I will fully admit that when I shelved this book and saw that it was primarily on others' "chick lit" shelves, I got a bit worried. I'm not much for cI will fully admit that when I shelved this book and saw that it was primarily on others' "chick lit" shelves, I got a bit worried. I'm not much for chick lit, but I figured it would be a quick read, which I needed after a longer book. I was really surprised at how much I loved this book; I found myself not wanting to put it down. It was both amusing and depressing, quirky and gut-wrenching. The story is primarily told through Louisa, but a chapter is dedicated to each of the minor characters' POVs, which was a nice change of pace. Admittedly, I might be rating this higher than I would normally because I had lower expectations, but it was really great....more
Admittedly, I had set a high bar for this book since I loved Hosseini's other two so much. While I enjoyed this one, it just didn't pull me in nearlyAdmittedly, I had set a high bar for this book since I loved Hosseini's other two so much. While I enjoyed this one, it just didn't pull me in nearly as easily. I would have preferred the book to focus more on Pari and Abdullah vs. having a different character narrate each chapter. With this approach, I feel like I learned a little about everyone, but not enough about anyone....more
The book starts out well enough, with Laura documenting pieces of her childhood. She's a good writer, and I found the first part of the book fairly inThe book starts out well enough, with Laura documenting pieces of her childhood. She's a good writer, and I found the first part of the book fairly interesting. From then it gets...well, pretty boring. Much of the book read like her calendar or shortened diary entries - meaning it read like, "On Monday I did this and on Tuesday, we had these people over." It wasn't exactly a page-turner.
Let me be honest and say that one of the reasons I read this book is that, despite my distaste for GWB, Laura seemed like a good first lady and supposedly one who had more democratic leanings than her husband. I was looking forward to her discussing this, but there is no discussion. She mentions growing up in a democratic household, and that's the extent of it. I didn't expect an entire book about her political disagreements, but there's really no commentary on "the issues," which I found a bit off given that she's the wife of a politician. A lot of the book almost comes off as defensive to me - not only in her justifying some of GWB's decisions, but in the way she discusses some democrats. For instance, when she talks about one of GWB's decisions, she will say that many senators agreed with him, listing clearly democratic senators (not that this is untrue, it just seems unnecessary). Or, on the same page where she discusses John McCain, she mentions Kerry's comment during the presidential debates where he discussed Cheney's daughter's sexuality in one of his responses. I don't agree with Kerry doing that, but it's strange how she says kids should be off limits in one breath, while mentioning a Senator (McCain) who said Janet Reno fathered Chelsea Clinton, and that's why she (Chelsea) was so ugly. (No mention of that incident in the book, obviously.) ...more