This is nothing but good ole' fluffy chick-lit. However, I really enjoyed the reprise from all of the heavy books I read in 2008 and it made for a gre...moreThis is nothing but good ole' fluffy chick-lit. However, I really enjoyed the reprise from all of the heavy books I read in 2008 and it made for a great beach/cruise read!(less)
Again, 2009 began with me reading chick lit but this is chick lit like none other! This book isn't your usual "which shoes do I buy" or "which credit...moreAgain, 2009 began with me reading chick lit but this is chick lit like none other! This book isn't your usual "which shoes do I buy" or "which credit card do I use" fluff. Instead, it takes real issues that all women go through and really leaves the fluff off!(less)
My entire life I have been obsessed with learning about people and circumstances which have affected other cultures. This book is no exception. I have...moreMy entire life I have been obsessed with learning about people and circumstances which have affected other cultures. This book is no exception. I have owned this book for over a year and I had yet to read it because it fell low on my readibility radar. It just so happened that it was selected as a book club book that I happened to pick it up.
I was so impressed with the characters in this book. Each character was so well developed that it was impossible not to like the likable characters and despise the despicable characters. The story takes place in Afganistan during the early 70s to present day and is a first-person narrative of a young boy growing up and the circumstances from which he becomes a man.
I was skeptical to read a book about Afganistan because I was afraid that I would be to racist (for lack of a better term) because of the situations presently and all of my friends and husbands of friends who are overseas or who have passed as a result of militant actions.
Instead, this book placed a face on the people of Afghanistan that I became sympathetic towards. The book takes different historical events such as the invasion of his country by the Russians and eventually by the Taliban and gives us insight into what the people native to the country really thought and in some ways, makes me understand why they are so adamant that the United States does not invade. There were trials and situations that hardened the hearts of many people and it gave new perspective on the different actions of different people. I guess I am naive in thinking that the Taliban = the Afghanistan people and I forget that the Afghanistan people were as afraid of the Taliban as we are today.
I felt moved as I read this book and I felt like while reading, I had assimilated into that culture. I felt the pains of invasion, fleeing your homeland, and returning to your homeland to find it ultimately destroyed. I felt the pains that Amir felt when he found out secrets about his family that were hidden for too long. A good book places you in the shoes of the main character and sticks with you for days, despite if being haunted by the story or euphoric about the outcome, and this is one of those novels.(less)
**spoiler alert** Emily Giffin could very well be put in the category of genius women writers. When I was growing up, my mother would devour romance n...more**spoiler alert** Emily Giffin could very well be put in the category of genius women writers. When I was growing up, my mother would devour romance novels by Danielle Steel and Barbara Delinsky. When I asked her why she read so many of them, she told me that each of the books had a resonating undertone of the married life and the feelings that all married women feel at one point or another.
So, now, after I have devoured all of Emily Giffin's books, I feel the same way about her depiction of 25-30ish something independent women and the married life that they lead. Each one of the books had a character who I could easily identify with and for me, this book was the one that hit home.
A newlywed who runs into an ex-boyfriend...THE ex that things were never settled with and with whom she received no closure. I know that all married women experience this at some point and just reading a fictional novel about Ellen and reading Ellen's honest questions to herself...it made me feel like I was Ellen.
You always wonder if you have made the right choice, even if you are madly in love with your significant other. But every time there is a fork in the road and you choose the other path, your brain will always go back to the path not chosen and wonder what might have been. And I felt like it is okay to wonder that, not to dwell, but to question every once in a while.
Favorite quote: "...love is a sum of our choices, the strength of our commitments, the ties that bind us together."(less)