Considering the fact that I couldn't relate to almost anything in this book, I was surprised by how much I liked it! I found this as a bargain buy atConsidering the fact that I couldn't relate to almost anything in this book, I was surprised by how much I liked it! I found this as a bargain buy at Barnes and Noble for $4 and change, and I love DWTS so I figured a cheap cheesy read could be fun. I'm not middle aged, I don't have a celebrity sibling, my life doesn't evolve around weight issues and I'm not in the middle of an identity crisis - yet following Dee's story was fun (and sometimes funny, I legitimately giggled when she was making an alcoholic milkshake and said, "I knew the proportions were off, but at the moment, I didn't really give a triple caramel sh*t.") I'm still not quite sure if it was the writing or the story that I found so charming, but it was something. I had hoped there would be more detail about Dee's time at DWTS, but understand why she was probably limited with details. Overall, a fun and interesting read!...more
This started out BAD. Worse than soap opera, bad. At least soap operas make you wait to see a pairing come together (sometimes an unreasonable amountThis started out BAD. Worse than soap opera, bad. At least soap operas make you wait to see a pairing come together (sometimes an unreasonable amount of time). This book was basically like....I'm hot, you're hot, let's just get to it. Therefore the whole camping trip was painful to read, and Henry being naked while he stoked the fire and cooked dinner....seriously????
Their moodiness and banter was annoyingly hard to read in the beginning of their relationship, but when they finally started showing some actual cat & mouse struggle instead of forced angst, it got a little more interesting. It turned a corner after that, and suddenly it was full of the good butterflies you find when you're shipping your OTP! I went from wondering if I'd be able to get through this to not being able to put it down for 9 chapters. This is not at all great literature - I don't think anyone would expect that of a book written by a fictional soap opera character, anyway - but it turned out to be pretty decent in the end. Worth a read if you want something fun and shippy!...more
I really liked this! I found it very relate-able, as I grew up Catholic, too, and had many of the same questions she did. I had a very similar thoughtI really liked this! I found it very relate-able, as I grew up Catholic, too, and had many of the same questions she did. I had a very similar thought process towards our religion, and I have never been able to accept God as the scary one seen in the Old Testament or the suffering we're supposed to do in order to be devout. She came to the same conclusions through life that I have, and she told most of her journey in a way that made me laugh, so it was enjoyable and reaffirming for me!...more
Though I wasn't initially pulled in, I ended up LOVING this story! It was hard to read at times - the main theme being about adoption and parent/childThough I wasn't initially pulled in, I ended up LOVING this story! It was hard to read at times - the main theme being about adoption and parent/child relationships, and I'm hyper-sensitive to those ideas as a mother myself. I really enjoyed all of the characters, and while I'd love to see an "alternate reality" to this story (I think it would be interesting to see what would have happened had Marian made different choices), I'm happy with the way things ended up. I'd also like to know what some of the mothers involved were really thinking (Marian's mom and Kirby's adoptive mom, and their hesitations towards everyone involved). I'd love to know what happens down the road for Marian & Conrad, if anything. I'm hoping for a sequel! ;)
I did notice an interesting theme - all of the fathers (Conrad, Marian's Dad, and Kirby's adoptive Dad) were all easy-going, open-minded, men that really cared for their daughters, while all of the mothers (Marian, her mother, and Kirby's adoptive mother) were ALL hesitant, unsure, insecure, and awkward. Is that typical of men vs women, or a subconscious idea of Emily Giffin's regarding parents that leaked into the writing? Interesting.
I really enjoyed this - Emily Giffin is starting to impress me. She's turning chick lit into something more intelligent, and I love that....more
This was a quick, easy, interesting read to enjoy during the Olympics. I liked it, and I liked hearing about Shawn's back story (it prompted me to looThis was a quick, easy, interesting read to enjoy during the Olympics. I liked it, and I liked hearing about Shawn's back story (it prompted me to look up videos of her routines and her dances on DWTS). It wasn't the most interesting writing, however - it read like an autobiographical essay done for a high school english class. Not terrible, very informative, but not very personal or overly entertaining. Still worth a read, Shawn Johnson is a great role model for young girls - she has a great attitude!...more
I am guilty of being completely emotionally affected by fiction - in the most dramatic way an author could hope for. So when IWhat, a roller coaster.
I am guilty of being completely emotionally affected by fiction - in the most dramatic way an author could hope for. So when I started the book, I was very annoyed with Nick's lazy approach to life. He seemed resigned for a good 60-70 pages, and that was awfully boring to read. Of course, I didn't yet know enough about his life to understand this attitude. All I saw were diary entries of a woman very much in love and grateful for her husband, along side his shrugging shoulders...his "meh" attitude towards his marriage.
But of course, as soon as I began discovering details, my opinions switched. I felt bad for Nick, and hated Amy. And as the story moved on even further, I knew Amy was a complete headcase, capable of things that no normal person would even consider - and that Nick may not have been as psychotic, but he was certainly his own brand of crazy.
This book and its details are so far fetched, just like Amy's reasoning to the cops, that it becomes believable again. Very much like a soap opera. However, the core of what was happening - from the types of arguments and annoyances they shared as husband and wife, to the themes of being yourself, being honest and forthcoming in a relationship, letting your insecurities cause you to become needy in the most embarrassingly obvious way - were all very, very relate-able and honest. They were just wrapped up in a crazy, entertaining package!
I loved it. I loved the suspense, the layers, the undercover ideas, and the outlandish, dramatic version of everyday life. Definitely a must read! ...more
I was really excited to read this - the premise sounded exciting, and I even enjoyed the short story "Swim" that was a prelude to thiSO disappointing!
I was really excited to read this - the premise sounded exciting, and I even enjoyed the short story "Swim" that was a prelude to this book. It was just...disappointing. I struggled to finish it - there were a few interesting moments - ones where you could feel a hint of excitement or happiness for the characters - but for the most part, it dragged. I thought the characters were overly stereotypical, the themes weren't original at all (and even worse, done wrong - very boring), and there were a bunch of inconsistencies. It was almost jarring when she was at an event, having described herself as wearing pants, a silk top, and ballet flats, and when she went to see her boyfriend shortly after (with no mention of her stopping home first or changing at any point), he took a dress off of her. Huh? I also couldn't escape the feeling that this book was just an angsty stab at the people involved in cancelling her own TV show. You would think her experience would lend passion and intrigue to writing about it, but instead, she came off sounding like an angry teenager. I also felt like she tried a little too hard to be 50 Shades of Grey-ish without ever developing that fully. That was really annoying to me! Clearly, that was a sell-out moment.
I'm sad that this was so bad - she's usually one of my favorite writers!...more
I couldn't decide if I should read this before or after reading Something Borrowed & Something Blue (I was late to the party with both of those!),I couldn't decide if I should read this before or after reading Something Borrowed & Something Blue (I was late to the party with both of those!), knowing that this book is a prelude to both of them. I decided to read it first, thinking it would be cool to start the journey with Darcy & Rachel from their youth and read it chronologically. In the end, I liked that I read them in that order (it just suits my personality), but the truth is, it would have been just as good if I'd read it last. It's a cute, short, easy read....more
While this book was funny enough to elicit actual LOL's, and I not only really enjoyed these stories, but appreciate that Jenny Lawson is a funny, quiWhile this book was funny enough to elicit actual LOL's, and I not only really enjoyed these stories, but appreciate that Jenny Lawson is a funny, quirky, awesome lady that I would love to be friends with - at times, the writing was almost too concentrated. She is funny, there is no doubt, but this book read like a blog. And that really should be no surprise, since that is where writing started for her. But these hilarious, entertainingly-written, concentrated stories are best taken in small doses. With breaks in between. I'm a quick, all-at-once, start-to-finish reader, so after a while, her jokey writing style was a bit much to take. Maybe that is MY problem, and not the book's, but that's why I decided to give this 3 instead of 4 stars. If I hit a point in a book where I'm just trying to push through it, despite being entertained, it automatically loses it's 4-star status.
On the bright side, her stories have me thinking that maybe, my quirky side is the best of me, and while I'll never collect taxidermied animals, nor live ANYWHERE that scorpions are a real threat rather than a sort of mystical creature (never having seen one in my entire life), I feel empowered having read about a woman so in-touch with her mental instabilities!...more
I have never laughed so hard while reading a book than when I made it to his poop in the hotel lobby story. I couldn't regain my composure for a goodI have never laughed so hard while reading a book than when I made it to his poop in the hotel lobby story. I couldn't regain my composure for a good 10 minutes. There were a few other moments that came close to being that hilarious, but the rest of the book was a little tedious because of the very college-boy lingo presented in all caps whenever the author and his friends got drunk (which was always). Plus, he openly admits to being a terrible person, but some of the things this man has done had me cringing and shaking my head. He is definitely the future CEO of hell! ...more
This is my guilty pleasure chick lit...one with a really good love story. It was exciting to read about the relationship between Dex & Rachel - loThis is my guilty pleasure chick lit...one with a really good love story. It was exciting to read about the relationship between Dex & Rachel - loved it!...more
While good, I didn't love this one quite as much as Something Borrowed. It's written from Darcy's perspective, and while you slowly begin to like herWhile good, I didn't love this one quite as much as Something Borrowed. It's written from Darcy's perspective, and while you slowly begin to like her as the book goes on, she comes off as annoying for the first half. Even so, I liked seeing her take on the affairs and such from Something Borrowed. I had to laugh when she mentioned Goldie Hawn, since Darcy is played by Kate Hudson in Something Borrowed - ha! The best thing about this book was how fast it flowed - definitely no slow points....more
While a little redundant at times, and more religious than I expected (not overly so, it's just worked in here and there), I really enjoyed the informWhile a little redundant at times, and more religious than I expected (not overly so, it's just worked in here and there), I really enjoyed the information in this book. I thought it was informative, and I'm looking forward to putting it into action! I discovered the love language of both my husband and I, and not only are they different, but my primary language is the one he understands the least, and his primary is the one I understand the least (which we discovered after ranking them for ourselves). It's interesting - I think we've been aware of each other's languages for years (especially evidenced by the fact that I hadn't even finished reading the list of languages when my husband shouted out which languages we each speak), but not catering to them. This book certainly gave us a better understanding of each other, and I love that!...more