I just fell right into this book and didn't want to stop reading for a second. I loved Don as a narrator. He was this completely refreshing voice of l...moreI just fell right into this book and didn't want to stop reading for a second. I loved Don as a narrator. He was this completely refreshing voice of logic and social awkwardness. His mannerisms and ways of dealing with friends, colleagues, and unexpected social situations were amusing and touching. His quest for a partner ("The Wife Project") leads him to help a young woman find her biological father ("The Father Project"), which eventually leads him to a personal project of reexamining himself and his life. And while the changes he makes might be inspired by a desire to succeed in The Wife Project, they're ultimately more about his being able to understand and enjoy life more -- without stepping TOO far out of the rigid boundaries of his comfort zone.
I went back and forth between giving this 4 and 5 stars. I think I just loved Don so much that I wanted his fun, heartfelt story to be more fleshed out. I have read a few reviews that suggested that the descriptions of his Asperger symptoms were oversimplified and perhaps stereotyped. Not knowing AS firsthand myself, I couldn't say. But I loved that there is a book in this world about a guy who's "wired differently" (his words) finding his way... in his own way.(less)
Catherine McKenzie is just awesome. I gobbled up Arranged a couple of weeks ago and decided to give this one a try. And I liked it even more. I sat do...moreCatherine McKenzie is just awesome. I gobbled up Arranged a couple of weeks ago and decided to give this one a try. And I liked it even more. I sat down this evening to start it and looked up to realize I'd read 2/3 of the book in one go. As I was laying in bed, I thought, "I just have to finish this!" and turned on the light to read the last 150 pages. That will tell you something about her writing. It's easy to get invested in the characters quickly. Emma's dilemma is fascinating. What would you do if you came back to your life to find out that everyone thought you were dead and your life had moved on without you? The only reason I didn't give this 5 stars was because while there were a lot of roadblocks for Emma, a few of them worked out a little too easily to feel believable, and because I would have like to hear more of her thoughts on picking up the threads of an old life. Still, I'm just being picky. This book was really great.(less)
I liked this one better than the first one. There seemed to be more depth to the characters (both male and female) and their romance made complete sen...moreI liked this one better than the first one. There seemed to be more depth to the characters (both male and female) and their romance made complete sense. There were many laugh-out-loud moments and many serious, reflective, sad movements too. It was very well balanced. Venus wasn't as annoying in this one, which means she's growing as a character, I think. Also, Haydee (yes that is a silly name) runs a book store, which is pretty awesome.(less)
I'm giving this one 4 stars instead of the usual 3 because it was my favorite Glory St. Clair book so far. I don't know what it was exactly, but I rea...moreI'm giving this one 4 stars instead of the usual 3 because it was my favorite Glory St. Clair book so far. I don't know what it was exactly, but I really liked the change of scenery (from Austin to L.A.) and Glory's attempts to balance her fake engagement with her real relationship. Moving the setting helped open up the vampire world a lot too - it was good to see that there is paranormal activity outside of Austin. Another great change was how much more fun Valdez was in this book. Also, what overweight girl wouldn't like a plot that involves a gal who literally cannot lose weight finding a way to finally do so while oodles of hot men tell her she is sexy as she is? Exactly. And the ending left me greatly anticipating the next book instead of just mildly looking forward to it. So hooray for Glory.(less)
This wasn't a bad book, and in fact the writing was quite good. Normally I'm not a fan of the whole interrelated story style, but I enjoyed it here. I...moreThis wasn't a bad book, and in fact the writing was quite good. Normally I'm not a fan of the whole interrelated story style, but I enjoyed it here. I think my problem is that despite the fact that I'm the same age as all the women in the stories, I couldn't relate to them at all. They're so focused on trivial things, they make terrible choices, they settle for men they don't seem to love in order to avoid being alone. I really need characters that I can like more if I'm going to like a book. Also, and this is just a personal quirk, for some reason I find it much harder to like New Yorkers than Londoners in this sort of book. Weird but true.
White I'm shelving this as chick lit, it's not that chick lit-ty. There were some mildly amusing parts and even parts that made me laugh out loud, but they weren't as prominent as one might expect. It does offer an interesting perspective on the lives of young city women with those few laughs as well.
Because the writing was good, I think I would happily read something else by Jennifer Close, depending on the subject matter.(less)