Pearl has been a flight attendant for almost 2 decades and she recounts some of the ridiculous and irritating experiences she’s had in those years ofPearl has been a flight attendant for almost 2 decades and she recounts some of the ridiculous and irritating experiences she’s had in those years of flying. Everything from crew behaviour to passenger hijinx.
I was very curious to read this one, having traveled quite a bit this year. I wanted to see what kind of stuff bothers flight attendants – and boy are there are a lot of things that bother this author. Admittedly, it’s a very no-holds-barred recounting of her many annoying experiences but while it was an entertaining, quick read it also felt like it became too ranty. I definitely did laugh and gasp in horror at many of her stories but at some point they started feeling too bitter and mean. I’m also not sure if it was fully edited as the flow seemed to be all over the place. Some of the rants felt very stream-of-consciousness kind of writing interspersed with constant out of context comments and stories about how pretty/highly-regarded/smart everyone thinks she is.
Of course, all of us have probably at one time or another joked that we could write a book about all the craziness that we encounter every day in our jobs but Pearl has actually done it. Of course, she’s careful about not naming the airline she is currently employed with and her stories imply that many of the scenarios (and her reactions) are the norm among flight attendants which I would like to think (and hope) that’s not the case. I’m sure everyone has their bad days but this book felt a lot like a jaded rambling bitchfest of everything that she’s ever encountered. I almost think this may have been better as a blog.
All that being said, I did find some of the stories amusing – until I didn’t. I think with all the bitter ranting that’s in these pages that more humility could have been shown. She claims she loves her job but judging by the way she speaks of the people around her, and the title of this book itself, it’s a bit hard to believe she actually does....more
Star Collins, a 19-year-old who has been living in the foster care system for the last 10 years,This review was originally posted on Just a Lil' Lost
Star Collins, a 19-year-old who has been living in the foster care system for the last 10 years, returns to her small hometown after finding out that her mother has passed away. As a hoarder, her mother had chosen her stuff over her daughter, and now Star is tasked with the job to clean out her house so she can sell it. Fresh out of a 5-year prison sentence for a mistake he made, Ash is kicked out of the house and struggles to find work. Star hires him on to help with the overwhelming task of emptying out her mother’s home.
Girl meets boy, boy meets girl. That’s not new. But what makes All It Takes a unique story is the circumstances that these two meet. So often I’ve read books where two characters have a “meet-cute” is in a glorified scenario but nope. This one is about hoarding. These two find a connection while swimming through mountains of junk and garbage.
I didn’t grow up in that small of a town as this one was set in, but it reminded me how you still always bump into people you know everywhere you go. Told in alternating points of view, Munroe does some great scene-setting, giving the readers a real taste of what it’s like to be a pariah in such a small town. I loved the dynamic between Star and Ash, the sarcastic, curse-filled ridiculously flirty banter they have, though I was hoping Ash would eventually be a little less self-pitying and have more to lust after Star about than just her long black hair and how hot she is. That being said, the heat radiating from this pair is on fire! It was also interesting character development to show how different these two are around each other versus what they are perceived to be like to the rest of the world. It’s a little nod to not judging people because of how they look or their circumstances because you may have no idea what they’re going through.
Beyond the flirtations between Ash and Star, there is also the underlying story of friendship. Even if you take away the romance, the friends factor among the supporting characters is just as prominent. Subplots of past and present pals, your choice in friends changing as life moves along. A glimpse of what one’s life would be like if they had stayed in the small town versus getting out.
The ending of this book leaves me torn. I’m torn because I appreciate the need to not have to answer everything and tie it all up in a neat little bow, but I’m left with so many questions still! And I wouldn’t necessarily think it’s enough questions to warrant a sequel. I like that this was a standalone. Overall, I really enjoyed this book. I haven’t read many in the New Adult genre but with All It Takes, and others that I have read, I’m definitely interested to check out more....more