This book is extremely awesome and incredibly addictive. I had a really hard time putting it down. It made me experience so many emotions. I laughed aThis book is extremely awesome and incredibly addictive. I had a really hard time putting it down. It made me experience so many emotions. I laughed and cried, and while I was laughing I felt a bit sad, and while crying, I was still happy.
From the first page, I was hooked. Oskar is a precocious, inventive child. (I wonder if the author created this boy or if Oskar is strongly based on someone he knows.)
There isn't a lot of character development outside the protagonist. Not all the book's questions are answered, but I have the feeling this is one of those books that the more times you read it, the more you discover. This book is a great journey for the reader. It's less of a story and more of an experience.
For readers who need all the questions answered and all the storylines wrapped up in a neat, little bow, this may not be for you. But if you are okay making some interpretations on your own, you should love this little boy and his vivid imagination, his idiosyncrasies, and his drive to continue searching for answers.
There were a couple of times I wasn't sure where the book was going. It wasn't until I kept reading that I figured it out, but I enjoyed the pace and the style. And as I pointed out earlier, I'm sure that reading this book more than once will show the reader new insights. I'm looking forward to reading it again....more
Having spent a few months with my grandmother in her trailer park when I was a little girl, I knew a Teenie Outler. I guess for that reI Knew a Teenie
Having spent a few months with my grandmother in her trailer park when I was a little girl, I knew a Teenie Outler. I guess for that reason, the story was somewhat sad to me. This is the story of a girl left by her mother, raised by her grandmother in a trailer park. Toward the end of the story, Juba (Teenie's grandma) tells Teenie that nobody ever wanted her. Her mother, her father, Juba, or her boyfriend. The sad truth affected me somehow. I know there are teenagers out there who are unwanted, and not just in trailer parks. The story made me want to adopt an unloved teenager....more
I'm a fan of Picoult's & a fan of short stories, but neither did me any favors this time. I was very interestedToo short to really tell the story
I'm a fan of Picoult's & a fan of short stories, but neither did me any favors this time. I was very interested at the beginning of the story, and feel like if that were the only angle taken, it may have been enough. But including the second storyline just didn't work for me. It felt like it ended too abruptly and was not a very satisfying conclusion. It almost feels like a high school creative writing student penned this one....more
Typical Hemingway. Very long sentences that often make it difficult to ascertain what exactly is going on. I had to go back and re-read a few paragrapTypical Hemingway. Very long sentences that often make it difficult to ascertain what exactly is going on. I had to go back and re-read a few paragraphs because I wasn't exactly sure what was going on. After re-reading, I still wasn't sure.
The major storyline is very interesting, and even quite satisfying. But the substories may have added even more if I had been able to decipher what was happening.
Oh Hemingway, why do I need to go back to English class to sometimes understand you? He is brilliant and can write so much in such a short story, but that doesn't mean you can breeze through his works any faster. Well, unless you've decoded his formula, perhaps....more
I was reading another book when this one was recommended to me so highly that I put the other book down and began reading this one.
No doubt, many readI was reading another book when this one was recommended to me so highly that I put the other book down and began reading this one.
No doubt, many readers will compare this book to Gone Girl. It's thrilling with lots of twists and turns, and fantastic characters. The writing style is one of my favorites, too, reading the perspectives of several characters.
I wasn't a big fan of the dates being at the heading of each chapter, but I suppose it would have been easier to read and follow had I not read a digital edition of the book. I got confused sometimes about how much time had passed between passages, but it wasn't easy to go back and forth with an e-book.
You can read the summary on the back cover or from other reviews. Let me just say that the book is great if you like easy reads, great characters and thrilling plots! If you liked Gone Girl, you'll like this. Probably even better than Gone Girl since the ending doesn't suck....more
My first Hemingway story. I actually researched which one would be best to read first, and many suggested The Old Man and the Sea. I decided to go witMy first Hemingway story. I actually researched which one would be best to read first, and many suggested The Old Man and the Sea. I decided to go with his book of short stories, which begins with this story. I'm happy to say I loved it!
The story began a little confusing to me with all this talk of a lion, but this is Hemingway we're talking about. I knew there had to be a point. And there was.
For such a short story, there's a great depth to the characters too. I mean, there are limits to how much you can squeeze in, but Hemingway tells you a lot about Macomber, his wife & Wilson.
Once you've gotten a few pages in, you really do need to keep going until you finish. And the dialogue? The dialogue is fantastic!...more
**spoiler alert** I downloaded this book several months ago, but finally read it for the #ReadHarder challenge. It's written by an author under the ag**spoiler alert** I downloaded this book several months ago, but finally read it for the #ReadHarder challenge. It's written by an author under the age of 25. Its setting is Asia. I'd classify it as YA. That fills three qualifications.
I'm not sure what expectations I had before reading this book, but I know it exceeded them. Partly because I used to live in Japan, I felt very much "at home" while reading this book. The Japanese people are "my people" in a way. When the earthquake and tsunami hit a few years ago, I remember how much sadness I felt and how I cried. So when someone wrote a book about what the survivors endured, I had to read it.
Red Sun Blue Earth is easy to read. The chapters are bite-sized and flow well. I like that I can pick up the book and read a chapter if I only have three minutes to read while I'm on hold or waiting at the doctor's office. The author does a great job of staying true to the Japanese people and their culture while trying to relate it to an English-speaking, non-Japanese audience. There are Christian undertones as well, which I, as a Christian, appreciate, but they are not glaring, so if you're not a Christian, I don't think you would notice them.
I don't want to spoil it for anyone else, but I will say I was surprised by the ending. Surprised, but happy with it. I kept thinking it was going to go in another direction and I worried it would spoil the authenticity. Because that sentence alone may be enough of a spoiler for some, I am hiding the entire review for those who may feel like I ruined it for them.
Lately I've been in a reading funk, which is why I joined a challenge this year. I've found it difficult to pick a book up again once I've started it, even if it's a good book. But this one held my interest enough that when I wasn't reading it, I was thinking about it and I couldn't wait to find out whether Sayaka would find her family....more
This is my first book for the #ReadHarder challenge. It's nothing I thought it would be. I realize it's been out a while and that everyone is readingThis is my first book for the #ReadHarder challenge. It's nothing I thought it would be. I realize it's been out a while and that everyone is reading it and everyone is talking about it and it's even a movie now, but I honestly had no idea what "If I Stay" meant. Big twist early in the book!
I love the characters. Mia's parents remind me an awful lot of the parents in the movie Easy A. Very fun and sarcastic and hippy-like. Teddy is a precocious little thing. I had to keep reminding myself his character is much younger than he sounds.
The book isn't divided into chapters. It's one long chapter, and it only takes about two hours to read. Still, it's long enough to say what needs to be said, and I know there's a second book, which I think is a little shorter even. I can also see why it's necessary. "If I Stay" leaves a lot of unanswered questions that I hope will be picked up in the second book.
It's hard to say much about this book without giving everything away. The author goes between the current time and things that happened in the past, but it's written well and works for the story. It's also marked so that you can tell you're going to be going back in history. In the version I'm reading, there is a squiggle drawing of some kind that separates the tenses. And each new section begins with a time, like 10:06pm.
I caught myself looking up a couple of words that were new to me. While you don't have to have an incredible vocabulary to read this book, the author doesn't stick to only common words and phrases. That makes it a little bit more difficult to read than your typical YA book, perhaps, but it's still a fast and easy read....more
It's hard for me to give a book five stars. Usually that comes after I've given it four stars and then I've thought about it a while and come back andIt's hard for me to give a book five stars. Usually that comes after I've given it four stars and then I've thought about it a while and come back and change it to five if it has stuck with me. That may be the case with this book.
I have this horrible habit when I'm reading a book I love. My eyes look ahead in the pages while I'm still reading, which makes me have to go back and re-read paragraphs because I wasn't really paying attention I was so busy looking ahead. I did that a lot in this book. I just couldn't wait to find out what happened!
Gillian Flynn's writing style is fun to read because she goes between current times and 'back then'. It makes it so easy to follow what's happening in the story.
Before I read this book, I read Gone Girl for a book club. Someone told me I'd love her other books just as much, if not more. I did love this book. I don't know if it was more than Gone Girl, but I really loved it. I felt so sorry for those kids and for their mother. I loved Libby's character. She's so brutally honest and self-aware. I love that Lyle calls her Sticky Fingers Libby! I kind of hoped to see a romantic relationship form between them, but I think it ended with them being right where they needed to be. It's not really "that kind" of book.
The ending was satisfying for me...much more so than Gone Girl. It wasn't simple and it wasn't wrapped in the neat little bow so many things are, but it was satisfying and I felt good about it after I put it down. I tried to read it as quickly as possible...devour it. I had a hard time NOT reading it. But when it was over, I was really upset that Libby and I never got together for coffee. Of course, she probably would have stolen my chapstick or lotion if we had....more
A nice, quick read in about 45 minutes. The main character, Piper, tries to cope with the news her husband doesn't love her anymore. Not a bad story.A nice, quick read in about 45 minutes. The main character, Piper, tries to cope with the news her husband doesn't love her anymore. Not a bad story. If you're looking for a quick read where you don't have to invest emotions, this is pretty good. ...more
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 &amThe 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 ......more
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 cI 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....more