I really wanted to love this book but there were too many things I couldn't get past:
* There isn't a moment of levity in this book...it's just straigh...moreI really wanted to love this book but there were too many things I couldn't get past:
* There isn't a moment of levity in this book...it's just straight up depressing. I'm okay with depressing books but honestly, this one just took it to another level.
* None of the characters are very likable or well-developed. Maura is selfish, her husband clueless, her father also selfish, her mother pathetic. And Maura's siblings? What was the point of even having them in the story when they provided nothing to the plot?
Sort of disappointed that I plodded through and finished this...I thought for sure it would get better but it didn't. I hear Lee Woodruff's other books are very good. Maybe I'll try again?(less)
As a huge fan of Lisa Genova's "Still Alice," I had very high hopes for this book. Unfortunately, something about it just did not click with me.
Let's...moreAs a huge fan of Lisa Genova's "Still Alice," I had very high hopes for this book. Unfortunately, something about it just did not click with me.
Let's start with the good:
1. I know how a whole lot about a disorder I've never heard of before: Left Neglect.
2. The author is obviously amazing at doing thorough research - medical and otherwise.
3. The main character - Sarah - deals with her challenges remarkably well and is admirable through and through.
Now the not so good:
1. What made me pick up this book was the summary on the book jacket. But this book was more about Sarah dealing with Left Neglect rather than her life prior to her accident.
2. I'm not squeamish but the author doesn't mince words...her portrayal of Sarah's recovery is down right gritty. Sometimes it was hard to read (obviously my problem - not the author's problem).
3. Although this isn't usually the case with me, I do wish the book had a different ending (no details here so I don't spoil it for others!).
Bottom Line: I'm glad I finished this book but it was definitely tedious in parts. Still, Lisa Genova did a fantastic job developing the main character of this book and if nothing else I am reminded of how lucky I am to have my health.(less)
Let me preface this review by saying that I am a huge fan of Jeannette Walls' The Glass Castle, which is one of my favorite books of all time! Thus, w...moreLet me preface this review by saying that I am a huge fan of Jeannette Walls' The Glass Castle, which is one of my favorite books of all time! Thus, when I came across The Silver Star I approached it with excitement, but also a twinge of apprehension. Because really, how many authors can really top their first book?
In any case, The Silver Star was a bit of a letdown. I won't rehash the story line but I will say the premise was great...sort of like Dicey's Song meets To Kill a Mockingbird. Still, I'm mystified why this novel was marketed to adults when it very clearly screams Young Adult?
Other issues I had with the book include a lack of character development, a predictable plot, and a far too neat and tidy ending. (Hate those kind of rushed, perfect endings).
I realize I'm dwelling on the negative, which is odd, because I actually did enjoy this book and finished it quickly. I also gave it 4/5 stars. I'm just disappointed that the author/publisher misled me (and judging from Amazon and GoodReads reviews, many others)into thinking this book would be something it wasn't.
The Bottom Line: Jeanette Walls is obviously a talented writer but borrow this one from the library and don't expect too be knocked off your feet!(less)
I am usually a huge fan of Kristin Hannah's work...but this book was seriously disappointing.
First off, most of the characters were boring and contriv...moreI am usually a huge fan of Kristin Hannah's work...but this book was seriously disappointing.
First off, most of the characters were boring and contrived. Could Julian have been any more of a "move star?" And Liam...talk about playing a selfless hero. Sorry, I don't believe the characters in this book were remotely realistic.
Secondly, the story line was SO predictable. I won't spoil the ending for anyone reading this review but seriously, one knows how this story is going to end even before it begins! I kept waiting for something to happen in this book...but nothing ever really happened. And the ending was so rushed that I think even the author gave up trying to save the plot.
Kristin Hannah usually wins me over with her writing style - I loved Night Road, Winter Garden, and True Colors - so I'm not sure what happened with Angel Falls. I feel bad writing such a negative review but I fear Kristin Hannah is trying to churn out books so quickly she's sacrificing quality.
After many years of waiting this book was somewhat of a disappointment.
While the beginning started out strong and along the lines of Khaled Hosseini'...moreAfter many years of waiting this book was somewhat of a disappointment.
While the beginning started out strong and along the lines of Khaled Hosseini's other books, the subsequent chapters were far less interesting, dragged on in parts, and introduced so many characters I almost reached for a pen and a piece of paper to help keep track of them.
And then ending? The ending was just a total letdown.
I fear that once a writer becomes so well-known and successful he/she is subject to so much pressure to churn out another book that inevitably they lost some of their creative process. Jodi Picoult and Danielle Steel are a few names that come to mind and it appears Khaled Hosseini is on the same path.
I only hope he takes his time with the next one.(less)
I love Kristin Hannah's other books, especially Firefly Lane, which is the only reason I pushed myself to finish this one. I really wish I hadn't.
Thi...moreI love Kristin Hannah's other books, especially Firefly Lane, which is the only reason I pushed myself to finish this one. I really wish I hadn't.
1. is depressing 2. drags on 3. has too many unlikable characters 4. is a giant waste of time
This is a harsh review...I know. But I hope that Kristin Hannah isn't getting so popular that she's churning out books for the sake of sales. I stopped reading Jodi Picoult and Danielle Steel for this exact reason. I hope I won't have to stop reading Kristin Hannah as well.(less)
I'm sorry to say that this book was a giant waste of time. Among the things I didn't like:
1. Characters are unbelievably shallow, unlikable, and borin...moreI'm sorry to say that this book was a giant waste of time. Among the things I didn't like:
1. Characters are unbelievably shallow, unlikable, and boring. 2. The book skips around in time making it confusing to follow. 3. The author is a bit too free with her stereotypes. 4. The writing, at times, is extremely awkward and fake. For example, characters refer to each other as "sweetie" all the time. ALL THE TIME. Drove me nuts. 5. The author tried to make this a women's issue book that doubles as a beach read. She wasn't successful in either attempt. 6. The ending was disappointing and contrived.
Not sure why I'm even giving this book two stars, except maybe because I actually finished it so I guess it kept my attention at times?(less)
There, I said it. Most people probably think she's a horrible child abuser for the things she's made her children endure, but to me?...moreI admire Amy Chua.
There, I said it. Most people probably think she's a horrible child abuser for the things she's made her children endure, but to me? She's basically the most unselfish person I've ever come across. That's why it amazes me that people cut her down for being so dedicated to her children.
Forgoing vacations so she can hire expensive violin / piano teachers? Selfless. Spending hours of her time making sure her kids practice? Selfless. Driving hours and hours on a weekend so her kids can take lessons from the best instructors? Selfless. Allowing her children to hate her so that they can (hopefully) be better people? Selfless.
I, who can barely find the energy to pick up my 8-year-old's spelling list at the end of a long day at work, can take a lesson or two on what a dedicated parent should be.
But that's not to say that Amy Chua isn't slightly off her rocker. I mean, I totally get wanting to have your children put some thought into your birthday, but "not accepting" a child's homemade birthday card because it's sloppy? That seems harsh. And organizing two hour practice sessions while on vacation? That seems a bit extreme too.
A few other things I didn't like about the book as a whole:
*I would have liked to know more about Amy Chua's approach to academics. Meaning, how did she enforce her children did their homework every day? How did she handle TV time? Was she controlling about what her kids ate and watched too? These are things I struggle with - it would be nice to know her thoughts.
*Some chapters were utterly boring. I mean, great job on getting your kids to practice for hours Amy, but I seriously had to skim a few pages because I couldn't read about yet another practice.
The Bottom Line:
Not sure I 100% agree with Amy Chua's method of child-rearing, but since it appears that she's far more successful in her life than I am? Well I can't really judge her parenting theories.
I will say that Amy has taught me that in order for my child to be successful, I must play an integral part. And since finishing this book two days ago? I've been making more of an effort to put my computer down and pick up my kid's homework instead. I only hope that I somehow find the tenacity to stick it out.(less)
This book was just okay. It had a lot of potential but the first 1/3 was slow and a bit boring. I'm glad I stuck with it because things finally picked...moreThis book was just okay. It had a lot of potential but the first 1/3 was slow and a bit boring. I'm glad I stuck with it because things finally picked up speed towards the middle. Unfortunately, for me this book wasn't anything special and I don't really recommend it.(less)
I finished this book yesterday and I’m still trying to form an opinion about it.
Here’s what I liked for sure: This book it was amazingly, phenomenally...moreI finished this book yesterday and I’m still trying to form an opinion about it.
Here’s what I liked for sure: This book it was amazingly, phenomenally well written. The plot? Extraordinary. The characters? Well-developed and interesting (to say the least). The subject matter? Fascinating. There is no doubt that Gillian Flynn is one talented writer.
Here’s what I’m not sure I liked (without giving too much away): I understand fiction is just that, fiction. But this book is so unbelievable in parts that it borders on ludicrous.
Here’s what I know for sure: It doesn't matter what I like or don’t like about this book. You should read it anyway and then come back and let me know your thoughts – especially about the ending.
I also know this for sure: This book is one of a kind. People will be talking about it for a long time to come and for good reason.(less)
I loved this book. I didn't think I would...especially since the main character (Taylor) was super shallow and annoying in the first couple of chapter...moreI loved this book. I didn't think I would...especially since the main character (Taylor) was super shallow and annoying in the first couple of chapters. But then suddenly Taylor's perfect life was totally blown apart and I could completely relate and sympathize with her plight.
I think this book should be required reading for every girl...not because we should or should not work or stay at home with kids, and not because I'm a feminist or an anti-feminist, but because we should never get to a point where our lives are in someone else's hands. We should never stop taking responsibility. And we should always, always have a fallback plan.
I loved this book so much that I bought several copies to give as gifts. I highly recommend it and will be searching out the author's other books.(less)
Initially I didn't have high hopes for this book...I picked it up while on a trip in NYC.
It took me a while to get into it, not sure if there were jus...moreInitially I didn't have high hopes for this book...I picked it up while on a trip in NYC.
It took me a while to get into it, not sure if there were just too many characters to keep track of? But when I did get into this book I didn't want it to end - which is how I usually feel about Elin Hilderbrand's books.
This is one of those great beach-ish reads but really is a step above that genre. Really love this author! I highly recommend.(less)