I know, I know. This is not a Young Adult book. But I have been reading Iris Johansen's books since I was 12. So it counts. Kinda. For any followers w...moreI know, I know. This is not a Young Adult book. But I have been reading Iris Johansen's books since I was 12. So it counts. Kinda. For any followers who have read any of Iris Johansen's books, especially the Eve Duncan series, let me know. I don't know anyone who reads these and they are such fantastic books that I wish I had someone to share them with.
The beginning of this book is set in Eve's past as she relives the event that lead up to the birth of her daughter, Bonnie. Eve meets John Gallo at 16 and lets her guard down with him in a way she has never done before. When he leaves for the Army she is sure she will never think of him again, until three weeks after he is gone she finds herself sick on her knees in the bathroom. All of a sudden Eve is certain that she will never forget John Gallo. She has her daughter and then sees Gallo's uncle one day when taking Bonnie for a walk and learns that John Gallo has been killed in action on a mission for the army. Fast forward to present day when Eve learns from a friend and CIA agent that John Gallo is now a suspect in Bonnie's unsolved murder. He never really was killed in action, it was all an army cover up and as it turns out, Gallo was in the area the same month that Bonnie disappeared. All Eve has ever wanted is to find her daughter's remains so she can bring her home and to find her killer. Now Eve is faced with a burning question. Could the man who gave her Bonnie also be the one who took her away? I have been waiting years (years!) to find out what happened to Bonnie and when I found out this trilogy was coming out and was going to shine light on the mystery I was thrilled. Iris Johansen has done it again with a book so real and so vivid that I felt like I was living on the pages. I also read Quinn, the second in the trilogy and I will be posting my review of that sometime this week. I can't wait for October and the final book in the trilogy, Bonnie, to be released. I hope to preorder it and I will be taking the first bus to Barnes and Noble to pick it up and chances are I will be reading it in the store because I won't want to wait until I get home. (less)
When I found out this book was coming out I did something I never do: read an excerpt online. I couldn't wait. I am not a patient person and I tend to...moreWhen I found out this book was coming out I did something I never do: read an excerpt online. I couldn't wait. I am not a patient person and I tend to not read excerpts because then I get angry and impatient that I can't continue reading. But I gave in because this book was a dream come true. Or so I thought.
I loved the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series. Devoured it. And I loved 3 Willows. So when I got a copy of The Last Summer of You and Me by Ann Brasheres I thought it would be good. I was wrong. I put it down and walked away after the first few chapters. For some reason I cannot get into Ann Brashere's adult novels. But I gave this book a chance because it was about the Sisterhood and I had missed these characters and had hoped for a book like this for years. Well, I hate to say, the excerpt of the first two chapters was the best part of the book.
What bothered me? Well, the characters were so different. Carmen, who prided herself on being Puerto Rican and curvy in the first four books is now a size 2 and eats one meal a day. Tibby lives in Australia and has lost contact with the other three. Lena is in a relationship with someone she doesn't even care about and has basically cut herself off from her friends and family. Bridget is the only one who hasn't changed much, which relieved me because I loved her spirit in the first books and thankfully, for better or worse, she still has it in this book. But I felt like I didn't know the characters anymore. It didn't feel like a follow up to the other books, it felt like a whole new book with characters I didn't know. I understand people change but the magic of the sisterhood that drew us all in was gone for me.
I wound up skimming the book to find out what happened instead of actually reading it. I will cut this review shirt by saying that I was disappointed. I will continue to read young adult books by this author but that's all.(less)
I enjoyed this book. It stuck with me even after I put it down and I could not wait to pick it up again. The story of the five abandoned toddlers real...moreI enjoyed this book. It stuck with me even after I put it down and I could not wait to pick it up again. The story of the five abandoned toddlers really resonated with me because I myself have a 2 year old and I could not imagine abandoning her. So while reading the book I kept coming back to what had happened to them when they were toddlers. The book follows the 5 toddlers, now adults, after one of them, David, finds out he has terminal brain cancer. The diagnosis drives him to want to find out exactly what happened years ago and why his siblings and himself were abandoned on a boat in Puerto Rico. This book was a hypnotizing read. I was so caught up in wandering what was going to happen next. It was fast paced but not so much that I was on the edge of my seat the whole time. There was just enough mystery to keep me intrigued while still allowing other parts of the story to be told. Everything flowed together perfectly and I was never left confused or needing to reread a few pages to understand something. This book seems like the perfect beach read and I recommend it anyone who needs a book that balances intrigue and mystery perfectly with romance and drama.(less)
I fell in love with the movie so of course, I had to read the book as well. I found it at a yard sale for 25 cents a few years ago and couldn't pass i...moreI fell in love with the movie so of course, I had to read the book as well. I found it at a yard sale for 25 cents a few years ago and couldn't pass it up. For those of you who saw the movie first, this book may frustrate you a bit. They changed some pretty needless things. But otherwise, I loved this book. Novalee Nation is 17 and she is pregnant. She is traveling with her boyfriend when they stop at Walmart. Novalee goes in and when she leaves the store she finds that her boyfriend has left her. Literally. From the beginning you get a sense of how much of a survivor Novalee is. She makes the most of the situation and she lives in the Wal-Mart. As hard to believe as it sounds, you honestly become wrapped up in the story and forget that nowadays this would never be possible. You will fall in love with these characters. You will laugh and cry with them. Reading about what Novalee goes through and seeing how strong she is will give you a sense that you, too, can accomplish things that may seem out of reach. Definitely a moving read. (less)
How to be Lost is the story of a family dealing with the disappearance of their youngest child. Joseph and Isabelle Winters appear to have a blessed l...more How to be Lost is the story of a family dealing with the disappearance of their youngest child. Joseph and Isabelle Winters appear to have a blessed life in Holt, New York. With three daughters- Caroline, Madeline, and Ellie- and a beautiful home they seem to have a picture perfect life. But behind closed doors Joseph is a heavy drinker and Isabelle is lost in the fantasies of her debutante days, before she married her Yankee husband. After Caroline is slapped in the face by her father, the girls decide to run away to New Orleans. They pack their things into the family's Oldsmobile and plan to leave after school the next day. But when Caroline and Madeline pull up in front of the elementary school to pick up five year old Ellie, she is not there waiting for them.
After Ellie's disappearance Caroline moves to New Orleans, and Caroline stays in New York. Their father drinks himself to death and their mother spends her days writing in her journals about her days as a debutante. One Christmas things change when her mother shows Caroline a picture of a girl she found in People magazine. The girl looks like a grown up Ellie. Caroline decides to track down this girl. She loads up her car and goes on a road trip to Montana to try to find her missing sister and fix what she can of her broken family.
I enjoyed this book. It was the type of book that I wanted to read every chance I had. I could not wait to find out if the girl in picture is Ellie or not. The portayal of the brokeness of this familty is raw and honest. Definitely a good read. (less)