This story is about an elderly lady named Margaret who, once she learns that she has a brain tumor, decides to take in a boarder in her mansion (where...moreThis story is about an elderly lady named Margaret who, once she learns that she has a brain tumor, decides to take in a boarder in her mansion (where she lives alone). After interviewing a few people, she settles on Wanda, a young woman who has traveled across the United States looking for the boyfriend who left her.
Wanda finds it strange that Margaret is able to rattle off the names of her precious figurines, dishes, and more with such detachment; Margaret finds it strange that Wanda is so close-lipped about her childhood.
Margaret realizes that she enjoys having people besides herself in her home so much, she decides to take in more boarders. All of these people, in their own special ways, teach Margaret how to live again--even as she is dying from the tumor.
This was a pretty good story; the only thing I didn't like was how the point of view would shift away from the characters after getting to know them--and then the point of view barely returned to him or her. I also got the feeling that I'd read parts of it before, which kept bugging me...so I don't know if I had read something else that had similar parts or what. All in all, a good story. (less)
I came across this book while working on my library's weeding project. (I didn't weed it!) The book grabbed me because it looked like it would be very...moreI came across this book while working on my library's weeding project. (I didn't weed it!) The book grabbed me because it looked like it would be very sad; I knew that a death was somehow involved, but I didn't know who or what the circumstances were.
It's a very quick read; it's a longer picture book that has a subject not so acceptable for browsing children/parents in the picture book section. I was right about my first impression though; it is indeed about a death.
This story is about a girl named Kim whose village is bombed during the Vietnam War. Her loving mother is killed and her dying words to Kim are: "I will always be with you."
An enemy soldier hits Kim with his gun, which ends up hurting her sight for the rest of her life. She is, however, eventually found by United States soldiers and taken someplace safe. Because she needed special surgeries for her eyes, she was sent to the United States for medical help and ended up staying in an orphanage there.
She ends up living a happy life overall, but she always remembers her mother's last words to her.
The story was so sad! But I think it's important to have pieces of literature like this so that we will always remember that events like this happened in our history.(less)
This book was just okay; I'm not planning on reading the rest of the series. I don't really understand why it's so popular, to be honest--unless becau...moreThis book was just okay; I'm not planning on reading the rest of the series. I don't really understand why it's so popular, to be honest--unless because it's one of those murder/mysteries?
I feel as though the whole mystery was wrapped up too fast; combine this with a lot of financial lingo and weird sex violence and there you have the story!(less)
This book was okay; I liked it better than her previous book Handle with Care. I'm a bit disappointed that her novels seem to be becoming formulaic; a...moreThis book was okay; I liked it better than her previous book Handle with Care. I'm a bit disappointed that her novels seem to be becoming formulaic; a handful of them seem to share:
-main issue--something to do with a kid -marital strife/divorce/affair -parent falls in love with detective/lawyer/opposing party -non-main issue kid has some sort of issue of his/her own that gets ignored -turn of events at the end for a 'surprising' ending
Based on these observations, it might seem like I don't like her as an author, but that's not right; I do like her, but I think I may need to stick to her older books. Of hers, I have read:
-House Rules -Handle with Care -Change of Heart -Nineteen Minutes -The Tenth Circle -My Sister's Keeper -Keeping Faith -The Pact
The first book of these that I read was My Sister's Keeper, which I picked up on a whim soon after it came out. My favorite one, however, was The Pact, followed by Change of Heart and The Tenth Circle (although that one had parts that irritated me).
I think it's kind of interesting how she takes a societal issue and makes a story around it; it gives a voice to the 'other side' I suppose. (less)