2 Stars = It was OK. Just OK. Actually, quite a let down from Me Before You which was brilliant. In this book, Louisa's life goes on after Will and sh2 Stars = It was OK. Just OK. Actually, quite a let down from Me Before You which was brilliant. In this book, Louisa's life goes on after Will and she spends most of the book figuring out what to do with her life. Meh. I just didn't care enough for this character - so different from the Louisa in Me Before You. There was no witty dialog, no big emotions and nothing really memorable about this novel. l...more
I bought this on an audiobook sale and I think I had this author confused with someone else because I just don't usually read this sort of book. The bI bought this on an audiobook sale and I think I had this author confused with someone else because I just don't usually read this sort of book. The book is about 3 kids, a set of brother and sister twins, Zach and Mia, and their friend Lexi. The kids are high schoolers; Lexi has had a hard life and enjoys the twins and their solid family life with their mother Jude and father, Miles.
Where do I start? The book is a teen romance - I would have loved this book when I was 11 years old. By the time I was 13, I was into meatier, stronger books. There's a friendship between a mousey, whiney, friendless Mia, and Lexi who is new to the area and just coming out of the foster system. Lexi is insecure as well, but falls for Mia's hunk of a twin brother Zach. That relationship is never explained. How does the hunkiest kid in school fall for a girl like Lexi? Must be by magic because it's never explained.
The kids get into tragic high schooler-style problems which could have been dealt with in a mature and reality-based way - instead the author chose to give these people stereotypical voices, quick clean ups, tidy solutions. Zach and his father are weak, have no voice, no authority (even though Zach's dad is a doctor); they allow Jude, the mother, to walk all over them. Jude goes from helicopter mom, caring cookie-baking to psycho mom and back in a heartbeat. Awful, just awful.
The author almost got the middle section of the book right, but missed her mark. What could have been dealt with in depth was clearly not.
As far as the narration went - Mia's voice sounded cartoonish, like she was perpetually 9 and whining. Lexi's voice never entered maturity - and that was annoying as well.
I give this book 5 stars for content and 3 for literary value. It's not the best written book and the narration was a bit annoying at first, but -----I give this book 5 stars for content and 3 for literary value. It's not the best written book and the narration was a bit annoying at first, but ----- it was riveting.
Jenna was a young girl born into a family of scientologists who at a very young age is sent to SeaOrg to be molded and sculpted (read brainwashed) into the robot they would like her to be. In the beginning of the book, I got the distinct feeling she actually liked the place. Being separated from her parents was OK as it was for the greater good; being told what to do, how to think, what to say -- also OK as it would propel her to a higher level on the Scientology ladder. As the book progresses, and it is told in strict chronological order, as Jenna matures, there is a part of her that rebels, that questions and that sees these people, bit by bit, for who they are. The inside world is bizarreland, it's like falling down a rabbit-hole of hard to believe mind and body control - of all the things that a cult is made of and, told in her words - even if half of what she went through is true, even a 10th is true, then this is an organization which should be investigated for child abuse, mind control and tax evasion....more
I loved the beginning of this book. I liked the banter between the head detective and his assistant, I felt like the setting was well described and thI loved the beginning of this book. I liked the banter between the head detective and his assistant, I felt like the setting was well described and the characters reasonably flawed and believable. But then something happened. Or something didn't happen. Towards the middle of the audiobook, the premise got strange and I kept waiting for it to be reasonably explained. Where is the author going with this? The beginning had been so good that I swore she would provide a reasonable plot line to explain this odd bit in the middle. And I waited and waited and listened patiently and then impatiently and it never happened. The plot got worse, two of the characters made no sense and in the end, had it been a real book and not an audio on my iPad, I would have thrown it across the room. I gave it 3 stars because i loved the narrator and I really thought the author did a good job with the detectives. It was the people being investigated that fell apart for me. If I read this author again, I'll get a real book, so I can skim through it to make sure it makes sense. ...more