First, I want to state that it's just incredibly sad that this young writer passsed away—she had talent, for certain, as this collection of her work iFirst, I want to state that it's just incredibly sad that this young writer passsed away—she had talent, for certain, as this collection of her work illustrates well. She wrote about people, relationships, real life. Her essays are well-researched but read more like fiction than nonfiction. The only one I didn't read was the one about the exterminator, because it grossed me out. She writes about loving her used car, living in it through high school and then how much she knows she'll miss it when she goes to college. She writes about whales, dying on a beach; she writes about her struggles with Celiac Disease, growing up at a time when hardly anything was known about it—though, thanks to her mother's intensive research, discovers the cause of her sickness at 18 months.
"If Celiac Disease were an obscure Indie band," she writes, "I could brag that I knew about it before anyone else. These days, GLUTEN-FREE is stamped upon cardboard and cupcakes from Whole Foods to local cafes. Apparently, I'm supertrendy. I'm the new vegan. . . . Nevertheless, I welcome the awareness. When I diagnosised in 1990, hardly anyone had heard of the thing."
This was probably my favorite essay, though the ones about the whales and the car were close seconds. More review to follow....more
Decided to stop reading this at 106 pages. Bored, annoyed, hugely disappointed. I had such high hopes for this book—how could I not like a book aboutDecided to stop reading this at 106 pages. Bored, annoyed, hugely disappointed. I had such high hopes for this book—how could I not like a book about metanatural Prudence, daughter of preternatural Alexia and Alpha werewolf Connall Maccon? (And adoptive daughter of Lord Akeldama, one of London's oldest vampires?)
This book seems like nothing but silly, boring fluff. The book lacks all of the magic of the Soulless series. I hate all of the characters. The one bright spot was a brief scene with Alexia and Connall watching Prudence's dirgible taking off in secret. ...more
Won this from a Goodreads Giveaway! Going to give it a try because I think I need something funny right about now.
Update: I found this to be a fast,Won this from a Goodreads Giveaway! Going to give it a try because I think I need something funny right about now.
Update: I found this to be a fast, fun, fairly engrossing read. Excellent writing, readable, easy to get into stories, with realistic, very flawed, human characters.
However, if I had one negative thing to say about this book, I'd probably have to delve into the subject matter, since this book of stories is less about being "single, carefree, and mellow" and more about women having affairs. Nearly every story in the book featured a woman having an affair—some of them were single, "homewrecker" women, some were unhappily married, some were happily married or happily engaged, but yet they were all still having affairs. It got to be a bit tiresome: is that what being "single, carefree, and mellow" really means, that you MUST have an affair?!
Still, in spite of that repetitive subject, not every story was about that—one story was about a girl hopelessly in love with "just her roommate" Boris, and another story was about a woman desperately trying to give her 8-year-old son a memorable birthday party. Okay, and the last Maya story is just about family. But really, the rest of the stories about about women thinking about having affairs or having affairs.
Anyway, this really was a great read and I'm happy to have won it in a giveaway and read it. The women in these stories are real and relatable, if not in their desires than in their hopes and fears and dreams and loves. This book is really about love, more than anything else. ...more