Talli Roland = Nick Hornby with boobs. 'The Hating Game' knocked my socks right off, and replaced them with a comfy warm foot bath. Reading this bookTalli Roland = Nick Hornby with boobs. 'The Hating Game' knocked my socks right off, and replaced them with a comfy warm foot bath. Reading this book was just as good as a Friday night with pizza, chick flick, and full body massage all at once.
And it wasn't only entertaining. It was different than other chick lit books I've read. It was different because the main character, Mattie, wasn't someone a reader would easily warm to or root for. I didn't get all teary-eyed, or hate what was being done to her. And a little part of me wanted her to get what she deserved: a lonley life. But she was fascinating, and it made me curse at her out loud for being such a selfish try-hard dominatrix, when really, all she needed was to tear down the wall and let herself 'feel'. I loved that this book focused on a person one would not generally like, because that means this genre is finally steering away from the stereotypical chick lit scenario of glamorous woman fighting obstacles to make life even more glamorous (I know that's quite a generalisation, but you get my drift). So, bravo to Talli!
One thing I think it could have done with, though, is a little more background on Mattie. I would have liked to know more about her childhood and what made her so emotionally inept. But I suppose that's because I like to delve deeper into people's psychological make-up. A personal preference. And one that is not commonly taken advantage of in this genre anyway. So, I totally understand why is wasn't there.
Awesome debut, Talli! And here's to a wonderful and successful career in writing! *raises coffee mug with a kiss*....more
What an amazing book. It's one of the few rare books I have read where I haven't wanted to close the cover after that last page. I've read that some pWhat an amazing book. It's one of the few rare books I have read where I haven't wanted to close the cover after that last page. I've read that some people felt a little distant from the characters in the beginning because of the writing style, but I didn't feel that at all. I grew attached to the characters within the first 20 pages. The author has such a beautiful style of writing. Like waves of ash. Haunting, rich, intriguing, with a deep, constant, rumbling flow that followed me around every time I had to put the book down. Can't wait to read more of her work. Can't wait to be caught in another Thaisa Frank volcano....more
Farm girl was a sweet and wholesome account of girl coming of age on a 1920s Nebraska farm. It defies all traditional story-telling rules and I lovedFarm girl was a sweet and wholesome account of girl coming of age on a 1920s Nebraska farm. It defies all traditional story-telling rules and I loved this. It was like I was sitting with my grandma being told stories about her past. I definitely recommend it if you are in the mood to escape the commercial angst and urgency of a plot driven tale. This book is precious. A book well-worth reading cuddled up on your sofa with your dog or cat on a cold winter night....more
This book was very well-written, and real-to-life. The reason I only give it 3 stars is because it wasn't really my cup of tea. I suppose it was a litThis book was very well-written, and real-to-life. The reason I only give it 3 stars is because it wasn't really my cup of tea. I suppose it was a little before my time being set in the late 70s and revolving around a Mormon family trying to make do in the recession. Due to this, I unfortunately wasn't able to identify with any of the characters, but I can certainly appreciate the work and passion that went into creating this book. The one thing that struck me as brilliantly crafted, though, was the dialogue. It really brought to life, the 'fake-smile' mentality that people possessed during this era in order to 'save face', so to speak, in public. All in all, it was a pleasant read....more