I'm a huge huge fan of the musical Wicked (in fact I've seen it a total of 14 times in the last 2 years). Felicia was our Elphaba standby in San Franc...moreI'm a huge huge fan of the musical Wicked (in fact I've seen it a total of 14 times in the last 2 years). Felicia was our Elphaba standby in San Francisco when they were here from 2009 - 2010 and although I never had the pleasure of seeing Felicia on stage as Elphaba, I was a huge fan of the blog she kept up while she was here. As a fan of a production and cast, you're always curious to know if they're normal people like us (okay, tell me I'm not the only one who thinks this!) and what is it that they do on their free time.
Unnaturally Green covers all those, and more. Felicia takes us on her journey to becoming the green girl from the very beginning up until her very last day in San Francisco. While I was lucky enough to see Behind The Emerald Curtain (while it was hosted by the amazing Nicolas Dromard) and to tour backstage, there is still a lot to be curious about and Felicia does a great job with taking you step by step with how everything comes together.
And maybe it's just me but I totally squealed when there was any scene having to do with Nic or Neka or Etai or Eden lol.
Unnaturally Green is a great read for those who are fans of not just Wicked but theater as well and are curious to know what life is like on and off stage. Felicia's memoir is full of humor and laugh out loud funny moments (like the conversation with her and Neka about her... problem lol) and rich memories.(less)
Leslie has a great life. She works for Seventeen magazine in glamorous New York. She graduate from Harvard and she seems to have a good head on her sh...moreLeslie has a great life. She works for Seventeen magazine in glamorous New York. She graduate from Harvard and she seems to have a good head on her shoulders. More into the book you realize that her home life wasn't so great. Her mother is an alcoholic and her father is a workaholic. But Leslie herself made a good life for herself.
Then she meets Conor. She didn't seem to have much interest in him at first but decided to along with him (sounds so familiar). At first things are great, he seems to care about her and she stands up for her when her mother starts talking bad about her. But then things start to change. The smallest things would set Conor off, he would never apologize for hitting her or for the things he'd say to her. He'd overreact over the smallest things and compared to his life growing up, he didn't acknowledge the fact that Leslie didn't have it easy growing up either.
Leslie did the right thing by following the police's instructions. I admit I didn't have the strength to file a restraining order and must have been the most nerve wrecking thing to have to go through. At one point they had went to marriage counseling and Conor provided her with a list of his "hot buttons" saying that if "things were going to work, Leslie would have to avoid these topics at night". How the hell is someone suppose to get better if they're not recognizing the problem? I think that one line pissed me off the most in the entire book!
While thing was a good and interesting read and a great awareness book, the thing that I didn't like about it was that it mostly described her family's vacation homes or her grandparents more than the actual relationship itself. (less)
This isn't your typical written book. It's more like an essay or a blog entry. The chapters were short and bland. There were indeed a few grammar erro...moreThis isn't your typical written book. It's more like an essay or a blog entry. The chapters were short and bland. There were indeed a few grammar errors through out the book, so if things like that annoy you, you probably shouldn't read this book.
However, it does give you a nice straight-to-the-point insight on what the life of a solider is like.
Jenna's whole adult life revolves around the military. She LOVES serving her country. She willingly WANTS to be deployed. And I think that's amazing. I don't know many people in the service who actually LOVE being there. She gives you a glimpse of how much harder things are when you're in the military (for example the waiting and paperwork needed for pretty much EVERYTHING, the on and off time between her deploying and her husband deploying). And a small glimpse of what it's like being in Iraq.
I enjoyed reading this book. I'm very interested in the military and my husband was in the Airforce for awhile (a very short while). But I guess I just expected so much more from it.
I do like how it informed me more about the National Guard. You don't hear much about them!(less)
"Loose Girl" takes you through a journey about a girl who is addicted to the attraction from men. She yearns to feel...moreI, for one appreciated this book.
"Loose Girl" takes you through a journey about a girl who is addicted to the attraction from men. She yearns to feel loved, wanted, accepted. And she feels the only way she can have this is by seducing men. It's a sad concept, but a very real one. She carries around with her the idea that she's not good enough, shes not loveable and she's worthless.
I admire her for having the guts to go through therapy through out the book and to pursue her dream to be a writer.
I could easily relate to this book. Almost every aspect of it. The family, the siblings, the mind set, going to school to be a writer and getting married.
It did bother me a bit that she didn't put much more into her road towards bettering herself. Nor did she mention much about her and her husbands relationship. But after all, this is a memoir about promiscuity and not about her marriage.(less)