Ok.. First of all, I appear to have read these in the wrong order. (yes honeybee you were right!) Second of all, When exactly was it set? Was it set i...moreOk.. First of all, I appear to have read these in the wrong order. (yes honeybee you were right!) Second of all, When exactly was it set? Was it set in 2003 (the year the book came out) or 1997 (10 years from where her bedroom is stuck as per the back cover blurb) or 1999 (10 years after the age she was in Nick McGowan)? This is why I think I struggled with this one cause the timeline is all screwed up in my head, having read the other one first. My brain is going technically it should be 1999 and surely she learned something from her time with Nick McGowan and really she should not have turned into this person. I didn't really like her, once again she was selfish and rude. Matt and Zoe, even Alex were all more relatable characters. Zoe is still hilarious. Alex is just lovely - very much the 6 year old (and I love her opinion about Jack and Rose).
Ok... Setting the date in the book... Sorry I have to get this off my chest, it really bugged me. Titanic reference - Titanic came out in 1997 (which I understand can then be watched anytime in the future be it 1999 or 2003) so it would have been a hot topic to discuss - hence the conversation at the end of the book. Friends reference - Ross and Rachel getting married in Vegas, this episode aired in 1999 (see above bold text for my grasp on the situation) so it could have been 1999 or 2003 but clearly not 1997 - again if it's 1999 is would have just aired and would have been a hot topic of discussion, which might be why her and Matt talk about it.
It doesn't make sense to me. Also, why was she referring to her mum as Patricia, cause when I read that in the first few pages, I went "Who the hell is Patricia?" then once I worked it out, I was going "Just call her mum"
Aside from all of that, I did find the book funny though and laughed out loud quite often (just like I did with Nick McGown). When Rachel is at the book signing and thinks she is being offered a glass of water is hilarious, with the author going "She's a harmless, insane fan who likes water. No problems here."(less)
Where to start... I find that I am liking Joss less and less and I wasn't a huge fan of his to begin with. I understand that his sister was killed by...moreWhere to start... I find that I am liking Joss less and less and I wasn't a huge fan of his to begin with. I understand that his sister was killed by a vampire but he needs to deal with this rathering than trying to seek vengeance. That won't help, vampires will be dead but you'll still feel like a failure. He wants to be respected but he doesn't seem to realise that he needs to earn that respect rather than just have it.
I cringed every single time a vampire was called "it". In case it is not obvious... I am pro-vampire! (even though I love the Buffy series). Also Joss, you have met some nice vampires.... Sirus, Vlad and yet you are still stereotyping them all into villians... Doing your job means having an open mind...
It was a really easy read and only 275 pages, so it won't take you long to get through it. I hope Joss has his act together and lost that chip before the next book.(less)
I am going out on a limb and saying that I think Jordan Sonnenblick is one of my new favourite authors! His books are just so good - funny and touchin...moreI am going out on a limb and saying that I think Jordan Sonnenblick is one of my new favourite authors! His books are just so good - funny and touching all at the same time. I cracked up many times in this one. I have to admit I figured out the daughter thing very early on but that didn't take anything away from the story. I loved Sol - he is hilarious! Loved this!
Favourite lines: Leave it to me to get shouted out of a New Year's party, at a nursing home no less, and make my dramatic exit, dateless, with snacks in hand.
The next thing I knew, it was morning, and Laurie was desperately spraying vast quantities of carpet cleaners on the chocolate amoeba that had nearly swallowed the room. "Funny," I remarked. "the stain didn't look so big last night" "Well, now it looks like one of those giant oil spills in Alaska. I keep expecting a flock of endandgered herons to come staggering out from under the towel and die at my feet."(less)