I liked this book. I liked that Hailey Abbot was able to make Chelsea sporty and less educated about makeup and clothes, but she still wasn't completeI liked this book. I liked that Hailey Abbot was able to make Chelsea sporty and less educated about makeup and clothes, but she still wasn't completely hopeless, and I didn't picture her as a sweaty, smelly, dishevelled mess like I usually do with characters like that. It was fun and light and enjoyable. Perfect for the beach or by the pool or in between bigger reads....more
Ellen Dempsey/Graham has a wonderful life in a beautiful city with a perfect husband (Andy) and a successful photography career until one day she crosEllen Dempsey/Graham has a wonderful life in a beautiful city with a perfect husband (Andy) and a successful photography career until one day she crosses the street and runs into her ex-boyfriend (Leo) AKA the one that got away. Or, in my opinion, the one that caused her much insecurity and anxiety over the course of a long and tumultuous relationship and then left her on New Years day for reasons such as "because THINGS" and "ugh, STUFF, Ellen, you know" and "we're just NOT, God. Things."
So of course, she does what we've all done. She says "well what if I JUST..." and proceeds to walk down a very prickly path called "I'm Still in Love with my Ex Lane" disguised as "THIS IS TOTALLY PROFESSIONAL Street."
This is a three star review because it's fine novel. It is okay. Ellen is really not the worst protagonist in the world. She has a lot of sensible ideas even if she doesn't always follow through with them. I guess the most annoying part is that Leo is a complete and utter scumbag. I mean his name is Leo and he's a writer and he has olive skin like... let's get real. He is so obviously bad news it was like I could picture flashing red warning signs floating over his head. But Ellen is just like so confused because her husband is so perfect but like is it really true love or am I settling?
Anyway we all know what happens in the end. Leo confesses his forever love and Ellen is like *closure* and then gets to leave HIM and Andy is still like knight in shining armour and Ellen makes some metaphor excuse for why she never has to tell Andy she cheated on him and HAPPY ENDING YAY....more
Every practising actor should read this. I only found it a bit dull because I read it at the end of my college program so I had already learnt it allEvery practising actor should read this. I only found it a bit dull because I read it at the end of my college program so I had already learnt it all over the course of the past two years. =)...more
Art and Collette's relationship is nauseating at best, but I unfortunately found myself relating to pathetic Coll's woes about not being loved as muchArt and Collette's relationship is nauseating at best, but I unfortunately found myself relating to pathetic Coll's woes about not being loved as much as she loved. I think it's something every girl has to go through and the author described it well. I was really pleased with the ending, however I don't think I will be reading the third book because I know Art and Coll will get back together and I would really rather they didn't. So I will just pretend the book ends here and be happy....more
I think I expected this book to change my life. Which is a very large expectation. Turns out it didn't. However I don't know if that was the point. II think I expected this book to change my life. Which is a very large expectation. Turns out it didn't. However I don't know if that was the point. I think my whole problem is that I expect things like this to change my life when really the only thing that can change my life is me. And in realizing that perhaps this book did everything it was supposed to....more
Not really terrible but not really captivating. It's a book about three girls who, under normal circumstances, would never become friends, but due toNot really terrible but not really captivating. It's a book about three girls who, under normal circumstances, would never become friends, but due to various situations which land them all at the same peach farm for the summer, they do.
The problem with this book is that it's just cliche and unrealistic with characters that people can only vaguely relate to. Murphy is a super-hot troublemaker whose milkshake makes all the boys trip over their feet and fall onto their faces everytime she walks by but she is just so bored by it. Leeda is super-skinny and pretty and popular and has a hot boyfriend named Rex and everyone just loves her except for her mother, of course, which is really the only person she seeks acceptance from (yawn). Birdie is kind of chubby and really shy and awkward and actually hasn't had sex or even kissed anybody yet, but don't worry, because by the end of the book she's skinny and macking on Enrico and has forgotten all about her insecurites.
Oh, it's also one of those great books where everybody has a name that nobody has ever heard of before! Murphy, Leeda, Birdie, Danay, Rex, Lucretia, Brighton. The list goes on.
There are moments that are sweet and nice and lovely, and it's really not such a bad book if you're stuck at the cottage and it's raining outside so you can't go to the beach. But if you're not fifteen and you're not interested in having your time wasted, don't read this book....more
Not so bad. Not so good either. Just what you'd expect from Mitch Albom. Can't tell if I liked it better than The Five People You Meet in Heaven or noNot so bad. Not so good either. Just what you'd expect from Mitch Albom. Can't tell if I liked it better than The Five People You Meet in Heaven or not. I probably liked it exactly the same. There's not much of a difference. The story itself is a little endearing, a little dull, a little heart-rending, and makes you appreciate your mother a little bit more. The perfect read for a rainy Sunday afternoon when there’s absolutely nothing else to do and nowhere else to be. ...more
**spoiler alert** One of the first things the main character Ruby tells us is that she doesn't want the story of her life to be like "one of those hid**spoiler alert** One of the first things the main character Ruby tells us is that she doesn't want the story of her life to be like "one of those hideous books where the mother dies and so the girl has to go live with her absentee father and he turns out to be an alcoholic heroin addict who brutally beats her and sexually molests her thereby causing her to become a bulimic ax murderer." I think the author had Ruby exaggerate this cliche plotline so much to distract us from the fact that the plot of this book is essentially exactly the same as the one Ruby is mocking.
1.) Mother dies 2.) Ruby is forced to go live with her absentee father 3.) Absentee father just happens to be an Oscar-winning actor 4.) Ruby is "numb" and can no longer feel grief 5.) Ruby makes no friends at school 6.) Ruby's only source of comfort is an unlikely character (in this case it's her father's gay "assistant/personal trainer/ all-around lifesaver," Max) 7.) Ruby refuses to listen to her PERFECTLY NICE father's explanation of why he left and insists on hating him and forever believing that the divorce is his fault 8.) Ruby's best friend and boyfriend are hooking up behind her back (SHOCK!) 9.) Ruby's father and Max are gay and hooking up behind her back (SHOCK!) 10.) Inanimate object (broken bottle)/unimpressive situation (7-second earthquake) causes Ruby to have a revelation and the book ends with tears turning into laughs and a cheesy line like "I can remember hating palm trees. I can even remember hating Coolifornia. I just can't remember why."
Along with a whole bucket full of other annoying things like the ENDLESS nicknames Ruby and her friend Lizzie make up for each other (Ruby Dooby, Lizzerella, Lizzette, Lizzandra, Rubinowitz, Lizanthamum, Rubinowski, Lizziola, etc., etc., ETC!) and the fact that Ruby was under the delusion that her grade ten relationship was going to withstand a permanent move to a different state were enough to make me hate this book. It did, however, keep me entertained enough to finish it and write this review. But it really is just another one of those hideous books where the mother dies....more
This is a pretty boring book about a pretty boring girl with a laundry list of yawn-worthy personal issues. It was so sugar coated that even though IThis is a pretty boring book about a pretty boring girl with a laundry list of yawn-worthy personal issues. It was so sugar coated that even though I was reading about abandonment, drugs, alcohol, sex, and abuse, I felt like I was reading a nursery rhyme. A very long and boring one. But I suppose I shouldn't have expected too much grittiness from an author that puts her name on her books in giant pink block letters. ...more
This was a very creepy book. It's about a girl named Marian who is slowly turning into a mermaid. I found the relationship between Marian and her doctThis was a very creepy book. It's about a girl named Marian who is slowly turning into a mermaid. I found the relationship between Marian and her doctor, Dr. Longacre, creepy. He was always telling her how much he loved her and kissing her and joking about adopting her, sometimes right in front of her parents. Other things that were weird and unsettling were the fact that the way Marian and her best friend Kathy talked when they were 12 is the same way they talked when they turned 18 later in the book; that animal life seemed to take priority over human life; and most unsettling of all is that Marian didn't seem to mind in the least about all the pain and illness she was going through, and the fact that she would eventually have to leave her family. I was really weirded out by the ending, were Marian didn't even get to say goodbye to her family, and instead ended up forgetting the human language and her own name and her life on land and just went to snuggle in the sea with some sea lions while her family grieved on land. Just... really weird. Didn't leave me with a good feeling at all....more
Wasted became too much for me. It's graphic, dark, and hard to swallow. And it's definitely not a memoir. It's a still-going-through-it-oir. The way MWasted became too much for me. It's graphic, dark, and hard to swallow. And it's definitely not a memoir. It's a still-going-through-it-oir. The way Marya Hornbacher writes makes it seems as though she is weirdly proud of the great lengths she goes to to starve herself to death rather than horrified, which makes me think she was still way too into her illness when this book was conceived. She can't be objective because she's still subjective. It's extremely triggering for someone with an eating disorder, and Marya is not removed enough from her disorder to be able to write in a way that makes it more understandable for people on the other side. In other words I think this book was written and published much too early to be insightful or helpful in any way....more
If I’m not mistaken, the review on the front cover of this book reads something like, “Being inside Gideon’s mind is like reading the diary of a boy yIf I’m not mistaken, the review on the front cover of this book reads something like, “Being inside Gideon’s mind is like reading the diary of a boy you have a huge crush on.”
Number one, I would never have a crush on a boy who keeps a diary. Enough said.
Number TWO, this cannot possibly be like reading the diary of the boy you have a huge crush on because the book is written by a woman. Is anybody else ever annoyed about “guide to boys”-like books that are written by women? I know this is an all-in-good-fun, fictional novel, but it’s irritating, nonetheless, seeing as we’re not any closer to understanding the male sex than we were before we read the book. Because it’s written by a woman. Which doesn’t help us at all.
This story takes place at a boarding school for the beautiful. Now, I’m all for beautiful people, but it was a little annoying to be introduced to every character through their flawless skin, pearly white teeth, and/or designer clothing. Even more annoying was the fact that there were only two less-than-gorgeous people attending the school, and they happened to be the two main characters. What a drag.
The plot of this book, basically, is Gideon is a weird virgin and spends the entirety of the next 300 pages trying to lose his innocence. And there’s a bet. And a girl named Pilar who leaves a square patch of skin unshaved above her thigh-high Chanel boots, which Gideon finds alluring. Ew? And all the while a nameless, faceless girl is reading Gideon’s thoughts 24/7, leading the reader to believe that she is living her own life on autopilot.
There’re a few girls involved in the book, and essentially, the big question is who gets Gideon’s v-card at the end of the book? Big surprise, it is autopilot girl. The way Sarah Miller closes the book, finally revealing to us who the narrator is, would be cute and creative, if the book weren’t so god damn predictable.
It’s an okay read, but you’re better off reading something else. This book just revolves around stupid teens obsessed with not being a virgin and getting high before class....more