This was a fun, easy read. I think it will be especially enjoyable for those who were in high school in 1996, which is when the story takes place. AndThis was a fun, easy read. I think it will be especially enjoyable for those who were in high school in 1996, which is when the story takes place. And obviously, you must love Facebook.
Two students receive one of those free AOL CDs in the mail and decide to give it a try on their brand new Windows 95 computer with a dial-up modem. But instead of just getting them online, it gives them access to some strange website called "Facebook." They are able to see their future FB profiles (from 2010 I believe, making them about 30). Through these profiles, they "learn" about their future selves and what they become. They soon learn they can change details about their future through actions and decisions in their present.
This isn't something you can over think, or it will drive you crazy with potential time paradoxes and whatnot. But if you accept the premise and just go with it, you'll have a good read.
There's lot's of '90s pop culture references that beat you over the head, like when they stop a VCR from recording the new episode of Seinfeld. It's also fun to see the characters scratch their heads over some strange 2010 status updates (including my favorite: "Glee + Netflix = my life").
I'd recommend this for anyone looking to remember their teen days in the '90s and how their lives are influenced by FB and our way of life today. I read the whole thing in one day, probably about 4 hours. It's a young adult novel that's most definitely for people in their 30s :)...more
I liked this book - short, simple to understand and in many ways, told me things I wanted to hear. I liked the emphasis on food and not the nutrientsI liked this book - short, simple to understand and in many ways, told me things I wanted to hear. I liked the emphasis on food and not the nutrients within the food. While most people remember the phrase "eat food, not too much, mostly plants", the thing that stuck with me the most was the idea of not eating anything that would be unidentifiable to your great grandparents. This isn't a book that's going to give you a solid plan for how to revamp your entire diet, but I think there's some great ideas that can be incorporated into a healthy eating plan....more
I'm a fairly new David Sedaris fan, having seen him live last fall. The first thing he read was a story from this, his latest, book. I definitely likeI'm a fairly new David Sedaris fan, having seen him live last fall. The first thing he read was a story from this, his latest, book. I definitely liked it, though I wouldn't say it was my favorite piece from the night. But since it's his latest offering, I figured I'd check out the whole thing.
Now, I technically didn't "read" it, but listened to it as an audiobook on my iPod. So much of what I liked was Sedaris' delivery of his material, so I definitely wanted to have the book read to me by him and his special guests. I should note that whenever I listen to a book or podcast on my iPod, I'm always half distracted. My mind tends to wander and unlike a printed book, it's harder to go back and reread. I may be 3 minutes into a story and realize I have no idea what he's talking about b/c I haven't been paying attention. I do this with ANY audiobook, even my favorites, so I won't hold that against the book. But for those bothered by Sedaris' voice (which I know many are!), the printed version comes with fabulous illustrations - my one regret at not reading the hard copy. Maybe I'll pick it up?
So the idea of this particular book is that all the stories feature animals going through those things we humans all do at some point in our lives. Things like waiting in a long line with other disgruntled customers, grieving the loss of a loved one or going on a date. But it's funny, because it's animals. Get it?
Actually, it was a lot less funny than I though it would be. At times it was very dark and other times just WRONG! But then there were the funny times, some of which resulted in me laughing out loud while attracting attention to myself in public. Now imagine a bear doing that while walking through the woods. You get the idea.
I'm not familiar with everything David Sedaris has done, having only really listened to Holiday's on Ice (primarily for Santaland Diaries) and what he did live. So if this is your first Sedaris book, I might recommend picking something else so you can get a sense of what his humor is like. Not sure how the long time fans feel (maybe let down?), but I admire this for being original and actually a pretty good piece of writing.
Not going to lie, I wish Amy Sedaris had read one of the pieces. She would have made a great chipmunk!...more
First, Snooki's book was a work of fiction, not an autobiography or nonfiction book about life at the Jersey Shore. But it might as well have been aboFirst, Snooki's book was a work of fiction, not an autobiography or nonfiction book about life at the Jersey Shore. But it might as well have been about her and JWoww's adventures, because the two main characters were very obviously based on them. And this book was very obviously not written by Snooki.
Ok, to be fair, we'll never *really* know how much Snooki actually contributed to this book. The "collaborator's" name is not on the cover (which is actually pretty uncommon, usually the reality stars list the co-author right there). I heard her describe her "process" as a guest on Jimmy Kimmell Live. Basically, Snooki spoke to someone on the phone about once a week while filming at the Shore house and told this person what she wanted to happen in the book. BOOM - instant novel!
It does not sound like Snooki actually "wrote" any of it, but I'm very sure she came up with the descriptions of the characters (i.e. herself and JWoww), the hot places around Jersey Shore, and of course, the fabulous guidette slang.
I will give this book credit for using the names of real places, people and historical events (fun fact: Snooki, I mean "Gia"'s favorite actress is Brittney Murphy, may she rest in peace). It actually really bothers me when they make up fake bands and things like "face-space" and expect us to buy it. And I know from watching my share of The Jersey Shore that at least some of the names of the bars and clubs were real, so that's cool too.
Obviously, this is not the next great American novel. But it IS a fun, light-hearted read with ridiculous things happening. If you like Snooki, Jwoww, and The Jersey Shore, then I see no reason you wouldn't get a kick out of this book. But for the love of God, PLEASE don't actually spend $24 to purchase it. I got my copy from the library, putting the benefits of my tax dollars to use. If you MUST buy it, then wait for it to end up in the bargin bin. Trust me, it won't be a long wait....more