As with Kidd’s other book, The Secret Life of Bees, there is nothing especially exciting or interesting about the plot. The joy in reading the novel c...moreAs with Kidd’s other book, The Secret Life of Bees, there is nothing especially exciting or interesting about the plot. The joy in reading the novel comes through getting to know the characters and joining them on their journey in exploring the world and emotions around them.(less)
Yet another chicklit book where the main character has absolutely no confidence in herself and has no personality. At first we’re led to believe that...moreYet another chicklit book where the main character has absolutely no confidence in herself and has no personality. At first we’re led to believe that Jemima Jones is overweight because she has an obsession with food. That’s not quite the case. She has an addictive personality and is always obsessed with something. When she discovers the Internet, she no longer cares about eating. When she discovers the joys of working out, she no longer cares about the Internet. And the cycle goes on and on.
I suppose this book was designed to make women feel good about themselves, but I don’t know how with such mindless characters. Always doing what they do for the sake of men.
To top off the poor plot, the writing is atrocious. I felt like I was reading a book for a person with a limited vocabulary – say a nine year old. I’ve seen online journals with much better writing than this.
Jane Green also keeps switching from first-person to third-person, but it isn’t well done as with Perfect Match. She seems to switch back and forth from first person to third because she can’t write well enough to tell the story through Jemima’s eyes alone. And several places throughout the book, she makes reference to what will happen later. “As you’ll soon find out” and “For and ” are probably the two most commonly used phrases in the book. Please don’t tell me what to think. The proper way to indicate what will happen later in the story is called foreshadowing. Jane Green, please learn something about it!
I’ve read several reviews of this book and many people thought it was great, but for the life of me, I can’t figure out why.(less)
I liked Good in Bed much better than I normally like chick-lit. It was well on its way to being tossed aside as a typical chick-lit sort of book where...moreI liked Good in Bed much better than I normally like chick-lit. It was well on its way to being tossed aside as a typical chick-lit sort of book where the woman is all weepy about her lost love and needs a man to find peace with herself. Then something interesting happened: Cannie got pregnant. Although she was still pining away, she grew up a bit and realized she is a strong and independent woman on her own. She finds her way with the help of her family and friends. Finally, something a little different from all the other cookie-cutter chick-lit novels out there!(less)
I listened to this book way back when I had an Audible.com subscription. I highly enjoyed the book the first time around, even though I wasn’t actuall...moreI listened to this book way back when I had an Audible.com subscription. I highly enjoyed the book the first time around, even though I wasn’t actually reading it.
The second time around I was mostly annoyed with it, however. Maybe it was because I was reading it so quickly. Maybe it was because I already knew what was going to happen. I’m not very good at watching or reading things multiple times.
It’s hard to believe that there are people who care so little about their own children. The fact that this book was written by real-life nannies makes the plot even more stomach-wrenching.
Maybe I’m just a sucker for nice, frilly chick-lit books, but this one didn’t leave me satisfied and frankly, just left me completely depressed.(less)
But this one was just taken too far. There is no real plot. Rebecca Bloomwood is a self absorbed weak excuse for a woman. She can’t...moreI like fluff books.
But this one was just taken too far. There is no real plot. Rebecca Bloomwood is a self absorbed weak excuse for a woman. She can’t think of ANYTHING except shopping. Honest to goodness, she can’t go more than 10 minutes without thinking of herself. As a result, she doesn’t have any friends (unless you can count her flatmate Suzy – someone she couldn’t care less about) not that she cares – friends would distract her from shopping.
The novel didn’t even reach a turning point until around page 220, which is more than two-thirds of the way through the book. The previous pages were merely spent going on and on about how much Rebecca loved shopping.
Dear Lord – there are people who actually like THIS fluff? At least fluffy romance novels have ROMANCE in them and GOOD THINGS happening in them. For this novel, we have to spend its entirety feeling horrible for poor Becky Bloomwood, save for the last 50 pages where things just FALL IN HER LAP.
This novel disgusted me. I’m going to have to choose deeper fluff from now on if I want to give my mind something fun to read.(less)
In general, I like time traveler stories and this one is no exception.
Henry has a genetic defect that allows him to time travel. It’s not nearly as gl...moreIn general, I like time traveler stories and this one is no exception.
Henry has a genetic defect that allows him to time travel. It’s not nearly as glamorous as one might think, in fact, it’s usually dangerous and frightening! Henry cannot control his time travel, although he seems to only be drawn to locations that have an emotional significance to him. He arrives at his destination confused and without clothing. He normally needs to be able to run fast and steal in order to survive his trips through time.
Along Henry’s travels, he meets Clare. The most interesting thing about their relationship is that he meets her when she is six or seven and he is forty-three. He is coming from the future – a future in which they are married. Henry doesn’t meet Clare until he is 28. Although Clare has known Henry all her life, Henry has never seen her before.
This book really made me think about time travel. Sometimes the Henry of the future does or says something that will directly affect someone in the past. For example, in order to get his doctor to give him the time of day, the Henry of the future looked up the birth certificate of the doctor’s child, memorized the information and gave it to the Henry of the past in order to prove to the doctor that he could really time travel. What would have happened if Henry didn’t do that? What would be the outcome?
The author makes it clear that the past cannot be changed. Henry has lived through many things and has tried to change the past, but everything is concrete. You could imagine this would leave a person feeling helpless and a slave to their own future. Henry has stated that he thinks people have free-choice in their present, but when exactly IS the present?
Trying to change the past doesn’t work out. One day when Clare was a teenager and Henry was coming back from the future for a visit, she drew a sketch of Henry. While she was drawing, they were talking about how the past cannot be changed. When she finishes the sketch, she starts to put the date down in the lower right hand corner, however Henry stops her. He tells her that in the present, the sketch has no date on it. In order to test Henry’s theory, Clare puts the date on the sketch anyway to see what will happen.
When Henry gets back from that trip, he finds the sketch to see the date, however there still isn’t a date on it. When he asks Clare about it, she says she was paranoid that something might not go right or they might not ever meet, so trimmed the sketch to chop off the date.
So although they were trying to change the past to see its effect on the future, they couldn’t. In the past she had always put the date on the sketch and chopped it off. Henry had just assumed when he saw the sketch that it had never been dated.
I’m going to have to go through and read this book again to make all the connections between the past events and future events. The book is so circular and the author never seems to skip a beat. The story was funny and sad and romantic and filled with action.
The Lovely Bones is about a girl named Susie who is brutally raped and murdered when she is fourteen. Susie goes to her own individual heaven and she...moreThe Lovely Bones is about a girl named Susie who is brutally raped and murdered when she is fourteen. Susie goes to her own individual heaven and she can see everything happening on earth. She can see her family greiving their loss and she can see her killer, a neighbor no one but her father is willing to suspect.
Susie watches her classmates and younger brother and sister grow up while she remains the same fourteen year old girl. She is fixated on Earth below instead of trying to focus on her new life in heaven.
What I found amazing was Susie’s calm and general lack of emotion throughout the events of the the book. She is killed in a disturbing manner and Susie casually speaks of it as if she were describing someone making a peanut butter sandwich. She is far too comfortable with her own death and murder for my liking.
It was certainly a unique book and a very good read, but the last hundred pages or so seemed very sluggish to me. It was almost as if the writer were told she needed to make the book longer, so she tacked on the pages. Thankfully it came together nicely in the last couple of chapters.(less)
I felt guilty reading this book for some reason. I can’t help but imagine that the life of a geisha around the time of the second World War would have...moreI felt guilty reading this book for some reason. I can’t help but imagine that the life of a geisha around the time of the second World War would have been especially troubling. Reading a book written by an American man retelling the fictional story of a geisha though, almost seemed wrong. I understand that Arthur Golden did a tremendous amount of research on the topic on top of what he already knew of the subject of Japanese history, however as much as I want to believe that this could possibly be even remotely accurate as historical fiction, I can’t.
I feel guilty mostly because I know so little about Geisha in the first place. I don’t know whether or not I can believe Mr. Golden when he tries to reassure me that he was indeed accurate in the day-to-day life of a Geisha.
Supposing he was correct though, the information was amazing. The story wasn’t anything spectacular. In fact, the basis of the story has been told over and over and over again. Poor girl endures hardships and ends up with a happy life. The history behind the story and the detail that goes into describing what it means to be a geisha is why the book should be read.
I would have preferred it if the book didn’t take place around War World II though. I would have been more interested in following a geisha throughout a life not interrupted by the pangs of war. It would have been interesting for Sayuri to take an apprentice under her own wings and allowed the story to come full circle in that way.
The one thing that seemed most artificial about the book was Sayuri’s infatuation with The Chairman, a character she encounters once during her childhood and can’t ever get from her mind. He showed her kindness when he first met her and had probably been the only person in her life to show her true kindness, so her early infatuation with him was understandable. As her life continued though, the whole thing just seemed unnatural.
I could have stopped three quarters of the way through the book and been happy. I didn’t really care for the last hundred pages or so and just kept reading to get through the book. Overall though, this is one of the best books I’ve read so far (if not the best book) If you have any interest in history at all and haven’t yet read this book, it’s an absolute must.(less)