This summer I have been walking home from work 2-3 times a week. I was sick of my playlist and decided to try an audiobook just to shake things up. IThis summer I have been walking home from work 2-3 times a week. I was sick of my playlist and decided to try an audiobook just to shake things up. I already had the kindle version of this book, so buying the audio was significantly reduced...it turned out to be a great way to pass a good 45 minute walk. The book itself lent itself well to an audio book in this circumstance; the plot was not complicated, the characters were endearing and actually doing things (rather than sit around in angst like most YA books) and I didn't have to always be fully present to figure out what was going on.
The premise of the book is rooted between the friendship of best friends Emily & Sloan. Emily comes home early in the summer to find that Sloan has literally disappeared. The book, told in flashbacks and in present day, demonstrates the importance of their friendship to each other as told through Emily's eyes. Emily has always been the one defined in relation to Sloan; "you're Sloan's friend, right?"....and with Sloan's disappearance over the summer, Emily has to figure out how to be on her own.
A plot device in the book is that right after Emily discovers that Sloan has disappeared, she receives a letter from her in the mail that gives her a list of things she needs to accomplish; (i.e., pick apples at night, hug a Jamie, sleep under the stars, Penelope, etc...). Emily is convinced that once she finishes the list, it will lead her to Sloan; so she goes forward and starts checking things off the list, as uncomfortable as they might be.
Its a great ode to the strength of female friendship; has a smattering of romance; and is a sweet little summer book to read (or listen to) in bits and pieces.
This is more of a 3.5 star book for me but rounding up because I'm nice like that?
Two people survive a plane crash that occurs shortly after taking ofThis is more of a 3.5 star book for me but rounding up because I'm nice like that?
Two people survive a plane crash that occurs shortly after taking off from Martha's Vineyard. In it are the pilot and the co-pilot; a flight attendant, a wall street tycoon who's in legal trouble and his wife, an executive for a 24 hour news station (think Fox News), his wife and their two children--a daughter and a son. The news executive also has a bodyguard with him who was put in place after his daughter Rachel was kidnapped when she was a toddler. There is also an artist who is on the plane; the one person who really stands out because he was invited at the very last minute at the request of one of the wives.
The artist and the son survive; and the artist in a heroic feet; swims the two of them 10 miles in the Atlantic Ocean to shore.
Many questions arise given the nature of the crash and the people who were on board....why did the plane crash, was there malicious intent, what is the backstory on all the passengers on the plane; why did the painter & little boy survive; etc. The book seeks out to answer those by including narratives from the 24 hour infotainment channel trying to make it into a more provocative story, contrasted with the NTSB investigator looking at the facts of the flight plan, the black box and trying to locate the wreckage.
I thought the book was very interesting and kept me engaged throughout in the twists and turns of all the passengers flawed lives leading up to the crash. The main negative I had was the ending; which I felt was more of a cop out and left me feeling very unfulfilled. ...more