Let me just start out by saying that I tend to dislike any book with unlikeable characters. I'm not talking about characters that you're meant to disl...moreLet me just start out by saying that I tend to dislike any book with unlikeable characters. I'm not talking about characters that you're meant to dislike, the kinds that are supposed to be the villian of the story, but the ones you're supposed to root for and pray they get a happy ending. Something Borrowed was a book that had a plethora of unlikeable characters.
Seriously, who was I supposed to be rooting for in this story? Rachel, who steals her best friend's fiance? I don't care how big of a bitch your best friend is. You absolutely don't steal her boyfriend! That's like rule number 1 in the best friend handbook. Unlikeable character #1. Was I supposed to cheer on Darcy? I mean, she really was a bitch. And a horrible best friend. She was petty and downright mean in most instances. How about Dex, who's the fiance? I don't care if you feel smothered in your current relationship. If you're sick of your fiance, dump her. You don't shack up with her best friend while you're still engaged. Hook up with her afterwards. It's common courtesy.
So why did I give this book four stars if I disliked every one of the major characters? Because the book is hilarious. Seriously, is downright funny and witty. Everything I love in a chick-lit book. Sure, I didn't like the characters, but I was so invested in the book. I read it in one sitting and I didn't want it to end. It was the perfect breezy, easy, light read. Plus, Emily Giffin is a pretty kick-ass writer.
When you read the synopsis of this book, you may think that you'll hate the characters and that you won't empathize with a woman who stole her best friend's fiance. You're right, you most likely won't (even though, the things that Darcy does, I'm telling you it almost makes what Rachel did excusable). But don't let that deter you from picking up this book. You won't regret reading it. It's the perfect way to spend a summer day. (Heh, I unintentionally rhymed)
P.S. I received this book as part of the Goodreads First Reads program, even though that was the second time I read it.(less)
Claudia Parr and her husband Ben have agreed on one substantial thing in their marriage and that is: that they do not want kids. This novel follows wh...moreClaudia Parr and her husband Ben have agreed on one substantial thing in their marriage and that is: that they do not want kids. This novel follows what happens after Ben decides that he wants children after all. Claudia who is as adamant as ever that she does not want children moves out of their apartment and the divorce proceedings begin.
"Baby Proof" examines exactly what is happily ever after. Is it having the white picket fence with the little dog and the 2.5 children? Or is just having your significant other enough to make life meaningful and significant.
I liked the fact that it was the woman who didn't want children, since it usually is the man that doesn't want to be tied down in that way. I personally want children, but I don't think another woman's life won't be meaningful if she doesn't have children. I liked that Giffin understood that and didn't make Claudia apologize for the fact that she didn't want children. And since the ending is open to interpration, I choose to interpret it as Claudia and Ben getting back together and not having kids, since it seems like she truly doesn't want any and I wouldn't want the character to be ashamed of that.
First off, let me start off by saying I'm a big Jennifer Weiner fan. Her books are the perfect in-between books. You know, those books that are light...moreFirst off, let me start off by saying I'm a big Jennifer Weiner fan. Her books are the perfect in-between books. You know, those books that are light and fluffy reads and that are perfect to read in-between serious books? That's what describes Jennifer Weiner's books.
Now, "Certain Girls" is a sequel to Weiner's hit novel "Good in Bed". In my opinion, there are three types of sequels. The first type are those certain sequels that are great. They are even better than the original novel and it tends to make them look better. The second type are those that don't really make much of a difference to the original novel. These are loose sequels. They have some of the original novel's backstory, but not so much where it's absolutely necessary to read the first novel. They can be read as stand-alone novels. Lastly, there are those sequels that are better in theory. The ones that make the original novel worse. "Certain Girls", unfortunately, falls under the third category.
I loved "Good In Bed". I thought it was a gem. "Certain Girls"...not so much. First off, Cannie Shapiro (the heroine of the first novel) did a complete 180. It seemed like she went from three steps forward (in the first novel) and two steps back (in the second). She became this smothering, obsessive, character. What happened to the witty, sharp-tounged heroine from the first novel? And Joy, her daughter, was obnoxious and bratty. I know she's only twelve, but she was overly bratty. It went to the point where I wanted to skip the chapters she narrated (I didn't, but boy, did I ever want to!). And don't even get me started on the ending. I'm not going to say it, so that I don't spoil the book. But the ending was majorly depressing and completely unnecessary.
So, if you loved "Good In Bed", do not read "Certain Girls". It will change you perceptions of the first novel and not in a good way. "Good In Bed" should not have been messed with in this way. Which is why I rate this two stars. (less)
I originally read The Spellman Files in 2007 and loved it. So, I decided to read it again since it's been three years. And it was just as hilarious, j...moreI originally read The Spellman Files in 2007 and loved it. So, I decided to read it again since it's been three years. And it was just as hilarious, just as zany, and just as all-around awesome as the first time I read it. Only that time I couldn't be bothered to write a review. Now, I am.
So, Izzy Spellman is basically a trainwreck-ish character, but that's why she's so loveable; because she has the POTENTIAL to be normal. Is she ACTUALLY normal? No. But that's okay. That's part of her all-around charm. In fact, I love the fact that she's far from perfect. It makes her more relateable. Plus, she's sarcastic and that's the language I'm most fluent in and therefore, love the most.
Now, the rest of the family...I mean, jeez. I seriously understand why Izzy had all of those angry and violent impulses. I would too if they were my family and I'm a pretty calm and zen-like person most of the time. But I think even I would want to repeatedly slam their heads against the wall. They were just so infuriating in that completely loveable and great way. The rest of the family was also really fun...in that dysfunctional sort of way.
So, I highly recommend The Spellman Files (and the subsequent sequels). It's extremely hilarious. I remember laughing within the first page when I first read it and laughing again while re-reading it. In fact, I think I've laughed more while re-reading just because I can't help but want to warn Izzy and tell her "You think THIS is bad? Your family gets sooo much more worse down the road much to my amusement." However, I should say that The Spellman Files isn't really much of a mystery. It's sort of mystery-lite and the mystery isn't a big deal in the book. Still, The Spellman Files is amazing, zany, wacky, and (it bears repeating) hilarious. Just an all-around entertaining read.(less)
A couple of years ago, I was really into chick-lit. It was for a time all I would read. Now that I've branched out, I don't read as much chick-lit as...moreA couple of years ago, I was really into chick-lit. It was for a time all I would read. Now that I've branched out, I don't read as much chick-lit as I used to. That being said, I still enjoy a nice, easy read every once in a while. Angry Housewives Eating Bon-Bons was all that and more.
I found that I loved each one of the five leads. Yeah, sure all of them had their flaws that ranged from serious to not so serious, but because of their flaws, I was able to relate to each character just a little bit more. The thing about these characters were that they seemed real. Because of that it was easy for me to imagine them being friends. In a book about friendship, the worst thing that can happen is for the friendship not to ring true, but this did.
Being the booklover that I am, my favorite element of the novel was the setting of the bookclub and seeing each month's pick and which character picked it. That right there allowed me to have that much more insight to the characters. As I was reading, I was longing to create my own face-to-face bookclub with a couple of my other close, book-wormy friends.
Angry Housewives Eating Bon-Bons not only made me laugh and cry, but gave me this huge craving for pie, chocolate, and basically any other treat that mostly every woman loves. My advice, grab this book, some chocolate, and your closest friends and enter the story of a friendship with it's up and downs. A friendship with laughs and tears and solidarity. A friendship that can very well be just like yours.(less)