I picked this up after having read (and loved!) 13 Little Blue Envelopes and The Last Little Blue Envelope. Overall it was an enjoyable book, but didn...moreI picked this up after having read (and loved!) 13 Little Blue Envelopes and The Last Little Blue Envelope. Overall it was an enjoyable book, but didn't come close to being as good as the other two.
Basically, we have Clio who it all set to have the best summer of her life when she finds out that instead she is being shipped off to spend the summer on a boat in Italy with her dad. Who wouldn't love that, right? Clio, that's who. We find out that Clio's dad is a bit eccentric and always has something going on in his life. This time is no different as Clio discovers that her dad, along with three other people, are on some secret mission that they won't tell Clio about.
The story was interesting and the main character was likable, as with the Little Blue Envelope books, but I found parts of the story to be a little too predictable. I like most of the other characters and the interactions between them, but it was pretty obvious how certain things were going to go. All in all though, it was a fun read with family, romance, and adventure. Even though it wasn't all I had hoped it would be, I'd still recommend it.(less)
It was hard for me to figure out how I felt about this book. On the one hand, I was very into it and it was hard to put down. However, so many awful t...moreIt was hard for me to figure out how I felt about this book. On the one hand, I was very into it and it was hard to put down. However, so many awful things happen to Becky throughout the book that I felt bad for liking it. Rape, incest, child abuse, mental institutions, abortion...I'm not sure there was an awful topic that wasn't part of Becky's life. But she was a likable character and you just couldn't help rooting for her and hoping that her life would turn around.
I don't want to spoil the ending and how things go for Becky, but I definitely recommend Breaking Twig. Just be prepared to weather some seriously disturbing and difficult subjects. I think it's worth it though.(less)
I won this book through a goodreads giveaway, so I really wasn't sure what to expect from a LDS book. The plot sounded interesting though, so I though...moreI won this book through a goodreads giveaway, so I really wasn't sure what to expect from a LDS book. The plot sounded interesting though, so I thought I'd give it a try and I'm glad I did.
As a non-religious person, reading a book where the main character's faith plays such a major role in her life was a little weird, but it worked. I wasn't familiar with all the LDS terms and concepts, but it was easy enough to follow along. I love a steamy romance novel, but I think there is also a place for books like this that have romance, but in a more conservative way for people who want that sort of thing.
The story was sweet and while I didn't find the writing great, it was good enough and I soon found that it was hard to put the book down. The only thing that bothered me was that Serra, the main character, was unbelievably dense about certain things going on around her, but I guess there are people like that and it served it' place in the story. (less)
I found this book to be strange and not at all what I expected. Though the title has "sadness" right in it, I was surprised at how depressing this boo...moreI found this book to be strange and not at all what I expected. Though the title has "sadness" right in it, I was surprised at how depressing this book was. I thought that it would mostly focus on Rose and her ability to read people's emotions through the food they make. Instead,that was more the background for the story and the focus was on the her family and all their individual troubles and struggles. The story took a very weird turn with Rose's brother and left me feeling...unfulfilled. Still worth reading, just a very sad and disconcerting book. (less)
I have to say, this book took me by surprise. It was chosen by my book club and I went into it not knowing anything about it. Snow Flower and the Secret Fan turned out to be a compelling book though and I really enjoyed it.
The story is written as an autobiography of Lily and is an account of her life, mainly around her relationship with Snow Flower. They were matched together as young girls and went through many trials and tribulations to end up in places very different from where they each began.
While reading, I felt completely immersed in 19th century China and loved all the details about the time period, even if they were often horrifying. The chapter about the girls beginning their foot binding was particularly difficult to read because it was such an awful process, but at the same time you could understand why they had to do it. That pretty much became the theme of the book as the women were constantly being forced to do things that they didn't really want to because that was tradition and the way things were done. There was no changing it and no one wanted to disgrace their family.
In the end, I couldn't put it down and I definitely recommend it. I'm glad I read it and it gave me a better understanding of the culture and time period during which it took place. (less)
A strange, weird, and depressing book. It wasn't at all what I expected, which may be why I didn't care for it much. The premise sounded really intere...moreA strange, weird, and depressing book. It wasn't at all what I expected, which may be why I didn't care for it much. The premise sounded really interesting, but I didn't like that it was more about the brother and the rest of the family than about the guy who wasn't getting out of bed. I wanted to hear more about Malcolm and his reasons for doing what he did, not how his family coped with it. Really, it was kind of a bummer. It was my second depressing book in a row though, so that might have made it seem worse. Not a bad book, definitely worth reading if it sounds like an interesting subject, but it didn't live up to my expectations.(less)
A quick, cute read for the holiday. I liked the characters and the plot, even if the speed at which their relationship progressed was a bit ridiculous...moreA quick, cute read for the holiday. I liked the characters and the plot, even if the speed at which their relationship progressed was a bit ridiculous. The setting was perfect to get me in the holiday mood too.(less)
I was determined to hate this book, pretty much just based on the amount of hype surrounding it. Which is stupid, I know. B...moreOk, I admit that I'm wrong.
I was determined to hate this book, pretty much just based on the amount of hype surrounding it. Which is stupid, I know. But, as with many other books (I'll learn my lesson one of these days) I really liked it. More than that, honestly. It was amazing.
I can't remember the last time I read a book in a single day. I probably haven't in many years, but I couldn't put it down. I ended up reading it a good part of my time at work, which resulted in the little girl I watch asking me about the book as I was more or less sobbing through a good portion of it. Embarrassing, but well worth it.
It was and wasn't an easy book to read. The characters were great. Likable, intelligent, and wittier than anyone real teenagers I've ever met, I fell in love with them. But, the subject of cancer and the impact it has on Hazel, Augustus, and everyone they know was hard to read about. Not having been through and health problems like that, it seemed to me to be a pretty realistic portrayal. At times they were strong and willing to fight, but sometimes they weren't. They broke down and were scared and sad. They mocked and resented the platitudes that sick people hear, but know that they come from a loving place.
Basically, this is the best book I've read in a very long time and I see myself reading it many more times in the future.(less)
I picked up this book just based on the cover and I ended up being very disappointed in it. I know that may not be completely fair, but it is what it...moreI picked up this book just based on the cover and I ended up being very disappointed in it. I know that may not be completely fair, but it is what it is. Based on the cover, I expected it to be just based on a boarding school and didn't realize it had the background story of September 11th.
I feel that the whole September 11th plot was unnecessary and didn't add anything. The main idea seems to be that Bart goes to this school and deals with bullying. I don't know why 9/11 had to be the vehicle to get him there... It's not that I have a problem with 9/11 being used in a story, exactly, it's just that it didn't seem like a book about 9/11. Instead it was just a part of the background and I found it weird.
Between the first half of the book dealing with the attacks and then the second half with the school, it felt like I was reading two completely books. Three, really, once you get towards the end, but I don't want to give too much away in case you're interested in reading it. I can't say I think it's worth it though.(less)
I didn't particularly like this book, but I don't think it was the book's fault. I've been in a bit of a reading funk anyway, but I just read a simila...moreI didn't particularly like this book, but I don't think it was the book's fault. I've been in a bit of a reading funk anyway, but I just read a similar book not too long ago that I really enjoyed and this one just didn't quite measure up. Dirty Little Angels was well written, it was easy to get through and seemed to go by quickly, but it was just a depressing book about sad people and their miserable lives. I didn't find any of the characters particularly likable and didn't really care about what happened to them. So I can't recommend the book, but if it sounds interesting, I'm not saying you shouldn't read it either...(less)