I don't know which Kick Kennedy biography I prefer, this one or Barbara Leaming's. It's kind of wonderful that after decades without much being writteI don't know which Kick Kennedy biography I prefer, this one or Barbara Leaming's. It's kind of wonderful that after decades without much being written about her life, two biographies got published in the same year.
While reading the first few chapters, I thought that I would wind up liking this one far more because I so appreciated that it started from Kick's birth. The Leaming biography began with Kick landing in England in her late teens. I can't even recall if it mentioned that Kick had been there before. It's something I certainly didn't realize until I got to this book. I'd say this one presented the Kennedy clan in a sort of whitewashed manner in the early chapters, but it was still fun to read.
My biggest gripe about this book is how fangirly, for lack of a better word, it is. Kick is always the bright-eyed heroine and even potential shortcomings are presented in such a way as to display Kick in the best light possible. All the boys love her and all the girls want to be her friend. I did appreciate that the Leaming biography seemed to show that Kick was what most of us would, for all intents and purposes, call a good and kind person, but still flawed, spoiled, and incredibly self-absorbed. This book presents any flaws, selfishness, or naiveté on Kick's part in a fey, sort of cutesy way. Mary Sue Kick Kennedy shines through often.
Despite its issues, I won't deny I found it tons of fun! It is a light, entertaining read that doesn't feel entirely mindless. There's no denying that Kick lived an extraordinary, outsized life in her 28 years and probably was about as close as it comes to a real life Mary Sue.
I think that Pandora, the heroine, was really lovely and fun. The hero, Gabriel St. Vincent, was a disappointment and not interesting to read about, eI think that Pandora, the heroine, was really lovely and fun. The hero, Gabriel St. Vincent, was a disappointment and not interesting to read about, especially considering who his parents (of Devil in Winter fame) are. It's a shame, really, since it's usually Kleypas's heroes who are so memorable for me. This one was dull as dishwater and his life from Chapter 2 revolved around Pandora and his insta-love for her.
All in all, it wasn't a bad book, but it's not something I plan to ever pick up and revisit when Kleypas already has some really fantastic, older books in her backlist. This Ravenels series is just not grabbing me the way the Wallflowers and Hathaways books did. I'm finding the characters and the situations they get themselves into kind of boring....more
These books keep me so entertained. This one doesn't reinvent the wheel. It's more of the same and that's fine by me. I've sped through each novel inThese books keep me so entertained. This one doesn't reinvent the wheel. It's more of the same and that's fine by me. I've sped through each novel in the trilogy in just a few days and this one was no exception. They're always fast-paced and fun.
With the exception of boring, self-righteous quasi-protagonists Nick and Rachel, the characters are all incredibly entertaining. I would read an entire book about Kitty Pong if it existed. I want more of her character, Kevin Kwan!! Please give it to me.
I can't wait for the film adaptation of the first book to come out....more
Kevin Kwan's insane and over-the-top series has gotten me back in the swing of things as far as reading is concerned. I'm glad to--hopefully!--be overKevin Kwan's insane and over-the-top series has gotten me back in the swing of things as far as reading is concerned. I'm glad to--hopefully!--be over my reading slump. While I didn't enjoy this book quite as much as the first one, it was still wonderful fun and I can't wait for the third and final novel in the series to be released in May.
Rachel and Nick, the primary protagonists, aren't entertaining to read about, however. They are bland, smug, and dead boring. Their chapters in this book were a slog to get through. Kitty Pong and Astrid Leong have become much more interesting characters with far better storylines. The chapter that consisted solely of the the Ko-Tung Consulting Group's Social Impact Assessment of Kitty Pong made me laugh out loud. It was by far the best thing to come out of both books in the series and I feel tempted to bump up the rating just for that bit alone.
I'll be honest though and say that, much as I enjoyed revisiting the wacky characters from Crazy Rich Asians, this was just a solid 3 star read....more