I honestly have a love-hate relationship with this book. The storyline was well thought out, mesmerizing but the author got in the way of the story. H...moreI honestly have a love-hate relationship with this book. The storyline was well thought out, mesmerizing but the author got in the way of the story. Her need to impress the reader with her knowledge of art and music did not serve the story but took away from it with wasted pages.
Another problem I had with the book was her derogatory word choices. When one is having sexual encounters with ones spouse how often do they use the word f*ck to describe something romantic? And what woman in her right mind would describe her private area as her c*nt when pleasuring herself? Plus the sex scene between the two Henry's had me rereading it over and over to see if I was reading it correctly. None of this had to do with the story and could have been omitted so that the author could explore the plot better.
The actual story was very romantic and had me sitting on the edge of my seat waiting and wondering what would happen next. A definite tear jerker.
I think if Niffenegger worked more on character development this book could have been the five star that so many people are giving it. For me, it needed a bit more work and is more of a 3.5 stars.
Overall, a good read and one that can be devoured on a rainy afternoon with a box of tissues close.(less)
Although I loved the message of this book, Eckhart Tolle's writing style is a bit boring. It took me over a month to read this and by the last chapter...moreAlthough I loved the message of this book, Eckhart Tolle's writing style is a bit boring. It took me over a month to read this and by the last chapter I couldn't wait to finish it and be done with it.
I have read many books on the same subject and have found that other authors have a better way of grabbing the reader's attention. Although Tolle did have me highlighting certain points and gave me a few "aha" moments; his over use of quotes and repeating the same message about how the ego is to blame for all our problems throughout the book made it seem repetitive and poorly written. You basically can get the same message from any book on enlightenment.
I will try a stab at his other book a Power of Now in hopes that it's not too know-it-all and more to the level of his readers.(less)
Everyone is divorced, having an affair or going through some earth shattering problem. They all meet in Nantucket at the Windermere...moreTypical Chick-Lit.
Everyone is divorced, having an affair or going through some earth shattering problem. They all meet in Nantucket at the Windermere house. They become family and live happily ever after.
Not the best of Green's books but it was a fun fluff read. I loved that she wrote a book completely on US Soil and still used British words to describe things. It helped remind me why I love British Writers so much. I mean honestly doesn't having a row sound so much better than having a fight?
The characters were easy to relate too and all the different story angles were all written in enough details to make you really soak up the story. The book did seem rushed about halfway through like Green was going to miss her deadline but all in all a good light read.(less)