I am not even gonna lie....I wanna marry this book. Seriously if you like tongue in the cheek humor and don't mind a little bit of offensiveness (andI am not even gonna lie....I wanna marry this book. Seriously if you like tongue in the cheek humor and don't mind a little bit of offensiveness (and if you do then lighten up) you need to read this book soon. It's free on Barnes & Noble and Amazon so you have no excuse NOT to go get it, download it, and read it. (Other than having no computer...in which case how in the world are you seeing this review????!!!!
This book was wonderful. It really captured the sadness of losing a loved one. I felt myself relating to the characters, I cried when they cried, andThis book was wonderful. It really captured the sadness of losing a loved one. I felt myself relating to the characters, I cried when they cried, and laughed at Mary's cheeky comments. I adored the moments between daughter and mother. The author was great at bringing about touching scenes without making them come across cheesy or cliche.
The amount of dialogue used was sufficient I feel for the setting of the story. I loved the language used by the characters and how they played off each other. I do not know much about Ireland or it's language but to me the setting seemed very realistic even though there was a ghost involved.
The love felt by the four women and their acceptance of the beginning and ending of life. Even though Mary is just on the edge of womanhood, she has a mature nature that shows she will be a strong woman once she grows up. The parallels between Mary's excitement of coming womanhood and Emer's apprehension about her impending death reflected each other in a subtle but moving tribute to the processes of life and death.
There wasn't anything spooky about this ghost story. It was more of a reflection on the different stages of life. The author provided a well paced and touching story that spans through each characters lives. Their childhoods, their adulthoods, and for two of them, their deaths. I felt the flashbacks where written in a subtle yet effective way. They tied the story together beautifully and left no questions unanswered.
I will definitely be looking for more works by Roddy Doyle.
(I received an eGalley of this book on behalf of Abrams from NetGalley. I am grateful for the chance to review this and enjoyed it very much.)...more
Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother is a wild ride through the failures and successes of raising children the "Chinese" way. The author finds the sometimeBattle Hymn of the Tiger Mother is a wild ride through the failures and successes of raising children the "Chinese" way. The author finds the sometimes you have to bend a little without actually bending at all. I enjoyed this book very much even though I have no idea what it is like to raise a child. I cringed right along with Amy as she tried desperately to install the same practices her parents used on her upbringing. I wish my parents had been as strict with me as she was with her children. This book is not for everyone, but I found it very entertaining, inspiring, and Amy shows a great amount of humility....more
I think this just is not in my taste category. I tend to steer clear of mystery books and this book seems to be i**spoiler alert** Warning: Spoilers.
I think this just is not in my taste category. I tend to steer clear of mystery books and this book seems to be in that genre. I did decide to read it because of course it was getting plenty of attention a few years back. While the mystery of what happened to Harriet is appealing, I did not enjoy the characters. Lisabeth did not strike a "you go girl" feeling. (Basically I did not find myself rooting for her.) Then recently I watched the movie and did not find myself enjoying that, but the ending and mystery of what happened is pretty much ruined. I do know that Harriet is still alive and from looking it up on Wikipedia. I do know that she is supposed to be living in Australia. So I have rated this book based on what I did read of it. I rated it 2 stars because the book was OK, I did not LIKE it so therefore I cannot rate it a 3 star book. I basically put a rating up here because I felt that way about the book. Even having looked up the ending then skimming the last few pages I felt no draw toward the novel. ...more
Imagine dying. Imagine getting the chance to right the wrongs you have done. Imagine that your efforts still do not stop you from reliving the same daImagine dying. Imagine getting the chance to right the wrongs you have done. Imagine that your efforts still do not stop you from reliving the same day over and over. ...more
This book touched on so many emotions that I feel on a daily basis. And it struck close to home so much that I was sure I would burst out into a fit oThis book touched on so many emotions that I feel on a daily basis. And it struck close to home so much that I was sure I would burst out into a fit of hiccuping tears to the total confusion of my husband at any given moment. I found myself hugging my husband at every chance, I wanted so badly to grab him by the hands and say "lets never fight, lets never be too busy for each other, lets just be happy for the rest of our lives." Ok I usually get all uncomfortable when books have even the slightest bit of romance in them. Usually books give you the people in love and how they show they are in love. But this wasn't on that level. It was more....explanatory...and to anyone who has been in a relationship or is married... you get the romance. You understand why Alice is so confused by her impending divorce.
Now for the spoilers
(view spoiler)[ I felt a connection with Alice. I am around the age she was in 1998. I understood her innocence and confusing over why the divorce was taking place. I understood her silliness. I GOT HER. I also felt a strong connection with Elizabeth. I know how she feels to be infertile. I know the craziness and the "why won't these BREEDERS just go the hell away." I know this might be me in 10 or 15 years...
Oh but when we got to the end. (Before the Epilogue) Lemme tell ya I was really to strangle, dismember and dispose of Alice's corpse. I wanted to shake her by the shoulder's and scream "YOU STUPID TWIT! HE IS STILL BESOTTED WITH YOU! STOP BEING SO SELFISH AND MAKE THIS WORK!" I felt she was a spoiled, selfish, cow. I felt she needed to get off her high horse and learn to forgive Nick for keeping up her beautiful lifestyle, financial security, and "busy busy busy" hobbies. The man worked long hours...to keep them afloat. And she never even realized it. She had it made. Sure all she wanted was him home and it makes me wonder....why the HELL didn't she just tell him. But in 2008 it is so easy to just say "I'm not to blame...you are" and continue on with your life......then I read the Epilogue...and I forgave her. Well almost. I'm still on the fence over whether to FULLY forgive her or not.
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So funny. Beauty Queens does not take itself seriously and neither should you. Every pageant stereotype (and girl stereotype) is found in this book. YSo funny. Beauty Queens does not take itself seriously and neither should you. Every pageant stereotype (and girl stereotype) is found in this book. You will find the smart ones, dumb ones, straight ones, gay ones, and the best thing is you get to know them all not based on their looks but who they are and what events shape how they see the world.
My husband even enjoy the book. I think it was the laugh out loud moments that got him. The villian is evil, the girls are kick-ass, and once again talking heads miss the entire point.
Libba Bray really delivers and does a darn good range of accents as well. (audiobook)
I found myself disliking a few of the characters. Simply because they were trying way to hard to be something they naturally could never be. ...more
It really says something that I finished this ebook in less than 24 hours. I don't even know if it was longer or shorter than 12 hours. All I know isIt really says something that I finished this ebook in less than 24 hours. I don't even know if it was longer or shorter than 12 hours. All I know is that I liked this book quite a bit. I was sucked into the world of Colins and Katherines so intensely that I did not even want to put the book down for dinner at Denny's. In fact, I loaded the book onto my reading app on my phone while waiting for my food to arrive. Then I proceeded to eat like it was chow time military style.
Colin Singleton has an impressive love life. Impressive because it consists solely of girls named Katherine. Not Kate, Kat, Kathy or any other variation, simply Katherine. Each Katherine is unique (even when it is the same Katherine but separated by a few years) and each Katherine is part of the tragic love life of Colin Singleton.
Devastated by his most recent loss of a Katherine's heart, Colin embarks on a road trip with his best friend Hassan. The adventure leads to mathematical equations, broken hearts, hog hunting in rural Tennessee, and one Eureka Moment so longly awaited.
While not the hilarious Looking For Alaska, An Abundance of Katherines is guaranteed to surprise you, awaken your inner mathematican, and leaving you begging for more....more
I did not cry. Everyone says "This book made me cry" but like always I am the exception. This once again proves that something is broken and wrong witI did not cry. Everyone says "This book made me cry" but like always I am the exception. This once again proves that something is broken and wrong with me emotionally. A heartless ice queen.
I did greatly enjoy this book. The sadness of the tale was well paced and sincere. The love story of two kids who know how precious life and the little moments can truly be, never to be taken lightly.
Augustus seems the male version of the often seen "manic pixie dream girl" always full of light and sunshine and happiness. Hazel is the more earthbound protagonist of this story. At times I disliked her attitude and pretentious inner dialogue. But combined the duo forms a snarky, hilarious couple. Many moments of mine were spent laughing internally over their reactions to life.
The secondary characters were well formed and thankfully not just filler. They add quality to the story. They also added grounding to a story that could have been just your average teen romance if the word cancer never appeared. They are reminders that these teens are/have been sick. Seriously sick.
That being said, I get why people cry reading the book. I just cannot feel the emotions myself....more
I could have sworn I had a review posted somewhere for this book. I don't know where it is but I will find it. And it wasn't deleted or anything I knoI could have sworn I had a review posted somewhere for this book. I don't know where it is but I will find it. And it wasn't deleted or anything I know that much.
It was good. Really good. I really loved the writing and felt the story was touching.
(I received this book through a First Reads Giveaway. I am thankful for the opportunity to review it.)...more