I read this book in a little over a day, which is unheard of for me. By page 10, I could not put it down.
That being said, the book was not perfect. ItI read this book in a little over a day, which is unheard of for me. By page 10, I could not put it down.
That being said, the book was not perfect. It is slightly frustrating to read because there isn't a lot of depth to the story. Giffin spends a lot of the earlier chapters explaining stories from the past, which give the main character, Rachel, a little more justification for her actions against her best friend, Darcy. It's a little frustrating to read these back stories, when the main plot of the book is hanging over your head. I found myself reading very quickly through these parts because I wanted to know the outcome of the main plot!
Some of the scenes between Rachel and Dex are a little shallow. I realize this isn't a romance novel, but there wasn't as much steamy detail as one may want. It can be a little frustrating to not see how deep the connection between Rachel and Dex becomes. I would have loved to read more of the back story behind Dex and Rachel and perhaps more stories from their days in law school.
The ending of the book was a little abrupt as well. Again, I would like to have read more about what happens at the end of the story. Perhaps this will be included in the sequel - which I am about to start!
At the end of the day though, this was an amazing book that captured my attention and really kept me reading!...more
**spoiler alert** Oh this book. I loved Something Borrowed and Something Blue. They are a few of my top books I've read. So I was very excited about r**spoiler alert** Oh this book. I loved Something Borrowed and Something Blue. They are a few of my top books I've read. So I was very excited about reading this third book by Giffin, but found myself so emotional about the story. This book left me feeling very conflicted and angry while I read it, but after I finished it some of the mixed emotions I was feeling went away. I was content with the ending of the book.
I was excited to read this book because I thought it would present a situation opposite the norm. I thought a couple decided to not have kids, one of them changed their mind, and eventually they decided to remain childless. I guess we don't really know if Claudia and Ben eventually decide to remain childless or not - so maybe it was the original book I expected. This was not the conclusion I was expecting as I read, though it is a better ending than the conclusion that Claudia changed her mind and had a baby just to win Ben back (as we readers thought would happen). I felt latter conclusion was the inevitable ending to the story as I was reading and I grew very frustrated by it.
The fact is, there are negotiable parts of a relationship and marriage that couples need to learn to work through. But having children is not negotiable in my mind. Not only is it a major life change for each person in the relationship, it also directly affects another person - the child. Certainly people change and feel differently as they grow older or experience certain life situations, but deciding to have a baby with the sole intent of winning your ex-husband back is not "okay" in my mind. I really struggled with this notion as I read the book.
I tried to rationalize Claudia's change in behavior to considering the idea of having a child. I told myself she only thought she didn't want children because of her poor relationship with her mother. She could never really express the reason she didn't want children and that was how I rationalized her changing her mind. As I rationalized, I felt better about the decision Claudia was making - but it still made me feel uneasy.
The saving grace of the book was Ben changing his mind too. They both didn't care whether or not they had children, only that they had one another. Had Ben not changed his mind, I would have been furious at the end of this book. But I think Ben realized that having a baby may not fill whatever void he felt in his life pre-divorce. Or maybe he just wanted Claudia back in his life enough that he didn't care. Had this not happened OR had we found out the final decision between the two - I would have been very angry with the ending of the book. I'm very glad Giffin left this out and left it to the interpretation of the reader. It's such a loaded issue that I hope we never find out what truly happened (though with Ethan's cameo in this book - I wonder if Claudia or Ben make a cameo in a later book?)
In my interpretation, I believe they did decide to have a baby, but that's just my feeling! ...more
**spoiler alert** I listened to this on audiobook. The audiobook narrator is not very good, compared to other audiobooks I've listened to. She spoke v**spoiler alert** I listened to this on audiobook. The audiobook narrator is not very good, compared to other audiobooks I've listened to. She spoke very fast and didn't have very good control over the different voices for different characters.
The book itself was so complex. I'll admit, I've been very hesitant to read this book because I have suffered from cheating before and have extremely strong feelings about it. I did not want to read a book that involved cheating as the entire story. As expected, the book made me very frustrated at times and I often spoke out loud while listening about how inappropriate or wrong a situation was.
I will say this book made me strongly, strongly consider my own relationship. It made me realize that I, too, play a part in the problems of our relationship and I can definitely set the tone of the relationship by my own insecurities. I even related with Nick (the only time I did) for a split second during his conversation with Tessa about how she had been the one to change in the relationship. I think Kate made the strongest impact on me, always having 100% trust in Nick. Even though Tessa was sorely wrong as she defended Nick to April, it was inspiring to have that type of faith in her husband, which was a very big eye opener for me.
I'm not sure I agreed with the ending. For me, there was not enough reasoning or information around the actions that Nick took. He told Valerie he loved her, but later tells Tessa he didn't or wasn't sure. It seemed to me from his final explanation all of these issues could have been resolved with better communication in the relationship. There were many times that Tessa should have said something to Nick rather than thinking it in her head. There was also some unresolved pressure with Tessa quitting her job that was confronted, but the solution was never given. I guess I wanted more closure, but it's typical for a Giffin book to lack that closure.
Overall, the content and characters in the book only deserve 2 or 3 stars. The emotion and internal conversation the book sparked with me made it worthy of 4 stars. The information on Rachel and Dex and the role they play in the story made it worth reading!...more
this has been a favorite book of mine since i was a teenager. i never get tired of it and love the story. its a super fast read and i definitely recomthis has been a favorite book of mine since i was a teenager. i never get tired of it and love the story. its a super fast read and i definitely recommend it to anyone looking for a holiday book....more
This was an amazing book and I'm glad it lived up to the hype that surrounds the series. I am really excited about reading the other books and especiaThis was an amazing book and I'm glad it lived up to the hype that surrounds the series. I am really excited about reading the other books and especially for the MOVIE! I read this book fast and couldn't put it down. It was such a unique and interesting story line that I found myself amazed at the world I was transferred to while I read this book.
However, it definitely elicited emotion from me. I'm not generally a reader of sci-fi or dystopic society books. Actually, I think this is the first one of this genre I've ever read. I normally read happy chick lit or cozy mystery books. I had a hard time with the premise the leaders of the country were out to harm the members of the society. I didn't like that we couldn't trust the Capitol and I had a very hard time understand how the country was so evil at its core.
I also was unhappy with the ending. Well, overall the ending pleased me but the way the Capitol acted in the last 30 pages and the very last few pages of the book upset me.
I'll definitely be continuing this series, though I hope the next two books are a little less doom and gloom, though I doubt they will be!...more
I didn't like this book nearly as much as the first. I found it difficult to read and didn't capture my attention the way the first book did. The endiI didn't like this book nearly as much as the first. I found it difficult to read and didn't capture my attention the way the first book did. The ending was probably the best part, as it took me by surprise and piqued my interest for Mockingjay, the final book.
This story line dragged on for me and I really didn't find it as interesting as I hoped it would be....more
I read the first book in this series over a year ago. Usually I never read series books back to back (it takes a very special series to get me to do tI read the first book in this series over a year ago. Usually I never read series books back to back (it takes a very special series to get me to do this), so it's never really been a problem for me in the past to pick back up into a series after a year.
However, while reading this book I had NO recollection of the previous book at all. I kept searching my memory to try remembering if I liked Jordan in the first book - but could never remember.
That being said, if you were reading this as a stand alone book (which I guess I basically was), it wasn't a bad read. Charlie is crazy and has a very crazy family - but I was happy to see her start to grow a backbone in this book. I also LOVED Liam and really looked forward to the scenes in the book where he was present.
Writing the advice tips got old after a while, which I do remember feeling in the first book as well.
I'll say what sort of ruined this book for me was the ending. VERY abrupt, too many loose ends and left me kind of dumbfounded. I've read all of Gruenenfelder's other books and never felt this way in the others - so that kind of surprised me. ...more
This book took a while for me to really get into, but I did really like it in the end. The beginning of the book didn't really lay out the course of tThis book took a while for me to really get into, but I did really like it in the end. The beginning of the book didn't really lay out the course of the book, so I often wondered while reading where exactly this story was going. This wasn't quite the page turner I usually prefer, however it was a great read for the last day of my vacation and plane ride home!
It's a very light hearted and quick read about a woman turning 30, who has a life full of chaotic friends and family. There were a few times that I laughed out loud while reading and I was amused by the hysterical, yet ridiculous situations Charlie found herself in. Almost all of the characters in the book are very over the top and slightly ridiculous. I can't imagine one person having so much drama around her.
I feel like the ending was rather abrupt, and therefore cannot wait to read the sequel to see how the rest of this story unfolds. ...more