I'd probably give this 2.5 stars. It was a quick read but I didn't love it.
Quite honestly, there were times when Bianca bugged me. First off, she treI'd probably give this 2.5 stars. It was a quick read but I didn't love it.
Quite honestly, there were times when Bianca bugged me. First off, she treated her friends pretty badly, when they were nothing but nice to her. Good girlfriends are hard to find, and I have an issue with a girl who drops hers to hook up with a boy. I think she could have done both without telling her friends the whole truth (because I get she was embarrassed and wanted to keep Wesley a secret). Secondly, the issues with her dad were clearly not her mom's fault and I'm glad she realized she couldn't blame her mom. She had a lot of unnecessary anger towards her mom, and forgave her dad very easily, when he did some messed up things (way worse than asking for a divorce, I think). Overall, I didn't find the dad storyline very believable; what 18 year old wouldn't tell someone her dad was drinking again and had hit her? That part really bothered me.
Also, for as confident as Bianca seemed, she was obsessed with the Duff label. I know it's the title of the book, but I felt like she brought it up ALL the time. I got frustrated because it's just a word, and she seemed smart enough not to let it define her. Who cares what some jerk calls you?
A lot of the issues I had with the book can probably be explained by the fact this is a book about a teenager who doesn't have it all together. I get being insecure and not knowing what to do in certain situations, but I hate to think young girls are reading this because it's not sending a very strong message. I hope by the end they realize that Duff means nothing if you don't let it, and that friends are important, but I that message could be lost on some. I just hope the movie is better (the only reason I read this book, by the way!)....more
I read this in one night. I didn't realize it was part of a three book series though, so the ending was kind of abrupt! If you're not committed to atI read this in one night. I didn't realize it was part of a three book series though, so the ending was kind of abrupt! If you're not committed to at least reading the first two books, don't start this one, or you'll be disappointed....more
How can you not enjoy a book that has an essay about hobos in it? For my own personal reasons, "Buddy, Can You Spare a Tie?" was my favorite essay inHow can you not enjoy a book that has an essay about hobos in it? For my own personal reasons, "Buddy, Can You Spare a Tie?" was my favorite essay in the book, and quite possibly my favorite Sedaris essay ever, so of course I have to give this book 4 stars. I always like when Sedaris mentions Raleigh, NC (my current, residence and his hometown), so the shout out to the art museum was also fun to read about. And, I quite enjoyed how Sedaris mentioned the fact that he has carried a notebook around in his pocket for the last fifteen years. I've always thought I was strange for doing the same thing, but now I feel like I'm just an author who hasn't written anything yet :) I will say that the last essay, "The Smoking Section", felt rather long to me. I enjoyed parts of it and did find myself laughing, but I do wish Sedaris would have split that essay up. Part of the reason I like reading his books is I enjoy being able to read 20 pages here and there and feel accomplished for having read an entire story during my break from work, but when one of the "short stories" is 90 pages long, it's hard to do that. Of course, this is entirely a personal preference thing, but it did keep me from enjoying the ending of the book as much as I would have liked....more
This felt a lot different than Forman's other novels. I think it felt more grown up, probably because of the subjectI'd probably give this 3.5 stars.
This felt a lot different than Forman's other novels. I think it felt more grown up, probably because of the subject matter and the language. But, overall I enjoyed the stories and the characters. I felt that Forman handled a serious topic pretty well.
I really liked where the title came from and how Forman used it throughout the novel. It's important for us all to remember that we were here. No matter for how long, we should make it count....more
I feel like a bad person for not loving this book as much as everyone else but it was "just ok" to me. I think if you have children you would probablyI feel like a bad person for not loving this book as much as everyone else but it was "just ok" to me. I think if you have children you would probably relate to and enjoy it more....more
This is one of my favorite Christmas movies, but I never realized it was a book until this year (which should have told me something...). I would probThis is one of my favorite Christmas movies, but I never realized it was a book until this year (which should have told me something...). I would probably give it 3.5 stars; it's not the best Christmas book either but it's definitely worth reading.
I found the book to be pretty close to the movie but not an exact replica. The book read a lot like a script to me; usually when you read a book, you feel more connected to the characters than you would during a movie. But I felt the exact opposite while reading this book--I didn't feel very connected to the characters and felt I knew them better from the movie. Although, I do wonder if the reason for that is that this is a children's book and not a true novel.
I do really love the point of the book: to remind us of the spirit of Christmas. It's not just a day, but a spirit, and we can all use a little reminder of that. Like Kris said on page 30: "Christmas isn't just a day. It's a frame of mind. That’s what’s been changing. That's why I'm glad I'm here, because maybe I can do something about it." It's interesting how this was a sentiment in 1947; times haven't changed as much as we'd like to think....more