Ugh. This book makes me unreasonably angry and I'm not quite sure why, especially since I liked the author's previous book Shug. And it sounded intere...moreUgh. This book makes me unreasonably angry and I'm not quite sure why, especially since I liked the author's previous book Shug. And it sounded interesting from the premise: girl writes letters that she never intends to send to help her work out feelings about various boys she's liked, including her sister's boyfriend! Then one day the letters actually get mailed and she has to deal with the aftermath.
How she actually deals with it is just so dumb to me. Instead of trying to figure out who mailed them (which is not revealed until the end although it's kinda obvious) or having real open and honest discussions with the various boys to explain what happened, in order to not deal with the awkwardness of admitting she still likes her sister's now ex-boyfriend, she fake dates one of the other boys who got a letter. Oh, and he's in on it, too, because he's trying to make his ex-girlfriend jealous. So they make a contract for their fake-dating boundaries but then, of course, things get complicated. Maybe this is a realistic scenario in someone's world but man, I just found the whole thing so ridiculous.
Maybe since I couldn't understand her choices I never really liked or identified with the main character, Lara Jean. I much preferred her mostly absent older sister for being, I dunno, realistic? Responsible? Maybe I would have liked more of her in the story, or a story from her perspective as she had to grow up quickly and take over once the girls' mother died, and now with her going off to college and worried about her younger sisters and her decision to break up with her boyfriend to go away unattached and then finding out her sister likes said ex-boyfriend... Yeah. Where is that book?(less)
Cute, charming, somewhat predictable yet fun read.
I think I must harbor a secret acting ambition because I love these behind-the-scenes-in-showbiz so...moreCute, charming, somewhat predictable yet fun read.
I think I must harbor a secret acting ambition because I love these behind-the-scenes-in-showbiz sorts of stories. This book fits snugly into that category (and on my newly minted Goodreads shelf) with Franny Banks facing her self-imposed deadline of 'making it there' in NY as a legitimate actress.
Franny is quirky in a rom-com kind of way. (There is even a scene at the end of the book that compares her life to that type of movie, and I wondered if this would be adapted into a movie but I read somewhere they might make TV show of it. I'd watch it.) So she finds herself stumbling into situations where she impresses various people by accidentally going a different direction with her acting choices (and mistakes). And of course she's kinda clueless about love and life and she make obviously wrong choices that you know will be righted by the end of the book. It's satisfying in a fictional world sort of way that I really enjoyed.
I'm not really a Lauren Graham fan (though I'm not NOT a fan, you know, I just haven't really seen her in much) but I did wonder how much of this book was based on her own life experiences getting into the acting world. The timing of her career seems right, with this being set in the 90s. (Also, do 1990s settings qualify as historical fiction yet? I miss the 90s.)
One more thing that amused me: during my reading of the book I was picturing one romantic interest as that odd guy from Legally Blonde (not the lead, one of the side characters) since he's described as tall and socially awkward (though this evaporates as the book goes on) and anyway he looks like this:
And then I looked up Lauren Graham's real life man and he looks like this:
Since I've been reading a string of rather depressing books, I thought I'd pick this out for a lighter read.
Jim Gaffigan is the Hot Pockets guy (if y...moreSince I've been reading a string of rather depressing books, I thought I'd pick this out for a lighter read.
Jim Gaffigan is the Hot Pockets guy (if you've seen that bit, you'll get it) and I enjoy his comedy for being clean and actually funny. This books makes a lot of his having five kids. I've heard some of the lines in his act before so it wasn't all new, yet it was still amusing and got me giggling a few times.
People who are already fans of Jim Gaffigan and/or those with (lots of) kids will probably get the most out of this book.(less)
I'm never quite sure what to make of books with really dysfunctional families. Are they supposed to make people feel better about their own wacko clan...moreI'm never quite sure what to make of books with really dysfunctional families. Are they supposed to make people feel better about their own wacko clans or help them feel superior that their lives aren't that bad? I dunno. I just end up coming away feeling glad I don't really know these people and that I don't have to spend any more time with them.
Matthew King is having a tough time. An accident has just put his wife in a coma which has forced him to step up and attempt to actually be a parent to his troubled daughters. Meanwhile he's got to make some big choices in a land deal and he finds out some unsettling information about secrets his wife was hiding which just might impact his decisions.
Mixed feelings on this one. I enjoyed the Hawaiian setting and the idea of dealing with awful stuff even in a paradise-like place but the subject matter of the book overall was just so glum that I didn't enjoy my reading much. It's not badly written but sometimes the pacing felt off. I also got the feeling I was supposed to be surprised at certain reveals that I had guessed at long before. I did like the title a lot as it worked both for the idea of the main character being a descendant deciding what to do with his inheritance as well as applying to his relationship with his daughters.
Haven't seen the movie (nor do I plan to) so I have nothing to say on that score. (less)
Nice lift-the-flap book, better than the other one I have by this author since the flaps are bigger and easier to lift without ripping off tiny pieces...moreNice lift-the-flap book, better than the other one I have by this author since the flaps are bigger and easier to lift without ripping off tiny pieces. Good interaction for a little one learning various body parts.(less)
Having a younger one potty-training, I didn't really want a book that makes a huge deal about being a "big" kid using the potty. This is a cute book w...moreHaving a younger one potty-training, I didn't really want a book that makes a huge deal about being a "big" kid using the potty. This is a cute book with the baby realizing there's an option other than going in a diaper. My daughter laughs at the page with the baby doing the potty dance! She also loves the last page (undies!) for pointing out the various designs since she knows what some of them are (stars, puppy, fish).
I don't care for the page with the multiple image spread or the "tinkle" "toot" part since we don't really use those words (I just sub in ours). But overall it's a cute book and I find it funny to watch my little one sitting on the potty reading a book with pictures of another baby on the potty. Hopefully it helps her "get" it.(less)
This seems to me a book for the parents (read: moms who like Colin Firth) to enjoy more than really being for the little ones. I think the concept is...moreThis seems to me a book for the parents (read: moms who like Colin Firth) to enjoy more than really being for the little ones. I think the concept is cute, the art is pretty, but some of the things chosen for this "counting primer" just don't make a lot of sense for a children's book. Like the focus on Mr. Bingley and Mr. Darcy not just as gentlemen, but as RICH gentlemen, and later the marriage proposals and the pound notes. Yes, I know this is all part of P&P but it still seems odd in this format/taken out of context. Maybe some of the others in the BabyLit series do a better job appealing both to the literary parents and the little babies.(less)