This is the first book in a long time that I immediately wanted to start over as soon as I finished. There's so much in it, I know that I'll get sometThis is the first book in a long time that I immediately wanted to start over as soon as I finished. There's so much in it, I know that I'll get something new every time. As a compromise to the stack of library books I have on my bookshelf (and because I had to turn the book in - it was four days late already) I ordered the audio book, and I'm going to listen to it for the second turn....more
I read this today. It made me laugh, and cry, and I wanted to stand up and cheer for women, who are mostly still being both the homemakersFANTASTIC!
I read this today. It made me laugh, and cry, and I wanted to stand up and cheer for women, who are mostly still being both the homemakers and the breadwinners. Because most guys - not my husband, but most guys - don't realize that the refrigerator has to be cleaned out.
Not that this book is about housework, because it isn't at all. It's about a girl (Amelia) and a boy (Chris) who both work at a supermarket in Australia. She's in high school and he's in college, and they are both very literary (yay! a book that makes me want to read a bunch of classics! I hope it has that effect on the high schoolers who read it.), and they both have issues to work through. Both of them are loveable, but neither of them feel it yet. It isn't one of those with issues that are easy to resolve, though. He's way too old for her at the moment, no matter how smart she is. And she's too smart to enjoy kids her age, and she doesn't realize that changes when you go to college (or, as they call it in Australia, "uni"), and if you cut the kids your age a little slack, you can enjoy their company now. So, lots of learning moments that teenagers can benefit from experiencing. And I didn't mind experiencing them vicariously as an adult, and remembering when I wanted so desperately not to be a kid, but was so scared to grow up, too. Part of that is probably from graduating two years early and being way too emotionally unprepared for college, but bored out of my mind with high school.
Also, there are a lot of relationships in the book, and they aren't happy or wonderful, but they are important and deep. At one point, for example, Amelia's mom tells her not to ever try to understand someone else's marriage. Boy is that the truth.
This is a great book, and I'm going to read it again someday and enjoy it again. Also, I'm starting a shelf for books set in Australia, because I think I've read three or four now, and I really like them. ...more
Hooray for anti-consumerism! Let's all use less stuff! I love this message. And yes, it was completely Christian-churchy-Jesus filled, because the autHooray for anti-consumerism! Let's all use less stuff! I love this message. And yes, it was completely Christian-churchy-Jesus filled, because the author is a pastor's wife. I normally hate Christian religion filled messages, because I grew up in it and it was shoved down my throat and used to manipulate me and it all became the bane of my existence. But this message is uplifting, and these people are trying not to be what I would call "regular" Christians, and I admire that.
I just "read" this to Jesse for the second night in a row. It doesn't have many words, but it was such an unexpected story. It tugs at the ole heart sI just "read" this to Jesse for the second night in a row. It doesn't have many words, but it was such an unexpected story. It tugs at the ole heart strings.
Poor dog isn't much good at maintaining friendships. And when an unexpected issue comes up, he abandons his friend robot. Robot waits and waits, and is eventually rescued, while dog tries to make new friends, but never forgets.
The only problem I have with this story is that one anthropomorphic stories often generate, where one dog is building robots and going to the library and hopping a bus to the dog beach, while another dog sniffs junk and guards the junkyard and wears a collar and clearly "belongs" to the junkyard owner.
But that's a trifle, and it doesn't stop me from tearing up at the last page. Every time. I'm pathetic, I know, but this story makes me cry, and I love it.