i have this one out from the library and it's due back in 2 days. i can't renew it since someone else has a hold on it (which i expected) what i did ni have this one out from the library and it's due back in 2 days. i can't renew it since someone else has a hold on it (which i expected) what i did not expect is for it to take so long to read this book. i was so engrossed in life after life, and this one is just slow going for me. i'm on page 292 of 453 and even in my pre children days i would not have been able to finish this type of book so quickly, LOL. this is not a book you can just speed read through...
so i think i'm going to give up on this one for now. that doesn't mean i'm not going to pick it up again later, though. i'm giving up on it more because i'm ont willing to spend $13 for the kindle book when i'm not in love with this book anyway.
this was an ok book, it was good enough to keep me reading the series & i've already started the 4th.
i think things h**spoiler alert** *spoilers*
this was an ok book, it was good enough to keep me reading the series & i've already started the 4th.
i think things happened awfully fast in this book...it's like, i understand they needed a catalyst to keep the series interesting but events just didn't seem very believable.
like, matt meets syl, brings her home to his family without prior discussion and just announces they are married. and then hal & lisa show up along with 3 new people (alex & julie,a nd charlie) not to mention baby gabe. it seems unrealistic to me that miranda's family would be able to take in all of these people and everyone survives & has enough food and it's all ok somehow.
alex & miranda do find a hoarder's secret cache of food thanks to alex's "sixth sense" but still and all!
then there is the whole alex & miranda are in love and they are going to dump julie in a convent and run away & get married. UNTIL, a random twister happens that tears up mrs nesbitt's house and their own house & is the catalyst for the family to leave their safe haven.
of course there is the twist at the end where miranda gives julie a comfortable death after she is gravely injured in the twister (she gave her the pills alex had) i can understand why miranda did it and it's a terrible burden that she either has to keep the secret from alex or tell him.
i liked the story and i was happy it was from miranda's point of view again, but the book was just ok.
**spoiler alert** this is the next book the last survivor's series but we start to follow a new family - the morales family. it ends up being from the**spoiler alert** this is the next book the last survivor's series but we start to follow a new family - the morales family. it ends up being from the view point of oldest brother alex morales & his two younger sisters, bri & julie as they survive in new york city after the asteroid hits the moon
this book wasn't as engaging as 'life as we knew it.' it was written in a similar format with the "chapters" being the day's entry, if you will, but it wasn't a diary written by alex or anything.
the family is very devout catholics so the church, their schools and the sisters & the fathers play an important role in the family's survival. i get the impression that alex was in an elite school (on a scholarship) and he is a good student, hard working. at the beginning of the book he is working at his after school job in a pizza parlor.
(view spoiler)[ i didnt really understand the whole thing with "connections" and how Chris left when the moon stuff started happening and "left him" the "servies" of Kevin. Um, weird. It just didn't really make sense. (hide spoiler)]
i still enjoyed the book and wanted to see what would happen next, but the characters were pretty two dimensional, which was disappointing. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
i found this book on oyster (which i subscribe to) and i started reading it for a "lighter read" to have on my phone in addition to my "real" book. ii found this book on oyster (which i subscribe to) and i started reading it for a "lighter read" to have on my phone in addition to my "real" book. i like reading on my phone for those situations when a real book is just not as convenient.
anyway. you know i love some post apocolyptic type settings, so that is what drew me to this book. some people were poo poo'ing b/c they dont think the science is 100% accurate and maybe it's not (it's probably not, let's be honest) but that didn't stop me from enjoying the story.
the story is written in journal entry format which can sometimes be really tiresome to read but it worked for this book. i really loved the progression of miranda's character & how she grows & matures throughout the book. i also enjoyed the grim humor and the grit and determination of her family to survive.
i could have done w/out the one super religious character but oh well, it didn't take away too much from the story in the end. ...more
this is a great book. this is a book that was so well written that you know you could read it several more times & still glean something new fromthis is a great book. this is a book that was so well written that you know you could read it several more times & still glean something new from it each time. a great story, so absorbing. loved the characters and the idea behind the book, too. ...more
really enjoyed this last book. glad that Sam& Grace will have a happy ending
man, my EMOTIONS when i thought they had killed cole. MY GOD! but i am so glad he didn't die!! i loved his character. at first i wasn't sure about him, but i think he was a great addition to the book. because, let's face it, grace & sam are awesome and i love them forever, but they can be a little boring ;)
this was a great series, i'm glad i actually read it. it's been on my list forever. i think this was my favorite of all the books actually and it's not the norm for me to love the 3rd book over the 1st. usually i love the first, don't like the middle and the third book is a satisfying end. LOL
you know what you are getting into with a jennifer weiner book, they may not be extraordinary literature but they are generally fun and easy reads, niyou know what you are getting into with a jennifer weiner book, they may not be extraordinary literature but they are generally fun and easy reads, nice for light reading, ie books you can enjoy without giving a ton of thought to.
this book just aggravated me on so many levels.
it was just not BELIEVABLE at all. and i am aware that fiction is fiction and i am willing to suspend belief sometimes for the sake of a story, and a little embellishment or exaggeration is par for the course, but nothing in this book was believable and it's not like the story going along with it was so amazing that i could look past it. :/
i hated the main character. what a whiny high-maintenance spoiled "i'm better than you" bitch. i was so effing tired of hearing her whine about how hard her life is blah blah blah. ok i get it, it's hard to be a working aprent (i GET that) but you know what? there are so many women out there who have to do it with much less flexible circumstances than being a "blogger" please.
and what kind of fat women wear lulemon? i was pretty sure they ddin't make anything above a size 6. any self respecting fat woman gets her yoga pants from old navy!!!
and the bit about the cottage by the sea after she had her c-section? OH MY FUCKING GOD> let me tell you, there is no way - NO WAY- that you would be doing the motherfucking breast stroke after having a c-section. you can barley go up & down the stairs and this bitch is out swimming in the goddamn ocean!? i don't think so.
i hated her husband. what an ass! and they made her daughter so unlikeable, honestly, there just wasn't any character in this book that i really loved or cared about. by the middle of the book i was just reading it to get it over with.
oh, and for real? what world do we live in where you can order fricking oxycontin from some virtual druglord amazon.com? I mean, really?
so now it'll get spoilery - read at your own risk!
the part about her being in rehab was incredibly boring. and i hated hearing her go on & on taht she was so much better than everyone else there. STAB!!!!!
and the part about her breaking out of rehab during a talent show? REALLY???
and then the book just....ends. she quits her job and her and her dickhead husband now have separate apartments but are still married (???) and she dedicates all her time to not taking pills. oh and she gets a dog and they all lived happily ever after. *headdesk*
**spoiler alert** (view spoiler)[ the third chapter in the selection series. we are still at the palace, down to a handful of girls. it seems to be co**spoiler alert** (view spoiler)[ the third chapter in the selection series. we are still at the palace, down to a handful of girls. it seems to be coming down to kriss & america. celeste has had some random change of heart and is now a "nice person" or something. :/
we also find out kriss' family is part of the northern rebels and that america's dad (now passed, sadly) was a rebel as well. but this doesn't come up until practically the end of the novel when there is an attack on the palace and maxon's inconvenient arsehold father dies, and lo! maxon is king! and he chooses AMERICA!!
oh and in this book america somehow manages to forge a secret alliance with the italians during a tea party, something the king of illea apparently couldn't even do on his own *headdesk*
it's just.....kind of a ridiculous end to this book.
and aspen walked her down the aisle. i mean really? that is just TOO MUCH!!!!
with that said, there is a 4th book coming out in may and yes, i will be reading it. cannot help myself. LOL (hide spoiler)]["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
this is a very well written book. i really loved the book from start to about 3/4 of the way through it. the ending part, not so much. i don't want to this is a very well written book. i really loved the book from start to about 3/4 of the way through it. the ending part, not so much. i don't want to go into much detail, but i'll write more about it below, i don't want to spoiler people.
some of the dialogue in this book is the most convincing i have ever read. and yes there is a lot of detail here, a lot, but it's good detail. it adds to the richness of the story. i love when a book can really transport me to that word, and this book really does that. i didn't give it 5 stars b/c i really didn't love the end.
i know so many people didn't like boris, esp after you find out he stole the goldfinch from theo. all that time, poor theo thinks he is protecting this painting, and it is practically the purpose of his life and the sinking feeling in your stomach when he opens up the package & it's a fucking textbook. MY GOD!!!
but i ultimately liked boris. i don't think he was bad at heart and he did want to make amends with theo. in the end it all worked out anyway b/c the painting got returned to the "art police" (haha) and theo and boris got a big payout.
i loved reading about theo & his teenage years. his time at the barbours & even his time in vegas, though i read about the time in vegas with the perspective of a parent being like, omg that poor dear child. i wanted to find him and give him a warm bed and a home cooked meal and a bath.
i was glad when theo made it back to new york and i was so glad he stayed with hobie.
theo is kind of an asshole and in a way you can't blame him, but you are certainly dismayed to find out that he has been selling fakes and may discredit hobie's good name in the business. and theo does care & he does feel bad and you know his intentions were good - he was just trying to save hobie's business which was not doing too well but yeah. it's like, he knew what he was doing when he sold all those fakes.
in the end, he uses the money he got from the goldfinch to buy all those frauds back. karma? i guess so.
this book is an emotional ride. you find out andy dies and you are just so floored by that. poor andy. dying at sea with his bipolar dad b/c the rest of the family was too selfish to deal with him.
and theo's dad dying. also sad but i think in the end, theo may have been better off. when his dad was trying to borrow money from theo's estate or whatever...what the fuck!!!! but yeah, poor theo. he was just terrified of what was going to happen to him, and you the reader, are equally terrified!! i was so glad when he went back to NY & hobie took him in. so glad!
anyway. i am rambling. if anyone is reading this, i apologize. i suck at writing reviews, i mostly do them for my own purposes. ha.
the end. he rusn into boris in NY. theo is engaged to kitsey for appearances (she is actually having an affair with tom cable, the fuck head who got theo in trouble at school and basically dropped him like a bad habit after his mom died). (but still KITSEY!? LOL) and boris confesses to stealing the painting and then somehow they end up in amsterdam over xmas to retreive the painting and there is some kind of shoot out in a garage & theo is trapepd ina hotel room with only the newpapers and room service for company - his cell phone is dead and he doesnt have boris' # or his passport b/c when they met the people with the painting boris made him put it in the glove box of the car. then they are reunited in the hotel room and they eat room service breakfast on xmas morning and they have millions of dollars and then go home. i was just really following that flow.
but still. a great book and a great reading expierence. it's not often you have an experience like that when reading a book!