Although the nothing fights in this play are realistic, raw, and something I experienced way too many times with an ex-boyfriend, they're not actuallyAlthough the nothing fights in this play are realistic, raw, and something I experienced way too many times with an ex-boyfriend, they're not actually interesting or enjoyable to watch or read about. LaBute's dialogue is abrasive and exhausting, his characters thin and spineless (not to mention they all speak exactly the same), and the whole thing is considerably depressing. I have to do this for a class so we'll see how well it plays once it's on its feet, but I'm not very hopeful....more
I don't know what this book was supposed to be. I didn't read any reviews or watch any interviews with Lena. I picked up the book because I am somewhaI don't know what this book was supposed to be. I didn't read any reviews or watch any interviews with Lena. I picked up the book because I am somewhat familiar with Girls (I watched the first season) and liked the idea of it; I'm a twenty something with mild to manic anxiety that listens to Taylor Swift, shirks responsibilities, and has no idea what the future holds; and because I was having a rough couple of weeks and my best friend said it would make me feel better.
I read it slowly, here and there over the course of three and a half months. And what I found was a friend, telling me embarrassing stories, describing her own experiences with relationships, anxiety, body image, depression, childhood, adolescence, sex and so on, and letting me know that I wasn't alone in my neurosis. Some chapters described scenarios that I could only too well relate too. Others not so much, but it was nice to read about anyway.
I think this book is brilliant. And I think it's sad that there are so many negative reviews. I don't think Lena is trying to say or prove anything with this book. She is literally, as it says on the cover, telling you what she's learned. And if you can't understand the lessons then maybe you haven't learned them yet yourself. ...more
While it was truly interesting to read about the creation of Nasty Gal and Sophia's atypical rise to success, and while I respect and admire anyone whWhile it was truly interesting to read about the creation of Nasty Gal and Sophia's atypical rise to success, and while I respect and admire anyone who makes something from nothing, gosh I wish she would have been a little bit more humble. And not so in your face with the WORK WORK WORK YOUR ASS OF GIRLBOSS TAKING NO SHIT EAT SLEEP BREATHE WORK HARD WORK. It turns me off and I doubt it's as fun to work with her as she says it is. I found her "bad girl" years a little too celebrated. She was a pretty serious shop lifter, a lot more than a couple of nail polish bottles here and there, and I find it weird that it's all laugh laugh wasn't that a hilarious time now I'm a respectable CEO. Also a lot of the "business advice" was pretty straight forward and repetitive. I didn't need a book to tell me not to talk shit about my employers on social media.
It was hip and fun and cool to read about someone who stuck it to the man. But now she kind of is the man. And for someone who hates words like "edgy" and "twerk," she sure has a lot of annoying phrases to share. Let your freak flag fly. Oi vey....more
I don't know what Mamet's thing is. He wants to push you up against a wall and scream into your face. Instead he wrote a book, but I still get the samI don't know what Mamet's thing is. He wants to push you up against a wall and scream into your face. Instead he wrote a book, but I still get the same feeling. He appears to be of the opinion that his way is the only way and that if you don't agree with him you are a moron. There is some insight buried underneath his one dimensional tirade, but it isn't worth the digging....more
I picked up this book because I secretly love the lives of fabulously wealthy people living in New York City. I had heard it was like Gossip Girl exceI picked up this book because I secretly love the lives of fabulously wealthy people living in New York City. I had heard it was like Gossip Girl except it was a book full of boys. I have to disagree. I consider Gossip Girl a guilty pleasure--guilty because it's, of course, totally materialistic and shallow, but a pleasure because, for what it is, it has some sort of substance. This has nothing. It's fluff. The characters aren't interesting enough for me to care about. Arno is a complete womanizer who's supposed to be dreadfully handsome and all that, but he turns out to be very weak. David is a lumpy, mopey pile of laundry that was done about a week ago and has been sitting on a bed ever since because someone was too lazy to put it away. He cries a lot in public over his girlfriend who cheated on him with Arno which wasn't a huge surprise since she didn't seem to be very taken with David in the first place. He starts to get interesting near the end of the book for like five pages and then returns back to his lumpy, sweatshirty state. Patch is absent for the entire book up until around the last four chapters, and when he does show up it's barefooted and with a very vacant outlook on life. But that's apparently very cool according to Johnathan, who appears to be the narrator of the story and the leader of the group of boys. Probably because he's the only one who has his head on straight, minus the fact that he has feelings for a twelve year old. He was my favourite. I enjoyed the fact that he was obsessed with clothing and quite the shopaholic. Finally there's Mickey who's pretty much high on pain killers for the duration of the novel. He's the comic relief, I think. The boys don't think about much other than girls and hooking up, which they do often. The girls in this book, by the way, make me ashamed to call myself female. Overall, this book definitely wasn't worth the time and effort I put into reading it. I might read the second instalment of the Insiders to see if it gets any better, but I doubt it will....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
Tried really hard and then just lost interest completely. I'm not really sure what this book is about. If this were a book I had to analyze back in elTried really hard and then just lost interest completely. I'm not really sure what this book is about. If this were a book I had to analyze back in elementary school and had to label the inciting incidents, problem, solution, climax and conclusion, I wouldn't know where the problem and solution were. It's a book of things that happen but not really interesting things. And there's graphic sex but not really interesting or exciting graphic sex. And there are these one page chapters in between the real chapters and they never really meet up in the end. It's all very confusing but I don't care enough to figure out what's going on....more
This is an extremely silly book with no real plotline and very underdeveloped characters. Alexandra Simons (goes by Alex of course, because we wouldn'This is an extremely silly book with no real plotline and very underdeveloped characters. Alexandra Simons (goes by Alex of course, because we wouldn't want to be slightly interesting and have a character actually enjoy their first name) is a fashion writer for a magazine very ambiguously titled The Weekly. She is suspiciously wealthy and is staying at a hotel in Paris for fashion week. The story starts with her somehow managing to collide with a model on the runway during a Chanel show. The next day a mysterious man does almost the exact same thing at a Givenchy show and the two end up meeting through the enormous (and quite unbelievable) amount of publicity they have been receiving. They proceed to start up a ridiculous romance where he tells completely unfunny stories and Alex is described as "unable to breathe" due to the "gales of laughter" erupting from her mouth. Then there's a side story that includes an MIA designer and Alex's old French teacher Jaques, who was hot stuff back in the day but now appears to be in a homosexual relationship with the missing designer.
Alex is boring and stupid. Her two female friends Lola and Jillian are exactly the same person. The dialogue is unnatural. The fact that Alex and Jaques, and Alex's mother are actually from Texas and Jaques and the mother still have full-blown southern accents while Alex tends to slip in and out of hers while she's around them really clashes with the Paris backdrop. There are way too many good books and much better chick-lit out there to waste time on this one....more
**spoiler alert** At this point, I am so biased, J.K Rowling could have made Voldemort and Dumbledore become friends, start a business together, fall**spoiler alert** At this point, I am so biased, J.K Rowling could have made Voldemort and Dumbledore become friends, start a business together, fall in love, get married, and adopt Harry and I think I would have loved it. That said, this is the first time I felt strange after finishing a Harry Potter book. Once I had finished crying, it dawned on me how very unlike the other books it was. Maybe it's because it's the only one I haven't read 2-25 times, but it felt unfamiliar. I think it was probably the lack of Hogwarts. The school was such a big part of the books, it was weird for this book to take place elsewhere. In the end, I was happy with how everything went. I don't think it would be possible to please everybody, but after a decade of writing, J.K. wrote a marvelous ending to the series, despite the fact Harry named one of his children Albus Severus. Whenever I think back to my childhood/adolescence, I will think of Harry Potter, and the wonderfully fond memories I have of him. Thanks, J.K....more