I was one of the lucky ones who received this book for free from the author on The Next Best Book Club (TNBBC). This book not only has one of the most I was one of the lucky ones who received this book for free from the author on The Next Best Book Club (TNBBC). This book not only has one of the most beautiful covers I have ever saw but it s filled will poetry, drama, scandals, twists, turns, and just plain ol' creepy-remarkable. It is told in 4 different voices; Sophie, who is the mother of Adora and Sebastian, Adora, who is the main center of attention who everyone seems to love but is crazy in her own poetic way, Miranda who I did feel sorry for in the beginning but grew to seriously hate her, she was the mother of Gigi and the former lover of Sebastian, and then the last voice was of Gigi who used to stay at the home of Adora on a Mediterranean island every summer. It gets confusing in the beginning to remember who is who and who does what but after the 30 or so pages you start to get the hang of it. There is so much melodramatic tragedies and so much scandal that it is amazing. No characters are really likable but I like that about the story. I rooted for no one. The closest person that I liked was Gigi only because I felt bad for her to be trapped in such a world with such people who really only cared about themselves or who were obsessed with something that they could not control.
There is so much going on in this book that it would take me all day to try to explain but it was a good read. This is definitely what people may call a good "beach read". I recall many times when I was reading this that my mouth was hanging open and people on the subway probably thought I was crazy or just plain ol' slow. I think that in every "chapter" I felt like "OH MY GOD, REALLY???" and I think that causes for a good book. I gave it 3.5 stars only because of being so much drama and no happy moments. I know that there were times when I wished for something and then when it happened I was mad. I never, or very rarely, do I give 5 stars and 4 stars bring it very close to 5 so I think 3.5 is a very good rating and I would recommend it to others....more
It really too me a long time to read this book, well over a month! Maybe it was because of school, or work, or whatever but it took forever! WhateverIt really too me a long time to read this book, well over a month! Maybe it was because of school, or work, or whatever but it took forever! Whatever the reasons are it is now finished. I read this book because of my work book club and I am glad I did. I may not have read it or I may have just at a later point.
There were things I loved and of course things I hated. I really like Marion, even when I felt a little disconnected with him I still felt closer to him than Shiva. I loved Shiva's turn around at the end and of course I hated Genet. There is so much to this story that I wish I could get into but spoilers are not really my thing. Overall this story is about different cutlers and culture shock. A nun has twins and dies at birth with the father up and running from the tragedies. the reader follows the "older" twin, Marion and goes through his life and what he has to endure. The author did a wonderful job incorporating true events into the story. It is brilliantly written.
The story really is about family and culture and there is so much medical terminology that can get a little boring at times but it deems necessary for parts of the story. There were times when I just wanted to skim over some pages for sake of sanity. It is well over 600 pages and some of it may or may not could have been let out. That is solely up to who the reader is. I do recommend this book but take your time in reading it because there is much to get through. It does hold attention but can have your emotions everywhere. ...more
Can't say I was a big fan of this book. The Glass House was a decent read and it was more captivating then this one. I think this book should have camCan't say I was a big fan of this book. The Glass House was a decent read and it was more captivating then this one. I think this book should have came out first. It seems like The Glass Castle would have been a good sequel to this.
Half Broke Horses is about Jeannette's grandmother and although it is an interesting story I was not all too thrilled to read it. It was kinda flat at times and just didn't make me feel like anything after or even while I was reading it. Her grandmother, Lily, was a super strong women and was way before her time and her life was truly interesting but the written story just didn't seem to so Lily's life justice. I feel that Jeannette, although it would seem difficult, should have written it a little better but I do understand that she is writing the story from a different perspective. I am sure sitting down and talking with Lily would have been far more greater than reading it. ...more
I really rated it at 3.5 stars. It was hard to rate this because it too a great amount of time to get into. It goes back and forth from the present daI really rated it at 3.5 stars. It was hard to rate this because it too a great amount of time to get into. It goes back and forth from the present day and from the 1700's. It is a great little tale about a present day writer who travels to Scotland to write her new novel but gets sudden spouts of deja vu and begins to write about a woman Sophia back in the 1700's and as it turns out is her late ancestor. Carrie (the writer) begins to take the memories of Sophia and writes and all her writings and findings deem to be truth. It is a great story of history and love but it just took a lot to get through at first. There are so many characters and at first I was having trouble keeping up and it was until well in to the 200 page mark that I finally began to follow along and get more into it. ...more
Love the twists and turns. Very exciting! I couldn't stop reading it. I kept getting angry and then happy and I just had my emotions all over the placLove the twists and turns. Very exciting! I couldn't stop reading it. I kept getting angry and then happy and I just had my emotions all over the place. I felt myself running with the characters and I felt as if I were a part of the story itself.
David Kessler put a lot of work into this novel. It is such a different story. I have read nothing like this. I really enjoy David Kessler's writing and I hope that he creates more novels so that I can be captivated again. I will gladly tell my friends to read this. It is somthing that can be read in a shirt time because it keeps you involved. ...more
First, I have to admit that upon reading this I kept asking myself if I really could believe all this stuff about believing things would work out theFirst, I have to admit that upon reading this I kept asking myself if I really could believe all this stuff about believing things would work out the more you put your mind to things in life but as I read on I found some things to be true and understandable. As I said, I am not really into the whole “self help” thing but things work here.
The opening g of the book started out great. I love books that grab you straight away. He speaks of how keys open things and are very important in life. You really can’t go anywhere without your keys and they hold a very special metaphor for life.
I always say those things that Hartigan says such like treat your kids very special and hold them dear to you because the more you love a child, or anyone for that matter, they will be happy and so will you, making life and even the world more happy. Many things he makes clear and is so very true, most of it I already do. I feel I am a positive person and of course there are things I must change. The only thing I would change about myself would be not to be so lazy but it is hard to change when I go to graduate school, work full time, and have 2 babies under 2. It is difficult but as the book goes just stay happy and energy will come to me so long as I keep a positive attitude.
There are many great quotes and positive things in the this book and I didn’t think that I would enjoy this but I read it in just over a day and a half because I was so wrapped in it that I couldn’t let go. I feel that he had many good things to say and he gave such good advice that I hope many people read this and not take it for granted and take it as it is. There are no hidden things and now things that will make things go out of control. Everything is straight forward and easily understood and doesn’t make you work hard. It makes you want to go out and laugh and make life easy and happy. ...more
It wasn't a good book as it was disturbing but it finally gets easier. After reading A Child Called "It" this book was easier to stomach. It definitlIt wasn't a good book as it was disturbing but it finally gets easier. After reading A Child Called "It" this book was easier to stomach. It definitly is interesting to know how crazy people can actually be!...more