While there is a TON of useful information, this book reads like a text book, and gives new meaning to beating the dead horse.
A+ for the quality of i...moreWhile there is a TON of useful information, this book reads like a text book, and gives new meaning to beating the dead horse.
A+ for the quality of information and research. I am the kind of person who will read up on the mentioned sources, and I found it to be mostly credible(which can be hard to come by in the nutrition world of fads.) I appreciated the digging into the "why" of human ancestry, and biological makeup. It allows for the reader to make an educated decision whether to agree or disagree.
D for DRY. I did not appreciate the lack of consideration for the average human attention span, and assumption that we're too dense to understand a concept after merely one or two example scenarios. I started skimming less than 1/4 of the way through. (I am also the type of person who listens to Audio Books at 2x the normal speed, though.)
This one fell victim to the More-Pages-Is-Better pandemic. If this book were Young Adult Fiction, It would be the 2nd Twilight book, when Bella contemplates death for approximately 300 pages because she's so sad about her boyfriend.
That being said! I will probably check it out of the library again at some point, to attempt to retain more the next time. Unless I find a more user-friendly Primal Eating book, in which case, never again. It's like a dictionary- Not your typical curl-up-with-a-good-book, but still very useful to have around for reference. (less)
This story is "snarky" to use my best friends words. I read it for book club and some people found the characters to be obnoxious, but if you can rela...moreThis story is "snarky" to use my best friends words. I read it for book club and some people found the characters to be obnoxious, but if you can relate in a pleasant way to the word snarky, this is for you.
The story runs like a patchwork quilt, a series of letters, emails and so on from various characters to one another. They intermingle in the beginning and by then end, you see the beauty of the final piece. It's interesting the whole way through.
I enjoyed that the way the story came together never bored me. Often, a story with many pieces has a hard time being interesting at first, because we're so lost in deciphering. This book is a good story from the first page to the last. I believe the author wrote the story in this way to make sure we were able to see all sides of the story. Seeing letters and emails from each perspective allowed an amount of insight you can't get from one narrator.
Come to think of it, it's hard to tell a story from EVERYONE's perspective and still have the element of surprise. But I was left guessing where DID Bernadette go the entire time.
The's light-hearted and sarcastic, it's fairly dramatic and definitely heart felt.
The one thing I truly did not enjoy was that the voice for each person was quite similar. Yes, you could tell who was speaking without having to read the To: From: section, but I'd love to have seen some different writing styles coming from each character to really pull of the story-from-everyone's-angle thing that's going on here.
I've been told Semple's first novel wasn't a hit, so I think I'll leave that one alone and definitely give her next one a try. I need to stop talking. Clearly I liked the book and will disagree with any other opinions of it. Haha. (less)