This novel was easy to read but it just didn't keep my interest. It took too long to get to the actual road journey and by the time I got to that partThis novel was easy to read but it just didn't keep my interest. It took too long to get to the actual road journey and by the time I got to that part, I wasn't interested in the main character, Clem or the story anymore. Clem is a person who I think I could talk to on the bus or while waiting in line at the grocery store but she isn't a person that I want to read an entire novel about. She just drifts along (pun not intended) in life. This journey her father sets her on is supposed to make her grow. That's pretty much true of any story where the protagonist goes on a journey. However, the protagonist is usually a somewhat compelling person before the journey. Clem isn't. I don't think this was a bad book but it just wasn't what I was looking for....more
This book kept me interested and I read it quickly. That's why I'm giving it two stars instead of one. However, it was also problematic for a few reasThis book kept me interested and I read it quickly. That's why I'm giving it two stars instead of one. However, it was also problematic for a few reasons. The book is advertised as a thriller but it really isn't. We're already told very early in the novel that Mia is found so there's no real suspense or buildup to anything. I kept reading in the hope that there would be a buildup to this big, unexpected reveal but it never came. There's a "twist" but I saw it coming a mile away. Also, the "twist" goes completely against Mia's character.
Which brings up another point. Why couldn't we get Mia's POV throughout the novel? This is a novel about her but her entire story is told from everyone else's POV until the last couple of pages. It's almost as if her POV and the "twist" were afterthoughts that were thrown in.
The biggest flaw was the racism. I wasn't sure if the author was trying to show the racism of the characters but as a POC reading this novel, I was irritated a lot. Indians don't speak good English, Somalis are apparently really dark, scary and criminal etc. People seriously should not think like this in 2014.
This novel keeps getting compared to Gone Girl but I found the latter to have much more compelling protagonists and better writing than The Good Girl....more
I gave this book four stars not because I agree with Kushner's conclusions (I found much of his thoughts about God to be diametrically opposed to mineI gave this book four stars not because I agree with Kushner's conclusions (I found much of his thoughts about God to be diametrically opposed to mine and Islamic theology in general) but rather because Kushner does a wonderful job of explaining how he believes in God even with the bad things that happen to us. I find that too often religious people don't like to probe this problem in a serious way. I also appreciated the various Jewish perspectives as well as exegesis of Job's story as it appears in the Bible. Again, there were numerous times when I felt uncomfortable with the image of God that was presented. However, Kushner makes the story very accessible, especially for people who have little or no experience with the book of Job....more
This was an interesting read. Haidt gives an interesting framework for how people think about morality. This framework includes six foundations (Care,This was an interesting read. Haidt gives an interesting framework for how people think about morality. This framework includes six foundations (Care, Fairness, Loyalty, Authority, Sanctity and Liberty). As you might imagine, liberals (in the American sense) and conservatives value different foundations more than others. I found this framework to be useful in understanding some of the difference each group has on social issues. If you want a short intro to this theory, watch Haidt's TED talk from a few years ago. Haidt spends all of part 1 on this theory. If I had stopped here, I think I would have given the book five stars.
However, I gave the book three stars because of parts 2 and 3. In part 2, I felt that Haidt wanted the reader to accept too many assumptions about groups and their evolutionary purpose without really providing concrete support for his assumptions. I also found Haidt's explanation for the purpose of religion to be reductionist. As someone who studied religion in college, I agree with Haidt's assertion that religion serves many social purposes such as social cohesion, authority and providing effective ways of dealing with free riders. However, because he sees religion in such a a reductionist way, he sees that as the only purpose that religion serve. I found that to be problematic. Overall, the book was enjoyable and interesting and thought provoking. However, I think that the ideas presented in parts 2 and 3 could be more fleshed out....more
This is a pretty quick read. I found some of Lewis' tips to be interesting but not particularly ground breaking. The second chapter is great for peoplThis is a pretty quick read. I found some of Lewis' tips to be interesting but not particularly ground breaking. The second chapter is great for people who believe that they can't learn a foreign language. he bursts just about every myth. That being said, someone who is just picking up a foreign language or who tried to pick up a language in the past might find some of tips useful but ultimately, you have to pick a method that right for you. Also, Lewis is primarily focused on speaking languages (which I suppose is fair since that word is in the title). In fact, there is little on reading and writing languages....more