This book, as everyone knows, is about two people; Emma and Dexter. It visits them in their lives on One Day through every year of their lives, showin...moreThis book, as everyone knows, is about two people; Emma and Dexter. It visits them in their lives on One Day through every year of their lives, showing whats going on in their personal lives, and in their friendship.
I watched the movie before I read this book. I had the book, but when I found out the movie was coming out I waited to read it until after I had watched the film. Purely because in my experience - the books are always better than the movies. I loved the movie, and this made me all the more excited to read the book.
So, I started reading, and right off the bat I loved it. I devoured every second of it, and couldn't get enough.
I love Em and Dex, and at some points I wanted to shake them and tell them what the hell they need to do, but the way everything happened in the book was perfect.
The end of the book; I hated and loved at the same time. I cried, couldn't help it. It was so, so very sad.
I recommend this book for anyone who loves a good heart-warming story. (less)
Okay, so this book is typical British Chick lit - and while that may not sound appealing - it is amazinly written. I've seen other books written in thi...moreOkay, so this book is typical British Chick lit - and while that may not sound appealing - it is amazinly written. I've seen other books written in this style - and whilst I desperately tried to like them, they just didn't have the same spark that Helen Fielding brings to life in her Character Bridget and the whole story surrounding her.
The book feels entirely as if you are delving into Bridgets personal life through her diary, though it looses none of the feel of an engrossing novel either. I finished this, and the sequal to this very very quickly and thoroughly enjoyed both books.(less)
The first and the last paragraphs were the most wonderful couple of paragraphs I have read. This book was beautiful.
MAY BE SPOILERS AHEAD.
It is about t...moreThe first and the last paragraphs were the most wonderful couple of paragraphs I have read. This book was beautiful.
MAY BE SPOILERS AHEAD.
It is about two conjoined twin girls, Rose and Ruby, who are born the day after a terrible natural disaster in a hospital with no power to a young mother who vanishes after giving birth. The Nurse (Lovey) falls in love with the twins and after finding nowhere for them to go, is allowed to take them home as her own family. The story is written as an autobiography mainly in the view of Rose, her twin Ruby (the smaller of the two) adds in her own few chapters here and there, too.
The difference in personality of the girls is amazing, it really makes you see that although throughout their life some people have seen them as one, they really are two different girls with complete different personalities - who just so happen to be joined.
Rose is more 'grown-up' I'd say, whilst Ruby has a sweet innocence about her which comes through in her writing. Although the girls are 30 years old when this book is being written, when it's Rose's chapters I believe their ages. But when it's Ruby's it feels to me a lot younger - though it may be because of how sweetly innocent and naive she comes across.
This book really tounched my heart and I loved it. It's definately a new favorite of mine.(less)
So, I enjoyed the main character Maggie - although she is a little self-pitying, isn't everyone to some extent? She has issues wi...moreMAY CONTAIN SPOILERS!
So, I enjoyed the main character Maggie - although she is a little self-pitying, isn't everyone to some extent? She has issues with the way she see's her body (which is obviously hinted at by the title of the book) and has had them throughout her life.
Her best friend, Olivia, was also a 'fat girl' in school - though Olivia was always a lot bigger than Maggie. Maggie and Olivia are now older, at 28 Maggie is working in a coffee shop and is not pursuing or using the amazing art skills and qualifications she has to offer - whilst Olivia has had a gastric bypass survey and is now thin, popular and getting married. Maggie is asked to be the maid of honour... the story follows the life of Maggie - struggling with her weight issues, lusting over her workmate Domenic, and trying to plan her best friends wedding and hen night. Though, towards the end of the book things are getting better and better for Maggie, and the cracks in Olivia's seemingly perfect life and beggining to show.
I LOVED the end of this book. At the rehersal dinner. Is was so sad, but at the same time I was so happy reading it. Maggie took charge - FINALLY. I was uring her to, for. so. long.
Overall, this book was thoroughly enjoyable. Not a book to make you go WOW but one to just sit down and take in with a warm feeling.(less)
Okay, so I know a lot of people say that 'Change of Heart' is a rip off of the Green Mile, whilst I can see the similarities I must say that I loved t...moreOkay, so I know a lot of people say that 'Change of Heart' is a rip off of the Green Mile, whilst I can see the similarities I must say that I loved this book! I loved the characters and how the story is told in so many different perspectives. I especially loved the character of Shay.
I enjoyed every minute of this, and couldn't wait to finish - but at the same time dreading ending it. I will definately read more Jodi Picoult books and would definately recommend this one. I'm going to pass it on to my mum I think.(less)
It's more of a two and a half stars, I'd say. This is the second 'Picolt' book I've read, and I have to be honest when I say it took me a while to get...moreIt's more of a two and a half stars, I'd say. This is the second 'Picolt' book I've read, and I have to be honest when I say it took me a while to get into it, and while thing's were happening in the book, they didn't feel significant enough to keep me interested. I hated, yes, hated Oliver's frst chapter. (At least I think it was his first chapter) It just goes on and on about humpback whales, and it didn't interest me one bit, I had to drag my eyes through that one.
Okay, so don't let the negativity so far get you down. There is an okay story underneath, it's not the best I've read, but not the worst either. The characters could be interesting, however I thought Hadley was disgusting, and I didn't particularly like Oliver. I liked seeing the story from different points of view, and it was interesting to see the same situation in those different views, however this was overused. I felt like I was re-reading the same chapters over and over. If it was in one point of view the book would be about half the size, though I don't suppose you'd 'bond' with the characters as much, and understand why they're doing what they're doing. But I didn't bond with them anyway, and I won't miss not reading it.
I enjoyed it while I read it, eventually. But I wouldn't read it again. It wouldn't deter me from reading other 'Picolt' books though, as I loved the other one I read by her. 'Change Of Hearts'. (less)
The book is about two couples: Rebecca and Dan, Isabel and Alex. These two couples are both best friends and have been toget...moreSuch an easy and fun read.
The book is about two couples: Rebecca and Dan, Isabel and Alex. These two couples are both best friends and have been together for 20years when things change. Alex and Isabel break up, which causes a strain on the friendship nd Rebecca is forced to hold a secret she'd rather no nothing about.
This book had me laughing and feeling sorry for characters all at the same time. I thorougly enjoyed it and will definately look to read more books by the same autuor.
I loved everything about the story, the characters and how everything turned out. A definate reccomendation for an easy, happy, chick-lit read.(less)
This book was a gift from my little sister to me from christmas. Everyone knows I'm a bookworm, so it worked well to get me a book. :) Its definately...moreThis book was a gift from my little sister to me from christmas. Everyone knows I'm a bookworm, so it worked well to get me a book. :) Its definately not the type of book I'd initially choose to read for myself, but it has suprisingly turned into one of my favorites. I love the adventures of Katie, although yes - she does seem to be acting a bit like a lovesick teenager, she was given a chance to reincounter her first love.. I think most people would probably regress just a little in that situation. It did, honestly, take me a little while to get into the flow of the book as one chapter is her current life, and the next a flashback. But I grew to love this set up as you relive her growing love with her, and develop an understanding as to why she is acting so irrational and childish.
SPOILERS MAY BE AHEAD!!!
I do, though, kind of wish they stayed together in the end. Even though I do have a love/hate relationship for the feeling of Jakes character - it seems so final for her to brake off like that. But, I suppose, healthy as they couldn't have a normal family life with eachother with him being famous. And she does realise that he may nor want what she does.. So it seems all for the best.
So, yes - a very entertaining story, I couldn't put it down and most importantly, didn't want to. Definately earns a spot on my favorite shelf!(less)
More of a 2.5 stars. I got this book free in a mag - I think it was Cosmopolitan and I really wasn't interested in the look of it at all, or the blurb...moreMore of a 2.5 stars. I got this book free in a mag - I think it was Cosmopolitan and I really wasn't interested in the look of it at all, or the blurb. But, me being me, I couldn't just throw a book away... so it went under my bed for... oh I dunno a couple years or months or something. Well, I have eventually got to it - I was after something light after reading Nien's 'Life and Death in Shanghai' and well - it was a light read.
The story reminded me somewhat of 'Bridget Jones' though not as witty and interesting. It's about a woman named Evie who works at a plastic surgery clinic as a receptionist. She's dying for a holiday anddd none of her two friends seem happy to comply. So, she gets whipped up on a work weekend in France which, obviously, she see's as a holiday.
Then the story is about her adventures there.
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So, the first thing that irked me about this book is the lack of proofreading. There were some mistakes that really, really should have been noticed. A scene about a pay rise, and one scene about Evie's conversation with Dr. Maitland when he suddenly turns into Dr. Bennett for a sentence. The second was the way the people were described... first off Evie was apparently not very thin, or attractive - though when we really look into it - she buys a bikini for the beach (which seems to me like she has nothing to hide), also the way the men are described. One minute according to Evie they are grotesque and the next - the hottest things on the planet. Also, sometimes in the plot what was going on was not exactly clear... I didn't even realize she had slept with Tom till after the deed was done...
However, although there were things that annoyed me about this book. I did enjoy her adventures. It wasn't an amazing story and I wouldn't read it again, but it was light - breezy and fun which is what you look for in these types of novels.
I can't say I hated it, because that's far from the truth. But I also didn't love it. It's a good story, one that would probably work as a comedy movie.(less)
Okay so this book was a perfect, light, chick-lit summer read. And that's the best way to sum it up for me.
Blurb: [i]Every bride is entitiled to some p...moreOkay so this book was a perfect, light, chick-lit summer read. And that's the best way to sum it up for me.
Blurb: [i]Every bride is entitiled to some pre-wedding jitters. And what girl wouldn't think twice about marriage when her fiance gets his eyebrows shaved off just in time to look hideouos for photographs?
But what if it's not the ceremony that freaks you out but the happy ever after? Heidi Savage is wondering whether she can really forsake all the others for macho, beer-swelling Ed. And how can a couple who've never even been baby-sitters be ready to start a family of their own?
Will the answer come in the form of her ex-boyfriend Steven? Grown-up, gorgeous and good-with-children. Is Heidi's dilemma simple a case of right shoes, right dress, wrong husband?[/i]
Okay, so from the blurb I expected to be reading about this woman who is second-guessing her whole life with her fiance, and I guess that is the basis of the story - though for some reason it was not at all what I expected. It isn't as simple as the blurb and you get into a lot more detail about why she is feeling the feelings she is... and they are what make the book for me. The ending to me was unexpected - completely the opposite to what I thought was going to happen - but I must admit it did make me smile.
The upporting Characters of Kara and her son were wonderful, too. I loved them.
Overall, it was a very good book in it's own right. Though it is not one I'd re-read, I would recommmend it for a sweet, romantic, sometimes funny summer read.
The only problem I had with this book, and why it didn't get a higher amount of starts for me was the fact that I could not easily sit down and read this book for hours on end - which is what I like in a good book. I happily read it, but I could easily put it down and I must admit, did get bored with at times.
But, like I said - I do not regret reading it, it was a fun journey. (less)
Okay, so normally I put up a review the day after I read the book - BUT I've been so busy I have only just got the time. I absolutely loved this book....moreOkay, so normally I put up a review the day after I read the book - BUT I've been so busy I have only just got the time. I absolutely loved this book. Definately one of the best, if not THE best, chick-lit book I've read.
I enjoyed reading about three different protaganists who were completely different to say the least. I only really liked Ashling and warmed up to Lisa at the end, the other woman I just took a disliking to completely.
I'm not going to give a detailled review because I don't think the book needs one, but I highly recommend it to anyone wanting just a fun, interesting, chick-litty read. Haha.(less)
Okay, so I am rating each story as they are, and then again as a whole:
Red Letter Day - 3/5 Mother Figure - 2.5/5 No Strings Attached - 4/5 When the Fat...moreOkay, so I am rating each story as they are, and then again as a whole:
Red Letter Day - 3/5 Mother Figure - 2.5/5 No Strings Attached - 4/5 When the Fat Lady Sings - 2/5 (was going to be a one, but the end amused me) Art Lover - 4.5/5 Home and Dry - 3/5 Revenge - 4.5/5 Delivering Happyware - 4/5 The Alma Club - 5/5 Love is Science Fiction - 2.5/5 What goes around... - 2/5 Stone Money - 2/5 Changing People - 4/5 (though I am positive I have read this elsewhere... before reading this book. Anyone have any idea where?) There is a God - 2.5/5 The Fortune Teller -4/5 Weddings and Wonderbras - 4.5/5 The Masturbation Map - 4/5 For a Few Dollars Whore I & II - 2.5/5
I only had the 'More' free edition, so I didn't know (and am quite dissapointed) that it's only half of the book. I would like to read the rest, though.
An Overall rating of this I guess would be a 2.5... I wouldn't re-read. I'll round it down to a 2. (less)