Whatever the critics have to say, Andre has a gripping story to tell -- and he's tremendously brave and introspective in writing about all the grittyWhatever the critics have to say, Andre has a gripping story to tell -- and he's tremendously brave and introspective in writing about all the gritty details of his life, from the emotional and physical abuse he suffered at the hands of his manic father, to lying to the tennis governing bodies about taking crystal meth, to his total apathy (and lack of maturity) in his failed marriage with Brooke Shields.
It's inspiring to trace his growth in this book, and witness his transformation when he, for the first time, finds meaning and purpose in living. That he can finally apply his blessed talents for good is hopefully a story that resonates with everyone....more
I was never a huge fan of Mindy Kaling. I'd only caught a couple episodes of the Office (mildly funny - no guffaws or anything like that, but occasionI was never a huge fan of Mindy Kaling. I'd only caught a couple episodes of the Office (mildly funny - no guffaws or anything like that, but occasional smiles) and remembered seeing her in Five-Year Engagement, but found her totally unremarkable, and possibly even annoying.
All that changed when I watched the Mindy Project. I devoured that show (or at least all 21 episodes so far) in the span of two days. I decided I wanted to be her best friend. I listened to her NPR interview and read her Wikipedia page. Finally, I decided to buy her book for my Kindle.
I've never been the type to highlight passages in books. In this case, I couldn't stop. Some of the stuff she says is just so brilliant and spot-on that I needed to save them, so that I could quote her to my girlfriends later. Of course, comparisons with Tina Fey are inevitable. I will go so far as to say that her book is even funnier than Bossypants overall. Perhaps because we are closer in age, I just find Mindy more relatable. Her sections on friendship, finding employment and dating hit home for me, and probably will for most other women in their 20s/early 30s.
Mindy touches on self-doubt and career and romantic woes in this completely hilarious, self-deprecating way that feels so reassuring for the rest of us still figuring life out. The book will only take you a couple days to read, tops, and you'll be laughing the entire time....more
It was my fault. My rating probably doesn't even belong here.
As someone who is decidedly anti-sport (talking about sports, reading about sports, watchIt was my fault. My rating probably doesn't even belong here.
As someone who is decidedly anti-sport (talking about sports, reading about sports, watching sports), I probably shouldn't have ever picked up Fever Pitch. But the book was lying around my house, and I was such a fan of Nick Hornby's other books that I thought Fever Pitch could win me over.
Alas, it was not meant to be. I was utterly bored the entire way through. I found myself skipping entire sections, something I ordinarily never do. I just couldn't relate to any of the characters at all.
There were enjoyable moments, sure, but for the most part this book probably only serves the avid soccer fans....more
Am I the only person who completely sympathized with Darcy from the very beginning, ever since Something Borrowed? All right, so she had her flaws (naAm I the only person who completely sympathized with Darcy from the very beginning, ever since Something Borrowed? All right, so she had her flaws (narcissism, self-absorption, superficiality), but even while I could see that Rachel was a better match for Dex, I thought they went about it in the completely wrong way. I hated Rachel as a narrator -- she was spineless, whiny and downright deceptive. No matter what kind of person Darcy was, she didn't deserve that kind of betrayal.
Which is why I was hesitant to read Something Blue, but it was sitting on my bookshelf for awhile so I finally took a crack at it -- and I was very pleasantly surprised. Something Blue brought it all together for me, and I ended up enjoying it a whole lot more than the first one. I liked seeing Darcy's perspective on every major event, and even though she started out somewhat insufferable, we got to see some real character growth. The fact that the author was able to bring that transformation about in a very believable manner made the read all the more delightful. Props to Ms. Giffin for being able to write so persuasively from such different character types....more