If I could give this book a million stars, I absolutely would. One of the best and most amazing books that I've had the pleasure of reading in a veryIf I could give this book a million stars, I absolutely would. One of the best and most amazing books that I've had the pleasure of reading in a very long time....more
Oh how I really wanted to love this book with all of its quirky charm and precocious narrator. I’m not sure what happened for me with Man at the Helm,Oh how I really wanted to love this book with all of its quirky charm and precocious narrator. I’m not sure what happened for me with Man at the Helm, but I just had so much trouble getting invested in it. Looking at other reviews, it seems as if I’m in the minority!
I think one of the biggest issues for me was the way the book was written. I felt as if Lizzie was just talking at me the whole time and that there was no depth at all to any of the character interactions or indeed the scenery and setting in the book. The village didn’t ‘come alive’ for me and I couldn’t really picture in my head any of the conversations the characters were having. That's always a red flag for me.
Man at the Helm is very dry—so maybe that’s just not my thing. I’ve seen it described as ‘hilarious’ and ‘laugh out loud funny’ but I didn’t get that from it at all. Sure there were some scenes that were humorous, but I didn’t laugh out loud at any point.
Stibbe's novel wasn't horrible, and again, I really wanted to like this book but it just didn’t do it for me.
I’ve been hearing a buzz around Mark B. Mills’s novel Waiting for Doggo for a while now and to say I’ve been intrigued by the simple cover is an underI’ve been hearing a buzz around Mark B. Mills’s novel Waiting for Doggo for a while now and to say I’ve been intrigued by the simple cover is an understatement. I love a good animal story and I desperately hoped, as I started reading, that this one wouldn’t be a tear jerker. Well, it was and it wasn’t. I laughed so hard a few times that I did get a bit misty-eyed!
Dan’s your average guy, until his long-term girlfriend Clara takes off out of the blue and leaves him behind with a (very) unattractive shelter dog that Dan really didn’t even want in the first place. Waiting for Doggo follows Dan getting his life back together one step at a time, with a few stumbles along the way.
Star of the book is Doggo who is not only ugly (and that’s not mean, it’s the total truth) but very quirky with a very distinct personality. He’s in love with Jennifer Aniston, knows everyone by name and seems to have a very keen sense of what’s going on around him. I absolutely loved Doggo and wished throughout that I had the space and time for a dog of my own.
If you’re after a quick read, Waiting for Doggo is perfect, clocking in at a mere 224 pages. But let me tell you, despite its short length, this book packs a hilarious and heartfelt punch. I honestly can’t think of anyone I wouldn’t recommend this book to. ...more
When I was in grade school back in the USA, we had this yearly thing called the Young Authors programme where students wrote their own books and theyWhen I was in grade school back in the USA, we had this yearly thing called the Young Authors programme where students wrote their own books and they were judged and given awards. You could either write solo or with a friend. I remember one year deciding to break with tradition and write my book with a friend. It was a mess. It wasn’t cohesive, didn’t make much sense and we both have very different writing styles.
John Green and David Levithan’s novel Will Grayson, Will Grayson reminded me of my foray into writing with friends only with a much better outcome. This dynamic writing duo impressed me—not only with just the plot and characters but in the fact that they wrote alternating chapters in this book and it still made sense. That in itself deserves applause.
Moving on, I loved the characters in this book. Will Grayson (1) and will grayson (2, intentionally lowercase) were like night and day opposites with one common need—a desire to love and be loved back. Tiny Cooper, most definitely my favourite character, brings a brilliant sense of humour to the book that you can’t help but love. I really wanted Tiny to be a real person and to be my best friend. That’s the kind of character he is.
The storyline itself is fairly weird, but it works. Two Will Graysons meet one night in Chcago by random chance, and neither are the same after. I can’t say much more than that other than there’s love, heartbreak, a bit of intrigue and a musical that puts Mamma Mia to shame. ...more