Three post high school friends from steamy Florida pull an all-night drinking session at their local dive bar. Joining them is a Hollywood A-lister whThree post high school friends from steamy Florida pull an all-night drinking session at their local dive bar. Joining them is a Hollywood A-lister who's in town for a Disney reunion, the launching pad for his career. The story is told soulfully through the lens of the one girl who dreams of leaving the small town behind. It is an acutely observed tale that gives heft to the girls' despair at the same time as it is boisterous and life-affirming.
No grievance lobbed against the mean girls in town is too small to parse over and dissect to its bloody meat. Sam Decker, the pretty boy movie star is fascinated by the three girls he shares a booth with and as the night unfolds and shines a heavy spotlight through flashback on their choice escapades, we learn that no one gets through unscathed.
This is a bit of an odd book in that the entire story is bookended by a murder and we never find out who did it....This might be a tactic to show thatThis is a bit of an odd book in that the entire story is bookended by a murder and we never find out who did it....This might be a tactic to show that the book was above pithy details like revealing a murderer and used it as a device to draw out the characters. I felt manipulated.
Bradstreet Gate is well-written, there are three friends as main characters, and Georgia, the most intriguing one at the outset becomes the most ordinary one. I was also deeply disappointed by those turn of events.
When the book was in hand, it was enjoyable, but upon reflection, the premise of three college friends linked by a murder that is never solved, each one of them, barely likable at different points of the novel doesn't add up to much. ...more
I found this quiet book rather impactful. The author splits her time between the lives of survivors in the aftermath of a plane crash and how they endI found this quiet book rather impactful. The author splits her time between the lives of survivors in the aftermath of a plane crash and how they endured five days in subfreezing temperatures in the mountains. Although we know this small group of five survived, it's suspenseful as you worry about how they ultimately reach safety and if they'll be able to resume a normal life.
The writing, while spare, packs a wallop in its direct and truthful tone. I enjoyed Avery's voice, and I felt she was honestly portrayed. I will be looking for more from Ms. Kells....more
I'm a huge Meg Wolitzer fan--her writerly observances are startling and ring true, even though parts of The Wife did not. Not much happens in real timI'm a huge Meg Wolitzer fan--her writerly observances are startling and ring true, even though parts of The Wife did not. Not much happens in real time in the book, as Joanne looks back at the twists and turns her marriage and almost-never-sorta career as a writer gave way to her husband's 'greater' talent.
AS much as I thoroughly enjoyed the profound similes and other devices, I felt they could've used a good edit. Even though the novel is slim, it packs a wallop with densely, sometimes over written passages that strayed too far from the narrative.
To me, more unbelievable than the very unsatisfying ending was what The Wife saw in her husband? He himself was a work of fiction to a great degree, and even as I was enjoying Ms. Wolitzer's spot-on interpretation of a marriage with only one sun in its galaxy, I found parts of it unnerving and sad....more
Having read the other posted reviews, I can agree with the fact that Shanna Mahin is a talented writer who could have benefited from a better editor.Having read the other posted reviews, I can agree with the fact that Shanna Mahin is a talented writer who could have benefited from a better editor. There are some great lines here and some typical characters with enough of a twist to keep the reader's interest.
I too, wanted to really like this book. I didn't find the main character unlikable--I enjoy real, flawed humans as protagonists, but I failed to get the point of the book. It almost felt like a cleansing process for the author to get some events from her own past off her chest.
I completed the book because it was entertaining while I read it, but if I had put it down mid-way through, it would have been equally as satisfying....more
Here's the thing about this book: if you've read some of the other reviews you have a fair sense of what's going on, plot-wise, or barely plot-wise. THere's the thing about this book: if you've read some of the other reviews you have a fair sense of what's going on, plot-wise, or barely plot-wise. The issue I have is the manic pace that tries too hard to reflect spontaneous inane fun while tossing meaty topics over its shoulder. The pacing and tone are off, and although I found some of the characters hilariously psychotic, it all felt forced and at times preachy.
There are absurd scenarios that could have spiced up portions of the book, but every appalling behavior (and EVERY character here exhibits them)is spelled out in great detail. There is no let up from the mayhem and merriment, and as everyone knows, you can only really enjoy a vacation if you need one. If you find yourself put off by Lily Wilder, the screwing around fiancee who is in Key West for her wedding in 7...6...5...days, the book is written over a span of the week before, you are in good company.
If you can pick up this book without judgment and enjoy the occasional good line liners, then go ahead, otherwise, choose better...(as Dr. Laura would say--applying to spouse selection) and that goes for BOTH Lily and her fiance. ...more
The Royal We sports the ridiculous premise of an American girl as an exchange student at Oxford who somehow begins a covert romance with the future kiThe Royal We sports the ridiculous premise of an American girl as an exchange student at Oxford who somehow begins a covert romance with the future king of England. In less sure hands, the book could have turned out silly and insignificant, but Ms. Cocks and Ms. Morgan are skilled writers and they have an excellent handle on their source material aka the Royals. That being said, if someone isn't a fan of London, The Royal Family, or Oxford,I suggest you look further for your reading pleasure. But if these topics appeal to you then you will thoroughly enjoy yourself.
The cast of characters is well-drawn, although I could've done well without one or two who seemed superfluous and added a bit to the confusion. It might be every girl's dream to marry a prince, everyone except Rebecca Porter. Her twin, Lacey, on the other hand, would jump at the chance, leading these two characters down a path to mayhem and merriment, innuendo and faux pas by gallon. Much of the dialogue is hilarious, but I felt the novel became repetitive and overly long at some point in the middle.
Still in all, every time I did pick it up I was glad I did. ...more
On The Rocks is literally a beach read, as it takes place one summer in Newport, R.I. Although the premise has been done to death, bride jilted shortl On The Rocks is literally a beach read, as it takes place one summer in Newport, R.I. Although the premise has been done to death, bride jilted shortly after her engagement in a most public and embarrassing way, cue the Ben and Jerry's as friends rally 'round, it is still enjoyable.
Yes, this is cute, funny and with a few scene set-ups we could see a mile away, but it was overall a charming and delightful read about a newly single thirty-something navigating the shark infested waters of the Atlantic.
If you have a lazy weekend ahead, definitely reach for this book, but one word to Erin Duffy, you are a deft writer and quite funny, stop reaching for the done-to-death ice-cream as friend model of chick-lit writing. There must have been dozens of ice-cream-as-balm-for-everything references, give yourself and your readers more credit than that. ...more