This is a book I’d love to own; it’s one I’d probably reread, and I’d love to be able to review all the wonderful literary and other quotes. It’s notThis is a book I’d love to own; it’s one I’d probably reread, and I’d love to be able to review all the wonderful literary and other quotes. It’s not that it’s a beautifully written book, but it’s well written and very quotable. There are many good quotes, most of them related to reading.
From reading the book’s descriptions (that I saw) and the cover, it wasn’t what I was expecting, and that’s good as I’m glad I came to it without too much information – the book’s cover does a good job of not giving too much away but I’ve since read descriptions that have given away more of the story than I’d have wanted to know.
One thing came toward the beginning that I didn’t expect and I’m glad I didn’t know and one thing came toward the end which I kind of suspected, but I didn’t guess the specifics; that came as the last line at the bottom of a page and I immediately knew what that meant, but not everybody might until they turn the page and keep reading. So, two sort of plot twists. Well, one sudden turn of events and one thing a reader could surmise as coming but the details aren’t revealed until toward the end. Oh, actually there’s a third major reveal that came into the mix, and I wish that more had been done with it.
There is lots of foreshadowing throughout, especially in the book titles and mini reviews and notes by the title character that appear at the start of every chapter. I really enjoyed those. I thought it was very clever.
The story is amusing and sweet. There was one chapter I sobbed my way through and a couple others that were very sad. Otherwise, I mostly laughed my way through the book, or at least smiled. I do appreciate how all the humor is tinged with sadness and even the sad parts (except for maybe that one chapter) had some humor.
I particularly enjoyed all the book and literary references. The book is a loving homage to readers and while I suppose its execution is gimmicky and somewhat sentimental, I didn’t care because I loved it and enjoyed it.
I think the way people were depicted was smart. I loved the main character’s attitudes toward certain books and genres and I loved how he changed over time. I got attached to many characters, and cared about them, and I think I’ll remember them.
I got a feel for what small bookstore selling is all about. Some of the early on events in particular could be right out of those humor books about things you hear people say in bookstores.
One medium quibble I have is that the ending, and even some of the middle, seemed too rushed, and I wish more had been revealed about certain characters’ futures, one character in particular, though I think readers are supposed to be able to surmise probable scenarios. Another quibble is that a few important things were kind of glossed over and I wanted more depth and wanted to know what would happen. In that way the book is more lightweight than I wanted. What is there though I found delightful and memorable.
The book is a bit more chick lit than most of the books I read. I’ve enjoyed quite a few books in the genre but I don’t consider it to be one of “my” genres. Maybe in part because of the books and reading theme, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Luckily the romance never ended up being a huge part of the book; books and reading and family love and community was always central. It’s a very optimistic story, especially regarding people’s ability to change and to love.
4 ½ stars
recommended for those who enjoy reading, books, writing, bookstores, book discussions, quirky communities, atypical family stories, coming of age stories...more
Thanks to Goodreads friend Jim for recommending the book Larry Loves San Francisco!. My library didn't have that book, a board book, but I was able toThanks to Goodreads friend Jim for recommending the book Larry Loves San Francisco!. My library didn't have that book, a board book, but I was able to borrow this one.
The book's cover says 3 & up, but I'd recommend it most for slightly older kids. Kids who are beginning independent readers might get the most out of it.
There is a fairly good tour of San Francisco landmarks so it's a good book for children who live in San Francisco or who have visited/will visit San Francisco, and it's especially good for boys named Pete or Larry.
Even though I wasn't concerned about how things would end up, I had a hard time thoroughly enjoying this story about a lost dog on his own. When I had my dog, one of my big fears was she'd get off her leash and go running and be missing. But, that's me. Kids might be able to simply enjoy the adventure and the sights....more