[Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher on NetGalley.]
I did not finish this book, abandoned it at 40%. It read like an undergra...more[Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher on NetGalley.]
I did not finish this book, abandoned it at 40%. It read like an undergraduate research paper, and essentially regurgitated a bunch of research that had already been done, with no new revelations or anything remotely interesting that I couldn't have found out from other historians already. The formatting of the copy I received was horrible, words stuck together, words split in half into new paragraphs, and it was next to impossible to tell when the author had switched back to her own words from the story she was retelling. While the stories themselves were interesting, they were few and far between, nowhere near as prevalent as I expected, and did not have any analysis other than rewording what the story had just said. The writing was dry, extremely unfocused, and, if the author was going for a scholarly work, there were a lot of unprofessional interjections.(less)
Had to abandon this after 75 pages - I really just couldn't get into it. I had no idea what was happening. The only information I could glean from cry...moreHad to abandon this after 75 pages - I really just couldn't get into it. I had no idea what was happening. The only information I could glean from cryptic conversations and half-musings was that Luc was "the one," whatever that meant, he had some power that he didn't know about and no one wanted to tell him what it was, and there were monsters who stole the king and an important sword.
I didn't see it picking up, and after spending hours trying to get through those first 75 pages, I decided I'd rather spend my time reading something I enjoyed.(less)
[DISCLAIMER: I won a copy of this book on the Goodreads Giveaways]
I turned 30 this year. It was hard to admit, harder to deal with, and I still don't...more[DISCLAIMER: I won a copy of this book on the Goodreads Giveaways]
I turned 30 this year. It was hard to admit, harder to deal with, and I still don't feel like I'm in my 30's. But one thing I promised myself was, I am not going to spend any more time reading books I don't like, just because I have this masochistic tendency to finish every freaking book I start.
Unfortunately, Facing the Music and Living to Talk About It is one of those books that's going to have to be put down and never picked up again. I wanted to get at least 25% of the way through before I let go, just to give it a fair shot. But that 25% was brutal. This is a disorganized, rambling piece of self-help, and it did not do a darn thing for me. What bothered me even more than the "If I can do it, so can you!" reiteration was that he kept saying things like, "I wish I'd written this book sooner so I could have given it to my sister and maybe she wouldn't have died." I know that he didn't mean it to come across as arrogant, but my goodness did this scream "Her death was all my fault even though it wasn't!" I feel for you Nick, I really do, and I wish your sister had gotten better too, but this book was not going to save her life.
I have always had a huge soft spot for Nick Carter. BSB were my boys. Okay not really. But I always loved them, especially Nick. Nick, you are not a writer. You should keep singing, because as you said in your "strengths" chapter, that's what you do best. I love you! Really! I promise!
/EDIT/ As a sidenote: When I entered to win this book in the giveaway, there was next to nothing about it being a self-help book. This book, as I remember it, was marketed as an autobiography with bits of advice for people on how to get through the tough times. As you can clearly see, I'm not the only one who had this impression from the description provided back in September. Now, I don't know if the publisher or Goodreads have changed the description several times since then, but I can tell you that what's up there now ("This book is Nick Carter’s autobiography and self-help hybrid in which he chronicles his struggles with a dysfunctional family and the unimaginable rigors of becoming an internationally successful pop-star at the age of 12.") was not up there when I entered the giveaway. If it had actually been autobiography instead of self-help with a few anecdotes about his childhood and time with BSB, I might have liked this. A suggestion to Goodreads, then: Add a time/date-stamp for edits because it's misleading to put up one description and then change it later with no proof of the old description.(less)
I got 15 pages in before I quit. This book needs a serious round of editing, as well as some better storytelling language. The author obviously enjoys...moreI got 15 pages in before I quit. This book needs a serious round of editing, as well as some better storytelling language. The author obviously enjoys writing, but needs to take some classes in both grammar and creative writing. Sorry to be so harsh, but a book needs to have more than a confused girl and a hot guy to make me want to read it.(less)
I really wish I could finish this book. The sheer amount of French in it makes it incredibly difficult for me to understand what the heck is going on....moreI really wish I could finish this book. The sheer amount of French in it makes it incredibly difficult for me to understand what the heck is going on. I haven't found an edition with translation and it's making it impossible for me to finish. I had to abandon it.
If I could read French, at least, then maybe I would like it more. I guess I'll have to give it another try later, maybe when I can find an edition with translations in footnotes.
From what I was able to read, this is much better than Jane Eyre (I feel like the only person on the planet who wasn't as enthralled with that book as the rest of humanity), but still not as good as her sisters' works. Anne's The Tenant of Wildfell Hall was maddeningly dark and brilliant and still yet nothing quite compares with the despair and hopelessness of Emily's Wuthering Heights.
I'll revise this once I find a copy with translations and actually finish the book. Until then, unfortunately, this is an abandoned read for me.(less)