While I enjoyed her previous book, I was looking forward to reading this one. While the previous one was detailing her life thus far, this one was abo...moreWhile I enjoyed her previous book, I was looking forward to reading this one. While the previous one was detailing her life thus far, this one was about her journey into the early years of motherhood and learning to survive suburbia. As a single twentysomething, I couldn’t totally relate to the stories about parenting and the gloriously messy moments that come from having young children, I did enjoy reading about them. There was a surprising amount of poop but I guess that’s having two young kids, especially ones who like to swim (yes, that is entirely relevant to the book).
As Aaron Spelling’s daughter, I found her to be surprisingly down-to-earth. She wanted so badly to be a part of suburban life that she was a little over the top (but funny regardless). I love hearing her tales about Beaver Avenue but the same stories also made it clear that she was still Aaron Spelling’s daughter. Her neighbors had a hard time accepting her as a normal mom since they could watch her on TV each week. But it’s a two-sided coin since it got her invited to Diddy’s twin’s birthday party (and another funny snafu ensued from that).
Some things that never cease to amaze me is what she’ll actually admit to doing. Half the time I’m thinking, “You want the general public and eventually your children knowing this?” If it were my life, I wouldn’t necessarily cop to the arousing potential of Sponge Bob but I guess if she’s comfortable admitting it, she must have thought about the consequences. All in all, a short, entertaining, and easy read (it took me two days) that is worth the effort.
One thing I noticed when I read the acknowledgments in the back was that while Tori may have written most of this herself, she had a helping hand. Hialry Liftin is given a big thank-you which is also the same person who helped Miley Cyrus with her ‘memoir.’ I’m not really surprised but I would have respected it a little more if credit was given where credit was due. I’m sure most of the work was left to Spelling but I’m willing to bet it wouldn’t have been as good without Liftin’s help. Maybe that’s the life of a ghostwriter. Either way, I liked the book. (less)
When Cathy realizes her life is a complete mess and nothing is going right. She doesn’t know where to begin to fix it. When she makes a list of things...moreWhen Cathy realizes her life is a complete mess and nothing is going right. She doesn’t know where to begin to fix it. When she makes a list of things she wants to be different, she realizes that with a little bit of editing, her desires could read like a magazine article. So she figured she had nothing left to lose by using a series of magazines to try and better her life. In this fun and funny romp, we follow Cathy as the tries to throw the perfect dinner party, rid herself of unwanted fat, blow his mind in bed (who he ends up being is a pleasant surprise rarely found in real life).
I enjoyed this book because it doesn’t gloss over the reality of the fact that life is hard, messy and difficult to get right. While not always a perfect heroine, Cathy is very relatable and almost always funny and insightful. I think any woman (and some men) should give this book a try. (less)
This is an anthology of supernatural fiction with one thing in common. All the stories are tied to a wedding in some way. Nine stories from some of to...moreThis is an anthology of supernatural fiction with one thing in common. All the stories are tied to a wedding in some way. Nine stories from some of today’s premiere supernatural fiction writers; this was a huge treat for me. The characters vary from pirates, vampires, werewolves and humans. Each story has its own twists, turns, characters and supernatural rules varying from Hunter Councils to Hoodoo vendettas. I enjoyed getting to sample so many different talents and stories and would recommend to anyone who enjoys this genre. (less)
**spoiler alert** I am not a big chick lit fan. I generally find the genre to be insipid, predictable and largely uniteresting. I read this book based...more**spoiler alert** I am not a big chick lit fan. I generally find the genre to be insipid, predictable and largely uniteresting. I read this book based on a friend's recommendation and started off disappointed. Genie has bee na dutiful girlfriend for four years helping her British writer boyfriend get his novel off the ground. Once his success hits, he proposes to his great love on Barbara Walters. There's only on problem; it's not Genie.
Devastated, Genie and her loyal friend Patty decide to fake her engagement. Engaged women are treated and rewarded differently in our society so why not reap the benefits after paying her dues for four years? I liked the premise despite the recipe for disaster because I'm all for revenge on lousy boyfriends. It's also a coming of age story in a way becasue Genie realizes she's been putting her life on hold waiting around for Hugh (the boyfriend) to get it together. In one short summer she fakes an engagement and jumps out of her comfort zone and turns into a independent, risk-taking (by comparison) fulfilled woman.
This book was one of the better chick lit reads I have encountered because in the end, the solution isn't all about a man. It encourages risk-taking independence with or without a man. If you like chick lit, I absolutely say go for it but if you already don't like the genre, this won't convert you.(less)
I read a bunch of his stuff in high school. I liked it for a while but after a series of depressing endings, I gave up. This book was not only the exc...moreI read a bunch of his stuff in high school. I liked it for a while but after a series of depressing endings, I gave up. This book was not only the exception but the most depressing ending of his books that I have ever read. It started out OK if a little reachy for my taste. I have a hard time believing that people can fall in love so quickly and easily but it's fiction. Then John and Savannah started to get on my nerves a little bit.
Then, life happened and Nicholas Sparks does his trademark depressing ending which was why I stopped reading his stuff in the first place. I am not a romantic so I definitely didn't read a romance novel to be depressed. I have encountered a lot of books with endings that ruined the rest of the book and this was definitely one of them. I do not recommend it since the rest of it wasn't that awesome anyway.(less)
I really loved this version of the story. It gives it a new dimension to the tale with the visual elements. It is very true to the original tale inclu...moreI really loved this version of the story. It gives it a new dimension to the tale with the visual elements. It is very true to the original tale including almost verbatim speeches including Mr. Collins's proposal and several of the Wickham and Darcy focused conversations. It will be a fun treat for fans and those looking to get into Austen.(less)