2.5 stars? Maybe? (I really hate rating books numerically)
I'm so torn about this book. I really love the premise of it, but it just took so darn long...more2.5 stars? Maybe? (I really hate rating books numerically)
I'm so torn about this book. I really love the premise of it, but it just took so darn long to get into it! It isn't until over halfway through that they actually start on their road trip to return the items, and up until that point I was pretty bored, to be honest. Around 100 pages in I considered giving up, but since it came highly recommended by another contemporary author I love (Huntley Fitzpatrick) I decided to keep going.
And for the most part I was glad I did, because I definitely enjoyed the second half. I just wish the bulk of the novel had been about the road trip. (This may be partly because I am a sucker for road trip stories and could easily read several hundred pages just of people traveling.)
The other thing I wasn't crazy about was all the negativity about men and love. Which probably I should have been more prepared for when I started it, given the blurb, but going in I was in a very romance-y mood and I wasn't quite feeling some of the diary-style sections from all the wronged women. Not that they weren't legitimate and accurate, I just wasn't in the right place to be reading it.
All that said, I really liked Deb Caletti's writing style. This is the first book of hers I've read but I want to look into more of them. And I loved the development of the sisters' relationship throughout the book, I'd like to read a sequel just to revisit them again. And Jake, of course. :)
So I'm definitely glad I finished it, and I'm looking forward to reading more from Deb. I think timing-wise things just weren't right for me to fully appreciate this one right now. I wanted road trips and romance, and although this book does have both, they're not really the focus.(less)
This book sucked me in right away. Ezra is a great narrator, with a very enjoyable and readable voice, which I'm always pleased to find in...more3.5/5 stars
This book sucked me in right away. Ezra is a great narrator, with a very enjoyable and readable voice, which I'm always pleased to find in male narrators, since they're so much rarer than females. And I loved his story. I had so much trouble putting this book down.
Ezra's new groups of friends was a fun mix of people, but at times their quirkiness felt a bit forced, like it was almost too much. Not super over the top, but just enough that I could feel it. And I liked Cassidy, but in general she's a bit too manic pixie dream girl for my taste. That's a trope I'm generally not too fond of though, it's nothing against her specifically.
Overall I did really enjoy this, I'll definitely be keeping an eye out for future novels by Robin Schneider.(less)
I love these audiobooks, and that's saying something because I dislike most audiobooks and barely ever listen to them. I much prefer reading something...moreI love these audiobooks, and that's saying something because I dislike most audiobooks and barely ever listen to them. I much prefer reading something myself. (I even gave this 5 stars while I gave the print version 4 stars! Shocking, I don't even recognize myself.)
Chris Colfer (the author) reads the books himself, which makes such a huge difference (and the fact that he's an actor definitely doesn't hurt), and his voices for all the different characters are just delightful. I look like a fool grinning by myself when I'm driving alone listening to this. (Especially when he sings the songs for the harp, oh my lord.)
I feel like I need to put a disclaimer here and admit that I am pretty much in love with Chris, so there may be some bias in anything of his that I review. However, I don't think that his books are THE MOST AMAZING BOOKS OF ALL TIME and I definitely see a lot of flaws with them. I'll address those if I get around to reviewing the print edition. My glasses aren't completely rosy.
But if I'm talking purely about the audiobook, it's just so hugely entertaining and the way he reads it makes it completely worth spending the 10 hours or so it takes to listen to it. Even if you've already read the book. (I just made that number up, I don't actually know how long it is.)(less)