Snoozefest for the most part. I can't quite bring myself to give it one star because it was not that horrible, but I really felt like I had to force m...moreSnoozefest for the most part. I can't quite bring myself to give it one star because it was not that horrible, but I really felt like I had to force myself to finish this. I was not that crazy about Hercule Poirot and will probably try to read other Agatha Christie books where he is not a character in the story.
I was at the library yesterday in the book sale section and came upon this book. As I was reading the synopsis of it, I started to get a sense of deja...moreI was at the library yesterday in the book sale section and came upon this book. As I was reading the synopsis of it, I started to get a sense of deja vu. The cover of this book though was a picture of the movie so I started to wonder if I had maybe seen the movie version of it and was getting confused with that. But something kept nagging at me that that was not the case, especially because fragments of the story kept popping into my mind.
It has been racking my brain since I now know I read it on how I came to read it. I don't necessarily see it as a book I would read of my own accord, but for some reason I do remember it having an impact on me, not sure if good or bad, but lots of images that I've been recalling since. I'm kinda kicking myself for not buying it yesterday so I'm hoping it will still be at the library today when I go back for it. I think I might have to re-read this one. No star rating since I can't remember what kind of impact it had on me or how much I liked it.(less)
I enjoyed reading this book a lot more than I did "A Pure Swift Cry" by the same author. It was suspenseful and just like APSC, it was written well wi...moreI enjoyed reading this book a lot more than I did "A Pure Swift Cry" by the same author. It was suspenseful and just like APSC, it was written well without dumbing down the language as most YA books tend to do. My only dislike, but I always seem to have this problem with mysteries anyway, is how the ideas to solve the mystery pop out of nowhere. It's like if I were to find a torn piece of paper with the partial letters of FLO, tick-tock as I'm thinking, and then A-HA!, it was raining yesterday and when it rains there's a flood sometimes, could the letters FLO stand for FLOOD? It's that kind of solution that makes it hard for me to buy into most mysteries. However, this book had a charm about it and a lovable character of Ted. A great premise, too. (less)
I read such great reviews about this book years ago and I'd been waiting to read it for a long time but I was somewhat disappointed by it. I was a lit...moreI read such great reviews about this book years ago and I'd been waiting to read it for a long time but I was somewhat disappointed by it. I was a little bit bored at times with the momentum of the story. It didn't seem to get to the point fast enough for me. I don't fault the author because I know she was buidling up the backdrop and the characters, but I found myself not really caring about the daily routine of Shell and her siblings and father. The dialect was distracting. I kept wondering if some were typos and found myself re-reading sentences to get the context of the dialogue. I was also bored with some of the dream sequences that Shell had and felt like they just added unnecessary length to the book.
However, I thought the author had a very good story to tell. I thought I saw how the story was going to evolve and end, but then the author threw me for a loop. The story evolved with unexpected twists. I just wish the execution of the story had been better so that I could actually have enjoyed this story more than I did.
I love that this author respected her young adult audience by writing this story in a very matter of fact way. It was quite a mature book, which is hard to find in many YA books, and the language or style was not dumbed down, as most books of this genre seem to be frequently.
By pure coincidence, my daughter happened to be reading a book by this same author at the same time. Neither one of us noticed until she happened to mention how good her book was and I looked over to see what she was reading (The London Eye Mystery). Needless to say, that added to my excitement for this book since I was just starting it, but it didn't live up to my expectations. This though doesn't discourage me from reading this author again and I'm going to give The London Eye Mystery a try.(less)
I finished this book a couple of days ago and it is still lingering on my mind and in my heart. This was such a wonderful story and I am so glad I pic...moreI finished this book a couple of days ago and it is still lingering on my mind and in my heart. This was such a wonderful story and I am so glad I picked it up at my library's fall sale, not thinking I was going to fall in love with it. I thought I'd get a nice story to read but I feel like I got so much more. What a wonderful character Philippe Claudel has created in Monsieur Linh. I loved how gentle he was towards his grandchild, treating her like she was fragile porcelain. The story starts off slow, but not in a boring way. It's one to savor a little at a time until the big explosion comes at the end. I found myself telling my daughter, I think I know what's going to happen as the end was growing nearer. I was sad to see it end and heartbroken by the ending. This is one where I will remember Mr. Linh for years to come. (less)
This seemed like it would be a fun, light book to read, hopefully with some quirky characters and some romance thrown in.
Here were my problems as I w...moreThis seemed like it would be a fun, light book to read, hopefully with some quirky characters and some romance thrown in.
Here were my problems as I was reading this:
** The book read as though the author was hoping the book would be turned into a movie. (I later discovered that this either started off as a script or has been turned into a screen adaptation and optioned by Sony Pictures.)
** I couldn't buy into Don, the main character of this story. He was so robotic about everything. At one point he is asked if he had fun and he starts breaking down what fun is Webster Dictionary style. I couldn't buy a character being so clueless about everything around him. (This gets explained at the end of the story.)
** Too many names to remember of potential fathers in the Rosie Project. By the end, I couldn't keep track of who was who and did the father's identity ever get revealed?
What I liked:
** It was a fast and for the most part fun read despite the above listed.
** I liked Rosie's character.
** I can see this being a movie. (I know I also listed this as one of the things I did not like about the book. I just don't want to feel like that is the author's intent.) (less)
This was just ok for me. I love Mitch Albom books because even though they pull on my heart strings I always feel they have a great message and are sp...moreThis was just ok for me. I love Mitch Albom books because even though they pull on my heart strings I always feel they have a great message and are spiritually uplifting. There was supposed to be a good message here but it really failed for me. It felt like a propaganda for cellphones, especially when a particular brand of telephone gets a shout out in the book. It made me wonder what was in it for the author. The characters did not grab me as they usually do. I wanted to care about these people and wanted to know whether they were indeed getting calls from heaven but the whole story turned into some kind of circus where I was never able to get emotionally connected to any one of the characters.
I will say that although I was not quite enjoying where the book was going, I could not put it down. I wanted to know how this idea was going to turn out. I just wish all the elements had come together to make it a great book.
I don't know what is going on since Albom's last two books but I wish he would get back to that original place he started at. These last two fails will not make me stop reading Albom (I still love what he does), but I do hope his following books will return to what they were. I don't know if I can take another Father Time book or more of this cellphone propaganda.(less)
This was the book-club pick of the month, otherwise it's not a book I may have picked myself. I had a hard time picking up the book on a daily basis w...moreThis was the book-club pick of the month, otherwise it's not a book I may have picked myself. I had a hard time picking up the book on a daily basis while I was reading it, but once I would read it it was hard to put down. Why then did I feel like I had to force myself to read it?
I can't quite put my finger on what it was about this book that made me not totally love it. The first two stories about Yael and Revka were so fascinating. I loved their journey, even though they suffered quite a bit. I wasn't as fascinated by the last two stories, Aziza's and Shirah's. It seemed rushed and not as personal.
This book seemed to get a lot mixed-reviews from the book club also. Nobody expressed that they absolutely loved the book, but it seemed to be about half and half where either they hated it or at least liked it for being interesting and different. I'll have to agree with the latter.(less)
I didn't want to be mean and give this one star because in all honesty it's not that bad of a book to deserve one star but it also is not that great....moreI didn't want to be mean and give this one star because in all honesty it's not that bad of a book to deserve one star but it also is not that great. Actually, I'm wondering how this ended up being published. I thought I was going to get a quirky story about a straying cat's romps but the story was more about the hysterical owner and her overboard, pet-smothering ways.
Initially, the story reminded me of something I read/heard/watched on TV--I cannot quite remember- about a couple who had a ceramic frog stolen from their front porch. This couple starts receiving random postcards from different places on the globe with their beloved ceramic frog standing in front of well known structures from around the globe. It became an event they looked forward to, especially since they still didn't know who had 'borrowed' their frog. One day, their frog landed right back on their porch. I don't remember if they ever found out who the culprits were or not, but I always found it an amusing story. Hence, my interest in this book. Sadly, this was not that.
It was basically a picture book for adults, which I feel would have been better suited for a magazine article. It tried to be funny, but somehow the jokes never panned out. Maybe if it had been about a hundred pages shorter, I may have appreciated this as an adult picture book.(less)
I don't think that I will be able to really review this book without giving any spoilers away, so I will be quite limited about what I have to say. Th...moreI don't think that I will be able to really review this book without giving any spoilers away, so I will be quite limited about what I have to say. There really isn't a major plot in this book as it centers more on the friendship between two teenage boys, Aristotle and Dante, and their quest to find out who they are. It is beautifully written and the characters are well developed thoughout the book. I made the mistake of skimming through some of the reviews to get a feel for what this book was about, since I hadn't heard of it before. Big mistake. I can almost guarantee the book would have been very different for me had I not read these reviews. But despite this, I really enjoyed this book and it was hard to put down.
My only problem with the book was the ending. I wasn't sure what the author was tryng to do here but I just found it odd that some key elements tied in a bit too conviniently by the end: 1) the reason why the aunt was ostracized from the family 2) the reason why Ari's brother was in jail 3) I believed Sam's reaction in relation to Dante, but not Ari's father's reaction towards Ari and eventually Ari's own quick acceptance of himself, especially when he was having such an inner struggle to forge an identity for himself.
I did like the banter between Ari and his mother, the fact that Ari and his dad would read the same books, that Ari's mother accepted and loved Ari's father will all his inner demons and just let him be, that boys can cry in front of others and it's ok, the way the Mexican-American community was portrayed here--I never felt like it fell into cliches and stereotypes.
What the author accomplished here was a sensitive, well written stroy about friendship, families and how holding secrets in can eventually destroy families and one's inner spirit.(less)
Not quite about Dracula the vampire. This is more the historical story of Vlad the Impaler. The grapchis are very gory and well...graphic. The story w...moreNot quite about Dracula the vampire. This is more the historical story of Vlad the Impaler. The grapchis are very gory and well...graphic. The story was a bit choppy for me and I felt like I didn't really get to know the whole story behind Vlad. Not a complete waste, but not as cohesive as I would have liked.(less)
I read this at the insistance of my daughter and because she said it was a stand-alone book. All I can say is that it was very cliche. Nothing new to...moreI read this at the insistance of my daughter and because she said it was a stand-alone book. All I can say is that it was very cliche. Nothing new to the old problem of New Girl in Town vs. Mean, Rich, Popular Girls. The only reason I gave this two stars was because it was fun to read in manga-style. It reminded me of the comic strips I used to read as a child.(less)
This was hard to rate on a star basis. The author adds a note at the end of this graphic novel how he had a hard time getting this published due to it...moreThis was hard to rate on a star basis. The author adds a note at the end of this graphic novel how he had a hard time getting this published due to its depressing subject. And depressing it is. The story was a bit too choppy for me to ever get to know the characters, why they were so depressed and suicidal, how they connected in the story.
This would get five stars if I were to rate it solely on the drawings. They were just gorgeous to look at. I found myself mesmerized at times at how beautiful they were, just staring and staring at them. But this alone could not save the story for me enough to recommend it.(less)