This was not what I expected. From the cover I thought it was just going to be a light fluffy read, which is sometimes just what I want. This was muchThis was not what I expected. From the cover I thought it was just going to be a light fluffy read, which is sometimes just what I want. This was much heavier than that. It dealt with domestic abuse, and I really thought Hoover did a great job dealing with the topic. What I liked most was how she dealt with the misconception that just because you say "I would leave him. I would never put up with that. What are you some kind of idiot for staying?" does not mean that in that situation you would. It's a lot harder than that. It made me sympathize with Lily and her plight instead of judge her for it.
Okay, no. This book started out promising - you knew based on the jacket that Jack was a grade-A assmunch, and probably abused Grace, but this was notOkay, no. This book started out promising - you knew based on the jacket that Jack was a grade-A assmunch, and probably abused Grace, but this was not entirely the case.
Yes, he's an assmunch, yes he did abuse Grace, but it was not at all the kind of abuse one would expect. He really used Grace to get to her sister Millie, who has Downs. And what Jack wanted to do was basically torture them and keep them in a basement forever just like his Dad to his Mom until Jack killed her for crying and begging for help.
The thing is, Jack was so unbelievable to me. Okay, yep, he's a psychopath, but one that tells Grace HIS ENTIRE EVIL PLOT right after they are married. And then he goes on to tell her how he will always be one step ahead of her, giving her the play-by-play of what he's done and what he will do, etc.
This is where the author lost me. He became the soap opera, penny dreadful version of a psychopath. If he had a mustache, he'd be twirling it and laughing maniacally. Then the author really lost me when Grace learns Jack didn't want to meet her parents because he wanted to ask her father for permission to marry her, but because he wanted to warn her father that Grace might not take care of Millie when Millie was released at 18 the way it had been planned. So, Jack warned Grace's father that he and his wife might want to emigrate to New Zealand sooner so they wouldn't be stuck taking care of Millie. Okay, yeah, I get it - they were selfish parents who didn't want to be parents, but COME ON. I'm supposed to believe that no red flags were thrown when this man THEY JUST MET is advising them to make their escape plan? Oh, why thank you man I've never met for thinking so much about our needs... WTF??
I was expecting some gaslighting, a buildup of abuse - not basically Jack telling Grace on their honeymoon why he's being such a dick
I did skip right to the end, just to see how he got his, but even that felt very much like a soap opera to me. I skimmed through the middle and the basement, the paintings...all very disturbing but with this cheesy shock and awe element to it that just made it fall flat.
Okay, I am 17 pages from the end and I just need to vent about this book. The thing is, I like the writing, but I have to admit it was a real struggleOkay, I am 17 pages from the end and I just need to vent about this book. The thing is, I like the writing, but I have to admit it was a real struggle to dive into the last 3/4 of it. Why? Because these characters are AWFUL AWFUL AWFUL people. I get it - it's called "Monster: A Love Story". I hate Tommy. He's such a DICK. And I really hate Stacey. She's such a bitch. In this sense, these two are perfect for each other. They can just be awful to each other for eternity, which I am sure is ALSO the point. But Stacey shows signs of actually having a brain sometimes and KNOWING she's fucking her life up but also can't seem to stop herself because His Doucheness comes calling and she drops everything to be with him! He's sexually violent, manipulative, acts like a fucking child throwing a temper tantrum when he doesn't get his way (yeah, I know, actor), and all these two do is DRINK. Their relationship consists of saying awful things to each other, screwing, and drinking. AND, Stacey is a better Mom to Tommy's kid than she is to her own kids!
And how in the FUCK is everyone in this book saying that this is all HER fault? They are both d-bags as far as I'm concerned, but Tommy is the biggest one of all. Seriously, fuck this book. ...more
I liked this book but I didn't love it. Not that I have to love everything that I read though. I felt it dragged in some areas and that the romance thI liked this book but I didn't love it. Not that I have to love everything that I read though. I felt it dragged in some areas and that the romance that developed between the two was sort of rushed, and that there wasn't much going on besides the sex which made me wonder how exactly they were connecting otherwise. My biggest complaint was the last few chapters I felt there was too much going on with Audrey talking to her mom and Garrett talking to his dad, and I get that they had to have these conversations but I felt as though it was filler. It all just kind of felt slapped together at the end and then I felt that the end was sort of anti-climactic. ...more
I debated on whether or not to give this 4 stars or 3. I did like this book, even if at times it felt rather bogged down by Wall Street stuff that wenI debated on whether or not to give this 4 stars or 3. I did like this book, even if at times it felt rather bogged down by Wall Street stuff that went over my head at times. The characters were an interesting bunch and I wondered how many of them were just as she had experienced IRL or exaggerated. It made me feel out of touch with that 1%, which I suppose is the point. They are just very different from the average person.
I liked that it didn't end with Belle not totally back with her husband yet because as far as I'm concerned, he was a DICK. ...more
Crap on a cracker, what a book. I almost don't know where to start. This was unlike anything I had ever read before. I have a weird fascination with pCrap on a cracker, what a book. I almost don't know where to start. This was unlike anything I had ever read before. I have a weird fascination with psychopaths and oh boy, was Joe a psychopath. I think I spent most of my time with my mouth hanging open because of the crazy crap he did. And there were times I actually cheered him on! What the hell is WRONG with me?
(view spoiler)[I was not even sorry that Beck died. She really was a terrible person, but I felt sorry because Joe was sad!! WTF?!
I am so hoping that in the next book this Amy Adam chick is just like him. I would love to see Joe meet his match and maybe have them go out War of the Roses style. This book is NOT a romance. NOT. AT. ALL. But it is crazy addicting, and just plain crazy. (hide spoiler)]...more
I had seen this come through the circ desk at the library several times, and I had seen it talked about in Book Page. It was a book I'd picked up, conI had seen this come through the circ desk at the library several times, and I had seen it talked about in Book Page. It was a book I'd picked up, considered, but then put back down. This last time I picked it up I took it home.
It was great! It was basically a Sheldon Cooper-esque character with a few different attributes. Don actually wants to find a wife. And he does. It's a little Mirror Has Two Faces and When Harry Met Sally. It was fun and light and reading about Don's thought processes was interesting and illuminating. The things some of us take for granted - social cues, having emotions, the ability to make jokes - are lost on Don. But Rosie gets it and gets him, even if she does get a little frustrated with him at times (understandable).
It was a bit hoaky, as most things related to zombies are, but it was fun. Some of the jokes made me groan but in a good way. There was blood and gutsIt was a bit hoaky, as most things related to zombies are, but it was fun. Some of the jokes made me groan but in a good way. There was blood and guts, but that was to be expected, and I liked how Sarah was not at all a weak woman deferring to the guy to fight the zombies. Sarah actually took the lead quite a bit and kicked some serious zombie ass. ...more
I almost forgot to read the last ten pages of the book because I could not get over the fact that Cath and Levi from "Fangirl", my favorite Rainbow RoI almost forgot to read the last ten pages of the book because I could not get over the fact that Cath and Levi from "Fangirl", my favorite Rainbow Rowell book to date, made cameos. I could not get past the fact that they were ENGAGED, too. The fangirl in me was squealing and jumping up and down for joy. I even Googled it to make sure it was really them, and sure enough, it was.
Okay, now onto "Landline". I'm pretty sure that Rainbow Rowell is just going to be that author that I read no matter what the subject is. I just love her writing. I love her wit and her characters. While "Fangirl" is still my favorite, "Landline" is still a great book, though I must admit that there were times I didn't always necessarily like Neal for Georgie. In the beginning I really liked Seth for Georgie and there were plenty of times where I thought "That Seth is totes in love with her." But then, at the end, even when he was telling Georgie he loved her, he was still more in love with the magic they wove together with their writing than anything else. I think Seth loved her in the only way Seth knew how since he seemed rather shallow with moments of depth.
I figured that what I was supposed to take away - and what Georgie was supposed to take away - from the conversations with 1998 Neal was that he would never hate her, even when he seemed to. He would never give up on her, even when it seemed he had. It seemed that perhaps largely these things were in Georgie's head, but wasn't actually the reality. Yes, Neal got annoyed. Yes, he wanted her to think of him and the kids, but he also knew that her work was important to her and would not ask her to give that up.
I was left sort of feeling that I needed more to flesh it all out and make it feel concluded. I felt like maybe I needed a little more from Neal. More assurance. But I had gotten used to Georgie's voice who was largely unsure about everything but her love for Neal.
All in all, I really did enjoy this book. And did I mention that Cath and Levi make an appearance?!...more