I made the mistake of purchasing the kindle version of this book. It is a coffee table book and I think would be best read in that format as it seemsI made the mistake of purchasing the kindle version of this book. It is a coffee table book and I think would be best read in that format as it seems a bit disjointed in Kindle format.
I am a Bell fan and love his work. I enjoyed his perspective on art and suffering, but would like him to continue and dig deeper. Those of us with chronic illnesses need his perspective. So, keep going Rob. Dig deeper and continue on in this vein. You've got something here.
It partially takes place in my favorite part of the world, the Cinque Terre, Italy. As if that isn't enough, it is well wrExcellent book. Great read.
It partially takes place in my favorite part of the world, the Cinque Terre, Italy. As if that isn't enough, it is well written, thought provoking and the story is riveting. The author doesn't wrap it up in a neat little bow, which I really appreciate. What he does is wrap some of it up, not in ribbon, but with garden twine. Beautiful endings, but bittersweet, for some of the characters that you hadn't really spent too much time thinking about. But then, ahhhh, he tells you what happens to them nonetheless. Delightful!
Intelligently written and the story is beautifully told. Only wish I would have gotten an ARC of this novel so I could have been part of the early buzz.
In the top ten of my favorite books list this year.
This book absolutely captures the adolescent experience. I found myself highlighting phrases and rIn the top ten of my favorite books list this year.
This book absolutely captures the adolescent experience. I found myself highlighting phrases and rereading passages just to experience the language again.
I don't know many of us who didn't feel like Junie in high school. Different, an outcast, and misunderstood. Junie was lucky. She had her beloved Uncle Finn who totally got her. Well, she did, until AIDS took him from her. This look at the epidemic, this many years later, was fascinating. Even more so, was Junie's ability to see Finn's impact on her life.
The relationships in this novel are absolutely real and identifiable. I know that I will return to think about them time and time again.
This would be an excellent novel for young adults to read and discuss.
This was fun. Downloaded Season 2 already. Apocalyptic fiction is a guilty pleasure, but hey, it helps me relate to my 14 year old son and his friendsThis was fun. Downloaded Season 2 already. Apocalyptic fiction is a guilty pleasure, but hey, it helps me relate to my 14 year old son and his friends really well. I'll never forget the conversation I had with a friend of my son's when he tried to go toe to toe with me on Zombie and end of the world books. He left with a long list and I finally got someone that could discuss my disappointment with World War Z intelligently. Bravo.
Anyhoo, this is enjoyable. Everyone disappears. There are creepy survivors (a serial killer, nice touch) and those who are genuinely good. There are scenes that actually spooked me, monsters that scared even his jade 42 year old mom (and let's face it, not much can scare a mom), and characters that are well developed and intriguing. Written in serial form, I wish I would have heard about this series when it first came out. Reminds me a lot of The Walking Dead (without my beloved zombies). Love the cliffhangers and I think it would have been delightfully agonizing to await the next installments.
Good books challenge the reader to look at life and how others live it differently. This is just one of those books. This book leapt out at me as an oGood books challenge the reader to look at life and how others live it differently. This is just one of those books. This book leapt out at me as an opportunity to understand this family better. I couldn't wait to read it because I felt the show was a guilty pleasure and the book just one more opportunity to enjoy another fluffy summer read. While it was easy to read, it certaintly wasn't fluff.
This is a fascinating look behind the scenes of Sister Wives, on TLC. I was relieved to hear that there were petty grievances, jealousy, and very human emotions that aren't always depicted on the show. The book made them seem more normal, more human, and for that, I was willing to overlook some of the story telling that was disjointed. To call it amateur is given. They are amateur writers, but that isn't what you read this book for. You read it because you want to know more about this family who is bravely putting a face on modern American polygamy.
I strongly believe that all should be able to marry. This very normal family puts another face on the marriage equality issue.
If you are at all a fan of the show, it's a must read, but if you aren't, it's still a very good read. I found myself breezing through it, fascinated that women would still make this choice and what price they pay for it. But, there are also benefits to their children and the wives. They juggle and balance together, work together, in ways that I can't imagine.
The opportunity to explain WHY they are polygamists never comes up other than they feel it's sacred. I wanted to know more. More than just the conclusions that I've made on my own with other, very public polygamists (think Warren Jeffs). I'm sure that this is because it is a required secret to keep as a fundamentalist Mormon. But, I think if they're lifting the veil this high, why not go all the way? The time for secrecy is over if true understanding and acceptance are going to take place. Perhaps it will take another generation to accomplish this.
With all of that said, am I a true supporter of polygamy? Well, it's not that simple. I'm not a supporter of any religion that uses secrecy and fear to control others. I find that, in itself dangerous, but not limited to those who's religion steers them towards polygamy. This danger occurs any time religion is used to keep people powerless. Fundamentalists of all religions seem to persecute those deemed powerless and that usually always means women.
This book allowed me to learn a lot about a group of people living a more normal view of polygamy than I have been fed and led to believe by the media. Isn't that what books are supposed to do? Most importantly, it is the story of a family filled with really good people, struggling with very similar challenges to mine, doing it in a lifestyle very different from mine. Great for broadening my mind and making me think about what marriage equality actually means for all United States Citizens. ...more
Let me start this by saying that I purchased this book for my Kindle based on number of positve reviews it's low price. I won't do that again. ReadingLet me start this by saying that I purchased this book for my Kindle based on number of positve reviews it's low price. I won't do that again. Reading the description of this book right before I started it, I realized that for the first time since I was a teenager, I was reading a romance novel. Ugh. Bluck. And all that. I'm just not a fan of rippling muscles or and bodice ripping, but I digress.
I think I'm too old, too jaded, and way too creeped out by the fact that the premise of this book is a love story between a teenager and a woman in her thirties to have enjoyed this book. They fall in love while stranded on a deserted island, cause of couse that's where you'd have to be to even consider a romantic relationship with a teenager. And even thinking for just a minute about my own teenager having such a relationship almost made me hurl.
I just about quit reading because of my "read 50 pages before you chuck it" rule, but then I realized that my husband was out of town and the next book on my list had a mild level of creep factor to it. Since I wanted to sleep, I soldiered on. I wish I would haved bucked up and read the other book.
I just couldn't get past this relationship. I couldn't get passed the dry dialogue and bland descriptions. And skimming ahead to the ending, of COURSE it all winds up just fine and dandy. Well, even better than fine and dandy. Double bluck.
So, should you read it? Well, maybe if it's the only thing you can find while trapped on a deserted island. (I couldn't resist.) ...more
Every once in a while, you need to read a good story. One that fits like your comfy clothes and one that you can settle into like a cozy chair. Such aEvery once in a while, you need to read a good story. One that fits like your comfy clothes and one that you can settle into like a cozy chair. Such a warm, lovely tale with really a sad premise, this book was not a weeper. The author surprised me enough to keep it interesting and the main character was so real and human and flawed--sometimes I didn't like him very much. I like that in a character. I wish I would have had more time to read it in longer sittings.
Four and a half stars and a standing ovation to the author. ...more
I enjoyed this book, but am having a hard time reviewing it because it took me so long to read it. I think I would have enjoyed it more had I the timeI enjoyed this book, but am having a hard time reviewing it because it took me so long to read it. I think I would have enjoyed it more had I the time to sit down and really escape into it. ...more
Seems a bit too Harlequin romance to me. Can't finish it. Too many others on my list to waste any more time with this one. I applaud the author for heSeems a bit too Harlequin romance to me. Can't finish it. Too many others on my list to waste any more time with this one. I applaud the author for her willingness to put it out there for 99 cents. That was brilliant. ...more