My son had to read this as part of a reading challenge in school (3rd grade). I could tell that this book truly touched him and at the end, he proclaiMy son had to read this as part of a reading challenge in school (3rd grade). I could tell that this book truly touched him and at the end, he proclaimed it was his favorite book, despite the sad story. I had to read the book myself after realizing this was the first time my son truly loved a story and felt so deeply about it. And sure enough, I too loved the book. We had a good discussion that I will never forget as I'm feeling like the love reading is blossoming. I will be forever grateful to the author. ...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
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 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
I only listen to book recommendations from a handful of people who I know seem to like the same type of books I do. This particular book was one of thI only listen to book recommendations from a handful of people who I know seem to like the same type of books I do. This particular book was one of those books that more than a few of my 'book soul mates' recommended and so it was natural to start it.
But it was a tough read for me! The first part of the book was excruciatingly, annoyingly, pull out your hair/stab your eyeballs SLOW. It took me a MONTH to get through the first part and at times, was at the verge of just giving up and moving on. The second part took me two days. It got better obviously.
So overall first part: big fat F for fail. second part: B. I would've gave it an A for the cool twists and turns but the ending was weak and it gave no payoff for the dedication it took to get through the beginning of the book. So you kind of feel like all of the muscling through all of those slow pages wasn't worth it. I also have a problem with some of the themes of the book. For example, it seemed that being completely psycho and irrational (for both Amy and Nick) was because their parents made them that way. We all know this cannot be 100% true but these immature, late thirty somethings NEVER realize this?! No one takes accountability. Perhaps it was a way for the author to paint this picture of dysfunction but this is only one of the many irrational themes. I can only take so much before this turns into a fairytale/science fiction where you're just supposed to accept a monster has three heads. It doesn't add up is what I'm trying to say. ...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
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