Thanks to Netgalley and Random House for the ARC in exchange for an honest review
I've always been an Emily Giffin fan. She writes character-driven stoThanks to Netgalley and Random House for the ARC in exchange for an honest review
I've always been an Emily Giffin fan. She writes character-driven stories with leads and supporting characters that are nuanced, flawed and fleshed out. This usually makes her books generally interesting and thought provoking.
First Comes Love, however, is not one of my favorites that she's written. While the characters are flawed, there is not much redemption or growth, which is something that I hope to see. The book centers around a pair of sisters, Meredith and Josie, looking to move on from a family tragedy and the different ways they cope with the unexpected paths the life takes them.
What I Liked: - The nuance. There isn't a ton of plot in this book, it's mostly about these individuals, the decisions they make and how they react to the path they've forged. - Josie. She obviously was designed to be the more "likeable" sister. And I don't really understand why Meredith has such problems with her. She has a stable job, apartment and is generally a together person. She hasn't done much to deserve the wrath of her sister. - The friendships. I loved Josie's relationship with Gabe and it's refreshing to see a platonic male/female relationship captured this way. We also get a fun cameo from a previous Emily Giffin novel in the form of Meredith's best friend.
What I Didn't Like: - Meredith. She's just awful, plain and simple. I saw very few redeeming qualities. I couldn't stand how she belittled everyone around her. She is clearly an unhappy and unsatisfied person and did little to acknowledge when she's at fault. I had a very hard time seeing things from her point of view. It's really difficult to enjoy a book when I disliked one of the main characters so much. - The pace. Once I got past the 25% mark or so, things started to pick up, but there it took a while to get into caring about what these people were going through. Josie's story got interesting, which is when I started getting more into it. - The ending. A little too ambiguous for me (for one of the main characters) to really get a sense of closure.
Bottom Line: If you are a tried and true Emily Giffin fan, give this one a try, but don't expect it to rock your world....more
Provided an ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review
Miko is an up and coming designer who recently branched out to start her own company wiProvided an ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review
Miko is an up and coming designer who recently branched out to start her own company with her BFF Landon. She's had an eye on Liam, her other BFF Max's brother, for a long time and is determined to make him see her the same way - reenacting her favorite romance novel scenes to get the job done.
This is my first book by Rachel Hollis and I really did enjoy it. I'm definitely curious to check out some of the other titles in the series. You don't need to read the other books in the series, but I think there are some things that would have been helpful.
I would put this more in the "chick lit" canon, as opposed to a contemporary romance. It was pretty tame as romances go (nary an F-bomb was dropped). This is by no means a criticism, and I still enjoyed the book, but I think it is a bit miscategorized.
What I Liked: - It was genuinely funny and I loved the obscure references ("Holy Moses Paltrow-Martin" and "He's my lobster", "It was like, sexy John the Baptist," even Timothy Goodman!) - I like a good cringeworthy moment, like when our brave Miko accidentally reads the 50 Shades Contract in front of her paramour. Good stuff there. (view spoiler)[- A realistic portrayal of the lengths someone blinded by obsession/love will go through at the expense of everything else in their life. Who hasn't been there in their early 20s? (hide spoiler)] - The ending was simply adorable.
What I Didn't Like: - The borderline slut shaming! (view spoiler)[There were so many instances where her friends made her feel bad about sleeping with Liam. Not cool, friends. (hide spoiler)] - I'll try not to give too much a way, but Liam - at times is a douche lord. - The meta romance trend. A protagonist that is obsessed with romance novels and tries to act them out is a tried and true plot device by now. I don't think it was needed here to illustrate the story (even though the author did use it brilliantly near the end. Won't give it away!).
All and all this was a cute and charming story and I loved 90% of the characters, even if it was a tad unrealistic.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
I would define this more as traditional chicklit than contemporary romance, but that's okay! I liked the characters and found their conflict believablI would define this more as traditional chicklit than contemporary romance, but that's okay! I liked the characters and found their conflict believable and real. While I didn't laugh out loud as much as I did reading Tangled, I still enjoyed the book for what it was....more
First of all. I need to borrow kindle books from the library more often, since it lights a fire to actually finish a book in a relatively quick fashioFirst of all. I need to borrow kindle books from the library more often, since it lights a fire to actually finish a book in a relatively quick fashion. That said, this was a compelling read, though not amazing. The first half starts off fairly slowly, but definitely picks up in the second half. It was interesting to read about four markedly different couples, and how relationships - between couples and the personal and monetary value to their jewelry - has changed over time. ...more
This was a cute book. For those unfamiliar it is written as all emails and that's how a lot of plot points were revealed. There were definitely momentThis was a cute book. For those unfamiliar it is written as all emails and that's how a lot of plot points were revealed. There were definitely moments I literally laughed out loud. I sometimes found the format a little awkward and didn't allow for total character development. People changed course and direction way too quickly, but I did find myself getting into the story. The ending was a bit abrupt. I think there's a sequel, so I'm curious to see what happens, but it won't be on the top of my reading list. I do recommend if you are looking for a quick, mindless read. ...more
Up and down book for me. Took me a little while to get into the characters, but when I did I started really to enjoy it. Then I read the ending, whichUp and down book for me. Took me a little while to get into the characters, but when I did I started really to enjoy it. Then I read the ending, which I thought was terrible. It had some really interesting observations and discussions about feminism and women's choices, which were definitely thought provoking. ...more