Nancy is a fourteen year old teenager who keeps a diary. Her diary entries are in precise narrative form and cohesively depict a two year period of heNancy is a fourteen year old teenager who keeps a diary. Her diary entries are in precise narrative form and cohesively depict a two year period of her life (ages 14-16) with no references to anything or anyone that is not central to the plot development. Every sentence is grammatically correct, every entry is well-formatted and dated (often with not only the date, but the time as well), and every detail presented builds on the emerging story. In other words, the book is a novel - written like a novel. It's a "cautionary tale" about... well, I guess about being raped. Nancy advises against it.
At age 14 Nancy goes to a Garth Brooks concert and swoons. She's rescued by a guy named Collin who goes to the local University. Collin pursues her; realizing her divorced mom likely wouldn't approve, Nancy hides the relationship from her. Nancy goes to great length to set up an intimate evening alone with Collin and then they get drunk and fool around and then Nancy wants to stop because she's a good Catholic girl. Collin doesn't stop. They don't see each other very much after that (just enough for Nancy to learn that most of the things he told her were not true). Nancy later comforts herself that she avoided a "mortal" sin even though she committed a "venial" sin (!).
An astoundingly brief six months later, Nancy is diagnosed with HIV; a couple months after that she develops full-blown AIDS; and two-years from her single sexual encounter she dies of complications from AIDS. This clearly does not medically align with the known facts of the HIV virus, as the forward of the edition I read (by an MD) points out.
Well, it happened to Nancy. It could happen to you, too. Make sure you never, ever, never go to a Garth Brooks concert. Or else you're going to die of AIDS. This silly book so clearly is not a real diary, so clearly is not an "edited teenager diary", that it's laughable it was marketed and sold as such. Then again the author made her career by penning so-called non-fiction teenager diaries, all neatly packed with a formulaic plot and a cautionary tale. And this one isn't any different. Bleck....more
The goodreads author Julie Rowe this book (currently) is linked to is definitely not the author Julie Rowe of this book.
This third book offers incremeThe goodreads author Julie Rowe this book (currently) is linked to is definitely not the author Julie Rowe of this book.
This third book offers incremental refinement of Rowe's previous two books, essentially combining them and eliminating most of the really zany comments, making the event timeline more coherent, and removing some of the more ridiculous assertions (e.g., that Ebola is a USA-engineered virus). Notably missing are the various comments in her previous books about her prophetic calling to alert the world (I rather suspect her Bishop had something to do with that). Rowe states again the purpose of her vision(s) was to disclose things of importance to her family. Apparently having a panoramic vision of all of history including seeing the Resurrected Christ is important to her family. Much of the material recapitulates the various "children's favorites" stories from the Old Testament. Rowe mentions being surprised to see that Isaac was about 30 years old when he nearly was sacrificed - she wouldn't have been surprised if she'd read her Bible before being taken on a tour of history. In heaven, she learns some amazing things: in fact, not all dogs do go to heaven (but some do). And the plant-eating dinosaurs go to a separate place from the meat-eating dinosaurs to keep everybody healthy. Of course, the meat-eating dinosaurs then starve to death because there's nothing to eat, while the plant-eating dinosaurs mindlessly mow down acres of God's vegetable creations. In the ark, however, Noah used the power of God to allow the lions to co-exist with the "non-ferocious" animals. I don't know, somehow it still just doesn't seem quite fair. She also learned that in heaven they still keep records by longhand and they still print books the old fashioned way even though nobody actually reads them anymore (in heaven, you just have to stare hard at a book for a couple seconds to absorb the whole thing). The printed page - never out of style even when it's useless. Also fabricated from more of God's vegetable creations. It's tough to be a vegetable in heaven.
Now here's a real puzzler from the book. She experienced her vision in 2004 and wrote this book in 2015. In the book she specifically mentions seeing numerous homeless derelicts gathering at Yankee Stadium because there was nowhere else for them to go (even though New York has been destroyed, Yankee Stadium still is full of bums). I find it curious that she didn't feel the need to mention that in 2009 (between the vision and the book) Yankee Stadium got unbuilt. So in the unknowable (to everyone except Rowe) future, is Yankee Stadium going to come back so the vagrants can mill about in peace? It's confusing to me.
Another odd one - in Salt Lake City, a huge earthquake will cause a 20-foot displacement in South Salt Lake that will collapse an aquifer that will cause a tsunami that will flood the whole city (it will also cause all the "skyscrapers" to tumble... are we talking about the same South Salt Lake City?). That is one gnarly aquifer, let me tell you! Especially because it's clear up here in the high desert. If you're wondering about the aquifer-tsunami, the USGS web site definitely states that you are safe in Utah. But that's big government, which the book does point out already is under the thumb of the true New World Order "puppetmasters" who live in Switzerland because there hasn't been a war there for a long time. And I thought they lived there because of the chocolate......more