This book captured my attention right away. The characters were likable & the story mostly believable. There were some parts where I had to suspen...moreThis book captured my attention right away. The characters were likable & the story mostly believable. There were some parts where I had to suspend belief or stretch my own boundaries of realism, but overall the story was heartbreaking and addicting. I had a really hard time putting the book down.
The twist at the end was unexpected and I felt a bit corny, and I really wanted to know more about the diary. I kind of hate that Picoult mentioned a diary and never let the characters learn about this piece of evidence. I was half expecting Melanie to finally admit she read Emily's own words and maybe exonerate Chris. And the whole part about Emily being abused in that bathroom - it would have been better, in my opinion, if Picoult would have let that come out too.
I'm told there's a movie based on this book. I'm going to go in search of it now so I can relive some of this book. (less)
I would never have picked this book up had it not been for a book club, but I actually feel more enriched after having read it.
It's only fair to note...moreI would never have picked this book up had it not been for a book club, but I actually feel more enriched after having read it.
It's only fair to note I grew up not far from Buffalo and live in the suburbs now. That probably makes the book even more interesting to me than it would to someone who didn't know the places the author mentions. I do love how it takes place in a real city and involves many places with which I am familiar: Delaware Park, Niagara Falls, Goat Island, Three Sisters Islands, East Aurora, Medina, etc. And the people in the book are real as well: Grover Cleveland, John Albright, George Urban ...
This piece of historical fiction taught me a lot about the city in which I live and a lot about how bringing electricity to the people of Buffalo wasn't necessarily a welcome change. I loved learning about some of the people whose names I've heard, but never read about. And the fiction characters brought into the story made it more interesting and worthwhile.
The story is not an easy, light read. There are about 500 pages and there are a lot of characters to learn as you go. I often had to ask myself, "Now, who was Milburn again?" and would flip back to find him earlier in the story. Of course, I was reading it quickly to complete before a book club meeting, so you may read it more slowly than I did and retain some of those facts a little better.
City of Light has history, romance, murder, underhanded business dealings and everything you could possibly want all rolled up into one story. Of course, it's based on life, and don't we have all those things in everyday life too?(less)
I don't know for certain how or when I obtained this book. It was on my Kindle and it's a good possibility it was a free download, so I probably read...moreI don't know for certain how or when I obtained this book. It was on my Kindle and it's a good possibility it was a free download, so I probably read the summary & figured it sounded good for "free."
Wow. What a fantastic story! It's told from the perspective of a Persian girl growing up in Iran. We follow her life through adolescence and adulthood. Through her mostly non-political eyes, we see what it was like to grow up in a country where freedom did not exist.
Without giving too much away, we mourn her losses and celebrate her triumphs. She is not unlike a typical American teenager in many ways -- sometimes defiant, sometimes a little too curious. But she loves her family dearly and tries her best to live her life according to her demanding, but loving father's rules. We see that he has his reasons for being the way he is, and by the end of the story, we love him too.
I didn't like the flow of the book, but I did like the story. There were times the author maybe could have transitioned a little more smoothly, but I figured it out eventually and learned to expect a rough transition here & there. (less)
It's been a while, but I've read other MHC books and I thought I enjoyed her writing. Not this one though. It was awful!
There were far too many coinci...moreIt's been a while, but I've read other MHC books and I thought I enjoyed her writing. Not this one though. It was awful!
There were far too many coincidences & the author kept repeating the facts every so many pages. I don't know if she thinks her readers have short memories or what, but it was a little too much.
The biggest issue for me, though, was the way the TV series was written. I mean, really? A producer wants to recreate a murder scene having the 'suspects' dress in the same gowns they wore 20 years prior? Seems a bit psychologically damaging. What TV executive will ok that? And the other TV stuff was equally unbelievable. If you have any idea how TV works, do not read this book. It will hurt your soul. (less)
I downloaded this book for my Kindle because it was free. A challenge was issued at the end of April to read a book(s) with a flower(s) in the titles....moreI downloaded this book for my Kindle because it was free. A challenge was issued at the end of April to read a book(s) with a flower(s) in the titles. This was the second challenge book I read this month, and I'm so grateful for the challenge because I'm not sure if/when I'd ever have gotten around to reading this delightful story.
Mattie is a wet nurse who cares for Lisbeth from the time she's born. We see the affection this child has for this slave, preferring her over her own mother more often than not. The two have a very special relationship, and it's that bond that really is the basis for the decisions Lisabeth begins to make in her life once she's old enough to do so.
I could not put this book down. It's not my typical kind of read, but it is such a beautiful story. I implore you to read it!(less)