**POSSIBLE SPOILER ALERT!!!** I probably would have given this book a 5 but I wanted to kick Kat at the end of the book. I swear, I sohould have stoppe**POSSIBLE SPOILER ALERT!!!** I probably would have given this book a 5 but I wanted to kick Kat at the end of the book. I swear, I sohould have stopped reading 5 pages sooner and I would be happy. No, not every romance ends happily and I don't want my heroines to be mousy, timid women who swoon over ever guy who flirts with them. But this guy REPEATEDLY tells her how long he's cared for her, how he feels about her(to some extent - more than most 16 or 17 year old guys probably would), and that his life wouldn't be worth living if she were dead and she still thinks he's just putting on an act.
Seriously, the only reason I will read Catching Fire is because I went online to get a sneak peek at what it's about and saw that Peeta proposes. However, if he gets killed off, I highly doubt I will even be able to read Mockingjay.
On the other hand, the fact that I wanted to read this book ALL the time until I finished it and the fact that I feel so strongly and passionately about the characters, especially Peeta, is probably an indication that overall, I thoroughly enjoyed the story. ...more
I remember when the movie came out a few years ago and was considered "Oscar-worthy." I figured if a movie was supposedly that goo**Spoiler Included**
I remember when the movie came out a few years ago and was considered "Oscar-worthy." I figured if a movie was supposedly that good (I didn't see it, so I don't know if it was), the book must be even better. I was disappointed. Even the back of the book suggested that there was something worse than being convicted of murder that kept Hanna from defending herself. It was...(gasp!) that she was illiterate. I figured that out long before the main character did and wasn't that impressed with the rest of the story. I guess the good thing was that the story didn't take long to read. And I like descriptive authors. Schlink was good at describing both people (or at least Hanna) and places. ...more
This review may contain some spoilers if you know absolutely nothing about Tina Fey and want to learn it all from her "biography."
While Bossypants isThis review may contain some spoilers if you know absolutely nothing about Tina Fey and want to learn it all from her "biography."
While Bossypants is by no means a life-changing book or an in-depth soul-searcher, it provided me with light, easy summer reading. I enjoyed learning that Steve Carrell, Stephen Colbert, Amy Poehler, and Tina Fey all worked at Second City in Chicago together. I have watched and enjoyed each person's work independent of the others (or mostly independent -- I always enjoyed "Even Stevens" on The Daily Show) and it's fun to know they all know each other and had worked together before they "made it big." I also liked how Tina describes developing 30 Rock and the fact that she wrote Alec Baldwin's part with him in mind but auditioned other actors and finally realized it needed to be Alec himself. Maybe it was because I was a smart drama geek who liked to write and didn't have many boyfriends but I felt like I could relate to Tina and would probably have befriended her had we grown up together. I would give this book a 3.5 stars but because she did remind me somewhat of myself and because 1/2 stars can't be given, I bumped it up to 4 stars....more