For a lazy person like myself who doesn't want to spend an excessive amount of time seeking out unusual ingredients or wading through five billion steFor a lazy person like myself who doesn't want to spend an excessive amount of time seeking out unusual ingredients or wading through five billion steps of a recipe, this book was absolutely AMAZING.
I loved that the ingredients are mostly healthy whole foods that were already in my fridge or pantry and I enjoyed trying out fairly simple recipes enhanced by beautiful photographs (that helped me to know I was on the right track!). Despite the fact that I'm an utter disaster in the kitchen, I had no trouble making anything I selected and everything I tried was delicious and nutritious (without tasting how you may expect easy healthy vegan food to taste).
Two thumbs up, five stars -- great cookbook!!!!...more
I genuinely do hate it when I dislike a book -- not only because I feel like my time was somehow wasted (which is mostly my fault, especially when I rI genuinely do hate it when I dislike a book -- not only because I feel like my time was somehow wasted (which is mostly my fault, especially when I realize early into the story that it's just not going to jive with my tastes), but also because I genuinely DO hate leaving negative reviews.
That said, I will try to be as fair and candid as possible, by starting with the fact that I am probably NOT the intended audience for Textrovert. I'm not terribly fond of cheesy love stories, I'm not a young adult, and I'm not one who typically enjoys cheese love stories about young adults.
So why DID I pick up Textrovert?
Honestly, it's all about that cover -- it's young, fun, and modern, which caught my eye and captured my attention.
Unfortunately, the story itself failed to do the same.
The basic premise is that two high schoolers inadvertently end up swapping phones and thus must connect in order to switch the phones back to their rightful owners. Shy, softspoken Keely feels emboldened by her anonymity and experiments with humor and sarcasm, while popular jock Talon hides unfavorable connections he has to Keely's family that threaten to destroy any future relationships between the two characters. Keely and Talon fall in love, encounter obstacles, and struggle to assert their true identities amongst the angst of teenage trials and tribulations.
The Good? -- the concept was cute and pretty creative. I enjoyed seeing the texts between the two characters, which served to break up the story with a fun and youthful format.
The Bad? -- I hated the characters. They were immature, flat, and hypocritical. Everything that each criticized about the other was annoyingly multiplied in their own character flaws, which neither seemed to realize or care. The dialogue between the characters felt so awkward and I felt invested in neither the characters nor their convenient story of nearly-insta-love which was ridiculously overly dramatic for no good reason.
Who might like this book? -- I think I would most recommend this book to very young female teenagers who are looking for a cute twist on a tired love story.
I did receive a copy of Textrovert for the purpose of providing an honest review. All thoughts are my own and are uninfluenced by the manner in which the work was received....more
The timing for the release of BUT MY FAMILY WOULD NEVER EAT VEGAN is absolutely perfect -- just close enough to Thanksgiving to appeal to those in chaThe timing for the release of BUT MY FAMILY WOULD NEVER EAT VEGAN is absolutely perfect -- just close enough to Thanksgiving to appeal to those in charge of cooking this year without (or with less) meat and dairy... but just early enough to be able to grab it in time to read through the recipes before making that last grocery trip before Thanksgiving. If you're attempting a vegan dinner for a spouse or children who aren't quite ready to pass the cheese, milk, or turkey -- or if you're just new to vegan cooking yourself and want to get ready for the holidays, this is a pretty good guide to making meals that are fairly easy while being appealing to a wide audience.
The PROS - the photos are lovely, the recipes seem relatively easy, the descriptions are easy follow, and the dishes do sound really appealing because they sound pretty "normal" and don't use a lot of crazy ingredients.
The CONS - if you're looking for a super healthy vegan recipe book, this probably isn't the best. Additionally, there are a few corny lines and cringe-worthy introductions that made me knock the star rating down a little (like the part about the magical machine where you throw in animal products and it spits out veganized versions for several thousand dollars -- har har har).
Overall, if you need help preparing a vegan meal for kids and/or picky eaters, BUT MY FAMILY WOULD NEVER EAT VEGAN is a worthwhile guide that may help make your holidays a bit easier.
*I did receive a review copy of this title for the purposes of providing an honest review. All thoughts are my own and are not influenced by the manner in which the work was received....more
I went back and forth at least a dozen times before rating or reviewing this title -- and to be totally honest, I'm still not sure how to2.5/5.0 stars
I went back and forth at least a dozen times before rating or reviewing this title -- and to be totally honest, I'm still not sure how to rate OR review this novel.
Maybe I'll try a little harder later.
So, I've come back two weeks later, and I guess the only thing I have to add is that the overdone quirkiness is about the only thing I remember about this novel, which doesn't really give me much incentive to read it again in the future. I was attracted to the whole premise of a frazzled woman trying to start her life anew by declaring today to be an effort at creating change, but the story was just so chaotic and weird that the message was totally lost on me.
While the writing itself tended towards *fun,* it wasn't enough to salvage the disarrayed story or the irritating characters for me....more