I really really liked this book! It was so nice to follow up with the Shanghai Girls! I really struggled with the first book because of their escape fI really really liked this book! It was so nice to follow up with the Shanghai Girls! I really struggled with the first book because of their escape from Shanghai and the terrible trial that it brought to them, but in the end I really liked that book. This book, follows their story and explores the life of their daughter/niece "Joy". It begins with Joy at age 19, and what happens after her father commits suicide and how her life is transformed by the revelations of the many secrets her family has been hiding from her all her life. In her grief and shock she makes a horrific decision that truly threatens her life. This book is very well written. I was gripped within the story from the moment I began reading and quite literally couldn't put it down! I adore the characters in the novels and couldn't wait to see what was coming next and how they would solve the many problems that arose. This book was carried in my purse with me to appointments, beach day with friends and my children's Tae Kwon Do classes! It kept me reading into the night and had me snatching the book up again off my night table in the morning to finish off in a marathon read! Even if you haven't read the preceding book: Shanghai Girls, you'll still be able to follow along very easily. But, reading Shanghai Girls first will definitely transform this book from a Good Read to a Great Read! For my Celeste, Movie Rating: PG-13...more
The movie and the book are so very similar. Both are good. If I had read the book first I would have rated it 5 stars. But, since I've watched the movThe movie and the book are so very similar. Both are good. If I had read the book first I would have rated it 5 stars. But, since I've watched the movie so many times, the book was hard to get through since I knew what was next. ...more
This was a great book. The characters were engaging and seemed real without taking too much time detailing each of them in a way that would detract frThis was a great book. The characters were engaging and seemed real without taking too much time detailing each of them in a way that would detract from the storyline. I was drawn into the story early on and loved that the drama lasted until the final word. It was a very fast read and a short book. The only drawback was now that I am through, I miss the characters and wish I could go on reading about them! I would give this a mild "PG" with very little content to be concerned about even for younger teen readers....more
I enjoyed this book for the interesting viewpoint it is written from; the viewpoint of a wise old dog named Enzo. Filled with fascinating insight intoI enjoyed this book for the interesting viewpoint it is written from; the viewpoint of a wise old dog named Enzo. Filled with fascinating insight into the world of humans, this book is hard to put down.
The reason for my 3-star rating is purely based on the storyline of the book, as it closely parallels some of my own experiences as my own mother died from cancer. Because of this it was difficult for me to read and I had to keep myself at an emotional distance just to make it through. But it was worth finishing in the end. I think if I hadn't been so distraught with the storyline, I would have enjoyed the book more.
At times I felt as if Enzo's insight was too contrived to be remotely believable, as a dog owner, it was fun to imagine and engage in the thought processes of this elderly canine.
My "movie-rating" PG-13 for it's mature content and maybe a stronger rating for some unnecessary use of profanity....more