Lanie Coates and her family make a life altering move to Cambridge, Massachusetts from Houston, Texas so her husband, Peter, can go to school. Lanie hLanie Coates and her family make a life altering move to Cambridge, Massachusetts from Houston, Texas so her husband, Peter, can go to school. Lanie has never felt so alone and so out of place as she does in Cambridge among the preppier and wealthier moms. Her life is completely consumed by her children, so much so that she barely has time for clean clothes and a shower. That's when another mom inadvertently insults her appearance, and Lanie decides enough is enough. She makes a plan to get some semblance of her old life back. However, along her path to re-discovery, certain things take place that could jeopardize her marriage. Will she be able to keep her new self and her husband?
I liked this book. Again, Katherine Center's story seems to speak right to me. It's like she channels all those mom thoughts and experiences that most of us can relate to. The only regret is the bad language in the book. I truly wish authors would not use language like that. I don't think it adds to the book in any way, but I suppose there is nothing to be done. I almost didn't want to read this book after the language from The Bright Side of Disaster, but the story was just so good. Blast! So I read this one anyway, and there is even more bad language in this book. I am very sorry to report that.
At any rate, here are some quotes that spoke to me from Everyone Is Beautiful.
You can't really furnish a terrifically hip apartment for next to nothing. Especially not when that apartment is also ankle-deep with trucks, Legos, puzzles, balls, Play-Doh, and a million other unsightly kid things. I had just decided, instead of worrying about it, to turn off the part of my brain that cared about being stylish or impressing others with my decor. Given our circumstances these days, we just had to be frumpy.(pg 34)
It was so easy to come up with solutions to other people's problems. To watch them struggle through parenting in a self-satisfied way and believe that if you were in their shoes, you'd have it all figured out. With friends back home, I'd noticed it over and again. Observations like, "That child is so shy. His mother needs to get him some friends!" As if a few playdates would change a child's personality. As if better parenting could make something like shyness disappear.(pg 141)
It's very likely that most of you have seen the movie by the same name. Let me first say that the book is vastly different from the movie. Which is beIt's very likely that most of you have seen the movie by the same name. Let me first say that the book is vastly different from the movie. Which is better? It is hard to say, because I really love the movie, particularly most of the side characters. Don't get me wrong though, the book is equally good. Why I liked the book: We get a deeper insight into Ella's mind. We see her struggles against her curse, and more background on her family. Another element I really liked is her relationship with Prince Charmont. In the book they are introduced at a younger age and we get to see more interaction between them. Also, the book doesn't have Char's evil uncle, and his father and mother are still alive. The King and Queen don't play a big role in the book. There are really no disputes among the various races of peoples in the book (i.e. the ogres, giants, elves, Ayorthians) although it is always safe to stay away from Ogres. Why I liked the movie: The side characters in the movie are more developed. For example, Slannen the elf is a major character in the movie that helps Ella with her quest. Dame Olga, Hattie and Olive are pretty equally represented from book to movie, but I would say Hattie is a little more devious in the movie, whereas Dame Olga is a little more wicked in the book. At least in my view. We also have Char's uncle in the movie that is oppressing all the elves, ogres, and giants, and plotting to have Prince Char killed. That was all an invention of Hollywood. Also, Ella's magical book (Benny in the movie) is quite different in the movie. In the book, the magic book could show Ella letters, diary entries etc from people in the book (Hattie, Char, etc). It also had fairy tales in it. In the movie it would simply show her people and places when she requested to see them. Also, since the book in the movie was supposed to be Mandy's boyfriend, Benny, it could also talk to Ella. I realize this review is leaning towards the long side. I think this book is worth the read, especially if you like a little bit of fantasy....more
Better than Torment (book 2), however getting a little tired of Luce's quest for knowledge. Will I ever make it through this series? PS I am liking CaBetter than Torment (book 2), however getting a little tired of Luce's quest for knowledge. Will I ever make it through this series? PS I am liking Cam better in this book, but still like Roland better. ...more
Tyler Miller has always been a picked on nerd, but after pulling a prank at the end of his junior year, he is starting his senior year with a new badTyler Miller has always been a picked on nerd, but after pulling a prank at the end of his junior year, he is starting his senior year with a new bad boy image. Not to mention his recently developed muscles from landscaping all summer. He finally is getting noticed by the girl of his dreams, Bethany, but her twin brother, Chip, is definitely a "chip" in his side. Bethany invites him to a party, which is not in accordance with his probation, but he takes the risk anyway. In the aftermath of the party, some pictures of Bethany emerge on the internet, and he is the prime suspect. Now he has to convince everyone it wasn't him, and save his relationship with Bethany. It looks like things at home need improving as well.
*Stop reading now if you don't want a few spoilers*
I liked this book alright. I appreciated the fact that Tyler respected Bethany, and didn't take advantage of her when probably most other guys would have. I liked how Tyler stepped up his responsibility - especially towards the end of the book. I liked how Tyler was a nice guy and capable of being responsible, even though he may not have looked or acted that way all the time. I liked how Tyler's teachers came through in helping him keep up with his school work when he was in isolation. I gave a sigh of relief when Tyler overcame his suicidal tendencies.
What I didn't like: I didn't like the repeated attention to Tyler's "male anatomy problems". I guess that's the nicest way to put it. The swear factor: I would rate 2 or 3 out of five. There wasn't too much swearing, but the F word used once, and the Lord's name frequently. I was uncomfortable during the hazing incident, and the frequent references to the scantily dressed female students (thus creating the male anatomy problems). The good I see at those references is to open girls' eyes to the effect they have on guys. Message to girls: wear more clothes....more
This is your typical LDS romance, adventure novel. I can't even remember the heroine's name now. How pathetic is that? Well, I still liked it. The maiThis is your typical LDS romance, adventure novel. I can't even remember the heroine's name now. How pathetic is that? Well, I still liked it. The main girl works for the CIA or the FBI or something like that, and she is in charge of security for the Prince of a made up country. They hit it off, then she has to pretend to be his fiance for an upcoming event in his country. Then they fall in love for real etc etc. So I don't really remember the details of this book too well. Sorry about that, but it was pretty predictable. I recommend this to the ladies who want a light read....more