I finished this a month ago but I'm finally getting around to writing my review. I've read other books by Liane Moriarty and liked them well enough buI finished this a month ago but I'm finally getting around to writing my review. I've read other books by Liane Moriarty and liked them well enough but I can't say I loved them. I was actually reluctant to try another one but the premise of this book intrigued me. I often imagine my younger self getting a sneak peek into my current life and think about what my impression would be. What would surprise me? Would I feel satisfied with where I was in life? In this book, Alice has an accident that causes her to forget the past 10 years of her life, so she's living with the mind of her younger self in her older self life and has to make sense of the changes that have occurred. I think this is so interesting. The book explored the realistic changes that happen to a marriage and friendships and ideas of parenting over the course of 10 years. The author did an excellent job of making this believable and engaging. I listened to the audio version and it worked great in that format. I am giving this book 5 stars but remember that it's in the category of chick lit. If you object to any and all chick lit, then this is not for you. If you're OK with good quality chick lit, then I recommend it....more
This is the first book I've ever read that was told in the second person which made it at least a little different from all the other celebrity memoirThis is the first book I've ever read that was told in the second person which made it at least a little different from all the other celebrity memoirs out there. As an added unique feature, NPH mimicked the "Choose your own Adventure" format. This was cute and original but truthfully didn't really add much to the book. I had concerns that this would actually be a disaster in the audio format but NPH considered this difficulty and took care of the page turning for us.
I really like NPH. I think he's very talented and also find him to be interesting and funny in interviews. The reason I'm not giving more stars is because I'm now convinced that I'm just not interested in celebrity memoirs that focus on their celebrity. I'm not all that interested in famous people and their encounters. (If that's what you like, then you'll probably think this is more of a 4 star book.) I'm more interested in memoirs of people that have an interesting story to tell (aside from their rise to stardom.) When it comes to celebrity memoirs, I prefer reading about people overcoming adversity (e.g.Rosie Perez) or I like funny stories/good writing (e.g., Bossypants). This book amused me a little and held my interest and kept me company while doing the dishes but didn't offer much more....more
I love Lena Dunham so I had really high hopes for this book. She is a writer after all, not just an actress so it had to be better than the usual celeI love Lena Dunham so I had really high hopes for this book. She is a writer after all, not just an actress so it had to be better than the usual celebrity memoir, right? Unfortunately, I was wrong. Maybe my expectations were just too high. I enjoyed it and I liked that that she narrated the audio book. I just thought it would be funnier or more clever or more substantial. I don't know if I missed some of the humor or if it wasn't really meant to be very funny. I laughed a few times and it mostly held my interest. It just seemed a little weak though, like she had some essays that she threw together to make a book. Also, I just felt sad hearing about her sexual experiences and her struggles with anxiety. I didn't feel enlightened or very entertained. It's worth listening to it or reading it if you're a big fan but keep your expectations in check....more
This book was not for me. It simply did not hold my interested. I wouldn't have picked it up had it not been a book club selection.
It sounded like itThis book was not for me. It simply did not hold my interested. I wouldn't have picked it up had it not been a book club selection.
It sounded like it had potential to be interesting. It told of the creation of the town of Oakridge Tennessee in 1942. It's secret purpose was enriching uranium for the atomic bomb. Women were brought there to work without knowing what they were signing up to do. They were only told that they would be doing work that would help end the war.
I think it is was not as interesting to me because there was more focus on the setting than on the women. In the Goodreads description, the book was compared to "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks". While they both dealt with history and science, this book was missing the part where the characters come to life. The author tried to give many perspectives which obviously took a lot of work but the end result was too many people to keep track of and no one that you really go to know in depth. Perhaps also, historical nonfiction is not my favorite type of nonfiction....more
I was conflicted about this one. It's not my usual genre. I like historical fiction but I don't usually read adventure stories. I think it's good to bI was conflicted about this one. It's not my usual genre. I like historical fiction but I don't usually read adventure stories. I think it's good to branch out though so I gave this a try. I actually liked the writing. The characters were colorful and the story had potential. I did not like that there were so many characters to keep track of although I thought the author did a great job of giving them distinctive voices. It just felt like the book was easy to put down and I wasn't eager to pick it up. It was due at the library and I didn't seem to feel bad about not knowing what was going to happen if I stopped reading. The last straw was when I read something (maybe the back of the book) where it was described as "hilarious". Really? Hilarious? I had a few chuckles but if this was supposed to be hilarious, then for sure this one is not for me. I'm not discouraging anyone from reading this though. It may even have been great if I kept with it. I'll never know!...more
I saw that this book got some mixed reviews and I'm always curious to see why people don't like a book before I pick it up. Many people found the charI saw that this book got some mixed reviews and I'm always curious to see why people don't like a book before I pick it up. Many people found the characters to be spoiled or unlikeable, overly analytical or they didn't like all the teen angst. One reviewer (K) pointed out very correctly that one of the characters kept having to remind you of how funny and charming she was because if she didn't tell you, it's likely that you wouldn't notice. I actually agree with that last bit and the book could have been better if the characters were in fact funny rather than told me that they're funny. The rest of the complaints didn't bother me though!
For some reason, I like teen angst but I don't always like books written for teens. This did not strike me as a book for teens. It reminded me of "Prep" in that the main character was introspective and not a lot happened plot wise but I enjoyed getting in the character's heads. As long as I can relate to the angst, I'm in. Maybe I identified because I went to sleep away camp every summer as a kid. Also, some of my closest friends are ones that I met in my teen years. I liked that the book spanned the life of the characters through age 50 and I'm about that age now. It wasn't a perfect book by any stretch but it held my interest throughout. I can see where it's not a book for everyone though.
I alternated between listening to it on audio and reading the kindle version. I thought it worked in both formats although at times the narrator picked an unnecessarily irritating voice just to distinguish between characters....more
This is a great book for getting your house uncluttered and organized. Her basic approach is to keep only things that spark joy and get rid of everythThis is a great book for getting your house uncluttered and organized. Her basic approach is to keep only things that spark joy and get rid of everything else. While I do have a few complaints about the book, I'm still going with 5 stars because her system actually works! That's the bottom line, isn't it? So far, I've been motivated and inspired to clean out my clothes closet and drawers, all the cabinets and drawers in my kitchen plus the pantry, the toy cabinets and even my books! These areas have never looked better. It is such a pleasure being able to find everything that I love. I feel so much calmer and more organized without the clutter. Prior to reading this book I couldn't even get started! I still have the laundry room, coat closet and garage to do but I haven't lost my enthusiasm. The minor complaints that I have are that it is a little repetitive, it's a little silly the way she says the inanimate objects have feelings and also I think she could have explained in the beginning how to use the book if you have a big house. I wasn't clear if I should get started working on the items covered with each chapter or wait until I finished the book. Small complaints compared to the huge impact!...more
This was a book club selection, not one that I picked out for myself. I thought this book was OK. I'm not critiquing the author and her writing, I'm jThis was a book club selection, not one that I picked out for myself. I thought this book was OK. I'm not critiquing the author and her writing, I'm just expressing my opinion on my level of enjoyment or whether I took anything away from this book. I don't usually like this type of story. She covers different characters and different time periods and ties the events and characters together. Because of this format, I never really got to know the characters in depth. Throughout the book they just seemed like characters in a book. It's hard for me to feel any emotional connection when it's told in this way. Overall, I felt bored most of the time and was relived to be finished with it. If it had not been a book club selection, I would have given up on it. To be fair, I'll mention that quite a few people in the book club seemed to really like it!...more
Before reading this book, I didn't have any particular interest in Rosie Perez. A friend recommended it knowing that I like memoirs so I gave it a tryBefore reading this book, I didn't have any particular interest in Rosie Perez. A friend recommended it knowing that I like memoirs so I gave it a try not expecting too much.
I was on the fence about giving it 3 or 4 stars. Since I couldn't give 3.5, I decided to be generous and go with 4. First of all, I have to say that I listened to the audio version which may have been a big factor in earning the extra 1/2 star. Rosie read it and that made it really come to life. I found her story to be very compelling and her personality endearing. (You have to love her Puerto Rican/Brooklyn accent and vernacular to enjoy the audio book! For me it was a big plus.)
I was slow to like this book in the beginning, because it was bothering me that she gave so much detail about things she couldn't have known about. When she described the day her parents met as a "brisk day", it felt like she was trying too hard to make it read like a novel which turned me off. She also gave so many details of her baby and toddler years that weren't helping matters. Yes, she explains that she interviewed family members to get the details of the times she was too young to remember but I was less interested in their memories. These small concerns quickly fell away as she got into the rest of her story. She had an unbelievably difficult childhood with everything from a cruel, mentally ill mother, to living in a Catholic orphanage where she wasn't treated any better. Thankfully, she had an aunt who loved her and tried to save her from this madness. Aside from the beginning reservations, I thought her story was very hones. She didn't always paint herself to be the good person and expressed remorse at her mistakes. When she got into the later years, it was fascinating to hear how she broke into Hollywood. I was less interested in all the celebrity interactions especially in the choreography and hip hop world but that's just not my interest.
Overall, while it was far from a perfect book, it was definitely a book I consistently wanted to listen too. Rosie fans will love it....more
Since I didn't finish this book I will resist giving it an official rating. By all accounts, I should of really liked this book. I love a popular nonfSince I didn't finish this book I will resist giving it an official rating. By all accounts, I should of really liked this book. I love a popular nonfiction book, especially one that deals with sociological topics (e.g., "The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down".) I hung in there with this one for about 1/3 of the book because I kept expecting it to get better but it felt like a chore the entire time. I forced myself to finish each chapter just to try to make some progress. Eventually, I decided that there's no point in forcing this one. Maybe it was missing personality or maybe there were just too many tangents to hold my interest. In any case, it was time to move on....more
I picked up this book because I really liked her other book, "Me Before You". Unfortunately, this one didn't grab me in quite the same way. I listenedI picked up this book because I really liked her other book, "Me Before You". Unfortunately, this one didn't grab me in quite the same way. I listened to the audio version which I thought would be a good format for this type of book but I found it distracting in a way I wouldn't have considered. Chapters are told from the perspective of each of the four main characters and there were four different readers for the audio book. I generally am fine with that approach. In this case though, since the book wasn't written in the first person, it was weird. The person who was reading who was supposed to be the character named Jess for example, would say, "Jess said...." It just did not feel natural. I kept thinking, "Isn't this supposed to be Jess telling the story?" Overall, other than that, I wasn't fully engrossed in the story enough to give it 4 stars but it was pleasant enough to listen to....more
I'm not sure why this book didn't work for me. I love memoirs and I'm interested in mindfulness so it seemed like it would be a great fit for me. I juI'm not sure why this book didn't work for me. I love memoirs and I'm interested in mindfulness so it seemed like it would be a great fit for me. I just lost interest in listening to it. Maybe it was me. I'm not going to actually rate it because it's very possible that I didn't give it enough of a chance....more
I don't even know what to say about this book. I am in the company of only 4% of the other readers who were not impressed with this book. So many peopI don't even know what to say about this book. I am in the company of only 4% of the other readers who were not impressed with this book. So many people loved it and it did absolutely nothing for me. My two stars does not mean that it was poorly written. In fact I make no claims as a literary critic. It just did not resonate with me. The only specific complaint I really have is that I did not enjoy the narrator of the audio book. She gave the main character this breathy voice that grated on my nerves. I looked the reviews of other people who gave this one and two stars because I wanted to better understand where it went wrong for me (and I wanted to feel less alone!) Interestingly, I wasn't the only one who was reviewing the audio version....more