Not my genre I was seriously tempted to say I can’t rate this book because I don’t usually read this kind of books. But hey – I both loved and hated nuNot my genre I was seriously tempted to say I can’t rate this book because I don’t usually read this kind of books. But hey – I both loved and hated numerous books from genres which are unusual for me. Sooo: The Summer I Turned Pretty wasn’t so good that I could give 3* but it wasn’t so bad that I could give 2*. You see what a dilemma? Lets make it 2,5*
“Belly measures time in summers” That’s about it. Its all about summer. About spending your holiday in a summer house doing nothing. Do not expect some elaborate plot which could be described in a few paragraphs. It’s a compilation of all the summers Belly lived through – retrospectively and in no obvious order. And that gave me headaches – I just couldn’t keep track of what was happening “now”, what was a memory when Belly was eight, fourteen or eleven. It just might be the perfect beach-read for sunny days at the seaside. But it’s the same as a summer vacation, at first its great, but after a week of sunbathing and swimming it gets old and boring pretty fast, just like dozen Belly’s summers in this book. It tries so much be nostalgic and dreamy and realistic that it ends up shallow and boring.
Ordinary life Majority of the plot is just about Belly being teased by her brother or the two boys next door – one of them being her ultimate crush. A crush that acts all grownup, broody and inaccessible (and like a jerk). We get to know who was Belly’s first kiss, first boyfriend, who was the first to break her heart. There are all the moments when Conrad looks at her strangely, then ignores her, then touches her and acts jealous only to make a point that she's only a child to him and he doesn’t care at all about her. For me the hot and cold treatment (more cold than hot, to be honest) lacked chemistry. Even the dialogues were mild and just OK. There was the subplot about divorce and cancer which was probably supposed to serve as some kind of real-life-break-from-the-romance-overload anchor and an ultimate excuse for everyone acting the way they were. I just couldn’t relate to anyone and Conrad – the main (but not the only one) love interest gave me the creeps - his attitude was pure unbelievable.
The verdict If you like this genre and if you are looking for a light summer read, probably give it a shot. If you are like me, demanding at all times and this contemporary summer romance does not appeal to you right away, go for something else. For example Anna and the French Kiss is an amazing novel which has it all....more
It was so fast that it was slow. Too obvious, uneventful, straightforward.. (Young) adult themes processed in a way that doesn't really fit the bill aIt was so fast that it was slow. Too obvious, uneventful, straightforward.. (Young) adult themes processed in a way that doesn't really fit the bill and once again makes me wonder about who is the target audience for the book(s)? However, the dramatic ending made me want to know how it all ends - too bad it was not introduced earlier, it would be much more intriguing than searching for a "sexual predator" that roams the school halls :[...more
Kinsella didn’t let me down. Twenties girl is an easy read full of author’s trademark humour – not the “laugh out loud" kind of humour, more like subtKinsella didn’t let me down. Twenties girl is an easy read full of author’s trademark humour – not the “laugh out loud" kind of humour, more like subtle, “too farfetched but I still saw it coming” kind of humour. It brightens your day with its pettiness which is sometimes so similar to your everyday problems that it makes you feel like you are not alone.
You just have to relate to Lara’s problematic love life if you’ve ever went through a relationship that went wrong. People in love just act crazy and it’s not easy to fall out of love, but Lara’s exaggerated story smacks you right in the nose with the realization that the only thing you can actually do is to keep going. (Especially if you do not have a ghost that makes people do whatever you want in a real life.)
There is no point in denying that it is a chick lit. But if you read patiently and do not give up, in the end it is not too hard to notice that while you read on it morphed into an insightful and precious piece about respecting your elders, loving your family and making your dreams come true. And it is entirely up to you weather you want it to be silly detective love story or something more :)...more
This was not an ordinary Picoult book. And it was all the best for it.
Jodie's one of very few authors whose multiple points of view are actually beneThis was not an ordinary Picoult book. And it was all the best for it.
Jodie's one of very few authors whose multiple points of view are actually beneficial an highly enjoyable, their switching is natural and not at all confusing. However I was expecting emotional roller coaster due to this divergence and exploring the multiple layers of grey laying in between the black and white, the good and evil. What I got were snippets of contemporary predictable romance, from a troubled girl who is unsociable due to her scarred face. And predominating confession of a Holocaust survivor from the past. Minka could easily be the poster child of the WW II Jewish community and I can only imagine how much background study Jodi must have gone through in order to make it so realistic and striking. Together with the author's unearthly ability of storytelling that makes you fall for anyone she wants makes me compare this Holocaust story of hers to Sophie's Choice or The Book Thief.
The storyteller is a dreadful book which cannot be reread lightly I suppose. Because even though I knew from the beginning, that Minka would survive, live on, move elsewhere, marry, have children and grandchildren, will be allowed to work and simply just walk on the sidewalk alongside with anyone else without the fear of repercussions, I still had to keep track of the date in the book and Google when exactly her concentration camp was going to be freed in order to sustain some hope that the torment she (and I) were going through must surely end.
What added and extra layer were the solitary good people appearing throughout the book who helped Minka and whose small acts of kindness literary helped her to survive. This and Minka's own gift of storytelling and fascination with German language - the language of her oppressors, which she did not banish. I see a not so hidden meaning behind the Polish Jew who relishes the use of German language while being tortured by the native speakers of it. It's just not about nationality, race, religion or popular belief. It's all about individuals and their respective conscience and humanity.
At first I felt like Jodie has reached her limits and despite her efforts wasn't able to show the good that is left in a Nazi officer even after he has confessed to his crimes. By the end of the book I just felt like during the WW II, there just was no place for grey shades. Some people (and it wasn't just a few) that didn't deserve to be called humans, no matter the circumstances and current political regime.
Despite some obvious and weak storylines and predictable big revelation, The Storyteller is a brilliant book that will make your heart ache with it's authenticity, cruelty and kindness, all at the same time. ...more
Moc příjemné čtení jako stvořené na předvánoční týden. Na rovinu přiznávám, že Landline skončilo v TBR pile jen jen proto, že Rainbow (really?) RowellMoc příjemné čtení jako stvořené na předvánoční týden. Na rovinu přiznávám, že Landline skončilo v TBR pile jen jen proto, že Rainbow (really?) Rowell bylo na GR skloňované tak často, že už mi zvonilo v uších. Čekala jsem něco epického, geniálního, u čeho se budu válet smíchy pod stolem nebo v slzách v posteli - a ono ne.
Vypravěčsky velmi příjemný až dojemný příběh manželů, kteří se měli tak rádi, že si ani nevšimli, že se začínají odcizovat a potřebují zase najít cestu zpátky k sobě. A proč ne zrovna pomocí kouzelného telefonu? Dialogy příjemně odsýpaly a poodkrývaly příběh jejich manželství, které by se bylo nikdy nestalo, kdyby si jedna mladá televizní spisovatelka nezamilovala komiks jednoho zádumčivého kolegy. A ač vlastně postupujeme chronologicky, otázka proč se vlastně vzali, stále zůstává na stole, a kruh se uzavírá až tam, kde by to čtenář nečekal.
Byla tady spousta milých scén, které pohladí po duši a donutí vás si Georgie a Neala zamilovat. Protože kdybyste měli kouzlné slouchátko, které vám zprostředkuje komunikaci s vašimi blízkými v minulosti, ruku na srdce, kdo z vás by místo vlastní rodinné krize řešil světový mír a terorismus?
Pokud máte chuť na něco oddechového, kdy si budete moci beztrestně během více než sedmatřiceti kapitol popřemýšlet, co vlastně z manželství dělá šťastné manželství a kdy vůbec ještě má cenu za něj bojovat, a nebude vás u toho rušit kouzelná pevná linka vedoucí do minulosti, můžu Landline jen doporučit.
Vánoční nálada mi velí jít o hvězdičku nahoru, rozum mi říká zapakrovat to na 3,5★ a být ráda, že jsem během dojíždění měla na rozptýlení něco, co na mě působilo zvláštním nepopsatelným nutkáním pokračovat dál.