This is freaking amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!! The best b-day present ever was to finish this in the middle of the night on my birthday!!!!!! I still wish it d...moreThis is freaking amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!! The best b-day present ever was to finish this in the middle of the night on my birthday!!!!!! I still wish it didn't end though.
This is classic Picoult. If you liked her others - you'll like this. I know, without a doubt, that if I had never heard of Jodi Picoult and I picked this up I'd fall in love with her writing immediately. (The only book of hers I wouldn't recommend someone read first is Songs of the Humpback Whale. It's not bad but it's older, slower, and I don't she she'd reached her groove yet with that. I'd only recommend that to hardcore fans of her who need more.) Oh, a disclosure, I have yet to read Wonder Woman: Love and Murder and Over the Moon. The latter will be read soon and I've been putting off the first for quite awhile because of the comic bit. If anyone can do it she can though so I've decided to try it after all.) I won't go into the description - it's here, it's there, it's everywhere. Picoult isn't for everyone - is any author? If you like her kid of writing, she's the master.(less)
This is a strange book and not an easy one for me to review. I'll keep this short. Sam isn't a character that would win any awards. I'm not sure I eve...moreThis is a strange book and not an easy one for me to review. I'll keep this short. Sam isn't a character that would win any awards. I'm not sure I even liked her much at the end. But I personally don't think I know a soul who couldn't relate to her. Oliver captured high school and what goes on perfectly. I felt like I was 15 again and I didn't like it. I'm not the type of person who needs to love the characters I read about and I'm definitely not the type who needs a happy ending. A lot of the time I prefer a more realistic ending actually. This fit with both of those patterns. I was able to hate Lindsay and feel for her at the same time. That takes great skill on the part of the author. I love, love, love, love, Kent's character - love him. I know a Kent too. And I just recently met up with him again (thanks FaceBook!) You'd think a book that takes a character living the same day over and over would get boring. I still don't know how Oliver kept that from happening but somehow she did. Now, I'm not sure I even want to admit this but I'm not exactly sure how Sam really redeemed herself. She didn't seem to IMO. Maybe I'm just judging her more harshly than I should? Either way the book leans toward outstanding. The cover is absolutely stunning also! (less)
This, this right here, if why I read YA. I like the fluff at times but this is the essence of YA for me. I'm astounded by this book still. I'm not a c...moreThis, this right here, if why I read YA. I like the fluff at times but this is the essence of YA for me. I'm astounded by this book still. I'm not a cryer, I hardly ever cry when I'm reading a book or watching a movie. I don't cry when Bambi's mother dies, I don't cry when DiCaprio floats down to the bottom of the ocean, it's just not me. But when I read Tess's "instructions" nearing the end of the book I bawled like a baby. I don't think it's possible to not imagine. And as a parent, I imagined myself in Tess's fathers place, not me in Tess's place. And that, my friends, is even harder I think. Downham did an outstanding job here and I'm praying when I click on her name I see others by her. Tess is very relatable - teens will feel this even though she's dying and they may be healthy as a horse. Teens outside of the U.K. may have a bit of trouble relating to certain parts because of the speech used, 'loo', 'fags', etc. but I worked through that easily. I'm not much for U.K. slang but it wouldn't have been the same book without it. Zoey. What to say about Zoey. I don't like Zoey. I hesitate to use the word hate - mostly because of the love Tess has for her I think. But I strongly dislike her and I hope my daughter doesn't ever have the misfortune of having a "friend" like her. Adam is awesome - awesome, awesome character. Loved his reservations and fears. I think I'd have liked to have seen that aspect touched on a little more but that's a slight grievance. Tess's parents work with the story and I love that her father is the main parent player instead of the mother. I could keep going. I could pull piece after piece after piece of what I liked out. If you like YA and you like touching stories this is for you. And this isn't like some books - this can definitely be read by people who cry easily. Don't stay away because of the topic - you'll be missing out. (less)
I've been REALLY crappy about reviewing lately so I actually read this a week ago, give or take. Forgive me if I forget some details. I remember the g...moreI've been REALLY crappy about reviewing lately so I actually read this a week ago, give or take. Forgive me if I forget some details. I remember the gist of it all though. I'm surprised to see so many negative reviews. I'll admit that while reading this I expected it to be a first book or a new author but it's it's a good story. I'd urge people to keep in mind that readers usually have genres they love - and those they don't love so much. If I read a western, romance (in the strictest sense) or most any self-help it'd probably get a negative rating from me. Then there are genres that aren't really in my top three but that I can like and sometimes love. I don't really go for mysteries more often than not and that's what I label this. And I loved it. I'd be willing to bet that at least half, if not the majority, of the people who rated this poorly are people who like non-fiction, memoirs, etc. and they like very realistic fiction. That's me actually. But, at the same time I can open my mind and enjoy something that tugs at the limit. This tugs. You'd be hard-pressed to find anyone who could really relate to Locke's characters lifestyles. But it could happen, couldn't it? Besides, the story is there. And it's a good one. The story progresses and the characters are so fun to read about. I'll be the first to admit that Locke's writing is hardly eloquent. But who says that - and that alone - is the basis for great writing? Not I. Soon after finishing with this I noticed a friend of mine had another of Locke's Donovan Creed books called Wish List. Long story short, she let me borrow that book which I loved just as much. Just this morning I ordered the rest of the Donovan Creed books from amazon and I plan to read each and every one. He also has a few others not in the series that seem to be westerns. I'll be passing those by because westerns really aren't my thing at all but I'd bet - again - that they're just as good for readers of that genre.
**There are two instances from the book that follow but they aren't spoilers and don't affect the story.**
There were a few contradictions in Saving Rachel that caught my eye. The first was when Mary's car was at her house and the main character checked the trunk before entering her condo. After leaving the condo he decided to travel to Seneca Park to look for her car which wasn't at her condo. The second has to do with the blood from the "policeman" in the trunk. The trunk was empty before he entered the condo. No blood mentioned at all. But minutes before, in a phone call from Karen, he was told that her friend was lying in her trunk, bloody and in a police-mans uniform. The third was a few pages later when he worries about the police finding blood evidence in Karen's trunk from the same man mentioned. Yet it was stated previously the trunk was clean.
These are things that bother me but I think I'm bothered less by them here because Locke's books are anything by simple. You really need to follow along and pay attention. I guess with so much drama all around I can overlook a few minor contradictions. I do wish someone would have caught them for him though. But I really, really liked the story, The ending was the edge-of-your-seat type of ending. I wasn't prepared for Rachel's answer most of all and... hell, I wasn't prepared for a lot of it. For 99 cents on Kindle you really can't beat it. I'm really happen I happened to see this while browsing in the Kindle store.(less)