Pleasantly surprised! I didn't think I would like this book as much as I did from the description. I will be honest in saying the only reason I attemp...morePleasantly surprised! I didn't think I would like this book as much as I did from the description. I will be honest in saying the only reason I attempted this was because two of the people I follow here on Goodreads gave it rave reviews and I thought, "Well, it IS Jojo Moyes, so it can't really suck that badly." I am really glad I did. It is not "Me Before You" but I think I could relate more to this story in a realistic way than I could to that wonderful tear-your-heart-out and stomp-all-over-it story.
The main characters were believable. This was what drew me in and kept me reading. They didn't incessantly bicker or have that irritating relationship where they suddenly fall in love two minutes after meeting. There is something lost in some stories where people fail to get to know one another. In this case, it happened over endless HOURS/DAYS of nothing better to do.
I loved the kids in this story! Most of the time I get annoyed at some point with some repetitive actions or bratty/spoiled behavior that goes unchecked. These kids were perfectly flawed kids! As a mom of two boys, this story depicted real life attitudes and consequences. Not everything always ends in a happily ever after because you are a good person and you wish really hard for it to be so. Even the dog was an important character to the book. Oh, the tears.......
This was a solid 5 stars until the 90% mark. Then as with a lot of books, the convenient miscommunication to add drama at just the right moment happened, and the equally coincidental moment to fix all in the nick of time was also inevitable. Still a recommended book for Chick-Lit fans! (less)
I think I rated up for the nostalgia of the music since Kat is my age and would have had special memories to the same songs of the decade I was fee...more3.5
I think I rated up for the nostalgia of the music since Kat is my age and would have had special memories to the same songs of the decade I was feeling my own teenage angst. It made me smile.
As far as the actual story, that had been recommended as a similar book to "How To Kill A Rock Star", it left me a little disappointed. It was slow at times with mundane daily tasks, but my big pet peeve of 'convenient miscommunication', had me shaking my head. As with most love stories, all is forgiven too quickly than what would be realistically believable in the real world.(less)
3.5 I can understand why a lot of people loved this book and why it made it on so many recommended reading lists, but it was just not for me.
The "grow...more3.5 I can understand why a lot of people loved this book and why it made it on so many recommended reading lists, but it was just not for me.
The "growing up poor" part of the book wasn't new or shocking, as I have heard similar stories from both of my own parents, but I spent 80% of the book feeling a mix of frustration and an almost hatred of Jeannette Wall's parents. Although I did have sympathy towards the children, I may have become somewhat desensitized to this story as it became redundant until 20% before the book came to an end.
It was a good and inspiring story. Jeannette is a strong and talented journalist. I just don't think I had the appreciation for the book as other readers did.(less)
Loved this story! Only a few small inconsistencies (in my personal overthinking) that brought it down a little. Also, I would have liked to have had...more4.5
Loved this story! Only a few small inconsistencies (in my personal overthinking) that brought it down a little. Also, I would have liked to have had a more completed ending. But I can still be satisfied with what was written.
This was one of the hardest books to rate. Parts of the story were 5 stars and other parts were 3 or even 2 stars. The main character was stronger tha...moreThis was one of the hardest books to rate. Parts of the story were 5 stars and other parts were 3 or even 2 stars. The main character was stronger than most girls her age, but made some decisions that had me question her common sense for having so much life experience at the age of 17.
The secondary characters all had their place in the story, whether you liked them or not, they were all needed to make it as remarkable as it was.
I did leave the story disappointed that I never found out where Emilia went when she went missing. How can you not give the reader an explanation when you have them thinking the worst for several chapters? Also, there was no explanation as to why Aidan confessed after 3 years. Did I miss something? It just didn't end as complete as I had hoped.
Those weren't reason enough to give it 3 stars. Overall, an emotional and entertaining story that reminds me why I love reading.(less)
3.5 I rounded up because it reminded me of the way Grisham used to write when I enjoyed reading his books. I also liked revisiting characters like Jake...more3.5 I rounded up because it reminded me of the way Grisham used to write when I enjoyed reading his books. I also liked revisiting characters like Jake Brigance.
This was definitely not the riveting read I was expecting. It was not full of surprising twists that couldn't have been guessed chapters before they were revealed. It was a bit wordy at times and might have been better had it been edited by about 100 pages. All that said, it was an interesting concept for a story. Not a storyline that would be too farfetched to be believable or one that has been overdone with a few minor changes. I did enjoy the story as a whole.
Being the sequel to A Time to Kill, there was plenty of the racism and good old boy references to show that the Carl Lee Hailey trial really didn't change much for the town in 1988. Not every story has to have a HEA ending, but I thought a little more progress would have been made in the three years since.
If a third book came out, I would probably read it. Certain plots were started then never mentioned again, and I would be curious to see how they were resolved. (less)
I rounded up, but this is really 3.75 in my opinion.
I should start out by saying that I read the 10th Anniversary edition, which has 12,000 additiona...moreI rounded up, but this is really 3.75 in my opinion.
I should start out by saying that I read the 10th Anniversary edition, which has 12,000 additional words that had been edited out of the original 2001 edition. Maybe this is the reason I thought it was a bit longer than it needed to be. While the concept was wonderfully imaginative, there were chapters of background tales that didn’t seem needed for the main story to make sense. This distracted from the main characters and what the end goal might have been. I am still wondering what the cab driver story had to do with anything! Yes, it was entertaining, but it seemed to be just that and nothing more.
There are a lot of people from eras 14,000 BC to current day to keep track of. Add to that, characters that are known by several different names, and this story becomes even more confusing.
After finishing the last page I still had questions that were not answered.....
Would I read another Neil Gaiman book? Yes, but probably not another 600+ page tome.(less)