This is such a heartbreaking story. How do you honestly review a book like this?
I have read both books (Gina DeJesus and Amanda Berry's book, 'Hope...This is such a heartbreaking story. How do you honestly review a book like this?
I have read both books (Gina DeJesus and Amanda Berry's book, 'Hope...'). Michelle's story was grittier and more... honest, I think. She didn't gloss over the events that happened to her. The writing was better, too. The other book isn't bad, just... in Michelle's book, you really feel the horror she endured. Maybe it's because her encounter was so different than the other two. Michelle was kept the longest, treated the worst, etc. It is absolutely amazing she survived this ordeal with her spirit intact.
I recommend reading both books for a full understanding. While this story is terrible, it is so uplifting because all four (Amanda Berry's daughter, too) survived and are determined not to let this define them. They are determined to move on and I wish them the best. ...more
While this isn't the worst book I've ever read/heard, it was nowhere near the best. I had issues with the story itself, so much so that I stopped listWhile this isn't the worst book I've ever read/heard, it was nowhere near the best. I had issues with the story itself, so much so that I stopped listening and returned it unfinished.
My biggest issue with this book: NO CONFLICT! The surviving Dixon family and the rest of the survivors, find (tons) of food easily, there's no one around to pose a threat, and they are able to do things like stay in suburban areas with no problems and no government agencies to hide from. (All the government people tuck tail and run pretty early on.) Even amongst themselves, there's no major fighting (maybe I just hadn't read that far). The characters are cliched, cardboard cutouts of the all-American family. Boring!
The other issue I had was the presence of the Omniscient Narrator. There is no faster way to pull a reader out of the story than by inserting a narrator's voice.
There is also the issue of telling vs. showing. Every single time a character spoke, the author felt like he had to explain everything. He made sure to tell us what the characters were going to do and why and then spell it all out through dialogue. I don't need to be told three times what the character is doing and why. It should be shown through actions and dialogue. I promise I'll catch on.
OK, last thing. This book was so sexist! It's obvious Brad Manuel doesn't think too highly of women. All but one female in the Dixon family died, leaving four brothers and all their sons. That's not where I had the problem, though. The one female left in the family, Emily, looked to her husband to solve all her problems and make sure she and the kids were safe. She didn't even have the smarts to have a weapon out and ready to use when going into an empty house. Alone. The only reason she went into the house was because she was bored and wanted to go on a house tour. 'Cuz that's a thing we crazy women do in an apocalypse. Go on house tours. Alone. With our weapons all tucked away and our big strong man somewhere else. (Do you see my eyes rolling from there?)
There were a few times where Emily's husband, Todd, actually worried because she was going a bit stir crazy and he wasn't going to be able to contain her much longer. (Umm.... apparently woman = dog in this world.) She's not smart enough to figure out how to keep herself occupied during the apocalypse. Thank goodness her big strong man was there to figure it out for her!
There is a super-genius girl who shows up, Rebecca, but really, she was a pretty bland character. (She actually opened the door when Greg Dixon finds her and says something about a "...super cute boy here to save me!" My eye-rolling is getting scary in its frequency. I think my eyes may get stuck this way.)
The excuse of her just pretending to act like a flake is just, well flaky. It almost seems like her genius was a ploy in order to explain her over-stocked pantries (again, no conflict). It's not authentic.
These issues by themselves could have been overlooked (and easily fixed), but added together they made for a pretty terrible story.
(NOTE: I'm sure Brad Manuel is a fan of women, but the fact that someone can walk away from your book with that impression is a big problem.)...more
Oh, man. I LOVED this book! Stephanie Plum is such a refreshing character. I'm kicking myself for taking so long to jump on this bandwagon. Fun, fast-Oh, man. I LOVED this book! Stephanie Plum is such a refreshing character. I'm kicking myself for taking so long to jump on this bandwagon. Fun, fast-paced, and totally bitchin'. I can't wait to read the next one!...more
This has been on my 'To Read' list forever. Everyone I've talked to who's read it just gushes about how sad and moving this book is.
Unfortunately, IThis has been on my 'To Read' list forever. Everyone I've talked to who's read it just gushes about how sad and moving this book is.
Unfortunately, I didn't find this book to be neither very sad or very moving. Let me just say, I want to focus on the actual writing part, as I have no way of verifying if this is all true or not. Child abuse is a serious (& sad) matter and not one to be taken lightly. There were parts where I felt my sense of disbelief were stretched a bit too thin. I wanted to know more about what triggered the mother's abuse and how she was able to prevent her own husband from standing up to her.
This book is sad, the writing isn't very good, and the story could do with a lot less 'telling' and a lot more 'showing'.
That being said, I would have liked this story to have been told in a more personal manner instead of the all-knowing narrator....more
This was a pretty good book. The idea was better than the story itself, but it had some pretty memorable (and funny) characters. It's my first of KonrThis was a pretty good book. The idea was better than the story itself, but it had some pretty memorable (and funny) characters. It's my first of Konrath's and it won't be my last....more
The story was a bit slow for me. I listened to the audio version of this book and the narrator was absolutely fantastic. It's not one of my favoritesThe story was a bit slow for me. I listened to the audio version of this book and the narrator was absolutely fantastic. It's not one of my favorites of McCammon's, but I did feel as if I was in the setting. I didn't have an Overall, I liked it and I will probably read the second book in the series. ...more