A younger narrator but very authentic look at what happens when you grow apart from old friends and fall in love for the first time. California settinA younger narrator but very authentic look at what happens when you grow apart from old friends and fall in love for the first time. California setting was great and I also loved Lima's parents. More to come....more
3.5 stars. Quick read with lots of gorgeous pictures of Jennifer performing and in real life. Written while she was putting together her first tour, J3.5 stars. Quick read with lots of gorgeous pictures of Jennifer performing and in real life. Written while she was putting together her first tour, Jen talks about the moment she realizes her marriage is not working and how her tour helped her to move on and find her self-worth. I enjoyed this one. Many important observations about how being happy with yourself is the most important factor in navigating a relationship and how we all have a value and need to learn to take what we deserve....more
I liked this story. Two people meet like working at a bar (one is a bouncer & the other is a shot girl), where they are working just to2.5 stars.
I liked this story. Two people meet like working at a bar (one is a bouncer & the other is a shot girl), where they are working just to make ends meet until they can move on to the next thing. (Norm is about to publish a sci-fi book and Lucy is hoping to transfer to another school.) Their chemistry was great from the beginning, and the connection is complicated because their boss does not like for bouncers and shot girls to date. Love's Last Call held my attention enough to keep me reading because I liked the backstories of both of the main characters and they were both super into geeky things (super heroes, etc.). While the backstories were the right rhythm as far as drama goes, the language was a bit over the top at times and there were a lot of small details that were repeated throughout. I'm not sure the issue with their boss should have been as big of a deal as it should have been either since both were planning on leaving the establishment anyway.
All in all, this was a quick read and I did enjoy it. The characters don't talk a ton to other people (except two supporting characters I liked a lot) and the scenes could have been set better.
Thanks to the author for sending this along for review....more
If you are looking for a tell-all about Lea Michele’s life, Brunette Ambition isn’t really going toReview originally posted on Rather Be Reading Blog:
If you are looking for a tell-all about Lea Michele’s life, Brunette Ambition isn’t really going to fulfill that need. Instead we get the bare bones of her fitness regiment, makeup and shopping tips, and even some of her favorite recipes in addition to how her career got started, the phenomenon of Glee, and her friendship with Jonathan Groff (my favorite!).
While I was interested in the release of the book, it wasn’t until I saw it in person that I knew I had to have it. The photography is stunning. The professional shots of Lea before and after makeup, even the ones accompanies the various exercise instructions, are so gorgeous. (She has perfect hair. I swear. I can’t even.) Not to mention she shares a bunch of instagram and iPhone pictures throughout as she tells her story.
Despite the length, she covers a lot of topics and even though it’s never completely in depth, you feel like you’re having a nice long magazine interview with her instead of just a few pages. A few of my favorite parts:
- Her philosophy on shopping is one I really need to take to heart. Shop for basics. What should you splurge on and what should you buy at a bargain? (I love that she makes fun of some of her past fashion choices too. Been there.) - Have you ever thought of using a toothbrush for hair flyaways or your bangs? Me neither. But I get these all the time, and now I have a solution. - In a world of Lindsay Lohans and Britney Spears, I admire how Lea works so hard to stay close with her family and create a circle of trustworthy friends. I’ve read so many interviews where she talks about how she would rather stay in than go out like most girls her age, and she reiterates that often in the book. It’s nice to picture her as the kind of person who wants to curl up on her couch with wine and her cat watching crappy reality shows. - Since I started really following her in the last few months — her album is my summer soundtrack — I’ve been impressed by her work ethic. The amount of hours that Glee requires in addition to this book, an entire album, and appearances? She still manages to stay in shape, cook food, and be social. She’s a rock star. Seeing it all written down in one places makes it even more admirable.
And, of course, there are some quoteworthy moments too:
- “While I get that there’s a fine line between owning your accomplishments and reciting every line of your resume, there is absolutely no shame in being proud of what you’ve managed to achieve. Own it.” - “I always think it’s better to scramble to learn a new skill than to sell yourself short.” - “Work on your friendships in the same way you’d tackle anything of importance in your life. And be judicious about the special people you let into your circle.” - “No matter what — the show must go on.”
I definitely see this as a book I would pick up time and time again, opening to a chapter and just reading for awhile, especially with the healthy recipes, the hair & facial concoctions, and the fitness sections. If you are a Glee or Lea fan in general, I can see where you would be interested in the whole package but as a reader who is looking for an uplifting and honest how-to, it’s worth adding to your collection. Lea’s already started on book 2, and I’m very curious how the “movement” will move forward.