and a good plot. It was a tad bit predictable but still had a good twist to it. It kept me turning the pages, wanting to see what happened.
i bought this one home from the library, kind of on a whim. the library was closing and i was still reading the jacket cover so i just took it with an...morei bought this one home from the library, kind of on a whim. the library was closing and i was still reading the jacket cover so i just took it with and figured i'd give it a go.
books about children or from a child's perspective always interest me. it's hard to write convincingly from that point of view. i think this author did a really good job of it.
the characters were heartbreakingly real, and the title really fits the story. at first, i didn't quite understand the "lucca" stories and the whole thing with the words between her and her brother, ginx.
but as the story goes on, you really get a feel for the relationship between ginx and morgan-lee. how hard lonely their world is, and how morgan-lee is growing and maturing and yet ginx hasn't changed and does not want not want morgan-lee to change either.
it's a disturbing story, and a sad story. a coming of age story where the character is mature beyond her years, understanding something is different about her family early on, and trying to grow up and be normal despite it.
A fun book to read! I loved the author's witty writing, and his believable characters. I especially loved Otto. :)
I loved that this book tackled the...moreA fun book to read! I loved the author's witty writing, and his believable characters. I especially loved Otto. :)
I loved that this book tackled the Big Questions of Life without getting too preachy or existential. Despite the subject matter, the book stayed down to earth and "the guru" provided real life metaphors to answer Otto's many questions.
I loved the cross country road trip setting, and how a great deal of the book was written in dialogue. Great dialogue by the way! It's like you are actually reading a transcript of someone's coversation. :)
Also, the snapshots of America and Otto's "American fun" with the guru were especially enjoyable. I liked the "furniture golfing" and "boh-ling" and swimming (in a Speedo!)
A good book, a good story. Especially interesting that it was based on a real cross country road trip taken by the author! (less)
i really enjoyed this book. i loved both the main characters and found their histories and backstory to be fascinating. i loved how the book seemed to...morei really enjoyed this book. i loved both the main characters and found their histories and backstory to be fascinating. i loved how the book seemed to lead up to something but i really think the ending was a let down.
i gave it 4/5 because i really enjoyed the book, just not the end. very good writing, and great characters. :) (less)
I picked this book up on a whim. I was in a hurry at the libary (it was closing) and couldn't decide if I would be interested in this book or not - so...moreI picked this book up on a whim. I was in a hurry at the libary (it was closing) and couldn't decide if I would be interested in this book or not - so I just took it home.
I ended up really enjoying it! The book is funny but still deals with the serious subject of death at an early age. Sophie, our heroine, is funny and real. She tries to keep on keeping on, but she has a hard time of things and just ends up eating Oreos in bed and driving to work in her bathrobe and bunny slippers.
I enjoyed the book the whole way through. I loved reading about her mishaps with her waitressing job and how she eventually fell into something she loved and life fell into place.
Maybe it wasn't the most *believable* ending, but it was a nice ending for this sweet book. I do agree w/ what another reviewer wrote here...that one year is not really enough to get over a spouse that has passed. :/ I'm not widowed, but I can't imagine that a year is enough time to heal from such a wound.
I also thought it was weird how it was revealed that Marion had Alzheimer's so suddenly. It was like it was an afterthought or something....I don't know, it just bugged me. My grandma had Alzheimers and she started off with dementia and gradually got worse and worse.
But that didn't stop me from enjoying the book! I thought it was well written and I would read more from Lolly in the future. :) (less)
**spoiler alert** I enjoyed reading this book. I started it kind of thinking that it would be a shallow quick light read, something to read when I don...more**spoiler alert** I enjoyed reading this book. I started it kind of thinking that it would be a shallow quick light read, something to read when I don't want to think too much.
Like any "chick lit" book, it was all of those things but it was a good story, too. I enjoyed the characters and their interactions a lot, and I identified with Jemima a lot.
Also, at the end of the book I was very pleased to see that she didn't maintain her tiny figure but let herself go to a comfortable size 10, where she was slimmer but not killing herself to be slim. I was glad for that because Jemima was obviously never meant to be teeny tiny, and I'm glad that she still attained all her wildest dreams and she didn't HAVE to be super thin to do it. :)
I do have some complaints, though.
1. I didn't like how the book kept switching point of view's. Some people probably enjoyed it...it just got on my nerves. This book would have been fine written entirely in the third person.
2. It was a bit predictable. I hate to say it, I really do. There was a great plot twist with the bit about Brad & Jenny and the "larger ladies" porno, but even *that* was a bit predictable. There was the whole thing with Jenny disliking Jemima and her "protectiveness" of Brad and then Brad's late meetings and not coming home...I mean, you knew something was up and it wasn't too hard to put two and two together. I wasn't expecting the bit about the pr0n, though!
3. I didn't like how it was all "too good to be true." Why do all chick lit books seem to end like that!? Everything seemed to work out too well. She got 3 months off to go to London, she just suddenly became obsessed with exercise and eating right, thanks to talking to Brad online. She gets revenge on her snotty roomies. She moves in with Brad. She finds a British single girl in LA who she *loves* and is just like her. She has a rich best friend to make her over and who is savvy and wonderful.
4. I didn't like that Jemima was practically anorexic and that was okay.
Overall, a good read. I'd recommend it for a quick light read (like on an airplane or while waiting for an appointment) or if you enjoy girly feminine books. Good writing but a tad predictable. (less)
I really like Alice Hoffman, and so I really liked this book. My only regret is that I read it a little bit too fast. I checked out a bunch of duds at...moreI really like Alice Hoffman, and so I really liked this book. My only regret is that I read it a little bit too fast. I checked out a bunch of duds at the library and I saved the best for last, so I had to read it kind of quick. But, I tend to go back and reread the books I enjoy, so I know I'll return to this one.
I love the imagery and the poetic way Hoffman writes. This book was less "flowery" but still very vivid. And even though she wrote about magic, in the context it was totally believable and added a certain mystery to the book - like you never knew what would happen next with the crazy Owens sisters.
I loved the ending and the aunts and all the relationships and love talk. I especially liked the parts about witchcraft and when the aunts or other main characters would discuss what to do in a certain situation at twilight.
All in all, an enjoyable read but I like Hoffman a lot so I think perhaps I am a bit biased! (less)
I read Running With Scissors and was alternately horrified and fascinated with the author's life. I read Scissors with a weird detachment, viewing it...moreI read Running With Scissors and was alternately horrified and fascinated with the author's life. I read Scissors with a weird detachment, viewing it instead as a fictional memoir, because it was too difficult to read, imagining that what he described actually happened to him.
But, I did enjoy his writing style, the wit, and his sense of humor. I wouldn't describe his books as "funny" but there is a certain dark biting humor to them.
I started out reading this book, already mentally prepared, having read Scissors not too long ago. It turns out, this book is a bit different of a style. I still detached the little boy in the book from the author, because the story is just so sad.
The relationship between father and son filled me with longing and fear, two things Augusten himself seemed very familiar with. He has a very unique way of writing that really puts you in the moment with him. And several times, as I read, and he described his fear of his father coming to get him, I felt my own heart race, as if I was afraid his father would come get ME because I was reading his son's book.
The parts about the animals really bothered me. They link cruelty to animals to serial killers and Augusten often thought as a father as a serial killer, so I thought that was interesting. Augusten's father was definitely a menace to the family. I was especially sad when he turned Brutus against his wife and son.
All in all, a good read. The story was engrossing. Some people wrote bad reviews based on the fact that his early memories were "made up" but all stories are embellished, even memoirs. I thought those memories really added to the story and the book would have lacked something without them. They helped to add setting and make his dad seem more HUMAN, like he was once normal and wasn't anymore.