There was so much about this one that I loved. The writing was beautiful, the characters were very well developed, and the story was captivating. I ha...moreThere was so much about this one that I loved. The writing was beautiful, the characters were very well developed, and the story was captivating. I had actually been eying this one for a while and never got around to it. But I'm glad that I was finally given the chance to read it.
There's so many great things about this book that in trying to write this review I don't really know where to start. The main character is so great. Truly's life is so extraordinary, and yet so simple. The events that occur in her everyday life are really so normal. There are just a few events that cause her life to be so different.
The main characters were so well written that I was able to connect with them all. I could understand what they were all going through and why they choose the paths that they took. While my emotional attachment in this one was with Truly, I had a great understand of what they were all feeling.
In addition to the great characters the story was very well written also. While it was definitely larger than life none of it was unbelievable. This story is really something that I could see happening in any town in America.
With this one I could go on and on forever, as it was just a great book. I guess that's the best way to sum it up: Truly a great book!(less)
I really thought this one would be a tear-jerker, but it surprisingly wasn't. It wasn't that I didn't become emotionally attached, but West gives the...moreI really thought this one would be a tear-jerker, but it surprisingly wasn't. It wasn't that I didn't become emotionally attached, but West gives the story so matter-of-factly and the humor that exudes from his family makes it easier to read. Not to say that he's making light of this very serious topic, but the stories are marked with humor because that's how they happened.
Whether you agree with assisted suicide or not I think this is a great book to read. The turmoil West goes through, while helping his parents relieve themselves of their turmoil, is horrible but to be expected when placed in this situation.
I felt like I got to know K, Jolly, and John while reading this. And while I know they are real people books about real events always seem to have something missing that links the people to the real world. I didn't feel that way at all with this one. I think the portrayal of who these people really are came through very well. It was very well written.
I don't know that I could have done what John did, I don't know that I would ever be placed in that situation, but what I do know is that I could not have relived it over and over by writing a book about it. I think it is courageous of West to have even attempted it. And while he states that it was therapeutic for him I think it still must have been a very difficult and emotionally draining task (given what he had already gone through).
Even with the very difficult subject matter this was a very readable book. I didn't get to drained to finish it, and it didn't take me very long to get into it, and then finish it. (less)
This is a great heartfelt story. I loved Laura, she was so down to earth, and she seemed like a real person to me.
I almost immediately became attache...moreThis is a great heartfelt story. I loved Laura, she was so down to earth, and she seemed like a real person to me.
I almost immediately became attached to her. I felt the pain, joy, sorrow, doubt, everything she was going through. There were a few times I was brought to tears. I was angry with people that hurt her. I wanted her to succeed in everything so that she could build her self-confidence.
This was a great story about life in general. Things happen and we have to deal with them and move on. This book reiterated one thing that I always say "Everything happens for a reason, even if we can't see it at the time". I think if I had to summarize the theme of this book, that would be it.
This one took me a little longer than I expected to finish. I don't know why it was a slow read but it was. It was engaging though, and that kept me turning the pages. Overall I would have to say it was touching.(less)
Dan Gordon works for the US Government chasing criminals who have committed crimes such as money laundering and embezzlement. When he gets handed a 20...moreDan Gordon works for the US Government chasing criminals who have committed crimes such as money laundering and embezzlement. When he gets handed a 20-year old case with no new leads he doesn't realize the whirl wind that this case would take him on. He travels the world searching for the Chameleon, or at least searching for clues to find where this man has hidden.
This book was pretty good. Carmon does a great job keeping you reading. I hated when I had to set this one down. It is suspenseful, to say the least. There are lots of twists and turns, and most all of them are completely unexpected (at least I didn't see them coming). The characters are somewhat two-dimensional, with the exception of Dan Gordon, but the plot more than makes up for a small lack in character development.
Overall I'd say I liked this one. It was well written, and the situations seemed plausible to me. It was an interesting look at how a government agent gathers information and uses that information to track the bad guys. I will defiantly be getting my hands of some of Carmon's other works.(less)
I've never really been a big dieter so, I've never really read any diet books. This one was a first for me. The Liberation Diet seems like a diet that...moreI've never really been a big dieter so, I've never really read any diet books. This one was a first for me. The Liberation Diet seems like a diet that just about anyone can do. As with any good diet it does require a lifestyle change, but with any weight loss program if you're not willing to alter your lifestyle to get results, you're probably not going to lose weight.
The book starts out with some common myths, and then dispels them. Things such as don't eat saturated fats and eat high amounts of carbohydrates (like bread and fibers). Therse is evidence to back up their ideas as well. The book also talks about how these common diet myths came to be and why, even though they've been proven wrong, the government and those in control want us to continue to believe the myths.
The book does give recipes and a diet plan to follow, but in addition it helps you plan the steps to living a new healthier lifestyle. Things such as cleaning out your cupboards, what to stock up on, and what types of kitchen items you should have on hand. I haven't tried the diet yet, but it does seem like one that could be effective.
I guess as with any diet you have to decide if you think you can stick to it. You also have to decide for yourself if you feel the authors (a nutritionist and a personal trainer) have done their jobs in coming up with a healthy program. I personally feel this could work, but that's just my opinion, you have to come up with your own. But if you think this is the one, this book gives you all the information you need to get started.(less)
This had a pretty good story. It took a few chapters to really get into the story, but once it took off it really went. It was a pretty faced paced st...moreThis had a pretty good story. It took a few chapters to really get into the story, but once it took off it really went. It was a pretty faced paced story (excluding a few parts) that really did keep you guessing.
The character development was ok. I didn't really connect with any one character, but they were all believable characters. While the flashbacks do help to connect who each character is and how they are part of the story, they do seem to detract a bit from the overall story line. Some of the flashbacks were a bit long and gave a little more information than I felt was necessary.
The mystery of whodunit really was done quite well. I never expected the ending, not even a clue... Which made me have to rethink everything I was figuring. When I read the paragraph that made me realize who was responsible I had to read a few times to make sure I was reading it right. I like those endings that really throw you off. And it wasn't a crazy ending, it was just unexpected.
It was a pretty good story, but there were a few distractions. I'd say it was enjoyable to read and given the chance I'd read another of Cox's books. (less)
This short story is about love, life, and death. Rosa, while looking at a picture of her father, begins to reminisce about her life. She shares storie...moreThis short story is about love, life, and death. Rosa, while looking at a picture of her father, begins to reminisce about her life. She shares stories of her childhood and her adult life, all linked to her father. As Rosa remembers her life we see the strong bond that existed between Rosa and her father. Throughout the story we jump to present day and realize that Rosa is getting ready for something, but we're never really told what that something is. The reader is left to make assumptions as to what is going on, but we do know that it circles around the title of "When That Day Comes". What day, it is hard to tell, but it is definitely the end of a part of Rosa's life.
I really liked the premise of this book. It was great to read about how Rosa remembered her life. The story was heart-felt and warming. As Rosa remembers her life we get to see the love that her parents shared, as well as the love Rosa had for her family. Through everything Rosa remembers her father seems to play a big role. It is quite obvious that Rosa and her father share a bond that neither of them have for anyone else.
There were a few problems I had with the book. The point of view seemed to jump from third to first person, and back again without rhyme or reason. Second, some of the memories seemed to be out of place. They weren't really tied to anything else. But on the whole it was a good story, and at the very least it makes you thankful for the memories you have and the people that are, and have been, part of your life. (less)