Really enjoyed the first half of this book, but felt the heroine's character was different in the second half, changing from this practical, witty sch...moreReally enjoyed the first half of this book, but felt the heroine's character was different in the second half, changing from this practical, witty schoolteacher to a bit of a naive, silly, gullible girl. I was sad about that. Thought the first half was very excellent, really loved banter between hero and heroine.
(in reading other reviews, it's interesting now that I've put down my thoughts, to see how many people who also rated it 3 to 3.5 stars did so because they liked the first half better than the second half)(less)
So here's the thing: before I started reading, this book had everything going against it for me. Despite my love of sports, I don't like baseball (at...moreSo here's the thing: before I started reading, this book had everything going against it for me. Despite my love of sports, I don't like baseball (at all) and I don't watch it. I know the basics of the game but otherwise, really don't know anything about the game and only recognize the names of really famous players. I don't like math or statistics (which are a big part of baseball and in a small way, this book) and I don't generally love nonfiction, though I do read it, it's not more than a couple books a year.
But several people had talked about this book, and how much they enjoyed it, not just because of the story but the broader business ideas that could be taken from it. Truthfully, I didn't really care a lot about that either (I guess I'm just not big on "bettering" myself :P ) but I downloaded the sample randomly one day, out of curiousity. I didn't open the sample right away but waited until a day when I was looking for something random to read, and opened this one without any conscious reason.
And I was hooked. The author, Michael Lewis, is an excellent and riveting storyteller. He has the amazing talent of taking what should have been a story I had no interest in, and made it compelling. I read this book nonstop for two days (nonstop as in, I didn't read anything else in between, as I generally do when I'm reading nonfiction. A nonfic book usually takes me weeks or months to finish).
Truthfully, while I thought some of the takeaways that could be applied to other business were interesting, I didn't read it for inspiration, nor did I particularly find any. But I did think the history that Michael Lewis was really fascinating, and his ability to make this a story of human interest and draw the reader in is what makes this such a great read.
Also, I have to say, the epilogue (which is obvious was not in the original book but was later added to a new edition) was almost my favorite. It's like the best response to reviewers and people who hated the book without even reading it.
I highly recommend this book for anyone who likes baseball, nonfiction, or is just looking for a great human-interest story that drags you along for the ride. (less)
Actually ended up enjoying this book more than I thought I would. Westerns aren't generally my cup of tea, but I make an exception for Ms. Goodman's b...moreActually ended up enjoying this book more than I thought I would. Westerns aren't generally my cup of tea, but I make an exception for Ms. Goodman's books. I also don't care for the trope of a woman growing up pretending to be a boy, so I entered the first chapters with hesitation. But the author is a great storyteller and I did enjoy the story, though not as much as I enjoyed the previous book I read by her. I can see why fans of Westerns love her work!(less)
Had this lent to me via Kindle so I could read 1st 10% and last 15%. Didn't feel compelled to read the other 75% in the middle. I know a lot of people...moreHad this lent to me via Kindle so I could read 1st 10% and last 15%. Didn't feel compelled to read the other 75% in the middle. I know a lot of people LOVE LOVE LOVE these books, but they were not for me. Can see how they came to be from Twilight fanfic, as they put me in mind as a type of wish-fulfillment book that I can see many readers enjoying. (less)
When I bought this book (think it was on cheap sale for Kindle) I didn't realize I'd read it before. The book has a super cute tone, especially at the...moreWhen I bought this book (think it was on cheap sale for Kindle) I didn't realize I'd read it before. The book has a super cute tone, especially at the beginning, but I did feel like the ending was a bit disconnected from the rest of the book, and we're left hanging a bit about at least one issue that was an important part of the book. But it was a quick, enjoyable read. (less)
This was a pleasant fantasy-romance read. I thought the ending was a bit rushed, and somewhat implausible (it still niggles at me in other ways of fee...moreThis was a pleasant fantasy-romance read. I thought the ending was a bit rushed, and somewhat implausible (it still niggles at me in other ways of feeling slightly...icky, as well). I like fantasy romances that are romantic (Lynn Kurland's fantasies being among my favorites for romantic fantasy) and this one definitely delivered that. I thought perhaps the romantic relationship was a bit shallow, and mostly based on lust, but honestly, this was an enjoyable read. Recommended for those who don't mind a more shallow fantasy romance. (less)
People love this book. I mean LOVE. If you look at the reviews, there are many overflowing with love for this title (which is a mix of YA and what's n...morePeople love this book. I mean LOVE. If you look at the reviews, there are many overflowing with love for this title (which is a mix of YA and what's not called New Adult, by the way. Definitely not adult contemp romance).
I'm giving it three stars because I thought the writing was very compelling. The author is talented and took a story I'd be predisposed to hate (we'll get to that in a minute) and made it bearable for me to read. If I hadn't liked the writing and found it drew me in, I'd have given it one or two stars.
Here's where the story jumps the shark for me: this is about a dysfunctional relationship between two college students (the heroine turns 19 in the midst of the book). There's a lot of disturbing stuff that goes on here, and if the heroine was my daughter, I'd be frightened for her life and her emotional health, getting involved in this relationship. The hero, Travis, is a "bad boy" but his temper, sexual exploits and emotional immaturity don't make him the sexy kind of bad boy. They make him the scary, file a restraining order, stalker-kind of guy. His jealousy and emotional dependence on the the heroine show every single earmark of a codependent, emotionally unbalanced and unhealthy relationship (I worked in psych for years, it was like a terrible sort of deja vu reading this and thinking it was supposed to be romantic).
I think that's what disturbed me the most, while I was reading, was that this was...romantic? This dramatic, turbulent relationship, where the heroine saw nothing wrong with the hero slamming someone's head into a car windshield or into the ground because said person had impugned her honor, was supposed to be the ultimate of romantic? That scared me.
As a small side note, I think part of my increasing disturbance with this book came because it was overly long (needed trimming) and the back and forth of love/hate between them, while certainly much accurate of the dramatics of some college relationships, got almost exhausting to read.
I want to reiterate, I think the author's writing was very compelling and she's clearly talented, or there's no way I would have read the whole book, especially with as long as it was. Based on the number of people who love this book, I'm obviously not the right audience for it, but I do remain a little disturbed that people loved it so much because this relationship really didn't strike me as romantic or healthy. (less)
Last week, I re-read all 3 of the Matrix books published by Dorchester. I haven't been able to read them for some time (I was one of those who got cau...moreLast week, I re-read all 3 of the Matrix books published by Dorchester. I haven't been able to read them for some time (I was one of those who got caught in the author's mismanagement of her self-publishing scheme years ago) but I used to love these three books. I was glad to revisit them and be reminded of how much I enjoyed the stories. They're just...fun. They have sensuality, a sense of humor and fun, and were unique in their world building (even despite some of the derivative elements). It's a major shame we'll never know the stories of other characters like Dariq or Traed, or see the resolution of Rejar's story. I know many, many readers who've long enjoyed these stories. (less)