I have been hearing a bunch of stuff about this movie. And I LOVE Rachel McAdams.
When I found out that the movie was based on the true story of Kim an...moreI have been hearing a bunch of stuff about this movie. And I LOVE Rachel McAdams.
When I found out that the movie was based on the true story of Kim and Krickett Carpenter, I was intrigued. Then I realized it was a book. Naturally, I picked it up! the Lor The book was okay.
It felt a little...jumpy? I'm not sure if that's the right word, but it didn't really flow. The timeline jumped around. At the end of one chapter, Kim would bring us up to current day then the next chapter would start in the past. Maybe he was finishing up certain topics?
A literary genius Kim is not. It's told from the voice of a "real" person and the reader can tell.
I loved their story. How they overcame the odds of her accident.
I just wish, before reading this book, that I had known how heavy religion is throughout this book. Kim and Krickett don't attribute the fact that they stayed together to the love they had for one another, no...that credit goes to God and the vows they made to one another.
If you want to read about God, Faith, and Kim and Krickett's Christianity and how those things helped them through their trials, this book is for you.
If you aren't into that kind of thing...steer clear of this book. You are truly inundated with the Lord and their Faith. It was a little overbearing for me.
When I first read the synopsis for this book I thought it sounded so interesting. Not only did I think the book sounded fun, but the rave reviews I re...moreWhen I first read the synopsis for this book I thought it sounded so interesting. Not only did I think the book sounded fun, but the rave reviews I read about this book further intrigued me.
When I began reading the book, I was a bit confused. I thought it jumped into the middle of the story. I quickly learned that the first chapter was about an older freelance reporter who was quickly losing his reputation and work. Then we moved onto the next chapter and it was someone else.
This book is told kind of in a series of short stories. Each chapter is about a different character, though sometimes a previous or subsequent character is mentioned in other chapters. In between each chapter, the reader is taken into the past to learn of the history behind the newspaper and its founder. These in between chapters start at the beginning of the paper and continue up to the present.
Each chapter, or vignette, became increasingly more interesting. Some of them even left me at a cliffhanger. At one point, I wanted so desperately to find out what happened to that particular character (Hardy) that I looked to the Table of Contents to find out when I would learn more of her story. Come to find out that's all she got. One chapter! So I held out hope that things would be wrapped up nicely at the end of the book and we would find out what happened to all of these people and the stories I had learned.
Unfortunately, things with this book just kept getting worse and worse. The stories of these people's lives kept getting more depressing. The paper just kept losing more and more money. And my hope for a happy ending kept diminishing.
When I did finally finish the book, I was pretty annoyed. There was no wrap up. I never found out what happened to Hardy or any of the other crazy things that happened with these people. Each story did intrigue me and get me interested in the character's lives...but then I was left out in the cold. I only got partial stories. There was a small wrap up at the end of the book, but nowhere near what I wanted.
At this point, I don't see the point of this book. I have no idea why the reviews are so awesome for this novel or the author. Sure, his writing style is good and the character development is good...but what's the point in getting invested in someone, just to have the door slammed in your face without finding out how things work out?
All in all, I wouldn't recommend this book to anyone who likes things tied up neatly at the end. You won't get that with this book. Actually, I'm not really sure I would recommend this book to anyone at all. I'm beyond annoyed and feel as though I wasted my time and money on this book.
However, if anyone has read and enjoyed this book, I would love to know what I'm missing...because I just don't see the point. I gained nothing from this reading experience and that makes me sad. (less)