The story was great. Truly "amazing," you might say. But I hate the ending. HATE it. So many twists & turns. It was a book I couldn't put down &...moreThe story was great. Truly "amazing," you might say. But I hate the ending. HATE it. So many twists & turns. It was a book I couldn't put down & lost much sleep over. I like the format & loved the depth of the characters. The writing is phenomenal, but the dadgum ending ...(less)
Very easy to read in an hour or so. It was a nice way to break up the last book & whatever I read next. I could easily have written or been the su...moreVery easy to read in an hour or so. It was a nice way to break up the last book & whatever I read next. I could easily have written or been the subject of at least two dozen of those love (or un-love) notes!(less)
I needed something easy to read. Something kind of brainless, and this seemed at first to fit the bill precisely. However, the book is a little more c...moreI needed something easy to read. Something kind of brainless, and this seemed at first to fit the bill precisely. However, the book is a little more complicated than it appeared. It didn't stop me from liking it, though. If I could give half-stars, I'd have given it 3.5, but I rounded up.
Riley (Doggirl) gets involved with the drama club in her high school. There are a lot of undeveloped characters surrounding this plot, and that's really ok. They don't need to be completely developed, but it got confusing trying to remember which person was which, especially when the dogs had human names as well ("Is Jack a human or a dog?" I asked myself more than once.)
It's a great YA story, though. Perfect for dog lovers and loners and anyone who feels like a square peg.(less)
I was a little confused by the back-and-forth of the time periods, but after about 1/3 of the way through the book, I got the hang of things.
For all t...moreI was a little confused by the back-and-forth of the time periods, but after about 1/3 of the way through the book, I got the hang of things.
For all the confusion, the book was easy to like with great, well-rounded characters. I found myself highlighting a lot as I read. The author made some great statements about love and life.
The mystery surrounding the inheritance is easy to figure out, but all the details surrounding it are not. So even though it doesn't take a super sleuth to determine the relationship between Grace & Eva, learning how their lives unfolded is an enjoyable, unpredictable read. (less)
Kudos to the guy for going 30 days without his phone, Internet, TV, etc. That's what the whole book is about, so it's really unnecessary to give the c...moreKudos to the guy for going 30 days without his phone, Internet, TV, etc. That's what the whole book is about, so it's really unnecessary to give the constant reminders that, "If I hadn't given up my computer, this writing would be so much easier. But I gave up my computer for 30 days and now I have to write it all out by hand."
The author made some great points, though, and did a heck if a job compiling research. Still, it felt a bit like, "Hey, if I'm giving up the Internet for 30 days, maybe I can make it a book/program!" He just doesn't have the authority, for me, that I'd need to start undertaking some big program. He does, however, have experience and while I'm not willing to invest in any program, I'd happily take some pointers. And I will. There were some great suggestions & some things he pointed out that hit home for me.
It's a worthwhile read if you are feeling stressed out and think technology might be to blame. I totally skipped the last section because it didn't apply to me at all.
The book is organized well and is broken didn't into daily diary entries, end of day summaries, and tech tips. It's digestable and easy to read.
I've found myself referencing this book several times in the past week. I've told everyone about it. I guess I didn't realize how big of an impact it would have on me. Therefore, I have updated my rating from three to four stars. I stand by my original comment that the writing isn't that great and that it's quite repetitive. But the content outweighs the bad writing.(less)
I freaking LOVED this book! I can't stop talking about it. I even let my daughter try to win a goldfish at the fair today because of Jane's goldfish....moreI freaking LOVED this book! I can't stop talking about it. I even let my daughter try to win a goldfish at the fair today because of Jane's goldfish. And yeah, my daughter won the dang thing and now there's a goldfish in my house that I secretly love all because of this book.
There's a lot about Jane that reminds me of myself. Sure, I never set my bedroom carpet on fire after having a mishap with a toy. And I never almost quit a job because I was afraid of a pending presentation. But there are other things. I used to sort of stalk a guy too, only at least I knew who he was.
Jane is a modern day gal with a decent job. She's got some good friends and a very bizarre family. She's the glue that holds it all together.
I'm afraid to say too much and give it away, but I was so sad to finish this book that I refused to pick one up for at least a week and I'll probably read this one again after I finish the current book. Happy(ish) is laugh-out-loud funny. And there were a couple of times I cried real tears, so kind of an emotional roller coaster going here.(less)
I was interested in reading this book because I lived in Asia for five years, more than four of those years alongside Singaporeans of Chinese descent....moreI was interested in reading this book because I lived in Asia for five years, more than four of those years alongside Singaporeans of Chinese descent.
This book is about a young woman who travels to China to learn more about her heritage. The main character was an orphan who had been adopted by Americans. She decided to spend the summer in China to see if she could find out more about her birth parents and learn more about the country in which she was born.
As she learns, one does not simple waltz into the orphanage and ask questions. There is a bit of mystery as the young woman's translator suddenly quits without an explanation. The people at the orphanage seem secretive and there are many other circumstances preventing the woman from learning more about her birth family.
The story also contains some romance and a bit of humor.(less)
This book will stay with me a very long time. I love the way it is organized. We get to hear the story told in the voice of each character. It's set d...moreThis book will stay with me a very long time. I love the way it is organized. We get to hear the story told in the voice of each character. It's set during World War II, and this extended family is living under the same roof. There's the house's owner, Mamie, her seven daughters, two sons-in-law, a granddaughter and a bed-ridden brother. In addition, there are two black housekeepers, one of which has a few chapters of her own in the book.
Imagine sitting around a campfire and having this cast of characters telling you what their lives were like. They all get a turn to tell you the story the way they see it, from their own point of view. That's how the story is told. Sometimes we hear different stories; sometimes they overlap a little and you get to hear the same story told from someone else's perspective.
This is not for the lighthearted, that's for sure! One of the characters in the book is a dirty old man who kind of reminds me of Si Robertson from Duck Dynasty. There's another guy in the book who is just a downright pervert. You may not agree with or even like the things they say, but they really do add to the story and give it a good bit of depth.
Because there are so many characters, it can be a little tough to keep track of them all, particularly if you set the book down for too long. That wasn't a problem for me, though, because I couldn't wait to pick it up and keep reading.
There's so much going on that it really is just like listening to a family talk about their day-to-day lives. Sex and romance, political turmoil, racism, beauty, child rearing, job hunting...you won't get bored!(less)
This was a quick and easy read. Then again, books that make me laugh out loud tend to be the ones I don't ever want to put down, and that was the case...moreThis was a quick and easy read. Then again, books that make me laugh out loud tend to be the ones I don't ever want to put down, and that was the case with this one.
Justin Halpern's writing style is very easy for me to read. His stories flow smoothly and you always know there's going to be a great payoff in the end. Only this time, instead of his dad getting all the laughs, Justin had plenty of stories in which he was the comic superhero. But if you're a fan of Sh!t My Dad Says, you won't be disappointed. His dad makes some appearances in this book as well, and if you buy the Kindle version, there are video bonuses at the end of the book so you can watch some videos of him with his dad.
This book comes about because Justin tells his dad he's bought his girlfriend an engagement ring. His dad makes a comment about how he knew Justin's mom was the one, and that gets Justin thinking. He tells readers about the girls he's known and dated. We learn about all the crazy things he's said or done on dates, and find out how he knows what he knows about women.
If you've ever dated, you can relate. If you're a guy, you'll probably empathize. If you're a woman, you'll maybe feel a little differently about some of the goofy things guys have said to you. Yes, they really are clueless! Justin is proof!(less)