I had no interest in reading the book or viewing this movie until earlier this year. The movie kept coming up in conversations with friends and teache...moreI had no interest in reading the book or viewing this movie until earlier this year. The movie kept coming up in conversations with friends and teachers and when I learned it was to be a future book club read, I went ahead and watched the movie via Netflix when I had nothing better to do.
The movie was better. And the only reason this truly bothers me is because this book had such great potential!
The parts that were strictly Project related were great. I devoured those parts, loving to read about the recipe as Julia has written while also reading about the recipe as Julie perceived and performed it. The mishaps, the challenges, the wins, the losses. All of that was wonderfully interesting.
The other parts, though, those I could have dealt without. The parts about her family, the parts about her job, the parts about her friends: the one deciding whether or not it was okay to have an affair, the one deciding whether or not she wanted a divorce, the friend who took for-effin'-ever to pick up a couch.
Seriously: Did not care for and still do not care for. Maybe these parts helped in being able to know who was who later when friends started to come over to eat closer to the end of the project. This is the only reason I can account for telling us their lives. I felt as if I were peaking in on things I had no part of.
Aside from those parts, I found this book enjoyable. Some days her writing style irked me, and I honestly have no idea if this is related to her actual writing style or my mood for that day. And reading the book really added an aspect to the movie for me and made me like it more.
I want to give this book 2 stars but I give it the extra one for the chapter about the lobster (my favorite chapter, hands down) and the last couple of chapters. They really saved the book in my eyes.(less)
I loved this book. For the first 7 chapters, I kinda pushed my way through it, but after that I had a hard time putting it down. Well written, interes...moreI loved this book. For the first 7 chapters, I kinda pushed my way through it, but after that I had a hard time putting it down. Well written, interesting and captivating story. I was told it was sad which made me weary and while it does have some "sad" moments, there really are not enough for me to claim that this was a "sad" book. The ending was perfect and, honestly, it is now one of my new favorite books. (less)
I loved this book for the first half. I found it to be a funny, quick read, reminding me somewhat of the Bridget Jones books. While I wasn't a huge fa...moreI loved this book for the first half. I found it to be a funny, quick read, reminding me somewhat of the Bridget Jones books. While I wasn't a huge fan of Notaro's writing style, the stories were told in such a way that I could visualize everything that she said and get at least a chuckle.
But then the book took a more serious turn. When that happened, I found myself not wanting to sit and read a bunch at once. And some of the later stories, well, I just wasn't positive why they were included. Not that the stories were not interesting. I just wasn't expecting it. If there had been some kind of warning, maybe my brain wouldn't have been "Whoa, what's up with this?"(less)
I loved this book, though I didn't think I would. The writing is captivating and intriguing, leaving me to wonder about the characters even when the b...moreI loved this book, though I didn't think I would. The writing is captivating and intriguing, leaving me to wonder about the characters even when the book was not in hand.
If I were a history buff, I would hate this, I totally see that. I went to Wikipedia and read through the historical inaccuracies and there are quite a few and all a big deal to the story. But I wasn't reading this book to learn about history. I realize that most historical fiction books take a small detail and just go with it. Yes, they do research but most authors will strictly stay away from the books whose findings would go against the story they would want to write.
As I said, I wasn't researching history: I was interested in the story Gregory concocted.
I could have used 50 more pages, though. I see why it ended the way it did and I actually enjoyed that. At the same time, though, I was interested in (fictional) Mary's story. I wanted to read more about her life after this last event. I wanted to read about them going back to their home, children in tow, and how their life was. I found (fictional) Mary to be a wonderful character and fell in love with her without even realizing it.
Overall, inaccuracies aside, I found this book to be interesting, captivating and kinda trashy all in one. The characters sprang up from the pages for me, vivid in my mind. It's the day after I completed the novel and I still see them every now and then. It was an addicting story and I'm happy to have read it. Whether or not I'll read any of her other books, though, I cannot decide. (less)
What a fabulous ending to a great series. I finished it in two days and thought it was fantastic. If you haven't read The Hunger Game trilogy, even if...moreWhat a fabulous ending to a great series. I finished it in two days and thought it was fantastic. If you haven't read The Hunger Game trilogy, even if you don't normally like young adult novels, I would suggest giving this one a shot.(less)