I came across this excellent book on the Wattpad app. This story does not disappoint. I was drawn in by the author's consistent dark humor, and I wasI came across this excellent book on the Wattpad app. This story does not disappoint. I was drawn in by the author's consistent dark humor, and I was pleasantly surprised by the interesting narrative choices.
On a more personal note, I found it very interesting that the story touches on the idea of wannabe vampires training and getting into top shape before being turned, an idea I had actually considered writing about in the past....more
I really enjoyed this book on several levels. Reading the title, I saw some self-deprecating snark and the promise of a journey of major self-improvemI really enjoyed this book on several levels. Reading the title, I saw some self-deprecating snark and the promise of a journey of major self-improvement. I was not disappointed. Pedersen did an excellent job of painting a picture of himself pre- and post-weight loss and the serious issues he was facing. He also was careful to tell what did not work and how unlikely catalysts dodged the bullets and actually made him want to change. The evolution has obviously continued beyond the pages, as this is an aspect of how he now makes his life while helping others.
What I did not like as much was the unevenness of the story. From the get-go, readers are told that this story will help moms understand and possibly motivate their overweight children. Personally, I as a mother found the story to be quite good, but I worry that it might be better aimed towards dads with all of the crass language. That language seems to ebb and flow with how involved he is with the military at a given time within the book, which I do think is interesting. I think there is also a distinct lack of advice coming from a self-help book in disguise, which I think is great, aside from the fact that readers are told the book is a tool but given little clue on how to use it. There are also several spots where the storytelling is very different than the majority of the book, namely the initially sickening part about the cat.
Overall, I had a good time reading the book. I would like to see it be a bit longer and more fleshed out, but as it is, it can give some insight into the overweight child....more
Once I saw the meaning behind the title and got over my initial shock (wonderful marketing ploy, eh?), I was excited to read this one. I love volunteeOnce I saw the meaning behind the title and got over my initial shock (wonderful marketing ploy, eh?), I was excited to read this one. I love volunteering, and although I will likely never get to do so abroad, this was a way to see what that would be like and live vicariously for a bit. At some points, not having to experience these things firsthand was quite the blessing. I have done my share of back-breaking labor and am happy to escape mucking an elephant house repeatedly. Other points in the text made me wish I could see such beautiful landscapes and majestic creatures up close as Haynes was able to. I felt the ups and downs of the trials of the human spirit, and I found myself doing little inner cheers whenever she persevered. Through it all, she shone and kept her sharp wit and keen sense of humor.
The writing itself is pretty good. What really bothered me was the incredible amount of errors with grammar. I would imagine this coming from someone who vanity published before letting any other set of eyes take in the work, but she thanked an editor for her services. That editor should either feel ashamed for doing such a crappy job or take some more lessons. I have sometimes put down books with far less mistakes. It would have been a shame for me to have missed this one because of it....more