Ugh, what a terrible piece of crap this book was. I read till page 62 and decided to give it up—the writing was poor and shoddy, the plot subpar and tUgh, what a terrible piece of crap this book was. I read till page 62 and decided to give it up—the writing was poor and shoddy, the plot subpar and the narrator, a whiny little bitch, for lack of a better word. And the whole unrequited love plot with Tobias—utterly sickening. The prose was repetitious, sometimes literally repeating phrases that had just been used a few paragraphs prior. The characters were one dimensional and stereotypical. It was ridiculous crap. What a waste of time! ...more
Though I've decided to stop reading this at 94 pages, I hesitate to file it under my "disliked books I didn't finish" shelf. Still, I was getting a liThough I've decided to stop reading this at 94 pages, I hesitate to file it under my "disliked books I didn't finish" shelf. Still, I was getting a little bored by the narrative. I wanted to read it mostly because the writing is excellent, taut and descriptive, and because it tells the story of life in the mid-to-late sixties and early seventies, the story of a friendship so strong, in spite of being so brief, the author fought tirelessly to recreate her childhood and learn everything about her friend that she never knew.
I was partially drawn to this memoir because of one I read a few years back that had similar elements to it. That one was called "Girls of Tender Age"; it almost read like fiction but it had a "true life" feel. Part of the reason I feel a little bored by this book is that it's a little bogged down with the author's family. I guess I want to know more about Ann's childhood with Lee, and Lee herself, even as only that recreated version. ...more
**spoiler alert** Decided to stop reading this after 64 pages. It's a depressing read, with the prose too young-YA for my taste. My attention just isn**spoiler alert** Decided to stop reading this after 64 pages. It's a depressing read, with the prose too young-YA for my taste. My attention just isn't being held, not with the way the narrator, Mia, cuts in and out of the present to throw in snippets about the past: meeting and dating her boyfriend, Adam; becoming friends with Kim; etc. Right after reading the part about Mia "playing Adam like a cello" and Adam "playing Mia like a guitar", I was slightly weirded out and decided that this book isn't for me. I can't make myself care about what happens to any of the characters.
I might be okay with seeing the movie, but my interest in reading this series is gone. ...more
**spoiler alert** This book was a cute, fun, mystery-lite read. The prose is kind of springy but also has good descriptions. The novel centers around**spoiler alert** This book was a cute, fun, mystery-lite read. The prose is kind of springy but also has good descriptions. The novel centers around Kate, a nice girl with a homemade fashion sense who has stayed away from fashion ever since her mother, Eva, once a rising fashionista herself, became estranged from her family. Kate is planning to go to medical school to become a doctor when her aunt Victoria scores her an internship with the high fashion magazine "Tasty". The beginning parts of the book were really fun and reminded a little of "Ugly Betty" (the TV show), which was a cool reminder as well as ironic how easy it would be to imagine those slaves to fashion bitches as (secretly) vampires.
I was engaged more with the beginning and the middle of the book, while Kate was still innocent of her coworkers' true natures, and there were valid (but still on that mystery-lite scale) strange occurrences and deaths that concerned Kate and seemingly no one else. But after Kate found about the vampires, and confronted them, the plot and the sense started to unravel and fell completely apart by the end.
I'm always up for a retelling on the vampire myth (I'm still not offended that Stephanie Meyer's vampires "sparkle" in the sunlight), but I have to say it was difficult to suspend my disbelief enough to cover the reasons behind how people became vampires in this novel and what vampire bites did to a person. For example, people could only be transformed into vampires if they had "the style gene", and any one the vampires bit were called "blood donors"; apparently, the bite of a vampire makes a person want to shop and go to Fashion Week in Paris, and eventually seek out vampires to bite them. After Kate is bitten by a vampire named Lillian, she has to resist a strong urge to go some designer store and just window-shop. It was kind of off the wall.
I was also disappointed that Kate, who seems to be a fairly intelligent young women with wits about, couldn't figure out who the "fashion murderer" was without being told. Earlier in the book she makes a comment to herself about something that has happened and chides herself for "not reading/knowing" the patient and listening to/seeing the signs (she was an EMT before becoming the "Tasty Girl" intern), so I have to wonder why she couldn't put two and two together herself, about that and about her love interest.
Overall, it was fun and fast but not witty or sharp enough to deserve four stars. ...more