I think the key to this book was the strangeness of the characters. Oscars asexuality, Geist's albinism, Pearls gender transition, and more. These ele...moreI think the key to this book was the strangeness of the characters. Oscars asexuality, Geist's albinism, Pearls gender transition, and more. These elements made an otherwise subtle story line come to life and keep me interested till the very end. This book also made me want to start reading more Herman Melville... (less)
I originally picked this book off the shelf out of pure curiosity, and the desire for a mindless romance to invest in. Though I thought the story line...moreI originally picked this book off the shelf out of pure curiosity, and the desire for a mindless romance to invest in. Though I thought the story line was predictable, I loved getting lost in the high class lifestyle of Vanessa and Cybil; with fashion premieres at Bungalow 8, dinners at the Waldorf, and lunches at Tiffany's. The story read easy and near the end drew me in to the point of finding it impossible to put it down. (less)
**spoiler alert** I found this book entirely frustrating. The only way I could possibly describe this book to someone else would be to say it read lik...more**spoiler alert** I found this book entirely frustrating. The only way I could possibly describe this book to someone else would be to say it read like a schizophrenic trying to explain his view on love. While I overall thought that the concept of this book left much to be desired it was the execution that lost me. The writing was written as one continuous stream of thought, with instances where there seemed to be more than one character with the same name, but in different points. This accompanied by the random appearance of a character who wasn't real, or was, I can't really be sure: The Snow Queen. It was actually at the appearance of "the snow queen" that the book lost all my interest. Before the scenes of her speaking a random language, and freezing people with her "cone of ice," the randomness and confusing writing was bearable and I was beginning to get into it. However, from that point on the story just lost me more and more with introducing yet another Mike, an adult version which I struggled to decide if it was the previous childhood version of Mike grown up or a new character. But Mike also went by the name of Tomas to his mother, or was that the character in his book? Or was it truely the person who met his secretly homosexual one day stand Adam and his girlfriend in the woods?
Eventually I just gave up on reading this book just before the 200 page mark, and therefore cannot comment on the end and if it wrapped up the confusion. I wish that the same story concept has been executed just a little differently and I believe that I would have enjoyed this more. (less)
**spoiler alert** Starting out with this book was slow because I was coming off of reading the Millenium series, so the transition from action crime b...more**spoiler alert** Starting out with this book was slow because I was coming off of reading the Millenium series, so the transition from action crime book to sweet romance novel was a bit difficult. However, with that being said, I did really like the plot line of this book. Overall I enjoyed the characters and the story that Sparks wanted to tell. He made the scenarios with Kevin very believable and at many parts had me on the edge of my seat. With that being said there were also many parts where the suspense was overbuilt and I could nothing more than say to myself "Just tell me what's going to happen already!" But the real reason I rate this book lower than I normally would have is because some elements to the story line, especially the romantic ones, were a little over the top for me. Alex realizing he wanted to marry Katie on their first date and telling her he loved her, the spirit of Jo reaching out to Katie before she even had seen her, and in addition the amount of bible and religion references lost some points with me.
As a whole, this book was good and though I do not see myself giving it a second read ever I would recommend anyone who is a Nicholas Sparks fan to give it a try. (less)