I feel like a heel giving this book 2 stars, but I spent the whole book thinking, "Dude, really?" It just seemed a little too...I don't know the word...moreI feel like a heel giving this book 2 stars, but I spent the whole book thinking, "Dude, really?" It just seemed a little too...I don't know the word to use. Cloying? Perfect? Easy? Trite? I hope it's true that heaven is really like that. But I sincerely doubt we're all going to be dressed in white and floating on clouds when and if we get to heaven. With this book review, I doubt I'll make it. haha(less)
Garry White's fairly short book on his quest to become an adoptive parent for the past 30+ years is oddly gripping, although it is written on about a...moreGarry White's fairly short book on his quest to become an adoptive parent for the past 30+ years is oddly gripping, although it is written on about a 4th grade reading level. The author has a tendency to repeat himself over and over and over again, driving home the same points (his psychiatric episode does not affect his ability to parent, he wants to hike across the Grand Canyon with his sons, his time in scouting, etc etc).
I feel for his plight, although I found myself resenting his characterization of himself as a better parent as a single dad than two parent adoptive families (buddy, I've got an awesome kid to prove how great a parent I am!).
White was certainly battered around by the system, but after 191 pages of intense whining and somewhat child-like wishfulness, I could not find it within myself to care too much about his struggle. I bet if I met him, I'd like him a lot. But reading him made me not so sure.(less)
Touch is the story of 14 year old Maisie, who's 3 best friends are boys. One day on the back of the bus, they touch her inappropriately and thus touch...moreTouch is the story of 14 year old Maisie, who's 3 best friends are boys. One day on the back of the bus, they touch her inappropriately and thus touches off a saga as she attempts to remember 'what really happened' and deal with regular life in the process.
Prose's book doesn't stack up to another great teen drama I recently read, Laurie Halse Anderson's Speak. The book is a quick read and not bad, but it doesn't grip you in a way it should. As a protagonist, Maisie is not a terribly sympathetic character. As the actual events from the bus are finally told, it's a let down and the entire end of the book just sort of runs out of steam.
There are other books worth reading first. This one is just OK.(less)
This book took me forever to read, and ultimately I only finished it on account of the fact that I really, really, really wanted to have a Q book comp...moreThis book took me forever to read, and ultimately I only finished it on account of the fact that I really, really, really wanted to have a Q book completed for the alphabet challenge. The premise is good--New York City girl hates her life and convinces her employer to foot the bill for her move to small town Kansas where she runs into a bunch of eccentric townsfolk and falls in love with local eccentric. And I guess, by and large, it was OK as chick lit, but that was the whole problem: it was just OK. Nothing to recommend it as even "good". Lucinda was "likeable enough", Faye was "unlikeable enough", Mason was "man enough", and so on. It was just enough to get you through to the end, but not enough to make you love it.
I won't read it again, for sure, but it was a fine read for the purpose.(less)
I didn't love this book and didn't hate it either. It reminded me a lot of Emma and Me by Elizabeth Flock, but it wasn't nearly as compelling reading....moreI didn't love this book and didn't hate it either. It reminded me a lot of Emma and Me by Elizabeth Flock, but it wasn't nearly as compelling reading. The first half is very slow indeed, but the second half of the book was much more engaging and read much more quickly.(less)
Traci Depree's Lake Emily books were recommended to me because I am/was a fan of Jan Karon and Philip Gulley's similar tomes. Traci Depree's novels ar...moreTraci Depree's Lake Emily books were recommended to me because I am/was a fan of Jan Karon and Philip Gulley's similar tomes. Traci Depree's novels are another entry into the (I think) relatively newish genre of Christian literature.
I am not a particularly religious person, but I love Philip Gulley's Harmony books above most books I've read in the past 10 years. I find my enthusiasm for the Mitford series has waned, they're a little too preachy. So I find myself approaching Christian fiction with a lot of leariness.
I got all 3 of the Lake Emily books on PaperbackSwap.com, however, and nothing warms my heart like free literature. So I decided to take a crack at it as I need some of the early parts of the alphabet for my alphabet reading challenge. Lake Emily will happily cover A, C, and D if I can get through them.
The story revolves around Mae and Peter, a young couple who take over Peter's grandfather's farm after the older man's death. While Peter struggles to make a go of the farm, Mae struggles to fit in with her new surroundings and figure out what she's going to do as a farm wife.
Honestly, the book wasn't really in-your-face Go God Go! In fact, it seemed to me like Depree randomly threw some praying in there when she didn't know what else to write. It was almost jarring. Pages and pages of why Mae is depressed or Peter is tired and then "let's pray".
I spent the entire book thinking, "Man I hate this book" and then at the end, I wound up crying. Which made me hate this book even more. But something about it must have touched me because I pulled out the sequel tonight and started reading it.
It's kind of akin to how I feel reading Jennifer Chiaverini's Elm Creek Quilt books--I hate myself for wasting the time on them, but then I can't wait to read the next one anyway. I guess there's a place for books like that in life, and so I'll keep reading till I can't take any more. I rated it 2 stars, but I guess I would have given it 2 1/2 and I'm toying with 3. We'll see how the next book fares!(less)