I am currently reading this book - and I'm almost done. I like it, but because it's so depressing I am only giving it 3 stars. One thing I have learneI am currently reading this book - and I'm almost done. I like it, but because it's so depressing I am only giving it 3 stars. One thing I have learned from this book is that no matter how brain-washed and abused you are - humans have a real universal thing going on. Humans want to be loved, cherished, appreciated, and have the freedom to become the best and most inspired persons they know they can be - or at least members of the FLDS despite all tactics against disobeying God - want this in their lives. I have always been interested in the corruption of this particular religious group and this story is a unique look into the heart of it all. Men controlling women and children for power, women freaking out because they are having to compete with other women/wives for their husband's favor, child brides being given to men 3 times their senior, and hundreds and hundreds of children being born into the "chosen people of God". Despite the heartache, another thing I noticed is children will be children no matter how they are raised - and they cause mischief regardless of "God's" watchful eyes. The fact of the matter is these people are humans first with human feelings, desires, and passion - no amount of brainwashing and corruption can really, truly diminish that fully and without consequences. Carolyn Jessop's story gives me hope that more women can find the courage to get out of this horrible way of life. ...more
This was my FAVORITE book as a kid. I've loved popcorn for as long as I can remember. My grandma taught me how to cook it in a pot with oil and kernelThis was my FAVORITE book as a kid. I've loved popcorn for as long as I can remember. My grandma taught me how to cook it in a pot with oil and kernels at a young age. This book reminds me of those times. The illustrations are lovely and the idea of an entire room filled with popcorn still tugs at my heart and imagination strings. One day when and if I have a little one of my own, this book will be in heavy rotation for bedtime storytime! ...more
I read this book when I was a teenager, which is when I thought I was old enough to take on Judy Blume's adult section. The material was a little muchI read this book when I was a teenager, which is when I thought I was old enough to take on Judy Blume's adult section. The material was a little much at that time, but I was familiar since I had been sneaking my mom's Danielle Steel's since adolescence. I LOVED Judy Blume as a kid - I practically grew with her. Starting with Fudge and Tales of a 4th Grade Nothing to Just As Long as We're Together and Are You There God? It's Me Margaret and finishing with Summer Sisters. She's a lovely writer and really entertaining.
This particular book is about the toils, tribulations and memorable moments of a dear friendship that starts in the wee years of adolescence and grows until they are in their 30's. The dynamic between the characters is good and the story moves along at a good pace. It was hard to put down, as I was interested in what happened to Vix and Caitlin throughout their years. Definitely recommend for the ladies as it is chick-lit at it's finest. ...more