This is my first book by Joshilyn Jackson. It was an odd story and hard for me to summarize so I think I will let the description speak for itself. IThis is my first book by Joshilyn Jackson. It was an odd story and hard for me to summarize so I think I will let the description speak for itself. I really enjoyed the first half of the book where all of the action was happening and then the second half just kind of fell apart for me. I felt very distant from the characters and I just couldn't relate to any of them. I didn't really see the twist toward the end coming but at the same it didn't really do anything for me. 3 stars....more
I had not heard of this book before and I requested it on a whim and I am SO glad I did. I love a quiI received a copy of this book through NetGalley.
I had not heard of this book before and I requested it on a whim and I am SO glad I did. I love a quirky character and Don Tillman is officially my favorite. He had me at "Apricot Ice Cream Disaster". Also when he gave the presentation to a group of kids who have Asperger's and their parents I was hooked. This book made me laugh out loud and it takes a lot to do that.
Don Tillman is on the autistic/Asperger's spectrum. He lives on a schedule for everything, including the food he eats and on what days. He has three friends and he is content with the life he has created for himself. There's just one thing missing, a woman to keep him company. He comes up with The Wife Project and creates a ridiculously detailed questionnaire to find his perfect match. Rosie is definitely not the match for him. He finds her quite "unsuitable" yet he feels compelled to help her when she comes to him for his genetic expertise. Her mother died when she was young, her step-father raised her and she is now ready to find her biological father. As Don spends more time with Rosie he starts to question everything that previously he felt so strongly about.
This is the first book I have read by Cynthia Voigt. Looking at other reviews it looks like she has very loyal fans. Maybe I would have enjoyed this mThis is the first book I have read by Cynthia Voigt. Looking at other reviews it looks like she has very loyal fans. Maybe I would have enjoyed this more if I had read her other books. I really wasn't a fan of this one though. I thought the premise was interesting and for the beginning of the book I was completely enthralled. A boy (Max) has actors for parents and he has grown up in the theater. His parents receive a letter where they are invited to India but when Max goes to the docks to meet them he finds neither his parents nor the boat they were supposed to board. With his parents having disappeared he goes to his Grammy who lives next door to them but decides he would prefer to live by himself. He goes on a mission to find employment and ends up finding odd jobs by pretending to be a professional.
I just didn't feel like the characters had much depth and I felt really disconnected to the story. I try to rate and review books from the viewpoint of the age the book was intended for but I can't see this holding the attention of even a kid. Maybe especially a kid. I would really like to know the full story of the parents but I'm not sure that I want to know bad enough to continue with the series....more
I was so excited to see this on NetGalley. I am always looking for the next great book to come out. I didI received a copy of this through NetGalley.
I was so excited to see this on NetGalley. I am always looking for the next great book to come out. I did not read this cover to cover just because some of the excerpts did not appeal to my taste in books but I did a find quite a few that I am excited about and have added to my ever growing to read list. I will be on the lookout for more of these in the future!...more