Even the Loch Ness monster and a world war couldn't save this book. Maddie, Ellis and Hank are appallingly apathetic and completely irredeemable. In tEven the Loch Ness monster and a world war couldn't save this book. Maddie, Ellis and Hank are appallingly apathetic and completely irredeemable. In the story, Maddie changes and I think Ms. Gruen expected readers to find her change of heart to be a positive, heart-warming story. Doing dishes and falling in love while married aren't exactly the changes Maddie needed. I stuck with it just because I liked the second string characters - Meg and Anna - and wanted to see how things ended for them.
And then there was the end, in all of it's ridiculousness. In an effort to avoid spoilers, I'll just say that the Ellis storyline was...annoying? Convenient? Random? And everything in the Maddie storyline felt like an old Harlequin romance.
For a book challenge, I needed to find a book made into a movie. I wanted to find one that I hadn't watched and I stumbled across this one. The idea tFor a book challenge, I needed to find a book made into a movie. I wanted to find one that I hadn't watched and I stumbled across this one. The idea that every child in a family would commit suicide and I was expecting to have an emotional response to the story.
Turns out that the only emotion I experienced was boredom. I actually found myself hoping that another one would off herself so just to move the story along. I feel horrible about admitting that, but it's true.
If you want to save yourself a lot of effort, read the first 5% and the last 5% of the book. The other is 90% is just oddly-creepy filler about the shared feelings of teenage boys and the quiet judgment of suburban neighbors.
I haven't been this happy to finish a book in a long time. And, to my dismay, I can't even count the book for my challenge because I'm only including books I would want others to see in my list and read....more
I'm not a 'romance novels' girl. At all. This, however, sells itself short by describing itself as a romance. It's more the stories of two generationsI'm not a 'romance novels' girl. At all. This, however, sells itself short by describing itself as a romance. It's more the stories of two generations of women, both facing personal struggles. The only reason this book didn't get a fifth star was the foolhardiness of Beattie. A theme popular in the book is that you can either be a woman that has things done to her, or a woman that does things. Very pro-feminist approach for a story that is placed in the 1930s, but when faced with choosing a man or a child, she makes the wrong choice. The decision is crucial to the story but it doesn't fit the theme. ...more
This is one of my least favorite reads this year. Making it through the book was difficult and I'm grateful that it was relatively short.
Perhaps it woThis is one of my least favorite reads this year. Making it through the book was difficult and I'm grateful that it was relatively short.
Perhaps it would be less disconcerting in a non-audio format, but as a listen, it was dificult. The book is written with one voice representing dozens of women. The result is that it reads as an oral recitation of answers to eight questions. Imagine a questionnaire being sent to many picture brides. The women answer individually but the results are typed up and switched to a "we" voice. Then, someone comes along and reads all 100 answers outloud, in order. On a more mundane topic, it could be as disjointed as "Question 1: What did you have for breakfast?" and hearing "We had cereal. We had scrambled eggs. We didn't eat breakfast. We drank tea, alone, while paying bills. We went to Bob Evans with our Mom and Me group. We have bulimia and threw up two hard-boiled eggs and some bacon. We had a Special K strawberry shake because we need to lose 10 pounds by bikini season." But with a litany of 100 answers, all unrelated. All with a "we."
Fanfiction for an H. G. Wells book? I was intrigued.
I like the idea of the book and I really enjoyed the first 7 or 8 sections of the story (the audioFanfiction for an H. G. Wells book? I was intrigued.
I like the idea of the book and I really enjoyed the first 7 or 8 sections of the story (the audio version is broken down into 11 segments.) I was even able to overlook the bizarrely included love triangle between Montgomery, Juliet and Edward. It didn't fit in the story and I couldn't match it with my impressions or any of the characters.
Once we hit section 8, however, I debated about not finishing the book. It was repetitive and dull, even though much of the story's dramatic scenes were included. The 11th section improved and I was glad to have stuck with it because there were some interesting developments in the end of the book.
This could make a pretty fabulous movie if the screenplay were to follow the plan used by The Hunger Games - leave the excitement and skip the love story. I'd love to see the makeup effects that could be used in filming!...more
This book is not my style. At all. I'm a sucker for wagon trains, prairie pioneers and the like so I decided to give it a try, never really expectingThis book is not my style. At all. I'm a sucker for wagon trains, prairie pioneers and the like so I decided to give it a try, never really expecting to finish it.
Imagine my astonishment when I found myself so involved in it that I was lugging around my iPad and headphones everywhere I went just so I could listen in every free moment.
I have no idea how this is book two in a series, or why the series is "Dangerous Men" but the author must see something in it that I don't. In fact, had my library's audio download description included "Dangerous Men" I doubt I would have selected it.
The book was a bit long but it was interesting. My only real complaint is that I had to listen to Augusta refer to Perrin as "creature" about three thousand times too many. Creature? Seriously? Thesauruses (thesaurasii?) can be helpful.
(Note: dictionary says "thesauruses" or "thesauri" are fine. Learn something new every day!)...more
The description includes the ubiquitous "based on true events" phrase and I often wonder what parts are real and what parts are created for the sake oThe description includes the ubiquitous "based on true events" phrase and I often wonder what parts are real and what parts are created for the sake of a good story. In this story, I am have several guesses as to the truth behind the fiction. One: Hannah is a relative of the author. She left diaries or letters behind and this book was written to serve as a re-creation of her story. Two: The factual parts are the always awkwardly placed references to specific dates/events in history and the story was created around these events as a 'what would have happened in a lifetime that witnessed these events' way. Three: An actual collection of interviews or articles from various people were combined to make a single person that would represent them and the past. This persona is Hannah.
It wasn't a bad story...just a very plain one. The reader could have done more with the voices, particularly as Hannah aged. The noticeable Kentucky twang could have been dialed down a bit, as well....more
This book is like Chick Lit meets World War II. Turns out that it's a nice match!
I've never heard of WLA but I found it fascinating - the Rosie RiveteThis book is like Chick Lit meets World War II. Turns out that it's a nice match!
I've never heard of WLA but I found it fascinating - the Rosie Riveter of England. Hard, manual labor and rural living are huge changes for land girls but they attack every task head on and end up blossoming on the farm. Definitely a feel good book. Now I just need to hit google to find out what birth control was like in 1940's England because curiosity is killing me. The mention it briefly and it made me wonder. Apparently it isn't as modern a notion as I assumed!...more
I'm not sure how I missed this during my "Little House" years but I would have enjoyed this diary.
It's a good book, if a bit dull. The 'author' is aI'm not sure how I missed this during my "Little House" years but I would have enjoyed this diary.
It's a good book, if a bit dull. The 'author' is a 14 year old New Hampshire farm girl and it touches briefly on farm life, slavery, school, family life, factory workers and other themes of the day but it fails to go in depth in any. I would have enjoyed the book more had there been a focus on any of these topics.
I was surprised to see a recipe from my collection in the book. I originally found it in a cookbook from the 1850s so it was definitely appropriate to the story - just a surprise to see it in print again!
For a tween that enjoys autobiographical accounts of life in other times, this would be a good book. It's easy to read and brings history more to life. For instance, she might know that children worked in dangerous conditions in factories but to 'know' someone that was being sent to do the job to help support her family helps them see how it would feel....more