My friend Shannon recommended this book to me after learning that I've begun a research project into my family history. It was a great recommendation.My friend Shannon recommended this book to me after learning that I've begun a research project into my family history. It was a great recommendation. As a writer, it showed me possible ways to explore what I'm doing, but as a reader, it was a stunning, heartbreaking story.
I want to write a longer review, but I don't know that I can right now. As I said, this book spoke to me as a researcher. But more than that, it spoke to me as the daughter of a woman that was institutionalized for bipolar disorder in the 1960s in the Detroit area (at Eloise? probably not--her parents were middle class, and Eloise was for the poor) and given shock treatments. I have not truly cried over this book (yet) but I can feel the tears, waiting....more
It is a compliment to Armentrout's writing when I say: I predicted the villain, but not the outcome.
As an adult, I am clearly not the target audienceIt is a compliment to Armentrout's writing when I say: I predicted the villain, but not the outcome.
As an adult, I am clearly not the target audience for the this book. However, as an adult that has read YA books since she was a YA herself, I'm very familiar with the genre, the needs of its audience, and standard story constructions.
While Armentrout did follow several expected conventions of the amnesia narrative, she did so with both an awareness of those conventions and a desire to make them unpredictable. Nothing was quite what it seemed . . . and I liked that. I also liked that Armentrout laid down some relatively quiet foreshadowing that really helped hold the narrative together. As an adult reader of YA, I saw the foreshadowing pretty clearly. However, I know from my experience of my own reading habits when I was a youth that it was not so obvious that I would have been able to predict the book back then.
I've spent very little time talking about the content of this book, and that's on purpose. I mostly wanted to discuss Armentrout's writing a bit. As a highly prolific young writer, I'm not certain that she gets the credit she deserves as a craftsperson. This book, in my not-so-humble opinion, is evidence that she should be taken seriously.
As for the content? Just read the book. You won't regret it....more
At times, I truly enjoyed this book. As it went on, those times became fewer and farther between. I'm not entirely sure what tipped the scales for me,At times, I truly enjoyed this book. As it went on, those times became fewer and farther between. I'm not entirely sure what tipped the scales for me, but I can say that I am not tempted to read the rest of the series....more
Amazon recommended this book to me, and since I buy so many books from them, I thought I'd trust their algorithms and give this book a shot.
It was gooAmazon recommended this book to me, and since I buy so many books from them, I thought I'd trust their algorithms and give this book a shot.
It was good.
I wouldn't write a terrifically long review to explain its wonders or its faults. It wasn't that good--or that bad. I did not feel a great, overwhelming passionate response to the novel, even though it was a very clever take on several of my all time favorite plots (pen pals in love / cinderella / celebrity & normal person). I think this book could have been a little stronger and more compelling with the involvement of a professional editor (aka, one that works for a publishing house, not one that sells services to self publishers. there's a difference.). That's not to say this book was filled with mistakes or badly written. I just think that an editor would have pushed Oram further.
Finally, one of things I liked best about this book was Oram's commitment to describing the effect of Ella's injuries on her body and the accommodations needed to get through the day. There was no magic surgeon to fix Ella. Her new body is her body for life. The injuries shape her relationship with her family, which is complicated and really one of the best parts of the book.
Overall, I liked the book, and I'd be willing to check out Oram's work in the future. But I really do think that she needs to work with editors that push her to explore her stories in more depth....more
It's been a few years since I read this, and I wanted another go-around. The story is still just as fantastic.
The problem I have, with this specific pIt's been a few years since I read this, and I wanted another go-around. The story is still just as fantastic.
The problem I have, with this specific presentation of the book, is that it's old. I'm thrilled that they used different readers for each narrator, but the way they read the text has not aged well. I hope Audible Studios does a new version of this text sooner rather than later....more
I had hoped for something far different than what I was given with this book. The structure of it is simple. We find out that that Ty (a girl named for baseball great Ty Cobb) has been travelling with her father, a closing pitcher for the Yankees, for 10 years. She's 17. Shortly before she turns 18, the team signs Chase Stern, a bad boy that was found having sex with a teammate's wife while he was on the Dodgers. In short, he's an ass. He's also 24. In short, they're drawn to each other, although he has enough restraint to wait until she's no longer jailbait.
But things don't work out. Chase is traded. Ty winds up with Tobey Grant, the son of the owner of the Yankees. Tobey is one of the things that pisses me off most about this book. It would have been far better to use a fictional team rather than the Yankees, as one is almost forced to read Tobey as a stand-in for one of the two Steinbrenner sons (who now share ownership of the team). Of course, Chase is retraded to the Yankees, and he and Ty are still hot for one another. Oh, and someone's been killing Yankee fans every year when they don't win the world series--which is every year since they first traded Chase.
The sex is both overly graphic and boring.
The violence (who's killing the fans?!) is not a central part of the novel.
Chase and Ty are, frankly, obnoxious.
(hide spoiler)] I regret reading this book. I am a fan of baseball and romance novels. I'm sorry to say that this book let me down on both fronts. Torre (seriously? using the name of the long-time Yankees manager?!!) does describe the life of a team on the road in a way that seems accurate. Ty's time as a ball girl seems realistic. But I never felt the love of the game that I wanted to see. I never understood Chase's appeal. Overall, I felt robbed....more