Antalek is a beautiful writer there is no denying that. Much of her words read like poetry. However, after listening for almost 12 hours to the story,Antalek is a beautiful writer there is no denying that. Much of her words read like poetry. However, after listening for almost 12 hours to the story, I still didn't really care much for the characters while following them from ages 15-30. Not much actually happens in this book. I kept waiting for some sort of tremendous drama, but it stayed pretty even-keeled for the entirety. There was way too much description regarding what each character was cooking or building or wearing instead of having the characters connect more through dialogue. Maybe my problem with this book is that it was too realistic and not dramatic enough for me. I followed all four characters as they grew up and so little happened to them, I almost felt like they could have just been acquaintances of mine. I already have enough real-life friends (thank you very much) and I live a fairly mundane life as it is. I appreciate more drama or extra-ordinary things happening in my fiction books.
I also expected much more from the last chapter of the book. Again, nothing really happened and it seemed like a chapter that could have just been shoved somewhere in the middle.
Three stars because though it was written beautifully, I never felt real connected or invested in what would happen as they grew. And when I did get excited, nothing ended up happening....more
I enjoyed this book, especially because it was told mainly from the male perspective. It definitely helped that it's one of the few New Adult books whI enjoyed this book, especially because it was told mainly from the male perspective. It definitely helped that it's one of the few New Adult books where the main male character doesn't have a massive six pack, tattoos everywhere and loves getting into fights. So thank you Rebecca Donovan.
This is supposedly a book with a surprise ending/twist. But I pretty much figured it out well before I hit the halfway mark, which is fine as it still kept me interested. It's a quick read with diverse characters and a unique plot. ...more
First let me say one thing - I am rating this book on the AUDIO version and not on the written word, because there is a very, very large distinction bFirst let me say one thing - I am rating this book on the AUDIO version and not on the written word, because there is a very, very large distinction between the two.
I want to shout this from the mountain top, I want everyone to know, I cannot reiterate this enough...do not...DO NOT read this book - especially if you are a fan of Amy Poehler.
In saying that, please listen to this book if you're a fan of Amy Poehler.
This should never have been released in the written form. Amy wanted to tell some aspects of her life and also be funny in a different platform than the screen, so everybody told her to write a book. She got a bunch of money and she moved forward with it. However, if the people around her were smart and didn't care so much about money (or she didn't care so much), they should have only released this as an audio version - a different form of art and skipped the printed version all together.
Every person I know who has read (or attempted) to read this book disliked it. I don't blame them one bit. I would have disliked it, too. Because Amy isn't a writer, she's a performer, a personality. The way she comes across in the written word makes her sound pompous or shrew or quite honestly? Boring. The audio version is a completely different platform. The way she speaks her words and stories are unique and laugh-out-loud funny. With her voice and inflection, you know when she is joking and when she isn't joking. You can feel when she is emotional and when she is just being silly.
In addition to her own words, she invites guests into her studio that include Seth Meyers, Patrick Stewart, Carol Burnett, Kathleen Turner, Mike Schur (the writer of Parks and Rec and if you are a fan of this show, you should purchase the audio version for this chapter alone), and her own parents to read chapters or just shoot the shit with her. There are clips interspersed throughout from her early days on stage, from Parks and Recreation, from SNL, etc. And she reads her final chapter aloud to a studio audience on the Upright Citizens Brigade stage that she helped create.
I was touched by a lot in the book and she made me laugh constantly.
However, HOWEVER, she is not a writer. None of what I said above will come through if you read the book. It takes her personality to make the words shine. The book has gotten poor reviews and I think she may have lost some fans. Her editors definitely made a misstep in how to promote this gem.
So I give the audio version four stars and if you ever find yourself in the car or listening to your ipod for long periods of time, I'd definitely recommend it....more
Really well written series as a whole, but this final book left way too many unanswered questions. It definitely isn't a conclusion, but reads like anReally well written series as a whole, but this final book left way too many unanswered questions. It definitely isn't a conclusion, but reads like another second book in a trilogy. I think the author got sick of writing for these characters (these are the only books she was written), realized in the third book that she didn't really know how to make an adequate ending that tied everything up and just left it open-ended so she could move on to something else. During the epilogue, I kept waiting for something to happen that would end the book well. Perhaps someone that was close to them actually decided one of them DID need to parish. But...nothing. Just fa-la-la let's go to college and I guess we'll see what happens someday (except the readers won't because the books are over).
All in all I really enjoyed the series, just wish the last book had a proper ending....more
As far as Nora Roberts' books go, this was one I really enjoyed. It reminded me of some of her earlier work and had a story that was fresh, well-reseaAs far as Nora Roberts' books go, this was one I really enjoyed. It reminded me of some of her earlier work and had a story that was fresh, well-researched and captivating. The characters felt very believable. I spent more than 16 hours listening to this book in the last month, so when I finished, there seemed to be a little void in my car knowing I wouldn't be listening to their stories any longer. The book was exactly what I thought/hoped it would be - a way to keep me engaged during my commute. And it did just that.
Bonus points for having a voice narrator that I didn't find irritating in the least. Now THAT is saying something!...more
I absolutely enjoyed Slammed and the sequel, then fell madly in love with Hopeless. I've read that one twice and still think it's one of tOkay...so...
I absolutely enjoyed Slammed and the sequel, then fell madly in love with Hopeless. I've read that one twice and still think it's one of the best YA/NA books written. I've read every Colleen Hoover book at this point besides Someday Maybe (it's on my list). I even met Colleen and she's fantastic! I'm SO happy for all the success she has found because she's an amazing writer.
However. BIG HOWEVER.
What I've loved most about Colleen's books are the strong female characters she writes. Yes, many of them go through a lot of crap, but they are still likable, intelligent and don't let people push them around. Tate? Tate was not one of those. She was likable for the first few chapters and then the second Miles showed any interest in her, she became a spineless jellyfish. She was supposed to care so much about her career and school, but constantly said all she could think about was Miles. Miles this, Miles that. Miles is everywhere in her mind - invading her. Turning her to liquid. She'll do ANYTHING for him. You know what she likes to do the most? Give him sex to take his pain away. Cool. At first she agrees to have adult relations with him for fun and you know what? I was okay with that. Cool, a woman in her 20s with no ties - she's allowed to have some fun! But then she immediately turned into this chick who was absolutely okay with this guy using her and making her feel like total ass but refused to tell him that. It was frustrating as hell watching this girl give her everything to a dude she knows nothing about. He doesn't give her ANYTHING. She falls in love with him because he buys orange juice that she can drink when she comes over for sex and threatens a married guy who flirts with her. Wow, super stand-up guy, he tells a slime ball to go home to his wife instead of flirting with a girl. SWOOOOON. Oh also? He puts up curtains in his apartment so it feels a bit more homey when she gives him the sexy times.
I appreciated Mile's back story woven throughout the book - I found that really clever and it kept me on my toes because I couldn't wait to hear what had happened in his past. But I also struggled with it because he was so clearly in love with this other girl and was an actual amazing guy, meanwhile at the same time (years later), he's treating Tate like total shit. It was confusing to me on if I should like him or not. And I started caring more about Miles and Rachel's relationship than him and Tate's, which I'm not sure is what we're supposed to feel while reading this.
I listened to this book instead of reading so I missed out on all the prose Colleen decided to use during Mile's chapters. What I can tell you is how annoying it was to hear the narrator say the name Rachel over. and over. and over. and over. again.
All in all, I was with it for the first 20 or so chapters. Then I found myself rolling my eyes and yelling out "COME ON!" a lot while listening to it in the car. There was a lot of "JUST ASK HIM!" or "ASSHOLE!" or "YOU ARE RIDICULOUS!" phrases coming out of my mouth while listening. Had I not been listening to it, I probably would've skipped a lot of the sexual chapters to find the actual substance later when we find out what happened to Miles. After we do find out what happened to him, it's pretty much total fluff until the end.
I'm giving this book two stars even though it sounds like I hated it. Though I did not like the characters much at all, it was STILL really well written, the tension was formed really nicely and it obviously brought out a lot of feels in me.
Colleen, please, please make sure the heroine in your next book is NOT reminiscent of Tate!
I'm not sure the women in this book could be anymore shallow. I appreciate characters being somewhat redeemable and likable, but they all literally beI'm not sure the women in this book could be anymore shallow. I appreciate characters being somewhat redeemable and likable, but they all literally believed they did nothing wrong ever and were super judgmental.
I'm enjoying this "light" read (or should I say audio), but I'm halfway through and I have already counted eight people who have been mentioned to beI'm enjoying this "light" read (or should I say audio), but I'm halfway through and I have already counted eight people who have been mentioned to be dead, most of them husbands to the women characters.
For what is supposed to be light-hearted, it's a bit depressing. ...more
Ms. Roth, I hope you are okay with turning off about 90% of your fans, especially considering you have only written this series and nothNo. Just...no.
Ms. Roth, I hope you are okay with turning off about 90% of your fans, especially considering you have only written this series and nothing else.
Eeesh - really glad I'm done reading this. I hated the ending so much that it makes me not want to even see the new movie coming out which I was initially looking forward to. Why even invest more of my life in this story when I know how terrible and pointless it ends?