Jennifer Weiner takes the looking glass and focuses it on the choices we make--as women, as men, as college graduates, as daughters, as friends, as wi...moreJennifer Weiner takes the looking glass and focuses it on the choices we make--as women, as men, as college graduates, as daughters, as friends, as wives--and spins them all together to create her latest novel, Then Came You.
This book is primarily about how, sometimes in life, the ends justify the means. The four women who take the stage in Wieners latest novel are a departure from the down trodden, longing for love, size 16 heroin we're used to. Weiner introduces us to these ladies, all at different places in their lives, and how one choice--to be the part of a child--stitches them all together.
I loved this book for the simplicity of it. The topics are vast and huge on their own--infertility, death, drug abuse, sexuality, financial woes--but she takes it all to a level that the reader can easily relate too. You feel for the characters and you want them to find their own happy endings.
This story is an excellent summer read, and I swallowed it whole in only two days.(less)
This book is all steak, but no sizzle. I missed the sizzle.
I read this book, start to finish, in one day. It was the type of story that a reader will...moreThis book is all steak, but no sizzle. I missed the sizzle.
I read this book, start to finish, in one day. It was the type of story that a reader will undoubtably find hard to put down...you simply **need** to know what happens next. So, for the that reason alone, this book is a consumable read, and it won 4 stars. But, if it was worthy of an entire day's focus, why not 5? Here is why..
Good books, really, really good books make you *feel* for the characters. You fall in love with them, and that is the sizzle a novel can stand upon. The ability for a character to shine, good writing or bad, happy ending or sad, is what I describe as a literary gravity--they pull you in and don't let you go, even after the final page.
Kristin Hannah wrote a book with potential. She created a web of characters whom are relevant and modern. Hannah created drama, passion, heartbreak and a pinch of redemption. It was a pretty solid recipe when it comes to Chick Fic.
Hannah fails to make you *love* the characters and she rushed the book along at a pace, while enticing and page turning, leaves much, much, much to be desired. The relationships don't build and blossom, they have more a cold/hot tendency...the characters are "here" then "there" and the reader is just expected to keep up. So, eventually when you do reach the major turning points for these characters, you're not as emotionally involved and devastated and relieved as you could have been had more focus been given to the "sizzle". It makes it borderline unbelievable. Huge chunks of this story are missing, and it is in those chunks that your connection, as the reader, to the book would have been built.
At the end of the novel when I was thinking about this review, I felt like Kristin Hannah either burnt out or was under a deadline. She simply doesn't provide enough "time" in her book to do the job 100%. It wasn't BAD, and I'm not trying to convey that...I'm simply saying it was LACKING in a key way.(less)
I was standing in the Seattle airport, thumbing through the current best sellers in one of the Hudson News stands that dot the airport when I saw this...moreI was standing in the Seattle airport, thumbing through the current best sellers in one of the Hudson News stands that dot the airport when I saw this book with it's eerily simple cover. I picked it up and decided that this was story I had to read---and immediately downloaded it on my Kindle.
This book is a mildly scary story. That's all, it's not gruesome horror or depraved psychos on the loose, it's more the psychological stuff. Told from the perspective of 4 people, the plot is thickly twisted and each individual point of view wraps around another and doesn't let up until the last...oh...the last 10 pages or so.
Based in a small, exclusive college campus, The Raising, takes you inside the sordid world of sorority, and what really happens in the basements and back rooms of those old mansions lining the streets. What happens when something goes wrong....
It's a good read, it's hard to put down...it's not going to change your life, but it might keep you up thinking and trying to figure it out...(less)
I bought this book with the best of intentions and struggled through the first few chapters keeping my fingers crossed that I hadn't just wasted mone...more I bought this book with the best of intentions and struggled through the first few chapters keeping my fingers crossed that I hadn't just wasted money. I wanted to like this book, honestly, I wouldn't have bought it otherwise...but sometimes you just have to admit defeat. So Much Pretty, while covering a very interesting, very relevant subject matter, is severely lackluster. The writing doesn't capture the reader, and the author jumps from one era to the next leaving the reader feeling very disjointed.
I'm sure, at some point, the story picks up...but I never made it there, unfortunately. And so the book is abandoned in my Kindle...oh well.
If you're looking for a good mystery, try one of Gillian Flynn's books instead. Either, Sharp Objects or Dark Places is a much more easily digested read with solid character/reader connections. (less)