This book took me a while to into, because I'm not used to marathon paragraphs and essay-like prose. But I thoroughly enjoyed it once I got used to itThis book took me a while to into, because I'm not used to marathon paragraphs and essay-like prose. But I thoroughly enjoyed it once I got used to it, and by the end, I absolutely adored this book!
Josh is a unsuccessful screenwriter with writer's block. Although his main job lately is being a stay-at-home dad with two high-maintenance preschoolers. His wife has been away for the entire week on a business trip. On the last day, he learns that Stacy may or may not be having an affair from a play-date mom. But he leaves before he has a chance to learn more, and spends the rest of the day agonizing over it while having to do daddy duties.
This is Josh's story over the course of that day, and we are not spared any details. We are not spared any weird thought or bodily function. And it's surprising how entertaining it all is. It's amazing how well the main characters are developed when the story only spans a day. This book isn't ha-ha funny, but it is clever. There are moments that make you cringe and angry, but there are also absolutely heartwarming moments.
My favorite part has to be the chapter titled "Asperger's: A Chronology". It reads almost like an essay, and really opens your eyes to the condition and behavior of children with it. I also like the snippets of pop culture references to tie in to the story, like the Cat in the Hat parody. It's a really clever technique, and different from anything I've read.
Note: I received an advanced reader's copy of this book....more
This is the most touching, heartwarming, inspiring book I have ever read! The dog's voice is genuine, and his feelings of pure love is so powerful thaThis is the most touching, heartwarming, inspiring book I have ever read! The dog's voice is genuine, and his feelings of pure love is so powerful that it just pours out of the pages. Despite never having had a dog (because I always lived in apartments, but I have been a dog lover and wanted a dog ever since I can remember), I am able to feel the unrestrained love between the dog and his boy, and it is the most beautiful thing.
I thought that fitting in multiple lifetimes in a 320 page book felt a little rushed at times, but that's only because I enjoyed his day-to-day antics so much (especially his days as a doodle dog) that I wanted more! I honestly don't know what I can say more about this book because it truly blew me away. I absolutely can't wait to read his next book. ...more
My favorite thing about this book is learning about Chinese culture in the 19th century. Lisa See does a very good job at making you feel like you areMy favorite thing about this book is learning about Chinese culture in the 19th century. Lisa See does a very good job at making you feel like you are a part of the village during that time. I am Chinese, and have heard of many of the traditions such as the practice of footbinding (my mom's grandma was a victim), arranged marriages for girls to marry out, and the thought that girls are worthless until they produce sons. But of course I have not seen, experienced, or know the details any of this. There are tons of things I have never heard of, such as the forming of a "laotong" relationship, which is a contracted best-friendship between young girls that is supposed to last to death. I have also never heard of "nu shu", the women's secret written language to communicate with each other. This is all very interesting to me.
The main character, Lily, was not always likable, especially towards the end when she gains more power. Even though I was furious at her decision to shut her heart to her laotong (not a spoiler since she says this in the first chapter), I do understand the pain that she felt. Who hasn't felt hurt when a best friend all of a sudden has new friends and leaves you behind?
Snow Flower is the true heroine of this book for me. I felt so angry at the way life treated her. It's so unfair that someone so good could have such a bad fate and go through so much undeserved suffering. It is always a good book when it evokes deep emotions in me. ...more