**spoiler alert** I feel as if the story happened during the last, what, four chapters? Lots of filler and chapters about babies that seemed unnecessa...more**spoiler alert** I feel as if the story happened during the last, what, four chapters? Lots of filler and chapters about babies that seemed unnecessary. I was pleased that Andy divorced Max and grew a backbone. It's so hard to watch her flounder and not stand up for herself, or be apart of that toxic relationship with Emily. (less)
I'm just not sure. Not that it was not a good book but I think I was expecting something else. More of the actual "proof of Heaven" part and less of t...moreI'm just not sure. Not that it was not a good book but I think I was expecting something else. More of the actual "proof of Heaven" part and less of the "this is how our brain works" part. But then again I'm not in the medical field and I don't need as much convincing about defying logic.(less)
May I take a moment and applaud author Lucie Smoker on her debut novel, Distortion? I've been waiting anxiously to read this book since I met her this...moreMay I take a moment and applaud author Lucie Smoker on her debut novel, Distortion? I've been waiting anxiously to read this book since I met her this past summer and have spent every hour of my lunch break this last diving into Adele Proust's world.
Set in the art district of Houston, local artist Adele Proust finds herself in the middle of murder investigation. Adele is a quiet girl who simply wants to paint and be around her friends but her world is about to come crashing down around her. The intrigue and lies the come along with any mystery novel are sure to pull you in from the beginning and Smoker's talent for developing repeatable characters will keep you rooting for them throughout the book.
What I love about Distortion is that it's set in Houston, Texas. Not Manhattan, not Chicago or any other trendy city we see so much of in books today but in the art district of Houston. I've only been to Houston once before and had no idea how little I knew about the city. After doing some light reading on Montrose area I was surprised that what I had been reading was not so much a great story but as well as a call to attention that is needed for the area, emphasizing on homeless veterans, drug cartels and of course, the arts.
And like every great mystery novel there is a love story. A hopeless romantic at heart all I wanted was for Adele to be happy and find the right man who would do that for her.
With strong characters, a great story line and wonderful descriptions Distortion is a fun read for all. I can't wait to find out what Smoker has in store for us next. . .
I loved that the author didn't pretend to be someone he's not while writing it and that he's never put on a front. Hence...moreI absolutely loved this book.
I loved that the author didn't pretend to be someone he's not while writing it and that he's never put on a front. Hence the cursing. I'm seeing a lot of reviewers aren't fond of it but I'm thinking if they have problems with "fuck" and "shit" here and there then well. . . Newly engaged myself as I read this book I kept thinking what a perfect preparation material this would be for my future husband, is that weird?
It makes you think though, how often we don't see men and their babies out and about. I remember being a little girl and going to Fleet Farm with my Dad often. Why is it one of the first things out of peoples mouths to ask where the mom is? Is it an uncomfortable conversation starter? Nobody else knows what to say?
I also enjoyed how the author talked about not changing his life for his child but rather incorporating his child into his life. That is so important and I think right now our society is stuck in a situation where we are too child-centered and we cater to them at inappropriate times. But that's another conversation for another time.
All in all it was a brave thing to do, writing this book. Sure it may have been a few years later but going back and reliving those types of memories are never easy. I also find it admirable how the author took this tragedy and turned it into a way to help others in the same scenarios. When backed into a corner he chose to "fight" instead of "fly". (less)
I am so glad I was finally able to read this book. I borrowed it, Kindle style from my local library but I just may go out and buy a physical copy for...moreI am so glad I was finally able to read this book. I borrowed it, Kindle style from my local library but I just may go out and buy a physical copy for myself.
This was the first book in a very long time that I've read that really kept me guessing. Perhaps it's been awhile since I've read a good mystery/thriller but if that's the case good because I was getting a new surprise after every page. The author kept them coming, I was sure the twists were going to end a little bit after I reached the halfway point. I assumed it would all be downhill and neatly wrapped up from there.
It should be said though that before reading this book I had no idea what the concept was or what the book was about nor have I read anything else by the author. I knew it was a trendy read this summer and that I liked the sample I read on Amazon. Other than that, I had no idea.
My favorite thing about this book would probably be the love/hate relationship I felt with practically all of the characters. In the end I didn't get my way (Didn't I? I'm not too sure to be honest) but it ended appropriately for the characters' sake.
Gone Girl is definitely a book I will purposely try to segway into a conversation and recommend to anybody I come in contact with. Really, I've been hinting at my fiancé to pick up a copy.
Now the challenge is to decide what book to read next. Gone Girl is one of those books that leaves such an impression on you, that hits you so hard that when you're finished you're not quite sure what to do with yourself because you know everything else you pick up next is going to be a disappointment. So, any recommendations?(less)
I really liked this book. Maybe it's because I'm around the same age as the author was when her year of stripping took place but I can connect with he...moreI really liked this book. Maybe it's because I'm around the same age as the author was when her year of stripping took place but I can connect with her feelings of not really knowing what she wants out of life and trying to find herself. After reading some reviews I'm not sure what people were expecting. Did you not see her at the Oscars? For me the book was written as if Cody was speaking to me and I appreciate that. She holds nothing back and is fearless in her story, something I admire as sometimes when I read memoirs I feel as if the author is trying not to offend anyone but Cody just tells it like it is. I enjoyed reading about the inner workings of dancing, I had no idea about payouts or anything of that sort. Also, being from the north it was fun to read her descriptions of other northerners and the MN weather. Accurate.