I liked it. For the most part. I really like the cover. I liked that it gave a more insider's view of the parks.
However, this girl likes to whine. AI liked it. For the most part. I really like the cover. I liked that it gave a more insider's view of the parks.
However, this girl likes to whine. A lot. I've worked in a theme park. I've also (unfortunately) worked in customer service most of my life. Maybe the author couldn't get some points across because the guests might be too identifiable? I'm not really sure, but only one of her so-called horrible guest experiences would even break through my personal top ten. For example, the parade nightmare was kind of a nightmare at the end of the day, but the author stated that the woman was mean based on her experiences with her earlier in the day. I had the reread the chapter to find out what I'd missed. I didn't miss anything -- the woman and her family seemed a little strange, but not mean. Maybe some parts of the day were left out, but it was strange to me. Additionally, claiming that a man asked inappropriate questions but not including any examples just made me wonder what he could have said.
Also, there were several obvious typos in the kindle edition. If you're interested in theme parks, it's worth the quick read....more
Here's the thing: the writing is actually quite horrific. That said, it's a pretty good celebrity memoir. While I think he should have hired a ghostwrHere's the thing: the writing is actually quite horrific. That said, it's a pretty good celebrity memoir. While I think he should have hired a ghostwriter, I think he's a pretty cool guy....more
I saw the author speak at the National Book Festival and was very impressed with her presentation. I wanted to read Smile, but they weren't selling itI saw the author speak at the National Book Festival and was very impressed with her presentation. I wanted to read Smile, but they weren't selling it, so I bought this for my niece instead. I'm so glad I did! The morning after the festival I read it. And I loved it.
The artwork is great -- great expressions and drawings that are perfect for juveniles and tell the story expertly. The author intersperses flashbacks to her younger years (wanting a sister and then living with her sister as she grows up -- sisters never play the way you want them too!!) with the main story of her family road trip as a young teen from California to Colorado. I love how this distinction was made by the flashbacks printed on a yellow-colored paper -- as if the memories are aged. Being fourteen and stuck in a care with a younger sister and brother and an exasperated mom is no picnic.
The story is autobiographical and the reader can tell. I was instantly thrown back to my own teenage years dealing with two younger sisters and a younger brother (being the oldest is not as fun as it seems!). Trying to fit in with cool, older cousins is hard and can be disappointing (been there too). The book also vividly recalled my own family camping trip to Colorado for a family wedding (though we traveled from VA and I was eight). Personally I loved this book because it could have been written by me (had I any artistic talent, which I do not). However, the intended audience will adore it as well. Any girl with a younger sibling can relate to the annoying younger sister; and hopefully learn that maybe she isn't so bad after all.
(PS -- I may have to buy another copy for my niece. I think this one's staying with me)...more