I heard about this book on npr and immediately wanted to read it. I started the book then walked away from it for about a week then read the rest in oI heard about this book on npr and immediately wanted to read it. I started the book then walked away from it for about a week then read the rest in one sitting.
The book was "okay". It's short, only a little over 200 pages, and I believe that worked against the storyline. I feel very unresolved after finishing the book. I don't believe any of the characters or the plot was developed as well as they could have/should have been.
This book has a lot of potential but left me feeling flat and wondering about the point of it all....more
I loved the storyline...well, storylineS. Each subsequent story continued to get better and better. BuI have a love/hate relationship with this book.
I loved the storyline...well, storylineS. Each subsequent story continued to get better and better. But I found myself beyond frustrated each time the story just stopped.
This isn't just a story about stories though. It's a story about reading. About Readers. Stories do not exist if no one is available to read/hear them. At that point, they are simply words.
Calvino does a stellar job from the outset bringing the Reader into the story and making it, not about characters in a book, but about the person reading the book.
This is not a novel that can be left incomplete. If you are going to begin reading it, you must finish it. Only then can you come full circle. How ironic is that? It's a book of incomplete books, yet to truly appreciate the artistry of this work, you must complete it.
If you are looking for a book that both irritates the piss out of you AND makes you smile and feel comfortable with yourself as a Reader, then this is for you.
This book was pretty cute. It was refreshing for the story to NOT be about cheating significant others. Giffin does love the theme of lies and secretsThis book was pretty cute. It was refreshing for the story to NOT be about cheating significant others. Giffin does love the theme of lies and secrets and how they can influence the lives of everyone.
Though this book was cute and an enjoyable read, I didn't like it as much as I liked some of her previous works. But it was worth the read....more
This book started off a bit slow for me. I had a little trouble getting into it. By the middle of the first part I was hooked. Every time I picked upThis book started off a bit slow for me. I had a little trouble getting into it. By the middle of the first part I was hooked. Every time I picked up the book, my heart would start racing and I had to remember to breathe.
This book was full of twists. Well, mental twists anyway. I made a decision about how the book was going to go, then a few pages later I was questioning that decision. Some things I never even saw coming.
The reason this book only gets 3 stars from me is because of the ending. I turned the page expecting the next chapter and it was the Acknowledgments page. I kept flipping back and forth from last page to Acknowledgments page thinking there were pages missing. When I realized that yes indeed, the book DID just end that way I wanted to throw my Nook Tablet across the room. If I had been reading it in physical book form I may have launched the thing across the street. But, alas, my Nook Tablet is expensive so I just stared at it dumbfounded.
I just don't know what else to say about this book. I just can't bring myself to love it since I the ending made me so violently angry. But maybe with time and distance I'll get past it. As it is, I just had some thoughts on why it may have ended the way it did.