If I hadn't had a drive from Atlanta to Chicago and then Chicago and back I doubt I would have finished this one. It was just too much. Too much whiniIf I hadn't had a drive from Atlanta to Chicago and then Chicago and back I doubt I would have finished this one. It was just too much. Too much whining. Too much emotional turmoil. Blah blah blah I get it. You are torn. Either do something about it or stop complaining. Also by the end of the book I pretty much hated Isabelle. Bah. ...more
So I basically read this book out of necessity since it came in my Mary Kay consultant starter kit and I felt a responsibility to read it.
Obviously MSo I basically read this book out of necessity since it came in my Mary Kay consultant starter kit and I felt a responsibility to read it.
Obviously Mary Kay wasn't a writer, and it does show in her little book. There were parts I did enjoy and some good ideas and snippets here or there. I did find myself pushing to get through it, which is why I had to downgrade it from a 3 to a 2.
Plus I know if I didn't get it for free and wasn't working for the company I probably wouldn't have read it.
It was interesting to hear about the women behind the myth. She was definitely a pretty awesome person for her time and she did amazing things. While progressive at the time, nowadays the book seems dated. So there is that...
Alright I think that is enough. Onto the next....more
I really liked this book. I wavered between a 4 and 5 star rating but then I decided I need to start giving more 5's. I liked this one a lot so I figuI really liked this book. I wavered between a 4 and 5 star rating but then I decided I need to start giving more 5's. I liked this one a lot so I figured why not start here?
Victoria's story was both heartbreaking and inspiring. I felt for her in every page of this book. There were times I wanted to grab her by the shoulders and shake her, but knew that at the time that was all she could manage to do.
I loved learning about the language of flowers. Now all I want to do is go through the dictionary in the back and start sending messages with flowers to everyone I know. :)
I was really excited about the dictionary in the back.
Anyways, I highly recommend this book. Loved it.
Excited to hear peoples perspectives about it at book club! :)...more
**spoiler alert** First I will start out by saying I had to rush through the end of this book because my library loan was about to end... so that migh**spoiler alert** First I will start out by saying I had to rush through the end of this book because my library loan was about to end... so that might have contributed to some of my feelings on the book feeling overly long. I do feel like some of the chapters were unnecessary and even tiresome, but I must say that I had no idea who was "good" or "bad" until the end.
I was surprised by the amount of people who were put off by the "feminist" aspect of the book. All I can think is god forbid there be a strong female character who touts more modern beliefs and whose whole story isn't enmeshed with the destiny of what a guy is doing.
People were upset Kartik died... I was too. But that added realism to it. It wasn't just a "happily ever after" book, which is maybe what some wanted. It is life, and sometimes life sucks.
Also I liked Felicity, Anne, Cersi, and all the characters. Yes they were complicated, but people are complicated and they aren't strictly good or strictly bad, so again I think it added realism to it. I felt that all the characters in the end came into their own which was great to see.
I will admit that as I read it and realized the girls were supposed to ge going on 18 I was shocked. They do seem way more immature, preteen, girls but perhaps that is just me getting older.
The Pippa/Felicity story line I was actually really happy to see. I want to live in a world where we don't have to comments on it being in there because it is just so commonplace, but I have already seen other reviews that were annoyed by this relationship being included. That saddens me. I did pick up on hints of the relationship throughout the story and I wondered if she was going to try and hint at relationship without actually saying it, but I am so glad that she just went there. It is refreshing to see a young adult novel that has so much diversity of characters and that doesn't skim around the issues.
All and all, I enjoyed this book and this series. ...more