Coming from Sophie Kinsella this book is somewhat of a disappointment, which could probably be attributed to the fact that this book is narrated fromComing from Sophie Kinsella this book is somewhat of a disappointment, which could probably be attributed to the fact that this book is narrated from a multiple person point of view - or to be specific, the two heroines which are Lottie and Fliss - which is also the very first of its kind in Kinsella's line of chick-lit novels. For the very same reason, I find it hard to empathize with either of the characters as they come across as impetuous and foolish, and most of the time their actions are rather unconvincing.
Aside from the two main characters, there are also a few key persons surrounding the story-line which resulted in simply too many stories to tell, which made it hard for me to love any characters in specific. More than half of the book is spent on laying down the foundations to the story which is supposedly to pave way to the climax, somehow there is also no surprises or clever twists to the plot which is unconventional of Kinsella's writing. Overall, the story is predictable and it is only for the author's lively depiction of the characters that I read till the end. Definitely not one of Kinsella's finest. ...more
Randomly browsing through the store shelf of a bookshop I came to realize that Nicholas Sparks' novels mostly revolve around the same setting in NorthRandomly browsing through the store shelf of a bookshop I came to realize that Nicholas Sparks' novels mostly revolve around the same setting in North Carolina, besides typically unfolding during the war to post-war period.
What I found enticing about these all is such that it is a period when Facebook or even the Internet has barely existed, a time period where human connection is much in its simpler form. Whereby one would shower a loved one with the luxury of beautiful words and phrases, just as Noah did to Allie throughout the story.
Besides, I also find Sparks' writing inexplicably poetic, that it exudes a charm that I could hardly resist. Perhaps poetry is more about expression of emotions and thoughts than it is about putting phrases in stanzas that make sense, or as Sparks put it, 'to inspire without reason, to touch without understanding'.
Despite with his titles being adapted into various bestselling movies, this is the first that I have happened to come across. Although I questioned some of the times while reading the book, but perhaps it never really was about over-analyzing, and not everything have had to make sense.
Overall, The Notebook is definitely a story beautifully narrated, and it had me clinging to it till the very end. ...more
This book encapsulates pretty much all the possible dilemmas that teenage girls will tend to encounter especially throughout their high-school lives aThis book encapsulates pretty much all the possible dilemmas that teenage girls will tend to encounter especially throughout their high-school lives and with probable impacts that stretch far beyond that.
I am pretty sure that just among our cliches of girlfriends we can find ones who are either craving excessively for social recognition and attention, struggling to balance between her personal identity on what truly defines herself and what the society expects of her, conflicts from an abandoned friendship as well as body image issues which continue to haunt many.
Overall brief and concise, this is a fast and enlightening read with reverberating impacts that leave us with much to ponder upon.
To give this book its due credit, the long title is indeed intriguing, while that was also what prompted me to start reading in the first place, but sTo give this book its due credit, the long title is indeed intriguing, while that was also what prompted me to start reading in the first place, but sadly everything and anything else credit-worthy just stops right there.
Superficial and pointless are basically understatements, this book confirms every prejudice there is out there towards chick-lit novels. Not only I don't think that the protagonist is in any way condescending, ego-maniacal, self-centred, nor is she a smart-ass for all the deluded ideas she can come up with for her problems, an airhead is more likely a metaphor.
There were indeed parts here and there which capture the reader's attention and even anticipation on how the protagonist is going to resolve the complications with her wits, but it turns out to my mortification that she has none. The development of the story is dawdling and no surprises turn out in the end - or at least, until the very part where I finally decided that I should bail - this book is a total waste of time. ...more
The novel is basically like the entire life story of two people cramped into one thick book, the plots are dawdling while the story is dull and not enThe novel is basically like the entire life story of two people cramped into one thick book, the plots are dawdling while the story is dull and not entirely engaging.
Overall, the book is slow and sentimental. So I presume that The Time Traveler's Wife is unlikely the right pick for those who finds joy in thrilling novels with more exciting plots. There is somehow, a tinge of romance and sadness which made this story beautiful.
In short, either this book is overrated, or it is myself who fails to show an appreciation for its beauty. ...more
Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother is not so much a parenting book, but rather, a beautifully written memoir on a mother’s unconditional love and hopes dBattle Hymn of the Tiger Mother is not so much a parenting book, but rather, a beautifully written memoir on a mother’s unconditional love and hopes devoted to her daughters, besides attempting to prove her point that Chinese parenting is indeed, better than Western ones.
It is one that is so carefully plotted that I sometimes felt as if it is a novel that I was reading. Heart-wrenching in many ways but ultimately heartwarming, it is incontrovertibly a good read for both parents and children.
As the author’s style of writing is witty and forthright, you might also want to consider keeping an open mind while you are reading the book....more