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
Felt too awkward to actually rate this kind of book with stars. Left it blank.
I was a bit afraid to read this book as I knew it would get graphic andFelt too awkward to actually rate this kind of book with stars. Left it blank.
I was a bit afraid to read this book as I knew it would get graphic and I can't unread it. But her interview with Diane Sawyer inspired me and wanted to know more about her journey (as well as support her by buying her book).
And yikes it did get graphic in some parts. But overall I'm glad I read it; her story will inspire me for the rest of my life. She went through a living hell (and probably continues to do so as she works hard to break everything she was forced to normalize) but yet she seems so normal and POSITIVE. If she can have a positive outlook on life there is no reason why anybody else cannot.
There are some parts that were left out that I wish she could have touched upon. There was nothing about what she felt about the trial. I didn't expect her to write a lot about what happened after she was found but she did and those parts turned out to be my most favorite. She also didn't write a lot about her daughters but I'm assuming that she feels like that that is THEIR story to tell and not hers. ...more
Quick easy read. There is a moral to the story that I learned and will always remember: Be Careful. This book is all about the consequences that we doQuick easy read. There is a moral to the story that I learned and will always remember: Be Careful. This book is all about the consequences that we don't think about in the quick, heat of the moment decisions we make.
I only gave it three stars because at some points, Glen (main character) really got on my nerves as his actions were becoming more and more unbelievable to the story line. And because of this, I don't know if I would recommend as quickly as another book....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.
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