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Crazy Rich Asians
3.59
I love it when a book about Asians written by an Asian is popular, but I wish this Asian had written better. Crazy Rich Asians is just a simple, mindl...more
Aug 23, 2013
Jun 20, 2013
 
Shipwrecks
3.96
This is how I started a review of a Japanese film I enjoyed: Dark depressing, slight hope, darker and more depressing, hope again, cruel fate, roll cr...more
Aug 29, 2009
Aug 29, 2009
 
Wonder
4.42
Great lessons about kindness and familial love in this story for kids about a boy named August who was born with a genetically caused cranio-facial ab...more
May 14, 2013
May 14, 2013
 
Sharp Objects
3.87
I kept having to re-read sections of pages and still it was nonsense to me, I wondered was this author not American, or was this a bad translation? Wh...more
Oct 30, 2013
Oct 30, 2013
 
So Long at the Fair
2.76
I don't have much to say about this book... I liked that it's set in Madison, WI since I went to school there and recognized a lot of the setting. But...more
Jun 17, 2009
Jun 17, 2009
 
The Line of Beauty
3.65
Big long sad book about poncey British upper crust family and their engaging sycophantic slightly parasitic roomer, aptly named Nick Guest. Narrator N...more
Jul 17, 2014
Jul 17, 2014
 
So Long, See You Tomorrow
3.97
The reviews for this were grandiose and the book itself is tiny (only 134 pages!), I was giddy with anticipation! Alas, I could not get in to it, and...more
Feb 13, 2014
Feb 13, 2014
 
One True Thing
3.96
This story, this family is going to stick in my head for a long time. Ellen Gulden is a successful 24yr old cut-throat up-and-coming magazine writer i...more
Mar 24, 2014
Mar 25, 2014
 
The Book of Salt
3.48
First off, Monique Truong is a super talented author and I will happily look for more of her books. Unfortunately, The Book of Salt is filled with all...more
Apr 11, 2014
Apr 11, 2014
 
How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia
3.72
Jay McInerney's description of this book is the best thing I've read of his in years: "a love story disguised as a self-help guide, freighted with sly...more
May 24, 2014
May 24, 2014
 
The Goldfinch
3.93
Donna Tartt can write, I like her lock-jawed blue-bloody anglicized American-English, i.e., "she was as cool as dammit". But this book was hell to get...more
Jun 04, 2014
Jun 04, 2014
 
The Circle
3.44
This book would've been so awesome, if it had been written 50 years ago! Main character Mae Holland gets a dream job at the pinnacle of high-tech outl...more
May 27, 2014
May 27, 2014
 
The Last Girlfriend on Earth: And Other Love Stories
3.75
I never knew who Simon Rich was before checking this tiny treasure out from the library, even though I had already read Unprotected by him (maybe in t...more
Mar 30, 2014
Mar 30, 2014
 
Havisham
3.08
Great Expectations was my favorite from English Lit in high school, so I enjoyed the opportunity to revisit Miss Havisham, Mr Jaggers, Estella, and Pi...more
Jun 10, 2014
Jun 10, 2014
 
Rules of Civility
3.99
I loved reading this civilized story about Kate Kontent and her best friend Eve Ross, roommates at Mrs. Martingale's New York City boardinghouse in 19...more
Mar 09, 2014
Oct 09, 2011
 
The Painted Bird
3.94
The Painted Bird describes the evils of war and their effects on a young boy, the narrator who is 6 yrs old when the story opens at the onset of WWII....more
Apr 22, 2013
Apr 22, 2013
 
The Interestings
3.56
I enjoyed reading this book, all 468 pages of it, about 6 kids at an arty camp who bond and share their deepest thoughts (Wolitzer does a great job of...more
Aug 08, 2013
Aug 08, 2013
 
The Letters
3.54
I wouldn't normally choose to read fiction written by two authors but in this case I figured the gimmick would work, since it's letters written back a...more
Jan 25, 2009
Jan 27, 2009
 
My Education
3.21
This book's graphic artsy-comic cover attracted me, but I hated everything inside it, especially the writing. The story is about Regina Gottlieb, the...more
May 17, 2014
May 17, 2014
 
A Death in the Family
3.91
This Pulitzer Prize Winner was written in 1938, and while I recognize it is well-written I'm not sure if I get it. It was hard for me to keep characte...more
May 03, 2014
May 03, 2014
 
Real Happy Family
3.03
**spoiler alert** Colleen was 17 when widower Carl rescued her from a life of trailer trashdom. But despite Carl's middle class values, down to earth...more
Jul 06, 2014
Jul 06, 2014
 
The Surrendered
3.64
**spoiler alert** Maybe I could have gotten through this easier if I hadn't just finished another book similarly over-saturated with sadness. Normally...more
Mar 2014
Mar 01, 2014
 
The Condition
3.48
I'd been struggling through a different novel for a week, only able to read a chapter or two a day; I didn't like the characters, couldn't remember wh...more
Feb 19, 2009
Feb 19, 2009
 
We Are Water
3.78
This book is too all over the place. There is the present day implosion of the Oh family, wherein the divorce of the parents is compounded by the cris...more
Apr 24, 2014
Apr 24, 2014
 
We Need to Talk About Kevin
4.03
This is the story of a mass murdering teen-age boy, told by his mother, in letters to his father. Kevin's parents (Eva and Franklin) are separated, ha...more
Apr 08, 2011
Apr 08, 2011
 
Roastbeef's Promise
3.41
Quirky, quick read about an adopted son named Roastbeef who decides to honor his beloved father's dying request that his ashes be strewn throughout th...more
Mar 05, 2010
Mar 05, 2010
 
Three Junes
3.54
I loved reading Three Junes by Julia Glass even though I could never be entirely sure what the basis of the book was, I was intrigued throughout. The...more
May 16, 2011
May 16, 2011
 
The Heart Broke In
3.33
There was a lot going on in this book, a lot of good ideas, but it was like reading 5 overlapping short stories at once - exhausting and confusing and...more
Oct 26, 2013
Oct 26, 2013
 
An Object of Beauty
3.49
This story is about a clever object of beauty named Lacie Yeager, about her career in art beginning at Sotheby's followed by a stint at an exclusive d...more
Oct 15, 2013
Oct 15, 2013
 
Behind the Scenes at the Museum
3.92
This sprawling story of a family's history and present is told in no certain order by Ruby the stalwart wit and youngest child of miserable, stunted B...more
Oct 07, 2013
Oct 08, 2013
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