**spoiler alert** My first book of 2016, the sequel to the epically good ME BEFORE YOU. Was it as good as the first? No. Was it a nice read? Absolutel**spoiler alert** My first book of 2016, the sequel to the epically good ME BEFORE YOU. Was it as good as the first? No. Was it a nice read? Absolutely! I love Louisa Clark and her good heart. I thought the relationship with Sam was lovely. I thought the Lilly storyline was weird and consumed too much of the book, but I suppose they had to tie in Will somehow. The sweet but brief sideline stories about her family were my favorite, I could see them so vividly: the grandfather, the bickering, the inviting home. I kept wishing that Louisa would go visit them more. I hope Moyes writes another book about Louisa's next adventure, because I am not ready to be done with these characters just yet. ...more
Rachel Goodman's bursts on to the scene with a stellar debut novel that will surely be the start to many more great pieces of work. From Scratch is anRachel Goodman's bursts on to the scene with a stellar debut novel that will surely be the start to many more great pieces of work. From Scratch is an entertaining and unique look at the Dallas social scene, with a foodie twist. The lead character, Lillie Turner, returns to her roots for what she believes to be only a short period to help her Dad through a knee surgery. The next thing she knows she swept back up in the life -and man- she was desperately trying to leave behind. As a reader, I was not only completely engaged with what would happen with Nick and Lillie, but I all the characters had their own stories that perfectly intermingled and added depth to the story. I couldn't put it down until I reached the end! I can't wait for the second book! ...more
They type of person who will love this book has to watch a lot of Bravo(like me), never miss an episode of Watch What Happens Live (like me), and geneThey type of person who will love this book has to watch a lot of Bravo(like me), never miss an episode of Watch What Happens Live (like me), and generally find Andy Cohen of both amusing and endearing (like me). If you don't like/do any of those things, this book is going to make no sense to you. It would be like being at a party where everybody is talking about people and things you don't know.
In what I would imagine would be a very risky move, Andy journals about his life for a year and holds nothing back (except the names of some housewives, which is annoying). I wonder how his friends and colleagues feel about their comments being published? Could not believe the stuff he wrote about Lady Gaga and Mariah Carey, how is he ever going to get them on his show again? Loved all the background gossip about the Housewives, but wish he had been willing to drop more names. I am (not) ashamed to admit I went on many a google spree trying to figure out which house husbands he frequently referred to in his book.
I listened to Andy's first book via audiobook, and did the same with this one. It feels like you are sitting there gossiping with Andy. He drops tons of names, and lives a very fabulous life. I love how he says "yes" to every invitation, seems to turn everything into a good time, and doesn't take himself too seriously. I think that's why I like him so much. While he is pretty famous (and runs with some high rollers), he always seems to just love his life and be incredulous that he gets to do what he does. I also love how much he adores his parents. They are the cutest. His impressions of his Mom are just classic.
While I enjoyed it thoroughly, I didn't feel like I could give it 5 stars because its not really a great literary work, more of a page turning vice. Still love Andy, and I hope he's journaling for a second book......more