I checked it out from the library not knowing what it was about and then a couple of pages into it, I realized that...moreEh...I so wanted to like this book.
I checked it out from the library not knowing what it was about and then a couple of pages into it, I realized that it was about The Thorne Rooms at the Art Institute of Chicago. I was thrilled. I just saw the Thorne rooms in May and they are absolutely brilliant. So I was really excited to read this book. And then it was just bleh.
Seriously, how many times can one shrink and return to normal size before that really gets old. The plot itself isn't bad, neither are the characters, but the writing is horrible. And then I started to get all nit picky analyzing the writing and that just kept throwing me off. It was just so obviously written by a new author. The book could have really used an editor.(less)
Favorite quote: "Isn't it interesting how men adjust their opinion as to a woman's behavior depending on how it best suits their needs?" ~ Olive in As...moreFavorite quote: "Isn't it interesting how men adjust their opinion as to a woman's behavior depending on how it best suits their needs?" ~ Olive in Astor Place Vintage (page 218)(less)
This book is a prequel to the "Pretty Little Liars" series. It is told from Ali's point of view. As a whole this book's plot is pretty decent and it w...moreThis book is a prequel to the "Pretty Little Liars" series. It is told from Ali's point of view. As a whole this book's plot is pretty decent and it wasn't completely ridiculous. And it is loads better than the most recent books in the series, but I think that the writing was done on a sub par level and that is why I gave it only 3 stars. The jumps from chapter to chapter were very disjointed and it felt like the author didn't spend a whole lot of time writing the story. It seemed like she just pulled every fact that she had ever written about Ali in the last twelve books and fashioned a story around those facts.
(view spoiler)[It was interesting to read the story from Ali, but really Courtney's, point of view. And we are meant to feel for Courtney, because she and her family was manipulated by Ali into putting her into a mental facility. So you are kind of on her side when she turns the tables on Ali and gets her sent to the facility. But then Courtney, as Ali, becomes just as manipulative as the original Ali ever was. And it made me wonder, did she become that way because she had to act like Ali so she wouldn't be found and then she started to act that way on her own. Or was that manipulative, horrible person always inside of her in the first place and they were really more alike than they had thought all along. (hide spoiler)]
Also a note to any parents or future parents who may read these books. These books are a prime example about why your children need to be raised with self-confidence. It makes me sick to think of young girls like Aria, Emily, Spencer and Hannah being used and abused by someone like Ali. I know that it goes against the story so they couldn't have done it, but I really wanted the girls to stick up for themselves.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
Maybe I would have liked this a lot more if I had read this when I was a child or if I hadn't seen the film, but I didn't really like it at all.
--The...moreMaybe I would have liked this a lot more if I had read this when I was a child or if I hadn't seen the film, but I didn't really like it at all.
--The movie is quite different from the book, Bert for one is barely in the book.
--Mary Poppins is mean. Outside of the "special" things Mary does, I don't know why the children would like her any more or less than any other nanny. Mary is very vain. Also after these special/magical events occur, Mary pretends that they never happened in the first place. Jane and Michael seem to be a lot younger in the book than in the movie. To me, as an adult, that seems very manipulative to the children in the story.
--The story is anecdotal, so there isn't any real plot. Each chapter is its own little story. It seems like a good book to read to a young child before bed. You could read a chapter a night and not worry about him/her forgetting what happened in the previous chapters.
--I almost stopped reading the book altogether when I got to Chapter 5, The Dancing Cow. It was ridiculous and I really felt like there was no point to it and it went on for way too long.
--Several of the chapters are just kind of weird.
Now for the good stuff:
Even though the majority of the book was not recreated in the film, it was fun to see where certain moments in the film came from. For example, Andrew the dog is barely in the film, but he gets a whole chapter in the book. The bird that Mary sings to in the film is sort of/kind of in the book. Also there is a snippet in the chapter, "Bad Morning" that is in the film. So that was kind of fun, seeing where these little moments come in.
The first and last chapter were the best, but everything else in the middle was kind of blah.(less)