I am usually not a fan of large printed books but this was an exception. Before reading this book, I did not know what my intentions were cause it wasI am usually not a fan of large printed books but this was an exception. Before reading this book, I did not know what my intentions were cause it was highly praised by people. Usually the one that follows the hype, I had to see what made this book so extraordinary as some stated it was. Now unto the review:I thought the book was pretty solid but I would not go as far to say amazing. I enjoyed the story about A.J losing a rare collection of Poe poems, hating that he can be so clusmy. Also I liked the fact that the characters were very sympathetic and relatable. It is hard to describe but this book had a certian magical bliss to it, maybe that is why I enjoyed it so much.
The love of books is what captivated me as well. I think everyone can relate to that, they say that dogs are a man best friend but to me a book can be a subsitute.
It was not anything to boast about it though, just one of those books that was solid. Solid is different from average to me, solid in contrast is a book that had more highs than lows. Nevertheless, Zevin is a talented writer and looking forward to reading more of her work....more
The accolades and reviews for this book has left me bewildered and confused. I am unsure why this book received so much praise, cause this book was exThe accolades and reviews for this book has left me bewildered and confused. I am unsure why this book received so much praise, cause this book was extremely forgettable, trite and typical. Despite the poor character development,nothing about this novel made me want to continue reading after the first chapter. All of the paragraphs jumbled together without no sense of direction, felt like I was reading a long movie script without including the character names. Most importantly that contributed to the low rating was the undefined plot, it just kept going on and on and on and on about useless information that did not add anything significant. It just was not cup of tea or choice of beverage , two for effort but that is about it....more
Colton near death experience enters into heaven for three minutes. In heaven it is nothing like he can ever imagine, even at the tender age of four, hColton near death experience enters into heaven for three minutes. In heaven it is nothing like he can ever imagine, even at the tender age of four, he sees Jesus and people that passed on before he was in existence. Descrbing what he has seen to his parents has them startled, they are just glad that he is alive to have an account of what has happened. A miracle baby that tells them about the descriptions of Jesus, his long lost sister and many other things has his parents preplexed as what he is viewing as reality or fiction.
Colton's Father is in disbelief about some things but when Colton vivid images matches similiarities in the Bible,he can't help but believe that his son is telling the truth. Told with accuracy and vulnerablity, this is an amazing book that will give hope to people that wonder what happen is like!
I can't say I totally agree with everything, mainly cause it is told from a father perspective. Granted that Colton is only four, he may not remember all what he has seen, thus some things seemed rather fishy than believable. However I did like it beter than I thought, it was a very touching story. ...more
Avis has once loved her husband Jim for many years but the romance has dissolved. There is nothing much to say about their relationship, only that itAvis has once loved her husband Jim for many years but the romance has dissolved. There is nothing much to say about their relationship, only that it faltered after years of trying to make a remedy out a tragedy. However once Jim confesses that he has been having an affair, she wonders if she knew her husband at all or whether not to respond to his outrageous admission. Avis has kids with this man she calls a husband, now know as a cheater, she wishes that she can take back out of the good times she had with him and trade it with a man that will remain faithful to her. Now she must convince her kids that leaving their Dad was not only the smart thing but the right one, but her kids turn against her for the worst.
Bashkim is an ordinary boy that does not live a opulent life. Matter of fact, his Baba drives ice cream trucks for a living, barely making the amount that his family needs to survive. Nene his mother assists him with making ice cream but they differ in terms of how they handle their business. Although Bashkim lives a tough life, he loves school and the many opportunities that America offers in contrast to his country at home. On the other hand, he soon regrets living in America cause of their obsession with religion, expectations and regulations. Yet he is fond of the education system and is delighted when given the chance to write to an American soldier.
Luis lives in Iraq regretting his choice of actions that left him wounded. A glimmer of hope has him preoccupied when he exchanges letters to Bashkim back and forth. Together they bond over how they were raised, hobbies and the ups and downs of being an American soldier. Previously he wrote a threatening letter to Bashim that he does not remember writing but they are trying to forget about the past and step into the future. Luis is thankful for Bashkim companion but after Bashkim parents are in a peculiar situation that leave one parent dead, their letters soon become foreign. All of a sudden he does not recognize Bashim and is convinced that someone is using her name but writing in a 'language' that he does not understand.
These three characters stories correlate together, ending in a beautiful and well executed conclusion! There is so much praise I can give to this novel, from the opening pages, vulnerability of characters and how in depth the stories were. Each character was told with brilliance, not to mention how consistent the beautiful story was.
Very delightful and memorable book, looking forward to reading more novels by Mcbride!...more
This is one of the most compelling books I read in awhile! It was very emotional,it really taught me a lot about the misconceptions about HIV and AIDSThis is one of the most compelling books I read in awhile! It was very emotional,it really taught me a lot about the misconceptions about HIV and AIDS. I deeply sympathized with the story content. it made me sad,that the author experienced bullying in such an obscene way. Also I was empathetic to most scenes,considering I was once bullied.
I really loved how positive the author managed to be. Despite the odds that were against her she prevailed in the end. No matter what stood against her,she overcame her obstacles with a tenacious spirit.
Kudos to an amazing novel about finding redemption in the midst of your struggles!...more
I have not read a memoir in a long time and this one does not disappoint. Although I did not particularly like the writing style, it did not take awayI have not read a memoir in a long time and this one does not disappoint. Although I did not particularly like the writing style, it did not take away the beauty of the novel. The trials that Woodson had to go through as a child was heartbreaking, especially when she stated why she cannot recite the national anthem. I was very sympathetic to what she had to go through just to experience the freedom that she her parents promised her. Raised in a household that believed in faith, freedom and justice helped her along the way. There were many chapters that I divulged but some of them were forgettable because of the lack of detail.
Nevertheless, this was a pretty solid three, looking forward to reading more novels by Woodson....more
Have you ever read a really good prologue and was anxiously waiting to read the next? Yeah that is what happened with this book that had so MUCH potenHave you ever read a really good prologue and was anxiously waiting to read the next? Yeah that is what happened with this book that had so MUCH potential. I liked how intriguing this book started off but was severely disappointed when it downhill after that. It was almost like the author scrapped his original idea and started creating a story that had nothing to do with the plot. I kept thinking that I was reading a different book due to the heavy inconsistencies. Unfortunately this book started of promising but very poor execution....more
Seventeen year old Emerson Cole is a spunky teen that has the ability to see visions. Trying to explain this gift is complicating, especially when sheSeventeen year old Emerson Cole is a spunky teen that has the ability to see visions. Trying to explain this gift is complicating, especially when she has it sporadically and not frequent. Becoming normal is the only thing that she desires but that is far from reality. Thomas, her overly concerned brother makes sure that he has a tight leach around her. Strictly overprotective over her whereabouts, she does not really trust his judgment but she is thankful that she has him as a confidant. Additionally when she meets a handsome stranger name Michael who share more in common with her, she is torn between trusting her heart or her brother firm warning not to get into a relationship. Yet spending time with Michael is something she relishes in, the softness of his touch has her heart doing cart wheels.
Making matters worst, Michael reveals a secret that she had no idea that he was hiding. Now of a sudden she is not sure if she believes anything he says, but their connection is hard to break. Going against her brother wishes, she decides to pursue things with Michael even though she does not totally trust him. While she is trying to live a decent life like the rest of people her age, the visions of her past keeps colliding with her future.
I was torn rating this novel but went with the four. The first and second half of the story was very good, as well as the story content. The character of Michael was very likeable, I liked how he bridled he was when he was getting close to Emerson. As far as the parts I did not like, not much but it was just the lack of consistency leading towards the conclusion.
Nevertheless, it was above average, thus I will be reading more novels by McEntire....more
I THOUGHT this was going to be a great book but I spoken too soon. I don't understand why authors add all these unnecessary characters that add NO RELI THOUGHT this was going to be a great book but I spoken too soon. I don't understand why authors add all these unnecessary characters that add NO RELEVANCE to the story!! I wanted to learn more about the consequences after Cameron's sudden kiss, not mini plots thrown in there bearing no resemblance to the plot. It annoys me, no rather makes me mad that a book can start off sooo good but then fall victim to lazy writing and a poor attempt to create a remedy out of a tragedy....more
Mara Dyer wakes up without any memory regarding what happened to her. As her parents struggles to tell her what happened, all Mara wants to do is locaMara Dyer wakes up without any memory regarding what happened to her. As her parents struggles to tell her what happened, all Mara wants to do is locate her best friends. However when she finds out about their death, she is confused as to what happened to them. Apart of her remembers bits and pieces about what led to her being in the hospital but not enough to recall everything. Returning to school after having short term amnesia is harder than she realizes. Daniel, her brother is the only person she can turn too,he is the only one that she prefers to bond with. Nagging parents is what Mara deals with daily, she wishes that they stop asking her progress in school. Suddenly she starts hallucinating and not vividly she starts seeing images that she can't explain. Now she must deal with the aftermath of her accident, while trying to explain to her parents that she barely remembers what happened before the day she ended up in the hospital.
I will consider this a solid three but it was a little bit inconsistent. It started off intriguing and dark, yet it was not all that captivating for me to care about the minor characters. I felt that the book never really picked up pace, it had slow momentum,thus I started skimming some pages. Nevertheless, it was a decent novel and I do look forward to reading more novels by Hodkin....more
I thought this was a decent novel but it had major inconsistencies. In the beginning of the novel,Harry was a flawed character that simply wanted to tI thought this was a decent novel but it had major inconsistencies. In the beginning of the novel,Harry was a flawed character that simply wanted to turn his life around. Hanging around in bars and not having any place to lay his head was heartbreaking.I felt for the character, it was hard not to be sympathetic with his struggles as a Father. Dealing with a lesbian daughter and an estranged wife, he had so much on his plate. Although the first pages were mesmerizing, the second part of the story was simply forgettable. Minor character took away the quality of the book,because of their unnecessary presence.
Still I thought it was an okay book, however it could have been much better with more consistency and character development.