The reason I picked up this book was because I watched the Saved By The Bell documentary, which came out several months ago, and I knew it was based oThe reason I picked up this book was because I watched the Saved By The Bell documentary, which came out several months ago, and I knew it was based off of this book. This book was written by Dustin Diamond, the actor who played Screech on Saved By The Bell, and was supposed to illustrate what really went on behind the scenes during the tenure of SBTB. Basically, Dustin Diamond complains about not getting his full due, other co-stars getting more benefits and perks than he did, and generally putting the other actors and actresses in a bad light. He also brags quite a bit about how many girls he hooked up with, and he is just way too full of himself. I didn't learn anything in particular by reading this, and definitely does not endear me to Dustin Diamond one bit. Very negative book, and would not recommend to fellow SBTB fans. On top of that, the book itself is very badly written and obviously not edited- typos, sentence structure problems, and in at least one case a whole paragraph repeats itself twice on a page. Very odd sentence breaks too - a sentence will split in half and continue on the next line as a new paragraph. These problems in and of itself were enough to annoy me, without taking the content into consideration. ...more
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I really wanted to enjoy Awake more than I did. It is a story about a groI received this e-book through LibraryThing in exchange for an honest review.
I really wanted to enjoy Awake more than I did. It is a story about a group of people who wake up in a strange museum, with seemingly no way out and no idea how they came to be there. Slowly they figure out their connection, work together to discover a way out, and determined what happened since they were kidnapped.
I enjoyed the book until I got to the last third of the book. From there it got a little confusing and I struggled to follow the storyline as easy as I followed the rest of the book. Overall, the premise was good, I just feel it didn't deliver as strongly as it could have....more
I decided to pick up Dark Places because I loved Gillian Flynn's Gone Girl so much so I decided to give another work of hers a try. Dark Places is a nI decided to pick up Dark Places because I loved Gillian Flynn's Gone Girl so much so I decided to give another work of hers a try. Dark Places is a novel about a girl whose family was murdered when she was very young, presumably by her brother Ben. Ben has been in prison for around 25 years now, and Libby's testimony helped put him in jail. Libby has been approached by a group of people who believe Ben is innocent. Now, after so much time has passed during which Libby has tried not to think about that night, she is forced to reevaluate what she thought she heard that night and explore other possibilities for who is responsible for the death of her family. I really enjoyed this novel and I enjoyed trying to solve the mystery as the book progressed. There were several suspects who had motive and opportunity, so it was quite tricky. Chapters switched points of view, from Libby, Ben, and their mother, which was great because we learn about more events from the day than we ever would have known if we were following one point of view the whole time. Not everything we learn is pleasant - certain characters were quite shady and engaged in very questionable behavior, but I love that about books because it's more realistic and they don't gloss over the unpleasant things in life. Definitely recommend to others, and I will be reading more from Gillian Flynn in the future....more
I picked up Paper Towns because I fell in love with The Fault in our Stars, also by John Green. However, in my opinion, Paper Towns pales in comparisoI picked up Paper Towns because I fell in love with The Fault in our Stars, also by John Green. However, in my opinion, Paper Towns pales in comparison. This novel follows a high school senior named Quentin (Q) who lives next door to a girl named Margo, who he's had a crush on since they were little and used to be friends. Margo is very popular and fascinating, while Q hangs out with the band members and is occasionally made fun of. One random night Margo appears at Q's bedroom window and invites him out on a night of adventures, and the next day she disappears - not for the first time. She always leaves clues for her family to follow, but they never solve them before she ends up returning anyway. This time it appears she is not coming back, and she specifically left the clues for Q. Together with his friends, Q cracks the clues and tracks her down...but the end result is clearly not what anybody expected. I thought the journey was pretty interesting, and I enjoyed Q and his friends and their attempts to track Margo down. However, I thought Margo as a character was extremely disappointing - Q puts her on a pedestal and makes her out to be this amazing person, but she definitely does not show it in my opinion. All in all, this book was just okay for me....more
I wanted to read this book because I love the Netflix series, and traditionally I usually enjoy the books more than movies or television series. UnforI wanted to read this book because I love the Netflix series, and traditionally I usually enjoy the books more than movies or television series. Unfortunately I didn't quite feel that way in this case. In comparison, the Netflix version has more vivid characters that I grew to like and I think gave a better illustration of the various realities of prison life. While the book described these things fine, it was much better represented on screen. I am especially partial to character development, and there just wasn't much of that in the book. I also expected to hear more about Nora, the woman who landed Piper in jail, but there wasn't too much of her at all. Overall, this book was okay, but I will continue watching the Netflix series and I'm looking forward to Season 3 coming out this year....more