This book was ok. I did not go into it thinking that it was going to be a literary masterpiece; but really, if this were a work of fan fiction, then tThis book was ok. I did not go into it thinking that it was going to be a literary masterpiece; but really, if this were a work of fan fiction, then the book's main characters would be amongst the biggest Marty Stu and Mary Sue characters out there.
*Warning: Spoilers Follow*
I found the character of Beauty to be the most problematic of all. She was written in such a way that her character ran the spectrum of female character stereotypes. She was so beautiful that every guy she ran across wanted to be with her; and she was so smart that she was able to launch her own line aimed at pre-teens AND run a major department store's pre-teen section by the age of 21 without any formal training (beyond working at Claire's) or a college degree. Not only that, but she was chaste - but not TOO chaste. That said, she dealt with the moral dilemma of almost being a kept woman who almost gets exactly what she wants by sleeping with a man - but is relieved that it doesn't happen. THEN she goes and hits the manipulative, conniving female stereotype bell by doing exactly what she was fretting about so that she can advance herself and her career.
I feel this is a bit problematic for the character. Flaws are fine, but they didn't really explain what lead to the drastic change in the character's morals. Essentially, I feel like they wanted Beauty to be the "perfect woman" - the woman all men want and the woman all women want to be. They settled for her suddenly compromising her previous moral integrity to get her to a certain place in the story. But they didn't want to take the time to get her to that place in an at least somewhat realistic way.
I felt this book dragged on quite a bit too much. I also felt that the ending was too abrupt. I know they're going to have a sequel, but they could have had a better segue for it.
I didn't go into reading this book to thinking it would be a literary masterpiece. It was entertaining enough for what it was. ...more
I liked the portions about her background, experiences, & her thoughts on her television projects. I also thought the advice in the book was goodI liked the portions about her background, experiences, & her thoughts on her television projects. I also thought the advice in the book was good & helpful. However, I have to agree with what some of the other reviewers had to say - it was rather repetitive. It almost felt like she was just filling up space to make the chapters longer or something....more
I read this book for my English class. While there were parts of it that were interesting, this book just couldn't hold my attention. It actually madeI read this book for my English class. While there were parts of it that were interesting, this book just couldn't hold my attention. It actually made me fall asleep once. It got marginally better in the second half, but if you can avoid reading this book, then I would, if I were you....more
I thought this book was well written and very informative. It talks about more than just the drug, but I think it's important to explore what could poI thought this book was well written and very informative. It talks about more than just the drug, but I think it's important to explore what could possibly lead to drug problems anywhere. Overall, it was a good read (and a quick one, too). ...more
This review contains spoilers, so you have been fairly warned.
I give this book three stars because I did find it entertaining to read. I wouldn't clasThis review contains spoilers, so you have been fairly warned.
I give this book three stars because I did find it entertaining to read. I wouldn't classify it as great literature, but if you need a book to read while traveling or whatever, this is a good book to take with you.
The premise of the book, at least from the middle on, is unrealistic and unbelievable. I don't believe for a second that any 14 year old would use such language that either the characters of Nick Twisp or Sheeni Saunders used.
We are introduced to the character of Nick Twisp when he is 13 years old, about to turn 14. His ineffectual parents are divorced. In the beginning of the novel, he lives with his mother. He goes on vacation with her and her trucker boyfriend, Jerry, where he meets and falls madly in love with Sheeni Saunders, who is dating a guy named Trent Preston. Nick eventually cajoles her to break up with Trent and date him, although it would be a long distance relationship (Nick lives in Oakland, Sheeni lives in the small town of Ukiah).
Nick eventually goes to move with his father (who got a job in Ukiah with the help of Sheeni) after he starts a massive fire. However, Sheeni then goes off to a private, French school in Santa Cruz, much to Nick's dismay. From there, he plots to get her kicked out, which he is eventually successful at, however, all of his previous chicanery catches up with him and he is forced to flee.
Nick eventually returns to Ukiah disguised as a girl named Carlotta and resides at the house of his friend's (Fuzzy DeFalco) dead grandmother. He runs into Sheeni at the local doughnut shop, and the two become fast friends. Later in the book, we learn Sheeni knew Carlotta was really Nick all along because of the doughnuts he ordered and the two finally get to have sex, which Nick has been so desperate to do throughout the entire book.
The book basically ends with Nick and Sheeni happily in love with each other and wealthy.
I found most of the characters to be deplorable. The only character I liked was Apurva Joshi, the teenage Indian girl who is oppressed by her parents. It was hard to relate to Nick's situation, because he is such an obnoxious character and Sheeni Saunders was rather pretentious. Also, from the middle of the book on, everything that happens is pretty unbelievable. Could a 14 year old set a large fire? I'm sure they could. Are they going to be able to masquerade around unnoticed and be able to enter public school without records? I doubt it. I also don't believe two 14 year olds would be able to get two business people to capitulate so easily over the phone for agreed upon royalties so easily (which is the source of their eventual wealth).
I get that it's fiction, but I think a lot of it was over the top. I wouldn't say avoid this book, but don't get into it with any great expectations of fine literature, either. ...more