Bought this at a discount from the Kindle First program, and honestly my expectations weren't that high. Unless you're buying old best sellers on saleBought this at a discount from the Kindle First program, and honestly my expectations weren't that high. Unless you're buying old best sellers on sale, the low priced kindle books tend to suck. But the plot sounded interesting and it was $3, so what did I have to lose?
Overall, it was a quick read and kept my attention. I liked the pacing and the way the story jumped back and forth from past events to the current day - which is something that can be potentially annoying. I hate when you get sucked into one time or POV and you're dying to know what happens next, and then the rug is pulled out and you are forced into a different timeframe/POV. The author instead uses the shifts from the past and present to keep the story moving forward, which I appreciated.
A few things required a little suspension of belief, but overall, it was pretty good. My biggest issue was the last revelation given away at the end. It just seems highly implausible that it could have happened the way it did, and I found the reaction of one of the supporting characters not believable. It should have just ended a chapter earlier instead of falling into the temptation of becoming too saccharine. For a first novel though, I'm willing to forgive the author and would read her future works.
3.5 stars. This book kept popping up for me as a suggested read, so I grabbed when It was a kindle daily deal. Better than I expected, but the beginni3.5 stars. This book kept popping up for me as a suggested read, so I grabbed when It was a kindle daily deal. Better than I expected, but the beginning was a chore to slog through. The two first person narratives presented in the Prologue and Chapter 1 were confusing back to back. It felt sloppy - I feel it could have been better executed. And I just found the prose to be kind of choppy, but eventually I fell into the style and it became tolerable. The story itself though was interesting and compelling, if a bit over the top.
I wish the "war games" had been explained a bit better from the get go. It was hard to judge exactly how seriously these things were to be taken or why the students seemed to overact about certain events. (Crying over "hostages", etc.) It seemed a bit immature and something the main character wouldn't reallly care about at all given her past. ...more
I didn't expect to like this as much as I did. It's really charming, and you find yourself really rooting for the characters. I wish we would have seeI didn't expect to like this as much as I did. It's really charming, and you find yourself really rooting for the characters. I wish we would have seen more characterization of Rosie, but regardless, it's a winner. Fans of Eleanor & Park should snatch this one up. ...more
There are so few books about agaves that I have to give this one 4 stars just for existing. It was interesting and informative, but I wanted more infoThere are so few books about agaves that I have to give this one 4 stars just for existing. It was interesting and informative, but I wanted more information than the book provided. I would have appreciated more in-depth info on care and propagation, coring, and growing from seed. I would have also appreciated advice on growing agaves outside of their native territory. Not all succulent and agave fanatics live in the southwest! As with many books of this type, there's only a chapter or two of info, and then it just turns into an encyclopedia reference to different varieties of agaves. A few of the ones I was most interested in reading about I could not find in the book, so that was a bit of a disappointment. Not sure what the hardcover version looks like, but the photos in the kindle version where rather small and puny. ...more
Got this as a kindle daily deal. It's a short read about an interview with Southwest Airlines exec Colleen Barrett. I found her career interesting, anGot this as a kindle daily deal. It's a short read about an interview with Southwest Airlines exec Colleen Barrett. I found her career interesting, and the leadership advice was great. Near the end of the book it got a little religiously, which I don't appreciate in business books. ...more
Picked this up as a Kindle Daily Deal and didn't have huge expectations, but the story sounded quirky and interesting. It was a quick and easy read anPicked this up as a Kindle Daily Deal and didn't have huge expectations, but the story sounded quirky and interesting. It was a quick and easy read and the plot twist legitimately surprised me, which I can't say happens that often for me. I totally did not see it coming, and it was quite cleverly done. I would have loved an epilogue because I really wanted to know what happened next.
The one distraction for me though was the references the main character made to what his shrink had told him. I just feel like that's a device that's getting overused in YA - as if to point out "hey this character is deep and conflicted and has some trauma, but I'm going to pretend to be underhanded about it by casually mentioning the doctor here and there but never actually talking about going to a psychiatrist". I just feel like I've read it before in Perks of Being a Wallflower and Catcher in the Rye and surely some John Green books in one way or another. It's the familiarity of it that I find annoying, it's just not original anymore.
I also found the number of teenage deaths to be kind of ridiculously high for a small town, but maybe it's not, it just happens that you know everyone in a small town and therefore are more aware when someone ODs or crashes their car. But there seemed to be an excessive amount of abbreviated lives in this book. How many teens have a dead cousin, a best friend who's brother and dad died, two dead schoolmates, another who was paralyzed, and so forth. I'm sure I'm leaving some out. And then there was Benton.
That said, I mostly enjoyed this book, and have to bump it up a star just for the fact that for once, there was a plot twist that wasn't completely foreshadowed or otherwise made obvious before the big reveal. ...more
As a sullen teenager, I happened upon the TV series while scrolling through the channels one day and finding the one Canadian station we got receptionAs a sullen teenager, I happened upon the TV series while scrolling through the channels one day and finding the one Canadian station we got reception for. I had heard of the books but never read them as a child. I had no idea what I was watching, and the reception was crappy and would go in and out, but I got hooked. I secretly fell in love with the mini-series, though at the time I would have never admitted it to anyone. Later on one of my friends in high school would admit that when she got sick she'd spend the day in bed and watch her VHS tapes. (This still sounds like the best idea ever for sick days!) She was the only person I knew who had heard of the tv show. Which is funny, because it's kind of got a cult status.
I recently stumbled on a kindle compilation of most of the books and decided it was time I finally read them. Book 1 was delightful and reminded me why I loved the tv series so much. I was afraid reading the book as an adult would be disappointing, but it was totally charming. I am looking forward to reading the rest of the series. ...more