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Meet Maddy Braverman, a thirty-something first grade teacheI won this book through the GoodReads first reads program in exchange for an honest review.
Meet Maddy Braverman, a thirty-something first grade teacher in the heart of New York City. She's dissatisfied with her job, but too complacent to seek work elsewhere. With no boyfriend, or will to really try and get one, she seeks solace in the celebrity tabloids and gossip that flows throughout the city. When a new addition to her classroom proves to be the daughter of Nic and Shelby Seabolt, the A-list Hollywood power couple she's obsessed with, her life promptly falls apart. It's all she can do not to spend the whole of her time fantasizing about Nic Seabolt. Not even her new hippie assistant teacher, James, can distract her from her quest.
Now, I'm a fan of chick lit to a certain extent. I adore Jennifer Crusie and will honestly pick up anything she writes. Star Craving Mad, however, largely left me cold. The situation was too ubelievable, the characters too hard to like, and the writing too crass to hold my interest too long. That having been said, the book picked up sufficiently in the third act to pull itself out of a one star rating - if the whole book had had the third act's pacing and rhythm the book would have been a much better sell.
Maddy Braverman just wasn't a good protagonist. She was unlikable from the start, and it's difficult to believe that a borderline alcoholic, celebrity stalking, childishly petulant depressive woman would hold a job at the most prestigious elementary school in NYC. It's more difficult to believe that she would have held the job for six years and be considered the best teacher there, with parents clamoring for spots in her class. She may be great with the children overall, but as a reader I hardly saw it. She spent too much of her time in the class on the phone or lamenting about her situation and dashing off to the break room to be considered a valuable asset.
Her friendships were likewise a bit horrifying. It's one thing to be enamored with celebrity culture, it's a whole other thing to make the same mistake multiple times and gush about how celebrities have a golden "glow" about them. The cautionary tale of Star Craving Mad is largely lost when so much of the book is spent excusing horrible behavior, and even commending it in the case of the Halloween party. Illusions may be shattered by the end of the book, but the impact isn't that great overall.
Where the story succeeds is in the final act, as I've said before. The pacing changes, the focus of the story is torn away from celebrity culture and instead on character development that was badly needed throughout the whole book itself. With more attention to the characters, and less to what celebrity wore what, the book could do better. If more time was spent on character relationships than the reveals would be a bit more powerful. As it is, the characters are too self-absorbed to really come off as real, and the action is too choppy to flow naturally the way that it should. There's a decent chick-lit story in this, it just hasn't fully emerged just yet. ...more
She always seemed quite stuffy and ridiculous. But other people seemed to like her. When I was youngI never thought I'd enjoy Jane Austen.
She always seemed quite stuffy and ridiculous. But other people seemed to like her. When I was younger I picked up Pride and Prejudice and got absolutely nowhere in it, primarily due to the fact that I missed the entire point. The book falls flat if you read it as a love story. It falls flat if you read it and take everything at face value. What Austen does, she does exceptionally well, but what she does is something that isn't, at least when I was young, talked about very much.
What Jane Austen does it be sarcastic. Deeply and unflinchingly sarcastic.
Once that is realized the bulk of the book is absolutely hilarious.
It's a bit like this
The plot is a soap opera, told by an author who seems to be snickering with each sentence. The characters are utterly ridiculous.
"Don't keep coughing so, Kitty, for Heaven's sake! Have a little compassion on my nerves. You tear them to pieces." "Kitty has no discretion in her coughs," said her father; "she times them ill." "I do not cough for my own amusement," replied Kitty fretfully.
If all of Austen's books are like this, and as generally well written as this one, I think I'll finally be converted into being a true fan of hers. If it's possible to be a true fan and still greatly prefer Bingley to Darcy.
I wish to thank everyone who had to endure me periodically updating my GoodReads status with quotes from this book. I really couldn't resist, after haI wish to thank everyone who had to endure me periodically updating my GoodReads status with quotes from this book. I really couldn't resist, after having done it before with the previous installments in this now startlingly long series.
While I question whether or not fans were really clamoring for the books retold from Christian Grey's perspective, and curiously eye the movie release date having been so recent, I can't deny that this new book has made a lot of fans happy. Unfortunately, Grey somewhat diminishes the charm of the previous books in the series by revealing Christian's motives. The previously mysterious dark and moody man is now revealed to be... well, human. His motives are clear, and rather easier to understand. Anastasia appears to be a larger psychopath than she did in the previous books, and I still maintain that she treated Christian far more poorly than he ever treated her. She knew what she was getting into, and was warned thoroughly of the dangers of it, and yet...
E.L. James's writing has continued to happily improve. The editing on this book was significantly better than it had been on Fifty Shades of Grey, and while there still were a great deal of eye-rolling moments (in particular the high number of flashbacks) it was easy to find a humor in them that made the book delightful.
Don't go into this expecting great literature. Don't go into this expecting anything but a rather fun fantasy that will offer up some laughs and minor amusement. It isn't any more awful than most romance books, and in fact has a great deal more humor than most. ...more
Other reviewers have criticized Graeme Simsion for portraying Aspergers in the most stereotypical fashion, for writing a romNow, this was interesting.
Other reviewers have criticized Graeme Simsion for portraying Aspergers in the most stereotypical fashion, for writing a romantic comedy where he could have written something much more dark a serious, and even for writing a book where a screenplay could have gone over beautifully. Personally, I didn't take any umbrage at any of those facts.
This book was delightful, entertaining, and actually rather sympathetic to the way that Aspies work. The writing was clean and sharp, amusing and just fantastically ignorant of a deeper analysis of social cues while still providing them wonderfully. It's a bit like a puzzle with the pieces all out and face up on the table. You can see the full image if you look long enough - it's all there - just nowhere near a comprehensible order unless you take the time and effort to arrange them right. And really, do you need to after a certain amount of time? It can find its own incomplete glory, or you could try to get them right with a bit of help...
As someone reading from a similar perspective as the protagonist, I found no real fault with the book. It's a perfect quick read to put a smile on your face....more
Yeah, so, this book was laying around our house and I'd not yet read it. I kept hearing about it, seeing it, and finally decided to see what the fussYeah, so, this book was laying around our house and I'd not yet read it. I kept hearing about it, seeing it, and finally decided to see what the fuss is all about.
This book was too cliche for my taste. You can read the prologue and essentially get the full story. The writing is a bit sloppy, too repetitive for my taste, and didn't really do enough to elicit the feel of the times for me. I didn't much feel for the characters and thought them a bit too much like caricatures than real people. To Kill a Mockingbird did much more to explain childhood, coming of age, and the realization of just what people mean to you for me. Hell, even A Prayer For Owen Meany did a better job of making me care than this did.
Looking into it all, it seems as if Nicholas Sparks may have written this for a relative of his who was dying of cancer. If that is the case, then I can understand a bit more why the book came off the way it did, but all the same, I still don't understand how this got as popular as it did in time....more
I actually quite enjoyed the writing in this. Blaine D. Arden did a beautiful job of conveying the sense of sound. The main character is blind, and soI actually quite enjoyed the writing in this. Blaine D. Arden did a beautiful job of conveying the sense of sound. The main character is blind, and so there was virtually no visual description. It was an interesting exercise in amplifying the other senses. Without telling a story, the rhythm of storytelling was gloriously conveyed. Wonderful job.
I didn't as much enjoy the odd name choices and the subplot of the main character being a defective aristocrat, due to his blindness. It seemed unnecessary when placed up against the beauty of the sensory descriptions.
Still, quite well written. The eroticism was conveyed far better by the sense descriptions (in particular sound) than it was by any actual sexual acts. Very cool, in that way....more
This free story was incredibly amusing. As a previous reader of Ghastly's Ghastly Comic, I have been acquainted with the more humorous rendition of aThis free story was incredibly amusing. As a previous reader of Ghastly's Ghastly Comic, I have been acquainted with the more humorous rendition of a tentacle monster's life. This short story, however, dealt more with the... dramatic aspects of living with such a condition. Oh, Kip doesn't know what to do about his tentacles. Especially after the man of his dreams calls him a tentacle monster.
At 26 pages (on Kindle) this story was just long enough, and focused more on the emotions than any steamy scenes. Personally, I was a bit thankful for that, as tentacles aren't my thing. Still, the story was free and it was amusing. It was a bit sweet, as others have mentioned, but I would've preferred a bit more to it in general.
Why did his parents leave? Did it have to do with the tentacles? What made people change their minds about the tentacles? Is this a genetic condition or... what?
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While this isn't the sort of thing I normally read (My reviews of the Fifty Shades of Grey serieI received this book through the first-reads program.
While this isn't the sort of thing I normally read (My reviews of the Fifty Shades of Grey series a notable exception) I actually enjoyed this. James Wood did a wonderful job imitating the writing of the older erotic novel writers, or, say, Anais Nin. Reading this, I was thoroughly amused.
The doctrines do a brilliant job of outlining what should have been emphasized in E.L. James'books, and in a brilliant language. Good book, if terribly short. I have to wonder how many people are using this as an instruction manual......more
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Mystical Circles tells the story of Juliet, who's sister Zoe has fallen for a man named CraI won this book through the Good Reads first reads program.
Mystical Circles tells the story of Juliet, who's sister Zoe has fallen for a man named Craig. This would be wonderful, were it not for the fact that Craig is the leader of a New Age community called Mystical Circles. He's a modern day guru preaching a renewed version of Don Juan's idea that we drop our old self in order to become a new one. Forget our past, embrace the future... etc. So, Juliet goes to the cult in the Cotswolds to do a documentary about the movement. Also, to collect Zoe. But oh, there are dark secrets...
Dark secrets in a New Age Movement? Violence, intrigue, fallen priests, and tortured artists. A confused romance? Thwarted investigations? Oh, all of this is right up my alley and I was very excited to read it. Unfortunately, the love story kind of ruined it for me. I felt that the feelings for Craig were unnatural, Craig not really inviting the feelings he should have. Likewise, Don didn't seem to radiate any attraction and that all seemed rather forced to me.
The writing meandered a little. Beautiful, beautiful scenery. Realistic enough characters. I just wanted more of it to feel natural, a bit more rhythmical. The emotions, again, seemed to get in the way of the action for me. A revision of the book could make it truly grand, but for now, it just didn't really do it for me. I wanted a bit more of the book. Still, it did engage me. It did get me reading, and hold my interest. It did make me think about it a bit. I just came up a bit bored, when I wanted my heart and mind to be racing....more
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Imagine you're going about your everyday business as a high school student. You've a boyfriI won this book through the Good Reads First Reads program.
Imagine you're going about your everyday business as a high school student. You've a boyfriend, a decent plan for life ahead of you, good family and friends. One minute you're coming home from school, the next minute you're under the subway and dead. Well, "the best laid plans of mice and men often go astray..."
The Dead Girls Detective Agency begins with that death, something that could easily be chalked up to a slip of the foot but turns out to be something far more sinister. Murder. So, in order for Charlotte to move on she's got to solve her own murder - with the help of a few other dead teenagers in similar straits.
For me, The Dead Girls Detective Agency was a pretty solid three. It was entertaining enough to keep me reading and enjoying the ride, but glib enough for me to be wincing now and again as one too many references were made to current or past trends. It would have been served by being a bit more mature, following trends in YA fiction, but as it was? It was still a fun, if predictable and groan worthy read. It would speak to the younger YA crowd, maybe middle school rather than high?
The book wasn't bad, and had some rather good moments tossed into the mix. In particular, the reasoning behind why certain characters chose to - or not to - go through the Big Red Door to whatever is beyond. Similarly, the concept was amusing and there were a few good questions posited to make a series a distinct possibility. The world is entertaining, and a bit more depth would make it even better ride. If you feel like a silly read to snack to, or a book to maybe get a middle school girl reading? This would be a decent bet....more
I was a bit torn about this book, as aspects of it I thoroughly enjoyed. Emily's trip to Florida, andI won this book through the first-reads program.
I was a bit torn about this book, as aspects of it I thoroughly enjoyed. Emily's trip to Florida, and overall online dating experience were worthy of a romantic comedy - as were aspects of her relationship with Jerry. The evolution of Emily's relationships (familial and non) are worth a book in their own, as are her spiritual pursuits.
While I found the book delightful, in spite of the misfortunes encompassed therein, I found the balance between the sacred and profane a bit jarring. A little rearranging of some of the events in the book would have served to balance it a little better pacing wise.
I would certainly pick up the second book in this series, and actually would have appreciated something along the lines of a biography on the sacred texts that are referenced several times in the book itself. Eastern philosophy fascinates me, and not being too well read in it.. well, this book is a fine gateway to rekindle ones want of Buddhist teachings.
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What is it about time travel romances, really? Is there something more appealing about oldI won this book through the GoodReads first reads programme.
What is it about time travel romances, really? Is there something more appealing about older values, the ideals of the past and the fascinating world it was? Perhaps, but that's overlooking the fact that human nature is irrevocably human nature. This isn't the sort of book that I would typically pick up and read...
Nevertheless, I admire Kathleen Kirkwood for her attention to detail with the historical aspects of the novel. She did a marvelous job of capturing the shifting syntaxes of Victorian speech and, well, Scots. She did a good job of highlighting the appealing nature of the past without romanticizing it overly much. In particular, I liked how she actually showcased just how advanced people where in the late 1400s. Barbarians? Hardly.
While this book wasn't to my taste, I loved the history. This is a historical romance that is a great bit more respectable than I expected this genre to be.
Also, points for using real Scottish Gaelic. So many points....more
This short story was all about a badly scarred veteran who had a strong craving to shag his college-aged hired help. Luckily, the girl young enough toThis short story was all about a badly scarred veteran who had a strong craving to shag his college-aged hired help. Luckily, the girl young enough to be his daughter is terribly attracted to this disfigured veteran. So attracted that she's perfectly all right walking in on him in the midst of a bit of self-love. Moaning about her. Oh yeah.
The fellow is awash with conflict. He can't stand his appearance, himself, nor the fact that she is terribly attracted to him. She's not having any of that, and takes control. Well, that's good. I'm glad they're right for one another.
Unfortunately, I can't stand people who lack a backbone, and I felt that both characters in this story did. I was grateful that the girl went for what she wanted, but I felt that if the characters were fleshed out a bit more it would all make more sense. The fellow was a veteran, and a scholar, but he was this troubled by everything? I wanted him more damaged, or at least have his insecurities be more... understandable. Walk around in his brain a bit more, rather than feel as if he should be charged with rape. Nothing quite breaks the mood like that....more
I won this book through the first-reads program, and really found it quite enjoyable.
Carrie St. John was a very endearing protagonist, and her problemI won this book through the first-reads program, and really found it quite enjoyable.
Carrie St. John was a very endearing protagonist, and her problems with her love interest (Mike) were very believable. Unlike some romance novels I've read, the people in this book had very real concerns regarding their careers, and Carrie St. John was not willing to sacrifice her job in order for love. She was a professional woman, and I liked the positive message that having such a protagonist sent.
The story was quick, and the writing easily accessible. I found nothing wrong with the book, so to speak. It was like a snack, or a light dessert - would be perfect for a beach read, or a lazy afternoon....more
I've seen some rather disparaging comments about this book, but I would like to assuage your fears. In spite of tI won this book through First-Reads.
I've seen some rather disparaging comments about this book, but I would like to assuage your fears. In spite of the Fifty Shades title and cover, this book is nothing of the kind. Rather than some somewhat insipid tale of Ms. Louisa May being seduced and ravaged this is a satire on such things.
Lovingly... lustfully? illustrated with x-rated woodcuts, this book is written in full 19th century style. No one is safe. The author attacks the baser side of Emerson, Thoreau, Melville, and Hawthorne. Each encounter is written with a fine attention to detail and language. I have to admit I was laughing more than once when she brought her 'Wooden Friend' out to play. Yes, this book is ah.. one of a kind?
A few of the turns of language brought to mind Anais Nin which I suppose is a rather good thing. Now, if only I could get Karen to review this, too.....more
All in all, I found this book a quite enjoyable read. It was easy and quick - entertaining, and incrediblI won this book from the first-reads program.
All in all, I found this book a quite enjoyable read. It was easy and quick - entertaining, and incredibly sweet. I enjoyed the small fantasy element in it, and all the characters were really quite lovable.
While the book wasn't phenomenal, it was a truly engaging read for the genre which it is in. The plot was engaging, and made me smile. I'd recommend this as a nice summer read, preferably with a glass of cold lemonade. :)...more
This book was delightful, and surprisingly, not the typical chick-lit sort of book. The protagonist, CI won this book through the first reads program.
This book was delightful, and surprisingly, not the typical chick-lit sort of book. The protagonist, Christine, is trying to move on from a rather difficult break-up that she suffered earlier in her life. We learn about this event in small chunks, as she looks back over the years. Trouble with her family compounds her troubled past.
Jessica Lavé writes with a keen eye for humor and cynicism. Her writing is both easy to read, and incredibly entertaining. The book moved in a very different direction than I expected, but at the same time - she took it in a far more realistic direction. This would be a more grown-up sort of chick-lit, though don't take that to mean the book is full of raunch. It isn't. This is far more about becoming the mature person you never quite expect yourself to be, all the while, retaining what makes you you.
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Just about everything in this book surprised me. I was initially quite put off by the cover art,I received this book through the First Reads program!
Just about everything in this book surprised me. I was initially quite put off by the cover art, as well as it's designation as a "Dead Celeb Mystery". They say not to judge a book by its cover, though, so I dove in and ended up finishing it in two days. Sometimes books are like that.
This book... well, it's very odd. Surprisingly odd. I would like to say shockingly odd but after learning that a book that stars a "screwnicorn" exists I'm not certain that this book qualifies. Among other things this book includes... evil jaguar women, Bob Marley and Janis Joplin singing together and smoking pot, fantastic fish tacos, decidedly bad vibrations, and demons that enjoy vast amounts of kinky sex. There is also ghost sex, which is apparently quite good. There is also a magical ball of energy called a "luster" which makes ghost sex possible. I'm still laughing at that one.
I think you can tell by my tone that I enjoyed this book. The book wasn't stunning incredible literature, but rather a plenty fun read that was easy to relax to. It was nice to take my mind off of things and instead be creeped out by certain denizens of the bar and roll my eyes at Simone's f-bomb dropping hilarity. The plot was solid, and actually left me disappointed when I discovered that this is going to be a series. I wanted answers! That's good, though. Who doesn't love it when you discover that you have yet more books to read?!
My only complaints come from some typos and one chapter (only three pages or so) that had inexplicable missing spaces between words. How does that mistake happen? Luckily, as I said before, it wasn't for that long. Still, that's a bit of an issue I hope gets resolved.
So, if you enjoy murder mysteries, L.A. style crazy, a variety of musical in-jokes, ghost-sex, and a very strange explanation of the afterlife... then this book is for you. It certainly entertained me. :)...more
Semi-Charmed Life is Nora Zelevansky's authorial debut, and also a novel that she wrote during NaNoWriMo if I'm not mistaken. The book is a well-done satire on how obsessed we are as a culture with the concepts and trappings on fame, and how hollow a pursuit it truly can be. Wrapped up in all of this commentary is a dash of magical realism, well placed humor, and an air of mystery. That's quite a lot for a first novel to contain.
Personally, I found the book a bit difficult. Primarily, I think that's more my problem than it is a reflection on the book. Not being too engaged in the TMZ culture the book is talking about, some of the references were lost on me and I think a fair bit of that humor missed me. I felt a bit late to the party, but I can think of a few friends of mine who would be caught right in the middle of it all.
The jokes that I did get were unanimously hilarious. In particular the line about Jackson Pollock was great, and some of the jabs at both the Goth culture and poetry culture were great. I think if the book had been more focused on literary figures and the like I would have had an easier time of it. Actually, Fifty Shades of Louisa May comes to mind, though these books are leagues apart.
The writing was solid, though bit too reference heavy for my taste. The actual story was well done, and once I passed the 73 page mark the book really began to flow for me as a reader. I enjoyed the fact that she took a magical realism approach to the book, and would actual push to emphasise that aspect of it next time around. The no-holds barred approach to the fantastic element reminded me of Jonathan Carroll's sheer weirdness, though as a first novel, the writing lacked some of the confidence needed to truly pull off something of Carroll's stature.
All in all, I did enjoy the book and am curious to see what happens next. Nora Zelevanksy is an author that I'm hoping to see more of, and I'm hoping will keep up the irreverent air shown in this first novel. Now, if only I could conjure up a Veruca for my own life!...more
I won this book through the first-reads program, and am quite looking forward to listening to the songs that Ty wrote in the book.
Grace Grows is a stI won this book through the first-reads program, and am quite looking forward to listening to the songs that Ty wrote in the book.
Grace Grows is a story of... growth, as one would expect. The book is a romance, but one often thwarted. Grace, the protagonist, fights her burgeoning love for the spontaneous Tyler Wilkie. Tyler is a musician, newly becoming famous; Grace is more far-sighted, more pragmatic - yet she can't fight these feelings.
While the book is your typical romantic fare, it is written in a lively voice and is infused with some great classic rock. So much music is in the book... there's a playlist, and the songs in the book actually have been recorded. How cool is that?
I'd recommend it as a great summer read, a fun beach read, and something I could easily see being put on the silver screen. It's a fun book, and although the characters annoyed me at times - just communicate!!! - without a certain amount of misadventure the plot just wouldn't move. Also... great taste in books, Ms. Grace Barnum. Editors will surely rejoice....more
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While the title may inspire all sorts of Twilight related snickering, the book bears littleI won this book through the fantastic First-Reads program!
While the title may inspire all sorts of Twilight related snickering, the book bears little in common with Twilight. It is written by a woman, and it does take place where the weather is cold and the sun somewhat optional... but that's about it. Sparkle is the name of the Colorado town that the protagonist, Jill, finds herself returning to when her marriage goes sour. Thus it begins.
I adored this book, personally, and a lot of that comes from the fact that the Montana town I lived in resembled the Colorado town in this book. How I Came to Sparkle Again is a very good depiction of the small ski resort town philosophy, and how different life can be when lived within the confines of the jagged Rocky Mountains. Uncle Howard is the incarnation of what many longtime Montanans I've known have become, and the Kennel boys... well, I've eaten more than one turkey that was roasted in a garbage can.
How I Came to Sparkle Again can be seen as a different way to live ones life, and of course, skiing is a reflection of that life. You surrender to the storm, and you survive - you fight it, and you end up hurt. You might end up hurt anyway, but that's just because that's life. Montana and Colorado are both states that tend to subscribe to zen life philosophies...
Well, when the Church of Stuff Happens opens up you'll see me sitting in the pews....more
Bravely, I have gone through the Grey trilogy. I have survived the numerable love scenes that seemed to never end, I endured the tediThus, it is done.
Bravely, I have gone through the Grey trilogy. I have survived the numerable love scenes that seemed to never end, I endured the tedious dialogue, the poor characterization, and the attempts at suspense scenes. I made it, dear readers. I made it. Barely.
Overall, E.L. James is a vastly better author than she was when she began this trilogy. While I didn't enjoy this book, this genre isn't one that I normally read to begin with. I'll be interested to see what her next project is - the paranormal romance thriller(?) and how her writing improves as she continues. What separates E.L. James from other often criticized authors is that one can tell she's trying. She's taken what criticism there was, and applied herself to fixing it.
In more capable hands, this trilogy wouldn't be half bad. As it is, I think that E.L. James could use a better editor and have her books cut down a little. With less erotic scenes and superfluous drama these books could be concise, snappy reads and perhaps even attract a wider audience. ...more
Well, the author tried to develop the characters more. Most notably giving Mr. Taylor a wife and and child, who we never met and remained unnamed. OneWell, the author tried to develop the characters more. Most notably giving Mr. Taylor a wife and and child, who we never met and remained unnamed. One of Christian's subs decided to attack.. Mr. Hyde was - surprise, surprise, a near rapist.
Yeah.. I'll probably update this review later. For now, at least I finished it....more
Probably my favorite Crusie book so far. The mystery was interesting enough, and the humor out in force. All the characters were likable, and the confProbably my favorite Crusie book so far. The mystery was interesting enough, and the humor out in force. All the characters were likable, and the conflict, while not too tense, was still very good.
Well, this book was a bit of a mess. I honestly didn't like it, but have given it two stars because - well - there were a few moments that were good iWell, this book was a bit of a mess. I honestly didn't like it, but have given it two stars because - well - there were a few moments that were good in it at least.
The problem I had with this book was the overall lack of character development. While Crusie's protagonist did evolve over the course of the book, the male 'lead' didn't. And the fellow in the swamp? Honestly? I still don't know what he was doing there, and I already finished the book.
The book was a wash, but I'll probably read the other collaborations these two did anyway. The books are fun, and I adore Crusie's wit....more
Jennifer Crusie is an author that I adore. I would call her a guilty pleasure, but that would be implying that her writing isn't quality... and her wrJennifer Crusie is an author that I adore. I would call her a guilty pleasure, but that would be implying that her writing isn't quality... and her writing is quality. There's nothing guilty about that.
Her books are the good romantic comedies of the business. Laugh out loud funny, each and every one of them packs at least two moments that you'll find yourself shaking your head and relating to the protagonist. Her mysteries are good, and compelling. Reading through her back catalogue you can see the care that she puts into each and every one of her books as her writing continues to develop.
I can say with confidence that there isn't a single book of hers that I have disliked. Some are better than others, true, but each book is its own fun, sexy romp into the psyche of one of the best chick-lit authors out there....more
I'm wavering between rating this two stars or three.
I'd been told to read this book before it got popular (yes, I am that much of a book hipster.) TheI'm wavering between rating this two stars or three.
I'd been told to read this book before it got popular (yes, I am that much of a book hipster.) Then it got popular, and I was told to read it again... and again. I finally got around to it.
I don't know if the hype was what killed the book for me, or if it was the content. The book read like a bestseller.. it was easy to read, and altogether enjoyable. The book wasn't bad, nor was it disappointing. It just was what it was - an enjoyable, easy read. I can't fault the book for that.
My expectations were a bit skewed. I wanted a book that made me look at race relations in a new way. I wanted a book that would surprise and titillate me. I wanted something that would make me think. The book entertained me, and it soothed me the way a mother would with her obstinate child. I wasn't expecting that, and I wasn't prepared for it. These things happen.
I think I would have enjoyed the book more if it had been approached from a third person perspective, rather than three first person ones. I think that I would have enjoyed the book more if there was a greater aspect of worry, an certain degree of uncertainty a lá To Kill a Mockingbird. I think I would have enjoyed the book more if I came at it from a different perspective.
All of this aside: it is a good book. The rating is my fault, not the fault of the book. Ah, and yes, I do wish to see the film....more