Endearing. That's a good word for the ending of this story. I haven't read a full-out romance novel in quite a while, but it was fun. The golf tournamEndearing. That's a good word for the ending of this story. I haven't read a full-out romance novel in quite a while, but it was fun. The golf tournament made me laugh out loud. I ended up being emotionally invested in this quirky set of characters becoming a quirky little family....more
On one hand, the book kept my interest and I wanted to see what Eve/CeeCee would do. The middle of the story was actuallI was torn between 2-3 stars.
On one hand, the book kept my interest and I wanted to see what Eve/CeeCee would do. The middle of the story was actually good. On the other hand, the start to the story was rushed, the characters were flat, there was no emotion and I just couldn't believe that even an idiotic 16 year old girl would agree to what CeeCee did so easily. The end of the story was also rushed and tied up so neatly with the characters just changing within the course of a thought....which doesn't happen in real life.
Hey, I grew up in the '80's and he was a poster on my wall for years.
He surprised me with this book, and I love that he takes his life and mishaps toHey, I grew up in the '80's and he was a poster on my wall for years.
He surprised me with this book, and I love that he takes his life and mishaps tongue & cheek. I love him campy humor in Tommy Boy and Austin Powers, and he can take a punch. He's also very appreciative for his life and his family, and also for his career. How can you not love that.
I googled and youtube'd trailers and that Snow White sequence while I was reading. It was a fun read with the extra visuals. I'm happy he has turned his life around and has NOT turned out like the character in Shampoo. He's a good writer, and some of his movies will remain my favorites from growing up....more
I really like this series. This story is one of the best in the series so far -- full of suspense and I loved the plot twists. The suspenseful endingI really like this series. This story is one of the best in the series so far -- full of suspense and I loved the plot twists. The suspenseful ending was great....more
After finishing this memoir and reading the Conclusion I feel that I understand why JD Vance wrote this book. 2 main points that hit home for me:
1. LoAfter finishing this memoir and reading the Conclusion I feel that I understand why JD Vance wrote this book. 2 main points that hit home for me:
1. Love & appreciation to his Mammaw for helping him have the wherewithal to change the course of his future, and to somehow tell the world he thanks her and the others who showed him love and support; helping him along the way.
2. To talk to the other kids growing up like he did, and to the people (hillbillies) of his family home in the Appalachians; a wake up call to realize they need to be strong enough to turn things around and offer the support the kids need so they CAN have a better future that was believed to lie along Route 23 out of the Appalachians.
It's admirable to rise above challenges. JD Vance has done that by making his way in this world and finding success in spite of his drug addicted mother, her abuse and the various men she brought home, the poverty he grew up with, the drugs and all the other obstacles his life faced. I didn't agree with some of the things JD explains/brags about, but I absolutely do agree with him that "it starts at home" (pg 127). Whether that home is conventional with mom, dad, kids, or whether "home" means a crazy grandma who is as unconventional as JD's Mammaw. He stresses the need for hillbillies (but this pertains to everyone, not just hillbillies from Kentucky, in my opinion) to have a good support system.
I like that he doesn't make excuses for "his people" and his own poor choices along the way. I like that he recognizes that governmental policies and laws can help a little, but the bottom line is that kids are most closely impacted by their families and it truly does start at home. Parenting is key. I like that he's trying to call attention to the importance of a strong social support structure.
I hope his message reaches his intended audience....more
*I was provided with a complimentary copy of this book so I could give an honest review.
In this story we find Arnold dealing with the loss of his girl*I was provided with a complimentary copy of this book so I could give an honest review.
In this story we find Arnold dealing with the loss of his girlfriend, Janie. Back in college, they had tried LSD and felt they had a meeting of the minds of some sort during an acid trip. Perhaps that experience is the catalyst for Janie being able to come back and visit Arnold in his dreams. The main premise of the story seems to toy with the idea that the mind has the ability to do much more than what the consciousness controls. Interesting idea.
Janie is killed in a car accident and Arnold is left alone and adrift. Arnold remains adrift and unlikeable throughout the entire story. His lack of direction, lack of feeling, lack of motivation was very irritating. Arnold never exhibited any emotions. The author stated he felt this or that, but Arnold never behaved as if he felt anything. The worst part of this is played out during the a sex scene where Ellen (the dead girlfriends sister…. Which is just a hate-able action) and Arnold have a mundane conversation (a wordy one at that) while he is kissing her breasts, etc. I almost put the book down and quit reading then; the promise to offer an honest review was the single reason for finishing this book.
The idea of having a girlfriend in the dream world and another in the awake world is actually very interesting. But the protagonist should struggle with ethical questions of right and wrong, and actually feel guilt…or anything. Arnold just did whatever the girl he was with told him to do. He had no backbone. He made no decisions. The reader is left to rely upon the author telling what Arnold did do rather than allowing the reader watch Arnold’s actions and feel his feelings. It’s impossible to feel sympathy, or feel anything but frustration toward such a protagonist.
How did he pay his bills? So much of this story was just unrealistic. Possibly his apartment was so dumpy and cheap that he truly could live on a dish washer salary and skip work as much as he did, but we needed to be shown how he got by in the world.
Another characterization that was questionable happened with Grace. I loved that Janie went back to help her mother. But why did Grace giggle and act coquettish. There was no explanation for that weird and out of character behavior for an adult business owner and the mother of two grown women …maybe she would act that way if she were 10, 11 or 15. But why did she behave that way at her age? There was no explanation behind that strangeness.
Shallow characterization, lack of sympathy for any character, rambling details about situations that just didn’t matter (for example, the conversation with the cab driver) actions that are explained after the fact, for example, I opened my eyes which had closed, made this story hard to like. Please explain actions prior to the following action or just leave it out, it’s a trip-up for the readers.
While the concept of the mind and the dream world was interesting, the story and the characters are lacking....more