I won this book several months ago from a Goodreads giveaway, but due to a recent move, new state and new job, I haven't gotten around to reading it uI won this book several months ago from a Goodreads giveaway, but due to a recent move, new state and new job, I haven't gotten around to reading it until now.
I was not overly impressed. The basis of the story was good; however, the writing left a little bit to be desired. It was a lot of dialogue as opposed to any character building or descriptive writing. Also, the timeline and progression of the story was very jagged. You turned the page and suddenly it was months later, with no real explanation of what happened between then and now.
Again, it wasn't bad. I read it and I wanted to know how it ended. The writing style just left it a little bit flat and hard to digest in my opinion....more
I had received this book several months ago from a Goodreads giveaway. Before I had a chance to read it, I ended up getting a new job in a different sI had received this book several months ago from a Goodreads giveaway. Before I had a chance to read it, I ended up getting a new job in a different state, living out of a hotel for several months and finally settling in and unboxing all my books. I read it in one day, completely enthralled with the story. The resiliency of both Trey and his family is remarkable. It is astounding that a 15-year-old boy could handle such a grave diagnosis with such unwavering certainty that he would beat it. A great read....more
This book has been on my "to purchase" list for a while now. When I saw it on sale, I snapped it up. I really wanted to like it and based on other revThis book has been on my "to purchase" list for a while now. When I saw it on sale, I snapped it up. I really wanted to like it and based on other reviews, I was convinced that I would. Unfortunately, I just didn't.
I'm pretty sure that the author saw James Cameron's Titanic and decided to take the basic scenarios, character interactions and visuals, give them a few twists and write this book. I understand that it's a historical event, but maybe some originality could be used to deviate from what someone else has already told. I also felt that actual sinking and the events of her life thereafter were rushed and glazed over.
It wasn't a bad book per se. I wish that it had been more focused on events of 1912, without jumping to the 1980s throughout the whole book. Or at least pulled Maggie's character forward from 1912 to 1985 while covering the events of her life in between the two plot lines. I understand where the author was trying to do with the formatting. I just don't feel like she quite got there.
The only thing that sort of saved this book is the fact that it is loosely based on factual events. It just didn't save it enough....more
Hello, anti-climatic ending full of unanswered questions, disappointing explanations and plot holes.
You know how it almost seems that the writerHello, anti-climatic ending full of unanswered questions, disappointing explanations and plot holes.
You know how it almost seems that the writers of Lost didn't quite believe the show would be a success and then when it was it became clear that they hadn't properly thought things through and they didn't know where to go with the storyline? They started filling the episodes with strange and mysterious things that they never explained and then the series (eventually) ended in a weird, nonsensical way? At least that's how I think it went. It was explained to me that way. I stopped watching part way through season 2. Or when Stephen King just kind of gave up on the Gunslinger series, but wrote four additional books that he really didn't seem to care about and then gave it that ending? Yeah, this series is kind of like that.
This book was interesting enough, but it was a very slow. Nothing really happened. The characters were fairly flat, the "big reveal" was unsatisfyingThis book was interesting enough, but it was a very slow. Nothing really happened. The characters were fairly flat, the "big reveal" was unsatisfying and the unfolding of the story, though intended to be clever, was somewhat disjointed. I felt like it all ended a little bit too disappointingly and a little too suddenly - where was the rest of the story? Everything was wrapped up and tied with a neat little bow, but I felt that there needed to be more. Within a few hours, I had actually forgotten that I had finished it.
The writing was decent enough - I think that given a few more years and some maturity to her writing Amy Bright will be a pretty good author. She writes well and it was a quick read.
This is probably one of the best, but also one of the absolute worst books for me to be given as a Good Reads First Read. Having worked with rescue grThis is probably one of the best, but also one of the absolute worst books for me to be given as a Good Reads First Read. Having worked with rescue groups that brought in dogs from outside the United States and having had my bleeding heart lead me to adopting 4 dogs of my own, I was already well aware of the horrors that some abandoned animals have to endure. Yes, this book was jarring and heart wrenching, but it's a story that needs to be told, especially for those who aren't aware of what goes on in some countries. Every so often, a horrific story of animal abuse makes national news in the United States and people spring into action, making donations and helping the cause. Eventually, the novelty dies down and people go back to their normal, daily lives. What most people don't realize is that these types of things are daily occurrences in numerous other countries and most people don't care. Even here in the US, most of the atrocities aren't reported, at least not nationally. This book gives a small glimpse into what goes on outside of most peoples' safe, happy world. It's definitely a reality check.
I was instantly sucked into the story and I kept reading, flipping page by page, struggling to correct the blurriness of the words as the tears slipped from the corners of my eyes. I knew that the author had eventually made connections with a rescue to pull the dogs out of Puerto Rico; I just wanted to reach that point in the book and get these dogs out of their horrible situation at a faster rate than what was happening. When rescue space is such a limited commodity, how do you chose who stays and who goes, especially when staying, even for an additional week, could be a death sentence for any one of these dogs?
I read the book in one evening. It was a very quick read, though, admittedly, I did keeping putting it down and reaching for something much, much lighter to set my mind right. However, after a chapter or two of the more positive and light-hearted book, I would reach again for this one. If you can get through heaviness of this book and not allow it to too badly warp the way that you view human nature in regards to stray dogs (or unwanted animals in general), it is a very important read. I sincerely hope that this helps raise awareness and maybe, just maybe, will turn the tides of change. ...more
This really was kind of a funny story, but it was, in my opinion, much more than just that. It was about depression and suicide without really being aThis really was kind of a funny story, but it was, in my opinion, much more than just that. It was about depression and suicide without really being about depression and suicide. Oddly, the best way to describe it would be that this book made me happy. Yeah, that sounds weird and maybe makes me seem a little bit demented given the subject of this book, but it really did make me happy. It was an easy, quick read. The characters were relatable and, for the most part, likable. It was just... GOOD.
I do have to say that I was absolutely heartbroken to learn that Mr. Vizzini succumbed to the battle with his own demons and committed suicide in December 2013. Given the last few paragraphs of the book with all the positive affirmations and the hope, it seems that he himself knew how to manage his depression. Unfortunately, having the knowledge and living by it are two different things. Ned Vizzini was clearly a very gifted man with the ability to make somewhat light of a serious situation, but in a very positive way, while still getting across a very important message.