This book made me happy. From start to finish, there was a smile on my face that grew wider as the story progressed. I was sad, honestly, sad when the...moreThis book made me happy. From start to finish, there was a smile on my face that grew wider as the story progressed. I was sad, honestly, sad when the book came to and end, because I knew I would be exiting a world where whimsy and magic reigned. It's a book for young adults, but it made me hopeful that there will come a day when everyone is able to freely love who they want, when they want, the way they want. The reason why I loved this book is because David Levithan has a way with words that hypnotizes. He moves them in unexpected ways that convinces the reader he was born to write. Looking forward to diving into more. (less)
I think this is a sensitive book to share with young people in your life who make be experiencing cancer indirectly -- through family or another loved...moreI think this is a sensitive book to share with young people in your life who make be experiencing cancer indirectly -- through family or another loved one. While I believe wrapping it in a nice bow doesn't always work, this book handles it with hope. I suggest you pick up a copy. (less)
Do you have a young child in your life who doesn't love books as much as you'd like? If so, share this book with him/her. It's adorable. It's focus is...moreDo you have a young child in your life who doesn't love books as much as you'd like? If so, share this book with him/her. It's adorable. It's focus is a young girl who doesn't share the enthusiasm for books that bubbles from her librarian/first grade teacher. She shares criticism of each book, "it's too this...that one's too that..." On and on she doesn't believe she'll find a book she'll love, but, the determination shown by both her mother and the librarian leads her to a book she adores.
I think it's an important lesson for children to learn. We're not going to love everything we read, but it's a delicious feeling to connect with a book that really sparks our interest. Perhaps it will encourage the children in your life to continue their search for the perfect book. (less)
I believe this book is a soft introduction to a parent's depression. I wouldn't share this with a child without first settling aside time to discuss i...moreI believe this book is a soft introduction to a parent's depression. I wouldn't share this with a child without first settling aside time to discuss it's contents. It lightly touches a serious subject. Best shared with a child by a village member who can offer consistent support. (less)
Oh, my beloved Janet. I have never been more eager to return a book to the library. Not because I want to share the joy of reading with the next parti...moreOh, my beloved Janet. I have never been more eager to return a book to the library. Not because I want to share the joy of reading with the next participant, but mainly because I can rid myself of the bedside-book guilt of not enjoying your literary attempt. Now, mind you, I understand you are a private person. And shy, to boot. But, I was under the impression that when I picked up a book about your life, that I would actually read about YOUR life. I pity the fool who believes this. I've learned more about your "friends" and their personal struggles than I have yours. Now, I can relate to your fluctuating weight and the determination to be healthy but happy; those struggles mirror my own. But, if I can be blunt, I realized that about you over the years. Your weight has been all over the board and I know, first hand, the emotional strain that comes with that reality. But all this book did was highlight it. Miss Jackson, (and I don't mean that in a nasty way), perhaps you weren't ready to tell your story. At least not most of it -- some for legal reasons, some because it's against your nature. I get that. But, I gotta say, this book, similar to your role in "For Colored Girls" was necessary, yet not notable. I am glad you are working through the issues that developed between you and Michael early in your siblinghood. And I am glad you are redefining your sense of self as a woman within relationships. I just hope in your next book, which I will undoubtedly read, (solely because I'm a fan! dammit!), perhaps you can redirect your focus. This book seems as if it's written for a younger audience. Other times, it seems as if you're talking to your older fans, in the same simplistic child-like tones. What you wrote was a whisper towards the truth. And even that takes bravery. If that is all we should expect from you, I will correct myself. But, I WILL warn others, that just because you subtitled the book, "A Journey to Finding and Loving Yourself" does not mean that Janet will take you anywhere beyond the corner CVS to pick up a copy of Essence. Janet, I still remain a fan....of your music! (less)
I really liked this collection of stories and perspectives that helped to form the big Def Jam picture. I'd heard about how Rick Rubin started the com...moreI really liked this collection of stories and perspectives that helped to form the big Def Jam picture. I'd heard about how Rick Rubin started the company in his dorm room, but this book helps you feel like his roommate.
The last few years of the book seemed to just rush by in comparison to the extensive details shared about the company's creation. I learned a lot about Rick Rubin and Russell Simmons -- including details about Russell's not-always-hidden-drug use. Rick Rubin falls out of the story, but, that falls in harmony with how he "fell" out of the company. I feel this book was very thorough and I'm glad I got an opportunity to enjoy it.
Specific to the audiobook: I'll add that the reader/performer, Kevin R. Free, was animated and entertaining. However, there were times when it became very obvious that he was not a fan. The way he mentioned artist names, or song titles, I could immediately tell that he wasn't a fan of that music/artist. It was never enough to turn you off. But, you can tell when someone extends a joy, personally, and when a person extends a perceived joy professionally. I always heard that shift in his voice. But overall, I enjoyed his reading.(less)
Has a lot of valuable information about feeling more beautiful about who you are. The majority of the tips are quite general, but they use science and...moreHas a lot of valuable information about feeling more beautiful about who you are. The majority of the tips are quite general, but they use science and medicine to back up the points. Either you'll find this very helpful (as I did) or you just find that it is information overload (honestly, I felt this way in spots of the book.) Overall, if you enjoyed the information provide and would recommend that you pick up the book, especially if you enjoy listening to Dr. Oz on the numerous tv shows he's been featured on. Honestly, I can't recommend the audio book for two reason (1) Dr. Roizen sounds like Woody Allen and it's really, really hard to take him seriously, especially when he's talking about sex. (2) There are times when the information just comes at you. If you listening in the car -- as I did -- some information came so quick I didn't have time to digest it. I think more of it would sync in if I had read the book. (But then again, I wouldn't have gotten through it as quickly.)
I'm not positive I'll go pick up the other books in this series right away. I'm definitely going to need a big break before diving into the other "You" books.(less)
**spoiler alert** Cute story about a young girl's love of music. She develops a relationship with an older woman in a nearby neighborhood and works ou...more**spoiler alert** Cute story about a young girl's love of music. She develops a relationship with an older woman in a nearby neighborhood and works out a deal to work in exchange for piano lessons. I love the way the book illustrated the girl's love of music and its ability to transform her from her life to a new experience. However, I think adding the comments about white people's money, without hinting at the historical landscape that would lead to those comments was a little off-putting. In my opinion, it just felt "thrown in". I wouldn't read it to a child without giving the historical backstory. I think the story would have been equally effective without it. But that's just my opinion. It's not enough to ruin the story, or to prevent me from recommending it to anyone else, but it does bother me enough to lower my star rating. While this isn't a book I would add to my children's story collection to share with the children in my life, I am glad I read it. The illustrations were great and I'll look out for more books illustrated by Susan Keeter.(less)