I found this book at a book sale, and I thought the concept of arranged marriage was intriguing so I gave it a shot.
I enjoyed theActual rating is 3.5
I found this book at a book sale, and I thought the concept of arranged marriage was intriguing so I gave it a shot.
I enjoyed the first part where Anne was still trying to figure out whether to push through with the marriage until the part when she and Jack actually got married. After that I kind of lost interest. I thought their relationship was going too fast considering that the couple only met each other a couple of days ago. Well, to be fair, I should say that I'm the kind of person who loves to see a lot of pushing-and-pulling when it comes to the relationship aspect of the main characters. So when Jack and Anne acted too lovey-dovey so fast, I thought the mystery was gone. I lost interest at the middle part hence the long period of time it took me to finish the book.
Fortunately I decided to continue reading the book because there was a twist towards the ending. I was so happy that finally there was a conflict between the two main characters. Somehow the push and pulling that I was looking for finally happened! I liked the way the story progressed, and I was satisfied with the ending. Also, since the book was written in Anne's POV, it was nice to see a glimpse of Jack's POV through reading a snippet from his book.
Hmm... now that I think about it, I might give this book a 3.75 rating instead of 3.5....more
To be honest, I was a little disappointed with this book. I was hoping that the story would be as dynamic as Ms. Giffin's Something Borrowed and SometTo be honest, I was a little disappointed with this book. I was hoping that the story would be as dynamic as Ms. Giffin's Something Borrowed and Something Blue novels. I really enjoyed reading the Rachel and Darcy books that was why I bought Baby Proof.
I didn't get hooked as much as I hoped I would be. The first half was boring. I only got interested starting at the part where Richard was finally out of the picture. I didn't dislike Richard per se, but I think the events were happening too fast or too unrealistic (or maybe it was just me, because I'm still not that familiar in what happens in the "adult" world).
I was sort of annoyed by Claudia's character. I just couldn't point out the exact reason why I felt that way. I didn't feel connected to her character, which was a thumbs-down for me. The stories I truly enjoyed were those with characters that I was able to relate with. Well, in fairness, I was kind of bias with Ben. I LOVE children, and that may be one of the reasons why I resent Claudia. However, the said female protagonist made some huge point about the pros of not having kids. I do believe that having children is not the only defining characteristic of a person. Having kids is amazing, but not having them is also great. It all depends on the couple.
The story was okay in general. The events in the book, especially the ending were predictable though. ...more
I was a bit hesitant at first to read this novel because the last time I have tried Cecilia Ahern's book I was not satisfied with the ending. I am awaI was a bit hesitant at first to read this novel because the last time I have tried Cecilia Ahern's book I was not satisfied with the ending. I am aware that most people enjoyed P.S. I Love You, but it did not stand to my expectations. I saw Thanks for the Memories at a seasonal book sale, and the synopsis at the back of the book was pretty impressive so I decided to buy it. It turned out that my intuition was right, and this this book was really good. There was no dull moment for me while reading this book, and I got entertained from beginning to end. I praise Ms. Ahern for her ability to make a fantasy seem realistic. There were some life lessons embedded in the story that made me think about my own life. I really thought that the main characters would not end up together just like what happened in P.S. I Love You. I was relieved that my preconceived idea was wrong. I also thought that my favorite character would die, and I was already prepared to break down to tears, good thing I was also wrong with that matter.
I think I found my new chic-lit author. I was longing to read novels written by authors like Sophie Kinsella, but most books I see seemed to be too serious or too mature for my taste. Now, I think I am going to try more of Cecilia Ahern's works. ...more
The general description I could give about this book is that the story was flat. It had no climax or rather the supposedly climax wasn't really grippiThe general description I could give about this book is that the story was flat. It had no climax or rather the supposedly climax wasn't really gripping.
The reason why I read this book was that I got curious of the author. I've seen Lauren Conrad from various showbiz magazines and I was aware that she was part of the reality show The Hills even though I didn't watch any episodes of it. I just wanted to know if she really had what it takes to be called a New York Times Best-Selling Author as what was written on the book cover. I also got attracted by the simplicity of its cover design. Since borrowing books from the library is free I decided to give it a shot.
I didn't say I hated it but I couldn't say that I liked it either. I felt neutral about this book. There was no depth in the story but I still got entertained somehow. It was like taking a breath from all the heavy dark stories that I usually enjoy.
Here are some more of my comments:
1. I wish Madison's real motives weren't revealed early on to give a shocking vibe during the climax. It turned out dull when Jane finally learned about the truth. I had nothing to anticipate for. When it got to that supposedly climax part I was just like reading it in passing only. There was no "WTF? No way! I told you so" feeling.
2. I think that the only character whose personality was built up satisfactorily was Scarlett. She had a definite view in life and there was more depth in her character than anyone else in the book. I could say that she was my favorite person in the story (but not favorite, favorite).
3. I somehow got annoyed with Jane. Even if the story revolved around her I thought that her character was weak. She appeared like she didn't have any life outside her relationship fiasco. Sure she was an events-planner but it still felt like the only thing in her head was about Jesse, Braden and other boy-drama. She was also very naive.
4. Fiona, Jane's boss, was described as someone who looked like an older version of Kristen Stewart--- hmmm... I was picturing the granny version of Katy Perry from The One that Got Away video. I didn't know why.
5. I couldn't help thinking if the story somehow reflected Lauren Conrad's experiences during her reality show stint. So, reality TV isn't as real as it should be after all? How do the stars of this type of show got discovered? Now I wanted to be one! Hahaha!!!
I believe that the only reason why this book sold many copies and made Lauren Conrad a best-selling author was that she was popular. I'm sorry to say that this kind of story wasn't what I consider as a best-selling novel. It is nice for those who look for some light-reading. It is also fun to get a glimpse on what is happening behind the scenes of a reality show. But if you prefer to read a gripping, mysterious and action-packed book, maybe you should skip this one. ...more
**spoiler alert** This is a story about a spoiled and self-centered heiress named Birdie Sederburg, who does everything to get what she wants, includi**spoiler alert** This is a story about a spoiled and self-centered heiress named Birdie Sederburg, who does everything to get what she wants, including Dean Stevenson. Dean is a surfer hunk and an actor who couldn’t care less for Birdie. Birdie has gone to great lengths just to get Dean’s attention and eventually be her boyfriend, i.e. bumping his car and sending him extravagant gifts. Dean, however, just agrees to date her because his manager tells him that it would give his show better ratings. And when Birdie finds out that Dean is dating his co-star she did ridiculous stuff to win him back, even paying some weirdo from the internet to stage-kidnap her. From there, her journey to self-realization started, with the help of his almost-kidnapper, Nate who was an eco-warrior and Birdie’s grandfather’s detractor.
My thoughts about the book: 1. The summary at the back of the book was pretty intriguing especially when it said that the main character got herself kidnapped thinking that her ex-boyfriend would come and rescue her and they would rekindle their lost love. Well, I thought that they actually love each other, but it turned out that it was only Birdie who was obsessing about Dean.
2. I was a little bit bored at the first few chapters (there were many chapters but they were only short). A lot of characters were introduced and they each had their own back stories. I didn’t see their relevance at the start since their follow-up stories were not immediately continued, especially Nate’s part. But at the latter part of the story I finally saw the connection between each character’s back stories.
3. Birdie’s naivety was so absurd but hilarious. Typically, stories about self-centered and spoiled rich kids would be irksome, but it was written in a way that you would want to read more and know the reason behind her childish attitude.
4. I just think that the moment when Birdie and Nate confessed their love for each other during their rescue was a bit too sudden. They just knew each other three or four days ago. They might have shared a few views in life, but I think it was too soon to declare their love for each other.
This book was not too deep nor too shallow, good for light reading. ...more
I seldom read adult fiction books and I'm glad that I gave this Rachel and Darcy series a try because I instantly got hooked from the moment I startedI seldom read adult fiction books and I'm glad that I gave this Rachel and Darcy series a try because I instantly got hooked from the moment I started reading the first book, Something Borrowed a year ago. I wasn't able to make a review about that, but it was intriguing and riveting enough for me to read the second installment, Something Blue.
Something Borrowed was told in the point of view of Rachel, whereas Something Blue was in Darcy's. It was nice to know both sides of the story, especially the part of the so-called "antagonist", Darcy. I didn't know why, but ever since the first book I was already fascinated with Darcy's character, so I was glad that I got to see her point of view.
Here are some of my random comments:
1. It was nice to see how the character of Darcy matured from being a self-absorbed bitch to a more empathetic person. It was really amazing to see what true love can do.
2. I thought Ethan's character would end at Something Borrowed when Rachel went home to New York from London. I've already liked him then and I was really surprised that he would play a major role in Darcy's life. I never thought that they would click with each other considering how Darcy treated him back in high school.
3. I also felt torn between Ethan and Geoffrey. The latter was the image of my perfect man-- smart, has good looks, caring, wealthy, and a doctor who loves kids. Considering Darcy's unemployed and pregnant status in London, Geoffrey is the more practical choice. However, Ethan never got short of taking care of Darcy, unfortunately he already had a girlfriend.
4. The story was really good and didn't only dwell with romantic love. It also tackled issues about friendship, forgiveness and knowing one's self. It was written well, discussing serious matters that could happen in real life with a mix of humor, so it wasn't a heavy read.
If only there was a sequel to this book I would definitely read it, but I don't think there was. Maybe I'll try reading other novels from Emily Giffin. Her stories reminded me of my other favorite adult-fiction author, Sophie Kinsella....more
It took me a while to finish reading this book because I was so busy doing school work. I had fun reading Twenties Girl. I thought it was kind of boriIt took me a while to finish reading this book because I was so busy doing school work. I had fun reading Twenties Girl. I thought it was kind of boring the first time I saw this in bookstores but I still gave it a shot since Sophie Kinsella is one of my favorite authors. My first impression when I read the summary at the back of the book was that Sadie's ghost would appear as an old, wrinkled lady. Fortunately I was wrong! I had so much fun reading the parts where Sadie was urging Lara to do 1920's stuff. My favorite part was when Lara crashed into Ed's meeting and asking him to go on a date with her. It was so hilarious, and I wasn't expecting Ed's answer. I got a bit teary-eyed though when Lara was returning Sadie's necklace.
Sophie Kinsella never fails to entertain me with her books.