I usually love behind-the-scenes exposes of flashy industries, and the fashion industry is one that feels particularly foreign to me. While I appreciaI usually love behind-the-scenes exposes of flashy industries, and the fashion industry is one that feels particularly foreign to me. While I appreciated some of Odell's humor, her specificity, and her intentions, I ultimately felt that this book lacked much purpose. She's an outsider, yes, but only for about ten pages. The book is mostly a collection of essays about fashion SHOWS, not the industry as a whole. It's a breezy read if you like fashion blogging, but for me, it didn't have the heft it needed to make an impression....more
While The Bones of You is well-paced and engaging, it's not a traditional thriller. There are plot twists, which are fun and surprising, a slight paraWhile The Bones of You is well-paced and engaging, it's not a traditional thriller. There are plot twists, which are fun and surprising, a slight paranormal tone, and a final reveal, which didn't come as a shock, but felt (to me) entirely earned. The characters (particularly the ones who we only see revealed through the eyes of a narrator) are intriguing and multi-layered. I think it's a tough choice to switch perspective between Kate, who narrates the present, and Rosie, who narrates mostly about events of the past, but Howells totally sold me on it. I was equally engaged by both story-lines: a tough thing to accomplish.
Many reviewers have mentioned that they thought the book was predictable. It was. I just enjoyed it so much I didn't mind.
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This is one of those books where you start out reading one thing, and then you realize it has turned into something else about three-quarters of the wThis is one of those books where you start out reading one thing, and then you realize it has turned into something else about three-quarters of the way through. Luckily, I liked both "things."
COMING OF AGE AT THE END OF DAYS starts quietly and internally, following Anna's descent into what she calls "melancholy." The only thing that perks her up is Revelations (yep, that's the end of the world Bible stuff). She meets one of her neighbors, Lars, who is a member of an apocalyptic cult. We've got an interesting setup here, plus intriguing characters (particularly Jim, the neighbor, and Anna's parents).
Unfortunately, just about everything in the book begins to change: pacing, character traits, logical progressions of events. I finished the book, and enjoyed the process, but for me, it wasn't cohesive enough. LaPlante has a unique voice and a lot of great ideas. I'd read something else from her. This, though, had too much voice and too many ideas, and fizzled out where it should have quaked.
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This book was definitely a familiar look at millenial life, with frequently relatable anecdotes, an intriguing cast of characters, and a healthy doseThis book was definitely a familiar look at millenial life, with frequently relatable anecdotes, an intriguing cast of characters, and a healthy dose of snarky humor. Unfortunately, there is a saturated market for twenty-something's memoir/essay collections, and this one didn't stand out.
If you're already a fan of Ryan's work on Thought Catalog or Vice, you'll probably really enjoy this book. If you're a millenial who loves that thrill of recognition, you'll probably like this book too. But if you're looking for a humorous memoir with a bit of heft and depth, this isn't the one I'd suggest reaching for.
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I must admit, I tend to be a skeptic with books like these. I take what I can from them, but often find them a bit too "woo-woo" or self-helpy for myI must admit, I tend to be a skeptic with books like these. I take what I can from them, but often find them a bit too "woo-woo" or self-helpy for my taste.
The Beauty Detox Power offers advice on emotional balance, spiritual balance, and mental balance in relation to your food choices. There were a few things I liked about this book:
--Emphasis on not limiting your diet, but enhancing it with good-for-you foods. --Honest writing about eating disorders and emotional eating --A whole bunch of recipes (which I haven't tried) --The chakra chapter, which was all new info to me.
There was a fair amount that turned me off, though. I found myself skipping through the chapters to look for Kimberly Snyder's client's stories, instead of her personal narration. I found her voice to be a bit pretentious-- I tend to go for a more down-to-earth, goofy voice, but that's just me. There was a fair amount of repetition in subject matter, and a lot of repetition about this one "magic" smoothie she drinks a ridiculous amount of every day (I am not convinced, obviously, but I will try it).
On the whole, this would be a good book for someone who is actively looking to connect their mind and body in their search for weight loss. I think Snyder's philosophy about food is spot on, and for those of us who actively hate being told what to do, this is a resource that is about gradual, mental progress, not cutting out food groups.
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