This was my first Jodi Picoult novel and I did not quite know what to expect from it when I started reading. I often grabbed Jodi Picoult novels in boThis was my first Jodi Picoult novel and I did not quite know what to expect from it when I started reading. I often grabbed Jodi Picoult novels in book stores but never really bought them. I received this book as a Christmas present, so it was there in my book shelf all the time waiting for me to be read. I have no idea why I picked it up in the end but I did and I really enjoyed it. I knew that her stories are not the happiest stories out there and that they can be depressing. At least this one definitely is depressing and I know some people who should not read it because it would just not be right for them. This book is not recommendable for persons who enjoy stories with happy endings or funny comedy stories – This book definitely isn‘t that.
But it is something different – it talks about something that can happen to all of us. It talks about having a serious deadly illness and many families are forced to deal with this situation day by day in real life. Jodi Picoult describes the situation from all different perspectives of all family members and all persons involved in the issue. Mainly, it is about Anna who is the healthy sister of Kate who has leukemia. Anna does not want to be treated as a stock of body parts to keep her sister alive. As much as she loves her sister, she just want to be treated as a normal person and wants to feel as loved by her parents as they love Kate.
For the reader, the book is quite challenging since you can kind of understand all positions of all persons involved. It is clear that Kate and her parents want to do anything to keep Anna donating for sister but on the other hand, there is Anna and her feelings. You see where she is coming from. She does not want to be just the donator for Kate. She wants to be herself. She wants her parents to understand that she has her own life and that she cannot just be there to save Kate‘s life.
The novel also shows Jesse‘s position in this family drama. Jesse is the brother of Kate and Anna. He has his own personal problems apart from family problems and does not really get involved in anything. It seems as if nobody really cares about him and that he does not care about anybody else either in the beginning but after a while we can realise that he in fact cares a lot about what is going on in his family and with his sisters:
“What made me believe I might be worth something, even now? What made me think I could save my sister, when I can‘t even save myself?”
The parents are doing all they can to save Kate‘s life and can we really blame them for having another kid genetically prepared to help her sister? Wouldn‘t we all do the same thing if this would be the only way to save our own child‘s life? Of course, it seems as if they love their other two kids more and as if they are just using Anna but over the course of the story, we notice that they really love Anna as much as they love Kate but some of Anna‘s problems just seem to be a bit less important than saving Kate‘s life. Over and over we also notice that Anna really loves her parents and really wants to be with them. She never really wants to go through with the whole suing issue but what other chance does she have?
Many parts of the book made me think about what is ethical correct and morally correct. Should we have a kid that is created with specific genetics? Some people would argue that this is not the natural way and thus, unethical. Also the situation of the lawyer seems pretty bad. Sometimes it is hard to see that he is just trying to do everything to get through with his client‘s case even if that means that Kate has to die. But he manages to explain quite well why he does not really have another chance:
“What is ethical to a lawyer differs from what‘s ethical to the rest of the world. In fact, we have a written code – the Rules of Professional Responsibility – which we have to read be tested on, and follow in order to maintain a practice. But these very standards require us to do things that most people consider immoral. For example, if you walk into my office and say, ‘I killed the Lindbergh baby,’ I might ask you where the body is. ‘Under my bedroom floor,’ you tell me, ‘three feet down below the foundation of the house.’ If I am to do my job correctly. I can‘t tell a soul where that baby is. I could be disbarred, in fact, if I do. All this means that I‘m actually educated to think that morals and ethics do not necessarily go hand in hand.”
This story made me think a lot. It made me think a lot about what is right and what is wrong and in the end I ended up in a dilemma that I would never be able to solve: I could understand all situations of all persons involved which means that everyone is right if you look at the situation from their perspective. In the end, the problem solves itself in a really unexpected way. I had never imagined the book to finish with such a surprising ending.
I enjoyed My Sister‘s Keeper very much but not because of the story itself which in fact is really sad. It is more about the fact that the books made me think and I really like books like this. I could not read them all the time since they are really deep but once in a while I like challenging myself and get myself into thinking about dilemmas such as the one described in this book. I am definitely going to read more of Jodi Picoult’s novels.
When I picked up this book I was sure that I can expect an extremely great story like The Kite Runner which was one of those books that I read duringWhen I picked up this book I was sure that I can expect an extremely great story like The Kite Runner which was one of those books that I read during one weekend! I absolutely loved it and it touched and affected me in a way only a few books did so far. This book belongs to the top 10 of my most favourite books so far! Therefore, I was so happy when I found that there was a second book written by Khaled Hosseini.
Unfortunately, I was disappointed by A Thousand Splendid Suns. It was just not the same. Of course it explained a lot about Afghanistan and offers great insights into the Afghan culture like The Kite Runner but the story is rather lame in my opinion. It just did not grab my complete attention. Nevertheless, learning more about Afghanistan was really interesting. Especially during the decade in which Afghanistan was in the news so much due to the war talking place there, it is nice to see a different part of it and actually get to know the culture and the Afghan people a bit better. I think that it really helps that the author is Afghan as well.
It is not the worst book I’ve ever read and I probably would have liked it more if I would not have had so high expectations due to its predecessor. For an author publishing such a book that becomes such a success story it must be hard to keep up with this success. There must have been a high pressure on Khaled in order to stay on the same level as The Kite Runner.
Even though I did not like the story, I can still honestly say that Khaled Hosseini is a fantastic writer. He always finds the right words and his books are written in a beautiful way that makes them highly enjoyable. This fact improves my opinion about the book a lot and I think due to that I would always give other books written by Khaled another chance. Perhaps next time I won’t have those high expectations and can actually enjoy the book more. I really do hope that he is going to write another book.
I know that there are many people out there who loved A Thousand Splendid Suns. I’ve seen it on many Top 10 lists of books that made you cry on Tuesday. Please tell me what it is that is so great of this book!
I bought this book a few months ago but did not start reading it right away. I just put it in my book shelve and it stayed there for quite a time. ButI bought this book a few months ago but did not start reading it right away. I just put it in my book shelve and it stayed there for quite a time. But why did I pick up this book just now? That is easy to explain: Recently, Notting Hill and especially the movie Notting Hill became something really special in my life. I do not want to give any details about it because this is not a blog about me and my private life but it is about the books I am reading. It just has a special meaning to me and that was why I suddenly wanted to read this book. It is chick lit and many people might not like it but I do. It is easy to read, romantic and funny. Once in a while I just need something like that.
So I started reading this book which talks a lot about movies, especially chick flicks which I love for the same reasons given above, and of course, it takes part in Notting Hill, my most favourite area in London. In the beginning, I did not really get into the story. The first chapters were a bit boring story wise. What kept me reading were the descriptions of Notting Hill and all the movies mentioned. Scarlett, the main character, wants to proof that life can be just as it is in movies and who does not want to live like in a movie? Who does not dream of a perfect and romantic happy ending in real life just as you can usually find it in chick flicks?
After a while I really got into the story and it became really interesting to see Scarlett and the developments between her and the two men in her life while she is just proofing that real life can be like a movie. The story has everything: Love, some family drama, traveling, London, Notting Hill and of course, movies. That is why I really liked it after the first chapters. And it stays compelling until the very end. You totally start feeling with Scarlett trying to figure out who is her man in the end. Does she want the organised, stable but also a bit boring David who she is supposed to marry or will she decide for the exciting, charming and funny Sean, her neighbour in Notting Hill who might end up being just a romance in the end and might not make her happy in the long run?
I am not going to tell you who she is going to choose or if she chooses one at all in the end but what I am going to tell you is that the ending of this book is as dramatic as it could be and just reminded me of all chick flick movies that I have seen so far. The ending is one that you definitely would expect from a book about movies…
I can highly recommend this book to you if you like chick lit novels and chick flick movies. If you want something funny and romantic, this is totally the book you should read. It is crazy once in a while but it never gets boring.
I bought this book for my holiday in Italy. I was going to do a road trip through Tuscany and then spend 4 days in Rome at the end of my trip. I readI bought this book for my holiday in Italy. I was going to do a road trip through Tuscany and then spend 4 days in Rome at the end of my trip. I read another book by Gemma Townley before and really liked Little White Lies. Thus, I thought that this book would be the perfect travel companion. The book‘s format was also perfect for traveling because it is really small and light and the text on the back sounded promising.
When I read the title When in Rome - A novel of piazzas and passion I was sure that this book would mainly take place in Rome and would be talking a lot about places in Rome. But after I finished the first 100 pages, the main characters were still in London and not even close to Rome. Of course, a little part of the story then took place in Rome but only for a really short time until the happenings of the story ended up back in London. The story itself also has nothing to do with Rome or Italy for that matter. The main characters could have easily traveled to a different city without changing much of the story. I was really disappointed because I was expecting to get into an italian mood but nothing like that happened. In my opinion, the title for this book has been chosen completely wrong because it promises something that the book is not able to deliver in the end.
Not taking this into consideration and only focusing on the story itself, it is an ok story. Nothing special and nothing totally compelling. It has some funny bits and bobs but many times I really had to force myself to go on reading. It can be considered as a light read for the holidays if you do not want to concentrate on a heavy and complex story. It is something you can read on the beach and get distracted once in a while. Many people might like that but I usually expect something more meaningful and a deeper background when I am reading a book. I need to be forced to concentrate because only then I can truly enjoy a story. If I would not have been in Italy with no possibility to read another book, I would probably not have finished it. The whole time I was waiting for something that would make this story different, unique or just something that would give me a reason to go on reading. I think this story really could have been better.
It is not the worst story I ever read and this book might be the right one for many other people who are just searching for something different in a book then I do but for me it was not really the right read. Also, no matter if the story is good or bad, the title is surely wrong and should not be focused on Rome since that is not reflected in the story of the book.
I am not going to give up on Gemma Townley just because of this since I really liked Little White Lies but I can certainly not recommend this book - especially not for an Italian holiday or if you just want to try out a new author. I hope that her other books will make up for this...
This was actually the first book I‘ve ever read written by Gemma Townley. I did not even know about her existence before I stumbled over a blog post bThis was actually the first book I‘ve ever read written by Gemma Townley. I did not even know about her existence before I stumbled over a blog post by A Woman Reading who wrote about her. Gemma Townley is the sister of Sophie Kinsella and also writes Chick Lit. Since I love Sophie Kinsella books I definitely wanted to try out a book written by her sister. I chose Little White Lies because it is about a girl moving from a smaller city to London and tries to find her way through life. I liked the idea because I also just moved to London.
When you first move to London, you have all these great expectations about how life in this metropolis would be like. You feel sophisticated and cosmopolitan. But as it turns out, even people living in London are just normal people like you and me. Living in the city is different from living in the country but both have their positive and negative sides.
This is basically what happens to Natalie, the main character of the book. She moves to London and expects a fabulous life. She quit her job in advertising in her home town but the only job she can find in London is a working in a cloth store being bullied by her boss all the time. In the beginning she is not even going out. She spends her evenings alone in her tiny Notting Hill apartment dreaming of a better life. She told all her friends and family back home how great life in London is going to be and now they start asking about it. Feeling too proud to tell the truth, Natalie makes up stories about her great new job and her fantastic social and party life. While telling all these lies she forgets about the possibility that the people from home might come to London to be a part of this gorgeous new life she supposedly has. This leads to Natalie making up new lies trying to support her old ones. And it gets even worse when she falls in love with Simon while pretending to be someone else.
But as the saying goes, lies don‘t travel far: First there is just one lie, then another one based on the first one and in the end it is a whole bunch of lies and a complete new story arises. It can become pretty hard to keep up with all the lies that are being told. Natalie has to remember all of them and everything new she tells has to fit into the whole imagined story.
Even though I could not really understand why she was lying in several situations when it was so obvious to the reader that telling the truth would have been the less painful choice, I could still feel with her and it really made me laugh how she always found her way out of one lie through creating an even more absurd story…
Throughout the whole book I was asking myself how Natalie would ever get out of the story she created. I do not want to give away the details for people who are interested in reading the book but I can say that I liked her way of dealing with things. What can be learned from this story is “that you have to make things happen, not wait for them to happen to you.”
For this novel, Gemma Townley seemed to be inspired by the movie “Notting Hill” even though it is a complete different story. I could sense some similarities like the scene in the end when Natalie talks to Simon in his classroom in front of all his pupils as if she was one of them. This reminded me of the last scene in Notting Hill in which William Thacker pretends to be a journalists asking questions to movie star Anna Scott. The movie is one of my most favourite movies. I‘ve seen it so many times and it was nice being reminded of it by this great book. In the end I felt like going to Notting Hill and enjoying the little streets with the nice little houses and the cute little shops, maybe stopping by in the Travel Bookstore and at Tina T‘s…
I really enjoyed reading Little White Lies and I don‘t quite understand why Gemma Townley isn‘t more popular. In my opinion she can definitely compete with her sister! I am going to read more of her books for sure…
Only 3 more days to go until the next book of the famous Shopaholic books by Sophie Kinsella will be released. Due to this event, I’d like to review tOnly 3 more days to go until the next book of the famous Shopaholic books by Sophie Kinsella will be released. Due to this event, I’d like to review the rest of the series that I’ve already read.
The whole series is about Becky Bloomwood, becoming Brandon within the series. Becky is addicted to shopping and does that all the time. Because of her shopping addiction she always ends up in peculiar situations. She constantly has problems with her bank and even if she tells herself that she does not want to go shopping anymore, she still can’t stop and always finds new and creative excuses why she really needs a certain pair of shoes, an expensive bag or other random things available in shops.
The series consists of 5 books (6 from 2 September on):
- Confessions of a Shopaholic (UK title: The Secret Dreamworld of a Shopaholic) - Shopaholic takes Manhattan (UK title: Shopaholic abroad) - Shopaholic ties the knot - Shopaholic and sister - Shopaholic and baby - Coming soon: Mini Shopaholic
Of course one can argue in the first place that all the books are kind of the same because they are all about Becky going shopping but that is not how it is. After reading the first one, I couldn’t wait to read the others as well! The reason why these books are so great and why they are so popular is that you can always feel with Becky. We all have been in similar situations once in a while. Or which girl has never bought a pair of shoes arguing herself into them and finding excuses why this pair is so special and definitely necessary even though her wardrobe is full of shoes?
The novels are written in a really charming way and always make me laugh. You can easily put yourself into her situation and even, if she is a bit crazier than most women are, there is always something that you have experienced as well. It is also funny to see in what situations Becky always ends up because of imprudent behaviour and the most interesting and loveliest part is usually the way she tries to get out of these situations…
Another reason why I love the books is that they are really easy to read. You do not have to concentrate because the plot is pretty straight forward but still not at all boring. They always put a smile on my face no matter in which mood I am. I know for sure that Becky is cheering me up! Once I’ve started one of the books I can hardly put it down until I finished which is always sad because then I have to wait so long for a new one and I always hope that she is writing a new one quickly…
If you haven’t read the Shopaholic books so far, I can highly recommend to do it because if you like Chick Lit, there is basically nothing better around there....more