Absolutely loved this book. I read this in less than 48 hours, I couldn't put it down. And then I was really sad that the book was over when I was donAbsolutely loved this book. I read this in less than 48 hours, I couldn't put it down. And then I was really sad that the book was over when I was done with it. The book was endearing and got me to laugh; it was also very touching and it got me to cry. I read a book last year that was similar in that the books had the dog be the narrator (Art of Racing in the Rain). I absolutely loved that book and it remains one of my all time favorites and so I was really skeptical about Purpose and thought it would never compare. But I kept an open mind and ended up loving Purpose. Both are completely different in their own unique way. ...more
Right from the beginning this book pulled me in and never let go; I read it quickly because the story flowed with ease. Of the books I've read this yeRight from the beginning this book pulled me in and never let go; I read it quickly because the story flowed with ease. Of the books I've read this year, this would be in the top 3 thus far.
The author did an amazing job in telling this story of how ONE traumatic event in a child's life can effect every single decision that same child makes for the rest of their lives. Many adults feel that because kids are 'so young' they won't remember what happened. That is truly ignorant and this book proves that ignorance clearly. The book also does a good job in laying out how complicated and tangled relationships can be when rooted in dysfunction. The book focuses on two sisters, both on opposite ends of the emotional spectrum. Most of us I think are a bit of both, somewhere in the middle and so it was easy to relate to them both even though each went to such extremes in dealing with their past. ...more
I read this for a book club. Not typically a book I would choose but I enjoyed it. It's a quick easy, read. Not difficult to follow even if you put thI read this for a book club. Not typically a book I would choose but I enjoyed it. It's a quick easy, read. Not difficult to follow even if you put the book down for two weeks or so and then start again. I would recommend this if you want a book to read while on vacation. You can read it slightly distracted and still follow the story.
What drew me into the book was how Mia was the same age as one of my own kids and it gave me an idea of how my husband and I may appear to be in my son's eyes. We had my son when we were young as well and then had another child years and years later...like Teddy. I fell in love with Mia's family immediately and found a lot of similarities from the book to my own life.
Perhaps this is why I couldn't stop crying during the last part of the book. Seriously, I was ridiculously bawling my eyes out. ;) So my advice: don't read the ending while with a lot of people or if you do not want to walk around the whole day with swollen eyes because you've been crying so much. ...more
I am into running and love soaking up everything I can learn about it. This was a good book for me because it did discuss many things about running thI am into running and love soaking up everything I can learn about it. This was a good book for me because it did discuss many things about running that I wanted to learn more about (long distance running, were humans meant to be runners, evolution of the running shoe, etc.). It was also VERY inspiring and I will forever keep in mind this story when I'm running a measly 13.1 miles and feeling tired.
I like to run and so it was natural for me to read this book after other runners have recommended it to me. I think that everyone should read it but I can understand that it could be a difficult read and if you're not into running; there may be no pay off until the very end of the book. I agree with other reviews in that the writing style is more like a magazine article, or several articles sewn together. I can see how this can get frustrating to read. ...more
Love this one. Definitely one I would pass on/recommend.
I feel that Grissom's strongest point was that she made complex characters come alive. ThereLove this one. Definitely one I would pass on/recommend.
I feel that Grissom's strongest point was that she made complex characters come alive. There are quite a few characters in the book and not once did I feel that a character was underdeveloped or confused as to who was who.
This book is a definite downer filled with horrendous dysfunctionality within a family (and I suppose a whole era!) but important to read because it shines light to a historical time that I never was properly taught in H.S. I did shed some tears as I read about the characters that I grew to love, go through some truly, truly anguishing times. Beware...don't read this at your kids baseball games or on the bus ride unless you don't care if people catch you bawling your eyes out.
I've read in a few reviews that some felt that some areas of the book were rushed with very lttle detail. I felt this was done on purpose to fully demonstrate how little Lavinia really knew and how ignorant to details some can be. Also it also shows that not absolutely everyone really knew the details of what went on and how powerless that can make you feel (no info=repression). Besides, I think there was enough sadness/horror without the details of a rape or child molestation included. ...more
I've never ever laughed this hard during the whole duration of a book. My family thought I was crazy as I laughed every few minutes as I read (not a mI've never ever laughed this hard during the whole duration of a book. My family thought I was crazy as I laughed every few minutes as I read (not a mere giggle but a 'put the book down and doubled over' kind of laugh). I get the humor only because the author's dad reminds me of someone I know in my own life; I can totally relate. ...more
I came across Matt's blog shortly after Maddy was born. I have a son who was born about a year earlier and so I truly could relate to the blog posts aI came across Matt's blog shortly after Maddy was born. I have a son who was born about a year earlier and so I truly could relate to the blog posts about newborn Maddy. But of course newborn trials and tribulations were not all the blog was about. The blog was super sad and I was feeling empathy exhaustion or something because I couldn't stop tearing up all the time. I had to put an end to following the blog.
So I came across this book 3 years later absolutely wanting to read it to find out what happened to Matt and Maddy. I enjoyed the book as it gave me an inside look to what has happened since I stopped reading the blog, what happened behind the scenes of the blog, and who helped him through the difficult first year. Matt's journey was a difficult one but I am glad he wrote this book as it was inspiring to hear how he went through it all with grace.
There are pictures in the book and on his blog and Maddy has grown up so much. She looks exactly like Liz! Exactly. The pictures made me tear up more so than the words of the book.
After reading this book, I read somewhere that it is 'science fiction'. The premise of the book has futuristic ideas but there is a big focus on relatAfter reading this book, I read somewhere that it is 'science fiction'. The premise of the book has futuristic ideas but there is a big focus on relationships and so I hesitate on calling this your typical science fiction book. I liked the book. It was written well and the story was well thought out. I know that a book was written well if it incites sadness, emptyness, helplessness and eventually anger--the author did a good job in painting a picture for you without outright giving you every single detail of who, what, where, when. There are a lot of questions that arise and the author never really answers the huge question of HOW this could even occur but that isn't really the point of the book. I feel like the author's purpose was to show you how this life could be like. I didn't give it five stars because it was hard for me to relate to the quiet resignation of all of the characters in the book, I couldn't fully enjoy it in that way. And I wanted to have Miss Lucy to have a bigger part; this goes hand in hand with my previous sentence. But yes, overall I enjoyed the book...it was not one of those books where you can't put it down and but it does pull you in to the end....more
I adore Tina Fey. After reading this book, I love her even more. This book shed light to her climb to get to where she is today. Yes the book is funnyI adore Tina Fey. After reading this book, I love her even more. This book shed light to her climb to get to where she is today. Yes the book is funny but its not all jokes. I appreciated all of the stories she told and felt they were all relevant in order to get a good picture of who she is.
I especially loved the parts she talked about being a busy mom. I do not work 18+ hour days like she sometimes does but I can truly relate to the working mom side of her and the feeling of being pulled in different directions. When I used to see her play Palin on SNL I had no idea she had SO much going on and on top of everything, she had a young daughter at home. The parts when she talked about how she had to juggle everything really inspired me. I may not have as much to juggle but still, at times it IS a juggling act for me and having read this book is encouraging to my everyday life....more
I have worked caring for foster children in the past as an RN in the system. I guess my biggest problem with this book is that I personally do not finI have worked caring for foster children in the past as an RN in the system. I guess my biggest problem with this book is that I personally do not find it to be believable. At every turn, I found myself just shaking my head at the INCREDIBLE luck this woman had.
The bulk of the story moved way too slow...and then the ending moved way too fast. Unexpectedly, I realized that this book had taken a YA and/or chick lit type of turn sometime in the beginning of the book (I can't stand chick lit) but at that point the story was good enough that I wanted to see what happened at the end. I would definitely recommend this book if you're into chick lit; it is one of the better ones. I can see this book being turned into one of those movies girls drag their s/o's to on Valentine's Day or something. Next time, I should probably read the reviews more closely or look to see what genre books are in before I begin another one! But this book was a nice surprise in that it was a quick, light book which I probably needed after reading a book with a heavy storyline. ...more
3 stars because I feel that this book was well written. I truly began looking out of the window more often, starting to wonder how it would be like if3 stars because I feel that this book was well written. I truly began looking out of the window more often, starting to wonder how it would be like if our days were longer. I also related to Julia in that as a kid, I don't remember a lot of details...only how I felt. I didn't think to ask a lot of questions and just accepted things. And this is how the story is written. It may annoy the reader because of course now as adults, we have a million questions. I can understand why people gave bad reviews for this book as the there never was scientific evidence to explain anything that was happening; this bothered me too. But in the end, I don't think that was the point of the book anyway. There is a focus on relationships and how the same intricate complications of these relationships remain despite a changing world. It gave me a different perspective on time and how we take time for granted. ...more
I would give this 3.5 stars. I liked the book...it had a good ending that I did not see coming. As you read the book you start to feel like somethingI would give this 3.5 stars. I liked the book...it had a good ending that I did not see coming. As you read the book you start to feel like something fishy is going on but you get blindsided with it at the end because it's pretty incredible but yet totally believable. My only problem with the book is that there are some parts in the middle that are really drawn out and seemingly have nothing to do with the story. You don't get any payoff until the very end so it was a little hard hanging in there until then. I've read reviews of the book before I read it and knew there was a good ending; this little tidbit was the only thing that pushed me to read to the end....more
I was excited to find that Sara Gruen had another book out because I absolutely loved Water for Elephants. 'Water' was an excellent book and a very toI was excited to find that Sara Gruen had another book out because I absolutely loved Water for Elephants. 'Water' was an excellent book and a very tough act to follow. With that said, I think that the author did ok with this one.
I didn't love this book as much as 'Water'. This book was just ok. The story I felt was all over the place; it wasn't difficult to read/follow but there were side stories that were added that didn't have anything to do with the main story (and why do this when the characters could have used a little more development?). I also felt that some of the book didn't seem realistic or believable (ex. John & Amanda's marriage, meth lab across the street, etc.) and it just made me want to roll my eyes up a lot. Also at points, I was thinking that this would translate very well to the big screen (big explosions, protesters, battling journalists...this book has it all) which then made me think if the author MEANT to do just that which left me with a bad impression.
I absolutely loved the bonobos and the author did a hands down, EXCELLENT job of making you fall in love with them. This was an integral key because if she hadn't nailed this part, the book would be meaningless. I felt myself get antsy when the story wasn't focused on them and it was taking too long to get back to them. ...more