I heard nothing but good things about this book. Then I saw they turned it into a movie and heard incredible things about the movie a well. I thoughtI heard nothing but good things about this book. Then I saw they turned it into a movie and heard incredible things about the movie a well. I thought it was high time I picked up a copy of the book and give it a read before I go forth and see the film.
I read through the book fairly quickly. It took me two days to get through it because I didn't want to put it down. I probably would have had it read in a day or less had it not been for work and taking care of my family. Many times through out the story I was choked up and holding back tears when I really wanted to bawl my eyes out. Mia's story is so horrifically sad that if it doesn't effect you in some way, you were probably born without a heart or compassion. I kept putting myself in Mia's shoes and I often started to wonder how I would react and what my choices would be if faced with her tragic story. I think I lost it, not as much at the part when she realizes her family is gone, but when her grandfather whispers in her ear that although he wants her to stay, he would understand if she really wanted to let go. There I laid in bed at 2am, sobbing quietly as not to wake my family and especially my sleeping husband who wouldn't understand why I was crying over a book aimed at teenagers.
The story moved along pretty quickly and I was anxious to find out how it was going to end. Now, the version I was reading was the kindle version. I feel that's important to point out because with a physical copy of the book, I would be able to see how much I had left until I met the end of the story. The kindle version, however, had discussions and excerpts from another book (that to me, sounded just as gripping as this one) which I'm sure the physical copy has as well, but I was unaware of the extras at the end. While I thought I still had 20% left of the book according to my Kindle, I was actually a lot closer to the story's ending.
Without spoiling it, I was reading along and it was just starting to pick up and get really really good, when all of a sudden, it abruptly ended. That's not even an exaggeration. I turned the page expecting another chapter to start and saw the acknowledgements instead. Talk about a downer. All I thought to myself was "Are you serious?! THAT'S IT?!?!"
Let me put it to you like this, It's like riding your bike down a long hill with a ramp at the end that catapults you into a huge swimming pool of whatever your heart desires. You can't wait to get to the end because you know it's going to be really good. As you're riding down the hill, feeling the sweet anticipation, all of a sudden, right before you hit the ramp, as your heart is racing with excitement, your bike tire gets caught on something, you stop dead, and fall flat on your face. Inches from the bittersweet ending you thought was coming.
Seriously. Great read, but OMG that ending!...more
Dear Luke, We Need To Talk is a new book by author John Moe featuring many pop culture correspondences that will make you chuckle.
Have you ever got toDear Luke, We Need To Talk is a new book by author John Moe featuring many pop culture correspondences that will make you chuckle.
Have you ever got to the end of a movie, television show, or song and wondered "What now?" or "But HOW?" Well, this book answers them all. John Moe puts a comical spin on many well known stories through pop culture. For instance, "Concerning Jon Bon Jovi: Wanted Dead or Alive" explains in hilarious detail why exactly he's wanted with references back to the popular hit.
You'll also find the hysterical letter written to all staffers at The Hotel California after the release of the popular Don Henley song highlighting the importance of letting the guests check out and whether the place is, in fact, Heaven or is it Hell.
Everything from Jay-Z's list of 99 problems to an online review of the hotel from The Shining is in this book.
It's a quick, easy read for when you want to relax with a good book, but don't have the time to delve into a full blown story. While most of the entries are hysterical, there were a few that I just read through and shrugged my shoulders. However, when they were good, they were truly good. You don't need to have any extensive knowledge of the specific movie, song, or television show to understand the humor which makes this book perfect for just about anyone in love with pop culture references. ...more
I received Bad Piggies: Piggies Island Heroes as a first-reads through Goodreads and the author.
The book has about 5 short stories and each page is fI received Bad Piggies: Piggies Island Heroes as a first-reads through Goodreads and the author.
The book has about 5 short stories and each page is filled with illustrations, mostly full colored. The words are fairly big and easy to read so it's great for a child age 7 and up. The stories follow the bad piggies of the game Angry Birds and their many quests through Pig City. I found it very entertaining as did my 7 year old daughter. Each story is similar to the short Angry Birds Toons that Rovio Entertainment have recently released on DVD. I highly recommend it for any fans of Angry Birds. ...more
I really tried to like this book, but the over use of pop culture references kills this for me. wouldn't have been too bad with a few here and there,I really tried to like this book, but the over use of pop culture references kills this for me. wouldn't have been too bad with a few here and there, but every single page is littered with them to the point where it felt like the author was focused more on how many names he could drop to get noticed and less on the actual story telling....more