It was really good overall. To be honest, it read almost like fiction, with how much detail that Skloot put in. Don't take that as a bad sign, though-...moreIt was really good overall. To be honest, it read almost like fiction, with how much detail that Skloot put in. Don't take that as a bad sign, though- it was amazing. She also gave the story of everyone who came into this history; they were often short, but felt very complete. I will admit that, at the end, I think Skloot told a bit too much about how her researching went, but I can understand why she choose to do that, and I still thought it was very interesting. Definitely worth a read if you'd like some scientific history without getting into the nitty gritty bits of the science!(less)
**spoiler alert** Okay. So let me start off by saying that I didn't come in here with any particular expectation for the book. I didn't particularly w...more**spoiler alert** Okay. So let me start off by saying that I didn't come in here with any particular expectation for the book. I didn't particularly want to read it but I also didn't particularly get a choice on if I could read it or not. I am a high school student and this was my summer homework. Please, don't assume I went into this with a bad attitude- I had an open mind. If anything, i was looking forward to this. I love these kinds of things. Blink, however, wasn't anything worth reading. Here's how the book goes: You make split-second subconscious decisions and generally use knowledge you weren't aware you possessed, and in most cases you are right. The rest of the book is filled with nothing more than about seven examples of this being the case. While they were very interesting situations to read, they were not enough, and not what I was looking for in reading this book. And if I may refer back to my being a high school student, I should point out that someone didn't pay attention to how to write a persuasive essay. It's clear that Gladwell wants the reader to agree with him. But you know what he doesn't do? He doesn't bring up the other side. He doesn't prove that his side is the better one: he just makes his argument and leaves, with only one brief mention that analysis is better in some cases once at the beginning of book and no further reference to it. Even further than that, though, his explanation for why these decisions happen so quickly is nonexistent. And frankly, that's just offensive. Either Gladwell didn't do the research to understand why these decisions are subconscious, meaning that he didn't care enough to give his readers good work, or he did do the research, but decided to not include it in the book. Which implies that he thinks that the readers were too stupid to understand it, or that we wouldn't care enough- which is awfully assumptive given that we did indeed pick up a book on the psychology of split-second decisions. Yes, I know, a shocker. I picked up a book to explain something and want more than "it happens" as an explanation.
TL;DR: He has woefully little content and if you don't want to waste the time to read this whole review then it's not worth reading that book.(less)