This book wasn't terrible by any means, but could have gone so much farther.
Annie has just given birth to her first and only baby. Over the course ofThis book wasn't terrible by any means, but could have gone so much farther.
Annie has just given birth to her first and only baby. Over the course of the next 170 days of maternity leave (one should be so lucky, I thought, as I'm preparing for my measly 6-12 weeks), Annie deals with changes in her personal life, her marriage, and herself.
My biggest concern with Annie was not her feelings on being a new mom. There are stressors that come with it that nobody can truly understand, BUT there were more than a few indications that Annie had dipped beyond "the baby blues" and headed right into post-partum depression territory, but nobody ever brings it up. And then (view spoiler)[, JUST as she's about to go back to work, like literally the last week of maternity leave, everything just clicks without there ever having been a discussion on it.
Many will also find fault with Annie's dedication to following her plan for motherhood to the letter, which is not necessarily unrealistic, but was another opportunity for the author to show how we as women can benefit from learning to truly rely on "the village". Half the book is filled with people trying to support her, including her husband, that she dismisses if they vary from her plan.
I think much of this book is probably extremely relatable to a certain type of mom, and it was pretty funny in many instances. That said, the heaviness of Annie's cynicism got to be a bit too much at times, and I found myself wanting to tell her to just "shut up".
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I just happen to love Jen Hatmaker, and in my head she's my porch buddy and we shop at Target together, so it really wasn't a stretch for me to enjoyI just happen to love Jen Hatmaker, and in my head she's my porch buddy and we shop at Target together, so it really wasn't a stretch for me to enjoy this book. She's got great timing and wit, as she talks about having grace while not adhering to or successfully achieving the pinnacles set by today's secular OR church societies. Learning to be a little less hard on ourselves when we fall, but having a lot more dignity when we get up. She talks at length about how much the church of today differs from the Word that we are following, and how if we follow the tenets as intended, they're really not that hard; LOVE people, FORGIVE people, SERVE people, be KIND to people, etc. She never shys away from turning the finger-point back at herself, however, and talks about how clueless and closeminded she was once, before she recognized that if God's word didn't apply to EVERYONE, then it wasn't true for ANYONE. Aside from the parts regarding religion, I think anyone who appreciates honest chick-chat about keeping up with family, finding time for friendships in this breakneck speed society, or even just how hard it is to be an extroverted introvert, would love this book. ...more
When a young boy is asked by curious friends how his life with two moms works, he answers honestly and proudly!*** Digital ARC provided by Netgaley***
When a young boy is asked by curious friends how his life with two moms works, he answers honestly and proudly! A very gentle book for adressing the curiosities that children are bound to have when someone's family differs from their own. I really enjoyed both A Tale Of Two Mommies and A Tale Of Two Daddies. Both stories dealt with the children's questions as honestly as possible and not from a place of invasiveness or bullying. Kids are going to ask questions, it's their very nature, and answering them honestly and respectfully is the best way to foster and model the respect and care that they should have. The illustrations are adorable and feature diverse characters and settings. The parents are illustrated in "Muppet Babies" style, and only drawn from the neck or legs down in most cases, really bringing the focus down to the kid's eye view and the differences in the mommies and daddies themselves are subtle, (Poppa wears sneakers while Daddy is shown in dress shoes). A really cute pair of books, perfect for a classroom, library, or as a gift!...more
Ignore the blurb. This book is so much more than a road trip.
Boy, is the 17 year old son of Frankenstein's Monster and The Bride.
The stitched familyIgnore the blurb. This book is so much more than a road trip.
Boy, is the 17 year old son of Frankenstein's Monster and The Bride.
The stitched family lives and works in The Show; an eclectic theater community founded by the elusive vampire Ruthven. While Boy loves his family, and spends his days admiring a young Trowe(troll) girl named Liel, he longs to leave The Show and spend more time in the outside world. He wants to make his mark. To be seen as more than just a monster, or a "robot boy", as his tormentor Shaun "The Fawn" calls him, by using his computer genius to unleash the greatest computer virus ever seen. In fact, the only thing keeping him from doing just that is his parents, and his incurable crush on a Trowe (troll) girl named Liel.
The Show is full of well-known monsters, but it is headlined (no pun intended), by the Diva herself; Medusa. Medusa, as well as The Siren and other magical performers use their magic to seduce and entertain the mostly human audiences they get 6 days a week. When they get out of hand, and overuse the magic, The Monster goes to work. By turning off his emotions, Frankenstein's monster is able to make himself immune to magic and restore order as Ruthven's top muscle. While his job is necessary and good, it comes with a price, and Boy would rather not follow in the path. When his restlessness is revealed prematurely, Boy's father decides it's time to tell him that they want him to go to school in Geneva and study under the Frankenstein family of scientists.
Boy hates the Frankenstein family, for what he feels they reduced his father to, and would rather leave The Show, than to be subjected to them. He leaves and decides to bunk with one of his human friends from the internet, while continuing to work on his virus. Then one day, Liel shows up, claiming that he sent her an email professing his love for her. While the content was true, Boy is confused. Who could have sent the email? Then his roommate disappears, and things get even stranger. His internet buddies say that someone named Vi, has been telling them everything he's been doing, and that she is almost certainly a stalker.
Pretty soon, Vi reveals herself. She's none other than Boy's computer Virus!
It's ALIVE!! In very Matrix-y fashion, Vi does begin to stalk Boy, until both he and Liel are forced to live off the grid.
By then, the new car smell has rubbed off of their romance, and The Monster has sent out Mozart, the company werewolf to track them. Liel decides to return to The Show, but Mozart knows just the place for Boy to continue on his journey to find himself.
He takes him to meet Adam, a wind-up man, who has been taking care of Claire/Sophie, the granddaughter of the infamous Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde. (Note how long it took for me to get to that. See why I said not to follow the blurb?)
So NOW, we are on this very Oz-like roadtrip, where Boy must come to terms with his own feelings about his failed romance with Liel, thoughts on Claire/Sophie, and his rebellion towards his parents. Along the way, he also has to examine his own heart and realize that for as much as he hates the Frankenstein legacy he was born into, when it comes to Vi, he may be more like his "Grandfather" the Doctor, than he ever realized.
I can't even begin to tell you how many times I watched "The Monster Squad" as a child. (dating myself, shut up) There's just something about seeing monsters with their feelings and families that makes you all squishy on the inside. And Frankenstein, like the loveable Scarecrow of Oz, is always one of those monsters where you know he's creepy as ever, but you love him anyway.
This book was fun and easy. You could settle into it almost immediately, especially if you chose the audiobook as I did, which was narrated by the author. Boy was a relate-able character, as odd as that is to say, and you wanted to root for him even when he was doing something incredibly dumb. (view spoiler)[Like not telling Mozart about Vi when he had the chance. Geez dude, get some sense. (hide spoiler)]
As many other reviewers have said, the story does go in a myriad of directions, and you can get a little lost at times. For the first half of the book, I thought maybe the publisher put the wrong information on the blurb because I had yet to hear one word about Jekyll or Hyde. But for it's faults, there were a lot of fun strengths as well. The use of so many creatures from all facets of mythology, fairy, and folk tales, including well known ones like The Invisible Man or Medusa, and also lesser known ones like Charon, Kitsune, and Ruthven, was one of those great strengths.
It's not a book for every reader, but it's definitely the perfect book for the right reader.
Instantly hooked. For lovers of "The Fifth Element", "Aeon Flux", and other humorous but somehow realistic Sci-Fi, will love this series. After how muchInstantly hooked. For lovers of "The Fifth Element", "Aeon Flux", and other humorous but somehow realistic Sci-Fi, will love this series. After how much I loved Y:The Last Man, I should have known I would love anything Brian K. Vaughan produces. ...more