**spoiler alert** I read the book...but I had to make myself finish it. Multiple times I wanted to put it down, hence the 3 stars.
In a nutshell, Erin...more**spoiler alert** I read the book...but I had to make myself finish it. Multiple times I wanted to put it down, hence the 3 stars.
In a nutshell, Erin Callighan has an interesting life. She loves the idea of having her own radio show, and gets the chance to fill in temporarily at the station she works at. She strikes up an odd love/hate relationship with Collin, the guy she is hosting with, and of course they fall for each other in the end.
Outside of the radio show, she's dating a married man, lives alone, has a small passion for cooking and baking, and has a best friend who always tries to hook her up with a non-married man. Although Erin swears she is always hooked up with a guy who reminds her of one of the seven dwarves. After Erin is offered a temporary spot on the show with Collin, she joins a Positive Partnership program in hopes of doing a little ass-kissing for her boss so she can score her own show. During the PP, Erin is assigned to an odd young girl named Dianna who swears she is the reincarnate of Princess Di. She has a not so great life. Has mother who's not involved, no dad...stays out all the time and rarely goes home. But she has her little buddy, her dog Rooster.
In a weird way, Dianna and Erin help each other out. Dianna has a hard life, Erin has a few issues of her own, and they balance each other out through a very odd relationship.
It's a comical and enjoyable read. Definitely chick-lit, but cute. A little slow in the beginning but now bad at all.
I follow a bunch of book-related pages on Facebook...and the other day I came across a post advertising this book as a free one. Of course I love anyt...more
I follow a bunch of book-related pages on Facebook...and the other day I came across a post advertising this book as a free one. Of course I love anything free, especially books, so I sent it to my Kindle. The other book I was supposed to be reading wasn't keeping my attention so I opened up my Kindle app on my phone and started reading Slide...and didn't stop!
Okay...I did stop a few times, but I just downloaded it a few days ago and now I'm done. I flew through it! It was a good book with likable character. Although...a few things did bother me. I'll get to those after I write a brief synopsis.
In a nutshell it's a story of a girl named Sylvia (An awful name for a teenage character, IMO) who has Narcolepsy. She has has an ability to "slide" into someones mind if she is holding something that someone else has held and left an imprint on. This was an interesting twist to the story. One of her sisters friends is found dead of an apparent suicide, but somehow Sylvia has slide into the mind of someone holding a bloody knife in Sophie's room, so she knows she was killed and did not take her own life. So throughout the whole book Sylvia is trying to find out who the killer is.
1. Zane- He is the new cute boy in school who of course falls for Sylvia, and she falls for him too. They move way too fast though as a "couple" and after only a few days of knowing each other, apparently are in love *eye roll* Zane also has a mysteriousness to him, as if he's hiding something. His little sister died shortly after birth and his dad committed suicide when he was 3.
2. Rollins- This is Sylvia's best guy friend. He rescued her from an attempted date-rape the year before and they have been best friends ever since. Rollins obviously has feelings for Vee, but she refuses to face it. He is a private person, never invites Vee over. He has a sick mom who can't take care of himself, he has to bathe her and help her all day, he is embarrassed by his living situation.
3. Mattie- This is Vee's sister. She has her friend, Samantha, Amber, and Sophie. Sophie is murdered and then Amber commits suicide, Vee is terrified that Mattie is going to be targeted next
4. Dad- Mattie & Sylvia's dad is a surgeon for babies. He had an affair while the girls' mom was still alive and he got another woman pregnant, the baby didn't make it. He lives with the guilt of his own infidelity and his daughters death
5. Evelyn- The mistress and mother of the dead child. Also Zane's mom
So in the end, Evelyn who hates the father for getting her pregnant and not being able to save their child, stalks and harasses him for years and finally springs into action. She has her son Zane try to learn more about Sylvia, she kills Sophie because Sophie and her daughter shared a birthday and Sophie lived while her daughter died, and Amber was a loose end.
A lot of the story was rushed and didn't make a whole lot of sense, and was generally completely unbelievable, but that's all I really have to complain about. For example when Vee's dad walks in on her and Zane kissing...the fact that he let this stranger into his daughters room in the first place is unbelievable, and Evelyn setting a fire at Samantha's house trying to kill a bunch of teenagers just to get back at the dad for having an affair was bizarre to. What adult takes out anger on a bunch of teenagers that have nothing to do with the man they hate? Some of it was...lame, in all honesty.
It was a quick read and I liked Sylvia's character which is why I stuck with it, but overall it could have been written better. (less)
**spoiler alert** Okay, so this was my first ever Danielle Steel book. My grandmother is a HUGE fan of hers. She read them years ago when she was youn...more**spoiler alert** Okay, so this was my first ever Danielle Steel book. My grandmother is a HUGE fan of hers. She read them years ago when she was younger and then a few years ago when I got her back into reading, she went right back to Steel. It's something we bond over, looking in thrift stores, book stores, book sales, etc. for her books.
My grandma has been trying for a while now to get me to read one of her books. I attempted one but it was horribly boring. However, she finally got me to read this one. It was actually pretty good! I have to admit, Steel has a tendency to REPEAT herself, and I am surprised an editor didn't catch that and correct it, but there were a few times where one line would be re-used a paragraph later, and it got annoying at parts.
In a nutshell it's a story about a girl named Jenny who comes from a modest background, and turns into a fashionsta, working in NY and becoming a very well known fashion consultant. Fate brings her and Bill, a lawyer (working for his dad's firm and hating it) together. They fall madly in love *cue predictable over-exaggerating love* and they get married. The first half of the book heavily implies that they will ALWAYS love each other, in this life or in the next. Bill leaves the firm and goes to school to become a minister. He finds work in Wyoming and him and Jenny move, her leaving behind all that she knows in NY. She becomes the perfect ministers wife and the whole town loves them. Jenny starts an AA group, a group for abused women, and even a teen-girl group to share tips about beauty and what not. Everyone just adores her.
Then Danielle Steel kills off Bill.
Living in Wyoming, they have a horse to get into deeper parts of the county that vehicles cannot get to easily. One day Bill goes off to meet an old gentleman and a flash flood occurs and Bill is swept off a ravine and dies. It was so sudden I had to turn back the page and go "WHAT? WHAT DID SHE JUST DO? FUCK YOU, STEEL! TAKE IT BACK." Although I thought the "lovey dovey" factors were cliche, it was a light read and I liked Jenny and Bill. How dare her kill him off, and to boot she did it so quickly.
To make things even sadder, Bill and Jenny were about to adopt a baby from a girl from Jenny's teen group. She's 14 and got pregnant and Jenny talked Bill into adopting the baby because Jenny couldn't get pregnant, and she lost two pregnancies during the duration of their story. The girl is set to give birth any day now, and happens to go into labor just a few days after Bill dies. She is still in a fog, on the brink of still not believing Bill is dead, and trying to cope at the same time. On the night the girl goes into labor, Jenny finds the strength to head to the hospital, knowing Bill would want her to carry on and raise the baby. She gets into a horrible accident on the way and dies immediately. Story ends there.
How freaking sad, right? I guess Steel had the idea of "They couldn't live with out each other so I'll kill them both off within days of one another, as if to signify they couldn't live without on another." I thought it was a very sad way to end the story. Then onto part 2, a second story. My grandmother assured me they tied in and I'd love it.
So then begins another story about Lilly and Robert. Lilly is an amish girl and Robert is a book publisher. Lilly loses her mother young and takes over the farm and raising her brothers while her father works. At night, by candlelight, she writes. Reading and writing are her escape. 3 years it takes her, but she writes and completes a story. One day her brothers get sick and she has to head to the dairy by herself to collect milk and cheese and what have you. She walks around while waiting, hardly ever leaving the farm and being curious- and finds a book on a bench. She thinks that it's a sign she should send her book to be published. She copies down the name and address of the publisher, and asks the man at the dairy to mail it for her. She keeps all of this from her father who is very strict. The man at the publishing company, Richard, finds Lilly's book in the reject pile and reads it because it sticks out to him, having been wrapped in her mothers apron. He falls in love with the story and has this compelling feeling that he needs to find her. He locates the dairy's number and calls them and talks to the man there who sent the package. It's a bit of a challenge but he manages to get into touch with Lillibet (Lilly for short) and wants to publish her book. When they meet they both have the feeling they have met before. Lilly signs a contract and stays in contact, all while hiding it from her father. When she finally tells her father her forbids her to have the book published. She goes against his wishes and goes to NY to edit the book and when she returns he shuns her. She is devastated and upset. She calls the driver to come pick her back up. The driver is drunk and they get into an accident. Lilly is then in a coma, in critical condition. (if you haven't caught on yet, Richard and Lilly are reincarnated Jenny and Bill) and during her coma, Lilly has a dream about a man on a horse (Bill was on a horse when the flash flood hit and it killed him) and alongside the horse with Bill was Jenny. Both of them coaxing her to go back to reality. Lilly wakes up, falls in love with Richard and marries him, publishes the book, and has her father's approval. A happy ever after, of course.
Things that bothered me:
1. Danielle Steel repeats herself a lot, it's annoying. 2. The manager at the Dairy who sends off Lily's package keeps narrating that he feels like he remembers her from somewhere, but can't remember where. Steel never went any further with that and it was just awkward and unnecessary. She reincarnated Bill into Richard, so I'm not sure what she was trying to signify with the Dairy manager's dejavu 3. Lilly is very young, small, and fragile whereas Richard is older and seemingly just bigger. It creeped me out when he fell in love with her, even though she's 24, because he described her as so kid-like that it just got weird. I felt like it was a 17 year old falling in love with a 40 year old man. Steel shouldn't have made Lilly seems to small and young like a child, because the love story made Richard sound like a pedophile (she sat, her feet not even touching the floor), stuff like that. Weird. 4. The "too perfect" scenarios weren't believable. Yea, yea...it's fiction...but couples fight. Jenny and Bill never fought, they always made it work and loved each other so much that they were never anything but ecstatic with each other...that's not real life, you can tell a love story with a little bit of substance.
Overall it was a good book, much better than I thought it would be, since I am not really a fan of Steel. I think her fans would like it at least. It definitely wasn't the worst first Steel book a person could pick up, that's for sure. (less)
**spoiler alert** I just finished the book and I almost want to kick myself for not realizing sooner how obvious it was that Amma was the killer. I ha...more**spoiler alert** I just finished the book and I almost want to kick myself for not realizing sooner how obvious it was that Amma was the killer. I have a really bad habit of NOT seeing the obvious in books. And while that is really not a bad thing, because it adds to the “OMG STFU THAT DID NOT JUST HAPPEN” factor, I feel kind of dumb at the end when I’m like “Yea…I should have seen that.” When Adora was the first one suspected, I did see that coming in the middle of the book, but for the twist to happen and it to be Amma, I was totally floored, which I know what Mrs. Flynn’s intention. Well done.
I have this review hidden for spoilers so if you’re reading this you should already know the story, and if not shame on you for peeking!
In a nutshell the story is about a girl named Camille with a very fucked up life. She cut words into her skin when she was younger because she liked the feeling of it. She craved having a feeling of release. Her own mother, Adora, is also very fucked up. Never liked Camille but loved to take care of sick girls, so she made her girls sick. She wound up killing Camille’s sister Marian by poisoning her. Adora probably didn’t mean to kill her; she just liked the vulnerability that a sick girl displayed, being needy. Adora likes all relationships within the family to run through her. That’s mostly why Camille has never known about her birth father, and has never gotten close to her step father Alan or her half-sister, Amma. Amma is an oddball who acts like a perfect angelic child at home, but outside of the home is a 13 year old drug pusher, pimp, and general slut. At some point after Marian’s death and after high school, Camille, instead of sticking around her hometown of Wind Gap, she moves to Chicago and works for a newspaper. Her editor/friend Curry sends her back to her hometown though when two little girls have gone missing within 9 months of each other. The first. Natalie, was found murdered, the other little girl was missing. During Camille’s stay in Wind Gap, Ann’s body is found (the other missing little girl).
Throughout the book all sorts of twists and turns lead us to believe one or more people are the culprit. Throughout the book we learn that Ann and Natalie, both victims, were biters. Both had issues and past incidents of being violent or biting. All of their teeth were removed after they were killed.
In the end, it was suspected that Adora had killed the little girls but we later find out it was actually Amma. Camille cut into herself to release pain but Amma had to hurt others to release hers. She desperately wanted her mother’s attention and had to get rid of anyone threatening that. Adora had ties to the community and tutored both little girls, and it drove Amma mad. She convinced her friends to help her kill the two girls. She strikes again when Camille takes custody of her and goes back to Chicago and one of Amma’s classmate’s turns up dead. Why? Because Amma though Camille liked the classmate more than she liked her sister. That is when Camille knew she had been wrong, and the book ends there. Amma is put away until at least her 18th birthday, and probably then some…while Camille doesn’t speak to anyone from Wind Gap anymore. Not the policeman Richard, or the old suspect, John, who she’d slept with as well. She basically leaves it all behind with a hint of a hopeful future. Curry and his wife wind up tending to her and the ending leads us to believe she is on the road so a somewhat normal life, leaving her demons in the past.
I think this would be a really good book to do a follow up on and I'd recommend this to anyone who wants a good creepy read. (less)
I grew up on Nancy Drew books, so I was pleasantly surprised to find out that since I read them as a younger kid, they have come out with a whole new...moreI grew up on Nancy Drew books, so I was pleasantly surprised to find out that since I read them as a younger kid, they have come out with a whole new generation of books. They now have a series called "Nancy Drew and the Clue Crew" which is for basically little elementary kids, and they have Nancy Drew books for teens, and even ND books for college kids. I love it! My inner child is coming out and I kind of want to track down some of the books in the college series, seeing as how I'm in college and I used to read ND books all the time.
This book in particular I got for $3 through my daughters Scholastic Book magazine from her school. I got it on a weekend, which is when she goes to see her other parent, so I read it during that weekend. I am going to try my best to read all the books my kids do so I know what they are reading. This was a really cute book and I enjoyed it. I love how Nancy, Bess, and George all have the same attitudes even as 9 year old girls. This book was about Nancy and her friends trying out to be on a show called "Kids can dance!" but all the auditions are being sabotaged. So the mini sleuths find out who is trying to ruin all the auditions. Again, adorable read. I can't wait to read through it again with my daughter this second time around. (less)
**spoiler alert** I just finished this book a little while ago, and wanted to write the review while it was fresh in my head.
I have seen the movie. I...more**spoiler alert** I just finished this book a little while ago, and wanted to write the review while it was fresh in my head.
I have seen the movie. I saw it for the first time in 2008 when my boyfriend (who is now my soon to be husband and father of my children) made me dinner and rented it on Paper view. I remember tearing up and loving the hell out of the movie, but I haven't seen it again since. So of course some of the details are a bit fuzzy and I can't really for sure say how different the book and movie are, but that's alright. I think it was good that I got to read the book without remembering much of the movie so I wasn't constantly comparing the two.
The book started off very sad. It's a story about a young widow named Holly. She loses her soul mate, lover, her everything- to a brain tumor. Gerry and Holly have been together for 15 years and she has absolutely no idea how to pick up the pieces after his death.
She doesn't want to wake up in the morning, she doesn't want to do anything really, she's lost her will to live. Shortly after Gerry's death she receives a package at her mothers house labeled "The List". Holly is in shock! "The List" is something her and Gerry talked about before his death. He said he would leave her a list if he ever died because she said she didn't know what she would ever do without him. Something that was a joke between the two became a personal challenge for Gerry to accomplish when he realized his sickness was going to take his life, and poor Holly would be alone. So in the months before his death, without Holly knowing, he manages to write her 10 letters (not so much letters, just short blurps) one for each month(He died in February and the letters take her until the end of the year, the last letter being for December). Each letter is a new piece of advice from Gerry to Holly. While Holly's family worries the letters are just keeping her tied to a past she needs to let go, the letters actually push Holly out of the nest and teach her how to live again.
There are some comedic parts to the book as well. Holly's two closest friends; Denise and Sharon were very funny characters and I liked having them around. And then of course Holly's parents and her big family also play a rather large role in the book as well.
I will admit there were some points of the book that I wanted to strangle Holly though. I felt like she was very self righteous and selfish at times. I can't blame her for being upset over her husbands death, especially at such a young age, but life does go on. Of course I am just someone writing that, having never had to experience that kind of heartache before myself, but how bitter Holly was at times really ticked me off. She seemed to curse everyone and their happiness because she was struggling with getting her life back on track. She was wishing volcanoes to erupt or mudslides to occur every time she had to go out and didn't want to. She had very little money after Gerry's passing because he worked and she did not. But rather than paying her bills and saving the little money she did have, she instead spends copious amounts of money on clothes, boos, or expensive hotels and food with her friends. I guess that kind of luxurious spending meshed in with her being an emotional wreck didn't bode well with me. One minute she was feeling happy and uplifted and positive spending money with her girls or going out getting drunk, and the next she didn't want to get out of bed and was back to facing depression.
Of course I understand the author wanting to portray to the reader the internal struggle that Holly was going through, but I think she did so in a manner that kind of over-killed the point. I would get so happy for Holly when she was finally enjoying herself and the author did a great job at showing a glimmer of hope and then at the drop of a hat Holly would then not get out of bed again and go back to cursing the world. It made me so annoyed! I guess the flip flop of emotions every other page was hard to keep up with; it was a good idea on the authors part, just poorly executed. It wasn't a smooth transition from her being happy and slipping back into depression, it was just a complete 360 and that's why it was hard for me to like Holly through some parts of the book because she seemed more bipolar or like a mentally detached person rather than just a widow. Out of her two best friends; one is engaged and the other is pregnant in the book and Holly admittedly is bitterly jealous over both of their announcements and even stops making an effort to see one of them after the news is broken.
Again, I think Holly was just very self absorbed in the book because she felt as though her loss was the ultimate loss and nobody else could have a sob story that would top hers. She lacked compassion for friends and family when they needed it, only to make up for it later with a thoughtful gesture after the fact. She had a hard time understanding that Gerry was more than just her husband. Two parents lost a son, and Gerry had friends too that lost him too soon. Holly wasn't the only one suffering, as everyone in Gerry's life suffered their own personal hell after his passing.
Also, the ending admittedly ticked me off. It seemed rushed and I HATE that! Nothing is more upsetting to a reader (at least in my opinion) to have invested a good amount of time into a book just to have the ending forced. It feels like a rip off. During the course of the book there is a man named Daniel who takes an interest in Holly but she doesn't catch on what KIND of interest he has until the end of the book. The entire story I was rooting for Daniel and Holly to possibly fall for one another or at least for it to be heavily implied, but instead Daniel is getting back with an ex psycho (who the author sort of started a lead on and then kind of left it hanging) and Holly winds up ending the story by going to get coffee with a stranger. It didn't make much sense to me, all that build up about Daniel just to place Holly with a stranger? I want my feelings back!!
In a nutshell, the book was a good one. I teared up once but that doesn't mean I didn't feel emotional during the course of my reading this. I would recommend it to others as well. I am trying to hunt down the movie online to watch next.
**spoiler alert** I will definitely agree the book was good...but a lot of things kind of irritate me.
For starters...Camryn is 20...VERY young. It is...more**spoiler alert** I will definitely agree the book was good...but a lot of things kind of irritate me.
For starters...Camryn is 20...VERY young. It is very hard for authors to write about a young character with a previous love interest when they are that young. I almost feel that because of Camryns age, a lot of the book was juvenile. Her boyfriend in high school died and it ruined her whole life? I kinda had to roll my eyes at that. I am 21...so I am well aware of how strong feelings can be in high school but it just seemed a little too dramatic. Not only that, but Camryn went to school and was told about Ian...really? Nobody called her the night of the accident? How was it possible that the entire school knew before Ian's girlfriend? I know nowadays if any of my former classmates died or get into an accident, it's all over Facebook within two hours. This book is very current with a lot of up to date themes...so I am just shocked that she didn't know about her own boyfriends death before the entire school did.
Also, what is up with her best friend who goes from trashy to horrible friend to good friend? I hated Natalie's character. She annoyed me and honestly the entire beginning of this book reminded me of the beginning of 50 Shades of Grey. Two girlfriends about to live together, early college age, etc. That bothered me too. The beginning was cliche. And I am so angry we never found out more about Damon. Way to just leave readers hanging...out of nowhere Damon hits on Camryn and when she tells Natalie (Damon's girlfriend as well) about it Natalie calls Camryn a liar and storms off. Aside from a few tid-bits about Damon towards the end we never find out much more about him. It was like the author had a good idea on where she wanted to go with the Damon storyline and then got bored and decided to write him off as an insignificant druggie.
My favorite part of the book was Camryn's adventure once she decides to take off. I love when she meets Andrew and I love all the fun they have together but the beginning of the book was crap in my opinion and the ending was rushed. The entire book Andrew had a secret he was drawing out and then when we find out he has a brain tumor it was like "Phew, okay good, that's out in the open, lets sum up the rest of the book in 15 pages." The ENTIRE book we wait to find out what Andrew is hiding and then it just got ended too quickly. I felt like that gypped the readers. He miraculously lives and Cam is pregnant...by a guy she met less than 6 months ago and started sleeping with 2 weeks later. She got pregnant by the only weeks after knowing him and decided she loved him? Give me a break. And then to add onto the cliche ending, he asks her to marry him. Of course. So I guess that they live happy ever after.
I just wonder how they are gonna "live out on the road" with a baby. That is basically both of their dreams, to live out on the open road, performing, taking on short term jobs. Sounds fun but how are they going to do that with a baby? For a while I guess it will be okay but eventually the child is going to need stability. Where are they gonna put a crib on the road? Or are they just gonna crash in motels the rest of their lives? I think that's just kind of crap parenting in my opinion and it ticked me off that the author decided Cam should be pregnant...it completely goes against the whole books theme that Cam and Andrew were going to travel together for years to come. The pregnancy kind of just crapped all over that dream. And when they were getting it off when Cam didn't want Andrew to pull out I was like...she's 20 years old, wanting to travel the world, and she DOESN'T want him to pull out? Give me a break.
Despite all that I wrote above, the meat of the book (the entire middle) is what made me rate it 4 stars. I didn't like the beginning, I think the ending was crap too, but the middle made me laugh, made me happy, it was very visual, and I enjoyed it. I was on the fence about whether or not I should give the book 3 or 4 stars but since I couldn't put it down I decided 4 would do. (less)
**spoiler alert** I have had an interest in the Blair Witch for a while now. I have not seen the movie, nor the sequel...but I have been wanting to do...more**spoiler alert** I have had an interest in the Blair Witch for a while now. I have not seen the movie, nor the sequel...but I have been wanting to do. I was at a Goodwill yesterday and came across this book. It was a short read, it caught my interest, etc. So I sat down this morning and started it and just finished. It wasn't a bad book, but it wasn't all that great either. The Blair Witch Project is fictional, so these "files" written by a cousin of one of the people who supposedly disappeared are obviously not real either. But they are freaky all the same...and I am the type of person who views creepy as anything that is believable. Sort of how Paranormal Activity isn't scary but it's so realistic that it's eerie, this book was similar.
It's about 4 seniors (Noah, Jane, Mark, Cecilia) and two adults- Mr. Morris and Ms. S who go on a camping trip with a group of 30 7th graders. It's a school trip to learn about biology. The seniors are coming along as "counselors" but soon into the trip things get freaky. They learn about the legend of Eileen who is a little girl who drowned in the Tabby creake in the 1800's and she supposedly haunts it. Mr. Morris and Mark fall into the same creak and have a hard time getting out, like something was holding them in. They start acting very different after that and it's because Eileen's ghost is supposedly haunting them and making them do what she wants- which is lure all the children into the woods so they will die and she will have playmates.
It's a scary little story about a camping trip gone wrong. Both adults disappear and are never heard from again, 4 seniors are left to look after kids, and one of them is apparently possessed by this little ghost girl. In the end the children/seniors are rescued and the school tries to cover up the tragic camping trip. (less)