I'm a huge fan of Dooce.com, and frequently laugh out loud at Heather's posts. I find her to be honest, hilarious, and irreverent. In book form, I thiI'm a huge fan of Dooce.com, and frequently laugh out loud at Heather's posts. I find her to be honest, hilarious, and irreverent. In book form, I think her style can be a bit much. Honestly, if I didn't love her writing already, I might have put down the book.
That being said, I did not put down the book and for that I am grateful. It's nice to know even more about Heather's life and to fill in the gaps. I am convinced she's even braver than I thought.
One final, honest thing: I would have a hard time recommending this book to someone that is pregnant or planning to become pregnant in the near future. I think that's a shame because Heather's writing about postpartum depression is raw and important and needed. However, the horror stories about her pregnancy and the first six months of Leta's life are really tough to handle all at once. This is where her style can be a bit much. It's not a comforting read, which is ok, so I think it's a book to read when you have some time and distance to digest its lessons. ...more
**spoiler alert** Enjoying these books so much. Perfect end-of-summer, beginning-of-semester fantasy. I like the mystery bent of this volume too.
I fo**spoiler alert** Enjoying these books so much. Perfect end-of-summer, beginning-of-semester fantasy. I like the mystery bent of this volume too.
I found some of the dialogue at the end a little cheesy, particularly the part where Lord and Lady Maccon are figuring everything out with Madame Lefoux. I do hope the drama that exploded at the end is taken care of quickly in the next book but I have a feeling it won't. I like the Maccons better together, bickering and solving mysteries. ...more
I have a curious fascination with books about grief be they fiction, memoir, or self-help guides. I think reading about grief helps me feel like I wilI have a curious fascination with books about grief be they fiction, memoir, or self-help guides. I think reading about grief helps me feel like I will somehow be more prepared to deal with death in my life despite the fact that every book seems to highlight the fact that nothing prepares you.
I loved Courtney Summers' portrayal of grief in Fall for Anything. While focused mainly on Eddie, a teenage girl whose father commits suicide, it's the supporting and minor characters' experiences with grief that really deepened Summers' exploration. Everyone's reactions--Eddie's mom's paralyzing depression, Beth's annoying LET'S MOVE ON attitude, Milo's desire to push it away, Culler's deception, and Eddie's obsession with answers--were all at once flawed and yet totally understandable. I finished this book yesterday morning, and have been thinking about it ever since. I imagine that these characters and their decisions will stick with me for quite a long time.
Summers' is so good at writing about the tough stuff. She doesn't make excuses or apologize for her characters, and even though they are exposed at their lowest points, they always seem to me accessible and three-dimensional. I really loved Eddie's story, and highly recommend this book. ...more
***No big spoilers about this book but definitely about the Dessen plot-model in general***
This is the third or fourth Sarah Dessen book I've read and***No big spoilers about this book but definitely about the Dessen plot-model in general***
This is the third or fourth Sarah Dessen book I've read and while I think my favorite remains her newest, Along for the Ride, there was a lot I enjoyed about This Lullaby.
Dexter was a GREAT character and I absolutely loved his bandmates, their yellow house, and all their antics in general. Remy's mom, a writer, was interesting at times but overall she struck me as annoying, selfish, and totally out of the loop. One other bone to pick: why do Chloe and Jess remain friends and part of the foursome if they seem to hate each other? Seriously, I wouldn't hang out with someone if they regularly referred to me as fat or slutty. An unbelievable friendship.
Anyway, Sarah Dessen books are smart, quick, and predictable. I don't think this is a bad thing, and I often turn to them after I've finished a harder read and want something that I can get lost in without having to think much. I know what's going to happen: girl has family stuff going on, meets boy, enjoys herself, stops the relationship b/c of family stuff, hooks up with boy again at the end right before college.
A blurb on the back of this book talked about Dessen's ear for middle class teenagers and their lives, and I would agree: she's got it all down. I'd only add to white and suburban to that. ...more