This book doesn't fall into my normal type of readings. That doesn't account for the low rating though. I needed to read this for my book club (I know...moreThis book doesn't fall into my normal type of readings. That doesn't account for the low rating though. I needed to read this for my book club (I know I sound like I have to justify why I read this book, sorry). I love my book club, because I get to read books I normally wouldn't, at least not right away.
I didn't like this book for a number of reasons. Frank McCourt's writing didn't appeal to me. Most of the book seemed like one long diatribe about how sucky it was to be a teacher. A lot of us know that teachers are underpaid and not appreciated, but they are needed more than anything. I just don't want to read about it for a least two hundred pages. To me it seemed like McCourt wanted an audience to his frustrations. I get that... but, don't also describe how bad of a teacher you were. That wont gain you any sympathy points either.
What I did like was the sections about some of the students he taught. I wish there could have been more for me to enjoy. I wont let this keep me from reading other biographies. I don't want to be elitist in my book selections. (less)
Well, this book really had me thinking. I didn't expect a lot that took place, which is a good thing. What I enjoyed about this book most was the narr...moreWell, this book really had me thinking. I didn't expect a lot that took place, which is a good thing. What I enjoyed about this book most was the narrating. Both sisters shared memories from the summer that changed their lives. It wasn't just a one sided story.
One of the other elements I really liked about Rebecca Rasmussen's writing was all the emotions she pulled out of me. I had a strong reaction to some of the characters (mainly Milly) and the plot. I'll explain more below, because there will be spoilers.
There were two situations that worked on my feels most from this book and that was what happened between Bett and Milly and Twiss' dad. I really didn't see that coming. I even had to go back through and reread some passages, because I felt like I over looked some things. Like, I didn't see the signs. Honestly, I thought that there was going to be a scenario between Bett and Asa (well, there was in a different way). I keep waiting for that to happen. That's why I was taken so off guard when it was their dad.
The other thing that took me for a loop and made me so mad, was Milly giving up Asa and handing her over to Bett. I was like, "Come on. This can't really be happening. Not after everything." Well, it did happen. I thought Milly's saint like qualities were taken too far. Nevertheless, it probably wouldn't have been as good a book, if it had ended the way I wanted. Happy ever afters don't always sell a book. Sadness does.
Speaking of sad. I felt sorry that the two sisters spent their lives together, but alone. I know it's perfectly okay to not get married. Being married doesn't always bring the ultimate happiness. But, neither sister got what they wanted: Milly a family and Twiss an advantageous life traveling.
I kept asking myself which sister am I? Am I Milly the self-sacrificing saint or Twiss the selfish adventurer. Martyrdom doesn't look good on me. I'm the selfish type, because I would have taken Asa's hand and run away...
I didn't know who to feel sorry for the most in this book. I ended up not feeling sorry for anyone. They each made their choices. The only character that got her way was Bett.
I would have given this book four stars, but I didn't really care for Celia in the beginning, and that clouded my judgment for half the book. She was...moreI would have given this book four stars, but I didn't really care for Celia in the beginning, and that clouded my judgment for half the book. She was a sniveling brat with major parental issues.
There were strong life lessons throughout the writing. I appreciated them. I guess I was just expecting something a little more comic-bookish (if that makes any sense). Arthur Mentis' character made up for most of what I didn't care for.
Anyhow, I thought the story got better towards the middle-end. Worth the read though. (less)
I loved this book. It was humorous and gory in all the right places. The writing was intelligent and thoughtful.
R was a sympathetic character and for...moreI loved this book. It was humorous and gory in all the right places. The writing was intelligent and thoughtful.
R was a sympathetic character and for a zombie he was adorable. I can't help myself, but I smile when I think of him and his story. For goodness sakes, I never would have thought I would feel this way about a zombie. But why not, I love vampires and they're dead too. Maybe more attractive in that state, but still dead...
I really liked the message and the insinuations regarding the direction our world is taking. I believe that zombies are imaginary, in the sense of the dead coming back to life, but we can be zombies in a symbolical way. Dead to caring about anything other than ourselves. Hell bent on destroying anything we touch. Not all of us are like that, but some.
I'm not sure where that little diatribe came from.