There are 7 chapters in this book and each one feels like a short story. In the first one, we meet Minna and her little sister, their mother, and moth...moreThere are 7 chapters in this book and each one feels like a short story. In the first one, we meet Minna and her little sister, their mother, and mother’s boyfriend. It’s obvious from the first page that Minna and her mum have reversed roles.; Minna is a teenager, but she’s the responsible one, she takes care of everything, including her mother. The mum often acts like a teenager, wears inappropriate clothes and her daughter has to tell her to get up in the morning.
The second chapter is the weakest: their TV is stolen, the family has nothing else to do so they decide to take a ride and see a bit of nature. What follows is the most ridiculous and far-fetched resolution to a burglary EVER. (view spoiler)[Minna’s little sister was in the room when the TV was stolen, so she saw the burglar. Unfortunately, she’s a baby, so she can’t exactly tell them who it was. In the middle of the ride she starts screaming while staring at a mountain. So the rest of them also look at the mountain and they realize it kinda looks like a human head, if the human in question had green hair and weird haircut. So they turn the car around to go back to the city because now they now what the burglar looks like (why else would the baby be scared, right?). And than they see a guy with the head that looks like the mountain or whatever, carrying boxes. So they get out of the car and catch him. You mind if I repeat this? THEY KNEW WHAT THE BURGLAR LOOKED LIKE BECAUSE THE BABY SCREAMED WHEN SHE SAW THE MOUNTAIN. (hide spoiler)]
Just when I thought the whole book was gonna be completely silly, it got much better. The stories became more believable: there are stray dogs, shitty cars, sick people, bad nurses and better nurses, huge houses and biological parents and zoo animals, there’s still silliness, but there’s also Minna realizing that regardless of how unusual her family is, when she REALLY needs them , they’re there for her. And does somebody’s hair color really matter all that much?
The edition (Croatian) that I’ve read is illustrated. I have no idea if that’s true for every edition of this book. Hopefully not, because the illustrations are very messy and don’t add anything to the story.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
A very nice little book. It’s based on a true story of the Red Dog who lived in the 70s in Australia. The only characters in the book who are real are...moreA very nice little book. It’s based on a true story of the Red Dog who lived in the 70s in Australia. The only characters in the book who are real are John and the Red Dog. I don’t remember the last time I read a book with an animal as the main character. The first three chapters were a bit slow, but then the dog’s adventures started and it became a lot more interesting. I loved reading about the people he met. Some of them couldn’t stand him at first, but, despite his flaws, he won them over. There are quite a few funny scenes and some really sad ones (the ending…).(less)
I’m not a butcher. I’m not a kid. Nor yet, a foreign skipper. But I’m your own true loving friend. Yours truly… Jack the Ripper. I liked the beginning...moreI’m not a butcher. I’m not a kid. Nor yet, a foreign skipper. But I’m your own true loving friend. Yours truly… Jack the Ripper. I liked the beginning of the story quite a lot, but the rest wasn't nearly as exciting. The artwork was weird. Wolverine and Gambit are two of my favorite Marvel characters, so I expected something better. (less)
IT'S OVER! I ACTUALLY FINISHED IT! A book so short shouldn't take so long to read.
The reason I wanted to read this book: I've read The Alchemist and Br...moreIT'S OVER! I ACTUALLY FINISHED IT! A book so short shouldn't take so long to read.
The reason I wanted to read this book: I've read The Alchemist and Brida and I thought they were horrible. But then I read an interview with Paulo Coelho that I found interesting, so I decided to give the guy another chance. And the blurb for this book caught my attention.
24-year-old Veronika decides to kill herself. Why? Because life is boring and there's a lot of really bad things in the world. She survives and ends up in a mental hospital. The doctor tells her that her heart is damaged and she'll die in a few days. The book was unbelievably boring. But it did have some (rare) interesting parts: - the beginning, where she thinks about killing herself and how no one knows where Slovenia is - when Dr. Igor talks about why people consider certain things normal - the ending was unexpected. Still can't decide if it was good or bad, though.
Btw, that stuff about QWERTY being designed to slow people down? Not true. (less)