I must have added it because a few of my Goodread friends liked it. I randomly chose it for my last library pull and didnYeah, this was so not for me.
I must have added it because a few of my Goodread friends liked it. I randomly chose it for my last library pull and didn't read the cover before starting it because I felt like doing a book blind date.
I should have known it wasn't going to be my thing by the end of the first chapter.
Good looking guy named Will with lots of money with a good looking girlfriend doing good looking rich people things. Ugh.
We meet Lou, a 27 year old wearing crazy clothes with no personality, no money and no plans for life.
Oh, whatever will happen if she's thrown together with the good looking rich guy?
Will was in an accident and is now a quadriplegic. Lou lost her nice little job at a nice little cafe and has to decide between work as a chicken processor or a pole dancer. So, that sucks. But then a miracle! A high paying job as a PCA? And they don't want experience? And they already have a nurse to do most of the tasks? What the what?
Lou, of course, gets the job and that's how she's thrown together with Will.
I honestly don't know why I kept reading, but Moyes is a good writer and I did want to know how everything was going to shake out. I found myself liking Lou even if she didn't have a personality. She has a sister who is better than she is and her parents tease her almost brutally. She has a boyfriend she's been with for seven years and it's clear from his first introduction how that's going to end. I had to keep reminding myself that she was twenty seven and not twenty, and the fact that I remember she's twenty seven makes me think it must be mentioned several times. Because, seriously, she often comes across as an undefined kid.
Will was a believable character. He had an awesome good looking rich people life and now he's in a chair and cannot do anything for himself. I was totally on board with his anger and depression. I rolled my eyes at the stereotypical rich people problems of a mother who was distant, a sister who was ignored and clearly second to the favored son and a father who apparently was having sex with everyone except his wife. Lou is working class and her mother is eager to buy into this idea of the faults of the rich and good looking.
I knew really early on what was going to happen to Lou and Will. Sure enough, he changes her life. She suddenly realizes she has interests and ideas. They often coincide with Will's interests, but that's OK. At least she's developing a personality, even if only because he's giving her one.
Ugh, seriously, applause for Moyes' writing style that I didn't toss this book but happily finished it.
It ended as I knew it would, along with a pretty little bow.
I didn't hate it, but man... this is not my type of book at all. I might check out another of Moyes' books because I did like the writing. Maybe she has another story that fits my sarcastic nature a bit better.
OK, yeah... no. I just skimmed her books and... no. Not for me....more
The audio version is amazing. Fred Berman's narration is really, really strong. There is nothing worse than a narrator who can't do voices well and BeThe audio version is amazing. Fred Berman's narration is really, really strong. There is nothing worse than a narrator who can't do voices well and Berman is particularly good at them.
I enjoyed this story a lot. The idea of knowing people's inner devils and learning from a touch everything they don't want you to know is both terrifying and powerful. Watching Ig try to figure out what was going on was well paced and made sense. I think I would have freaked out and then become curious on a similar timeline to his.
I also like how I was never sure of Merrin's story, even with a big reveal. I found myself wondering about her choices and wanting to know if Ig's version or Lee's version of her was the accurate one. We only get a small bit of her voice and yet she's the center of Ig's story.
I don't know I feel about the ending. As it was getting closer I was trying to figure out how I wanted it to end. I was on Ig's side from the start and I wanted him to have a happy ending, but couldn't decide what that would even look like or if it would even be possible. There's a nice change at the end for one of the characters and I liked the possibilities there, but I didn't love how Ig's story concludes. Part of the problem was that I liked Ig and wanted to see more, which is a good disappointment to have.
I absolutely should have watched the movie before reading the book though. My friends who have done both are warning me that I'm going to be super disappointed if I watch it now....more
What I most enjoy about Sarah Vowell is how much she enjoys being a geek. I imagine her mentally high-fiveing herself after writing a particularity geWhat I most enjoy about Sarah Vowell is how much she enjoys being a geek. I imagine her mentally high-fiveing herself after writing a particularity geeky phrase or sentence, while at the same time creating geekness that is so effortless and embedded into her DNA that she probably doesn't even realize what she has just constructed. She loves words, she loves information and she loves to share it.
This is a perfect memoir style for her; the only way she could write memoir. She tells stories about herself by using historical moments to set the stage. As she describes her experiences visiting a uber-obscure historical site she overlaps the moments with memories of her childhood and her thoughts on her present day. Her personal history is twined with USA's history and she cannot tell one without adding in the other.
I know some people cringe at her voice, but I love listening to her and having the audio version of this book made it much better. With memoir especially, I want to hear the person tell his or her stories. I want those sarcastic lifts and important pauses.
The bonus with this one? The guest readers and music by They Might Be Giants. Stephen Colbert as Al Gore alone is worth the library wait....more
This should be called The Most Depressing Fairy Tales Ever Written And If You Are The Least Little Bit Sad You Will Want To Jump Off A Bridge by OscarThis should be called The Most Depressing Fairy Tales Ever Written And If You Are The Least Little Bit Sad You Will Want To Jump Off A Bridge by Oscar Wilde.
I liked the reverse psychology angle - most stories have a negative character that doesn't learn a thing while the good character dies an awful death. We wouldn't want to be like that, would we children?
But man...I needed to watch a Lifetime or Hallmark movie where everything is puppies and rainbows to wash away the misery....more
I gave this one a quick skim. There is a ton of information, and like any textbook type reading, some parts were more interesting to me than others. II gave this one a quick skim. There is a ton of information, and like any textbook type reading, some parts were more interesting to me than others. I imagine it's required reading for most classes on graphic novels, which is where I got it from....more
I wanted to cheer for Gilsdorf as he reclaimed his freak and geek, grabbed his dice and nerded the nighI wanted to like this book.
I wanted to love it.
I wanted to cheer for Gilsdorf as he reclaimed his freak and geek, grabbed his dice and nerded the night away.
Instead I read through some 300 pages waiting for him to make a decision. ANY decision. Just make a decision, commit to it and become it. So, uhm, I guess there are spoilers coming, unless you agree with him and not me. Then there are still spoilers, but you think I’m way off base.
Gilsdorf starts of by reminiscing about his childhood and the role D&D had in protecting him from reality, providing him with friends, and creating an outlet where he could control situations while giving in to fantasy.
Later he discovers girls and puts away such childish things. (Fool.)
Then he gets to be about 40, questions everything about his ability to be in a successful relationship and decides he needs to examine his early love of gaming to figure out where it all went wrong. Or figure out if he can become a gamer again and be happy. Or make fun of nerds and be happy. Or figure out what in the holy hell he needs to do to be in love and be happy.
I want him to be happy.
He starts with Tolkien and his love for Lord of the Rings. The movies are what drew him back to his freaky-geeky roots and he meets with hardcore Tolkien society members. He talks to people about their passion for the books and the movies and the man and tries to figure out where the line is between “acceptable appreciation” and “basement dwelling creature” when it comes to being a fan of something.
He then realizes he can write a book by spending time examining different areas of freak and geek. So he travels.
* Tolkien * D&D * Gygax, GenCon (too scary), LGGC IV and tabletop RPGs * LARPing * Freak/Geek couples -or- Can Nerds Find Love? * The Guedelon worksite in France * Wizard Rock * Pennsic and the SCA * WoW and other MMORPGs * Dragon*Con * New Zealand…for more Lord of the Rings * Attempt to put all of these experiences together to figure out his life and the role of freak and geek in the real world.
As a nerd, this list makes me salivate. The idea of having this much time and money to explore and learn more and go to cons and play games and play games and play games and read books in England and New Zealand and talk about games and play more games and talk to people who love LARPing and being in the SCA and listening to nerd music and playing games is too much for my brain to handle without me getting twitchy fingers. But the entire time Gilsdorf is there, he’s hesitant and apologetic to the non-nerds who might be reading and he doesn’t want them to know he’s not really one of Those Freaks Over There and ARE YOU KIDDING ME? You are doing AWESOME THINGS, so shut up and ENJOY YOURSELF.
It drove me crazy because I felt like every time Gilsdorf started to feel comfortable as a gamer or a nerd or a freak or a geek, he’d convince himself that it was socially unacceptable and he’d run away and point out the parts of the culture that don’t work out so well. It felt like he was trying really hard not to get stuffed in a locker. And even when he was jealous of what some of the freaks and geeks had, he still kept himself distanced. It was Him versus Them. He might understand the Thems, but he didn’t want to be a Them. Too much Cheeto dust on the fingertips, I guess.
He meets freaks that have fallen in love, not by changing their freak and geek selves, but because they ARE freaks and geeks. He seems to decide that this kind of love isn’t for him, or that he’ll find it immediately and it will be easy and wonderful and will happen without thought or work. So he shrugs and moves on.
The entire book isn’t a loss. He does force himself to confront his belief system and articulate what he wants. I just wanted him to jump in the air, claim his freakness and rejoin the land of Gamer.
And, as a geek, it was fun to read because I enjoy watching people try to explain what in the heck we’re doing. I did wonder from time to time if he was over- or under- explaining things. Did I understand more because I already knew what the letters meant? If a non-geek was reading this book (but why would he or she???) would they be confused and frustrated? Did hardcore geeks get frustrated because Gilsdorf was explaining things that were painfully obvious… to them? There is a glossary in the back which makes it feel that this is a guide book to people who are not freaks and geeks, but are curious to know what goes on behind closed basement doors.
Gilsdorf is never cruel, even when he’s completely uncomfortable. While he keeps that clear line of Him versus Them, he never mocks the geek, even if he might point out that he sees it as absurd.
I just really wish he had fallen in love with his D&D self again and gone back to the gaming store to play....more