Interesting. I liked it, but the ending was a little let down...I don't know I was just expecting more to happen, to have more of an idea of what happInteresting. I liked it, but the ending was a little let down...I don't know I was just expecting more to happen, to have more of an idea of what happened afterwards. I'll have to see if this is a stand alone or if it's part of a series. ~ Grade: B ...more
It took me a little while to get into it, but once I did I enjoyed it. It's a historical book, set in 1950s. For a long while you're not sureGrade: B+
It took me a little while to get into it, but once I did I enjoyed it. It's a historical book, set in 1950s. For a long while you're not sure what the book is about, and keeping all of the characters straight sometimes gets confusing (big italian family - the author must have had fun plotting out that family tree). The further along that we get the more we see where our character is heading and the battles she'll have to face (every day life things). That and the main character is utterly adorable. I couldn't help but like her....more
Started reading the book. It took me three days to get pass the first 15 pages. It was a slow start for me. There were too many characters for me to kStarted reading the book. It took me three days to get pass the first 15 pages. It was a slow start for me. There were too many characters for me to keep track of at once, when Lyn was with her friends. I’m still not sure I know who everyone is, but I skimmed over them because I assumed they’re not going to be important. So I hope that’s the case.
The first chapter is one big HUGE info dump. The interesting thing was I could almost go along with it. The way it was presented, in the context, it seemed natural that all this explanation would be dumped on us. The only problem is I couldn’t take it all in. I’ve forgotten a big chuck or I mixed it up with other information and it’s a bit mumble jumble.
Dating! I never paid attention to dating a book until it was pointed out that I’d done just that in mine. Now I seem to pick it up everywhere. I’m still not sure whether I have a problem with a book being dated. I normally look up when a book was published anyway before I start reading. In this book Lyn talks about her walkman. Brought back memories or when I got my first walkman. And it makes me feel OLD!
I got into the portion where Lyn ends up back in time. That was interesting. I wanted to keep reading when I got to that portion. Things finally got interesting. However it was late and I needed sleep. I’m excited about picking the book up again tonight. So that’s good. Finally getting into the story.
A little over a third of the way through the book. The adverbs modifying dialogue tags are driving me nuts. It’s not just a few here and there, it’s a lot throughout the entire book.
The story is moving forward. We’ve got a good sense of the time period, the setting of the time… We finally have moved on. One of the characters realized that Lyn-Elizabeth weren’t the same person. And we’ve learned that there is another lady back in this time that is just like Elizabeth. We also learned that time in the past moves much slower than time in the present.
I’m 2/3 through the book. It’s lost a little of it’s appeal in some ways, yet has really gotten interesting in another. I like the life that’s happening around Elizabeth/Lyn. How she deals with it—how history dealt with it, her thought comparison, how she goes along and accepts it, but tries to make changes here and there, where she can. That part is fascinating.
HOWEVER— We were introduced to a third character trapped in the past with Lyn too—Donald. He is the biggest wimp I have ever met. He’s annoying, weak, and I can’t stand him. At first I thought that this was okay. After all, it make Lyn seem stronger, puts her in charge… I’ve come to the conclusion though that the character isn’t aiding the book. I might hate him, that might be the authors intention, but I hate him so much whenever he appears I want to just completely skip over that portion of the book until he’s gone. In face I did that, and I missed some information at one point. But Donald was so annoying it was too hard to read.
Food for thought though, you can make a character dislikable, but you better make sure he’s not too much so that the reader is tempted to put the book down because he/she can’ stand to read about the character.
Finished the book. I so tired of reading unsatisfying books. I kept wondering how the book was going to end. How was Lyn going to get back to the present? I couldn’t figure it out. Well I couldn’t figure it out because she never makes it back to the present. I like books that leave me with a satisfied feeling when I end. This book left me angry and unable to sleep.
I’m trying to figure out why I’m so upset. I think partially because I expected Lyn to find a way back. Time travel usually means the character starts at one time, journey’s to another and then returns to his/her time. That’s the formula. That’s what people expect. This book broke that formula and left me with so many unanswered questions.
I liked Mathieu. I understand how Lyn could end up with him, make a life with him, but what about Lyn’s life from 1980s. Nothing gets explained. Granted she can’t know what happened because she can’t get back. Are we to assume that every year someone new will appear back in time and they’ll never be able to get back? Obviously time in the future moves much faster than time in the past, so wouldn’t another person have appeared in the time Lyn was there if someone new appeared every year? Was it just three people who go back? I’m left with so many questions.
Maybe that’s a good thing. But it leaves me unsettled. I read books for happy endings—well overall happy endings. And you could say that this one has it. Lyn will go off, she’ll marry Mathieu and make a life for herself, but that’s a harsh reality accepting life in 1700s. The book deals a great deal with it, but there are other modern things that I think Lyn would forever miss (shampoo being one…this comes from my research…). How can you accept that fate? How can you agree to live your life knowing you’ll never see your family again? Just so many unanswered/not dealt with issues that I want…need to know more about.
PS: I didn’t feel one bit of remorse when Donald died. Couldn’t stand him. The wimp got what he deserved. Okay that’s rather mean, but his character was weak and annoying.
So good. So so so so good. I have to say it took me a disc to get into it and to get used to the flash forwards and the telling of the murder. But MadSo good. So so so so good. I have to say it took me a disc to get into it and to get used to the flash forwards and the telling of the murder. But Maddie's story was wonderful. Despite me worrying about her making wrong choices! She had me worried at times. I love the humor that was thrown in here and there too. Laughing silently at work (while listening) is not an easy thing to do. Loved the setting, the voice, the historical aspect of it. Great book!...more
I actually liked this book, which surprised me. Id read the reviews--many commenting how this was another Gossip Girl, just historical. And how the chI actually liked this book, which surprised me. Id read the reviews--many commenting how this was another Gossip Girl, just historical. And how the characters weren't likable. Then I'd read a small excerpt.
I'd give this book a solid Grade B. It worked for me. The characters, the story, the way it was told really worked. It surprised me, becuase I was expecting not to like the characters, but I felt they portrayed and were true to their personalities though the entire story.
It was very similar to the GG style story, but done much better. We know I hate the GG books and that I've been doing a kind of mini-research study on them (including the TV show). I might actually read the sequel when it comes out.
There were a few things style wise that I could pick on, but I find them in most novels so I won't. All in all this wasn't half bad....more
**spoiler alert** UGH - Some of the Dear America books are great. Others not. This was one of the NOT. This entire story was SAD. I don't get it--why**spoiler alert** UGH - Some of the Dear America books are great. Others not. This was one of the NOT. This entire story was SAD. I don't get it--why write a story that has no hope to it. This character faces one disaster after another. I know the times were hard and that this happened, but as a reader I want some hope to be presented. Also I didn't really like how the story was told. More just fragments of her life, than a real story....more
Definitely one of the better (and more happy) Dear America books. I read one every so often. And usually enjoy them. The whole diary format story tellDefinitely one of the better (and more happy) Dear America books. I read one every so often. And usually enjoy them. The whole diary format story telling is hard, and I can't take a bunch back to back, but I do like them every now and then....more
One word: BORING. I'm sorry, but I had to fight to pay attention to this book. I was going to read the sequel, but forget it, I can't take anymore ofOne word: BORING. I'm sorry, but I had to fight to pay attention to this book. I was going to read the sequel, but forget it, I can't take anymore of the characters or their stories. It wasn't that this was badly written, it just never really grabbed me. I couldn't find any point to the stories, other than a kind was relating his summers with his wacky grandmother. Oh well I gave it a shot....more
I was excited to read this book. I love Ellis Island’s History. This book however did nothing to pull me in. It starts off slow for me. Granted thereI was excited to read this book. I love Ellis Island’s History. This book however did nothing to pull me in. It starts off slow for me. Granted there is a ‘small’ dilemma of Dominic feeling left out and different, but then it takes eight chapters before we get to the time travel aspect of this story. EIGHT CHAPTERS! I was ready to put the book down well before I reached chapter eight.
Then we spend a lot of time in Italy. Now I know that this is a part of the story that works. When I analyze it, my brain says it does what it needs to. However I wasn’t expecting the story to spend so much time in Italy, so I was a bit disappointed. I wanted to move quicker from that point of the story. I wanted to be on the ship with the children traveling to America.
The boy time travels by falling asleep. Basically he falls asleep at the beginning and wakes up in Italy. Then he’s on Ellis Island waiting in line (at the end) and he drifts asleep and when he wakes up he’s back in present. I always find dealing with that issue of HOW is tough. In my first novel it was easy. There was a specific means ‘a door’ for getting to and from. In this novel I use the sleep factor too. I don’t particularly like this method, but sometimes it is the only way.
I’m left wondering at the end of this book. We learn about Dominic’s past and his ancestors, but then there’s no mention of them dying out or being alive when he gets back to the present. Wouldn’t he try to find out something. There was another brother, wouldn’t there be the possibility of some other family out there? It just didn’t settle my questions good enough. So I was a tad disappointed in the end. ...more
LOVED this book when I read it as a kid. In fact I still have the copy my mom gave me way back when I my shelf. I think I might need to pull it out agLOVED this book when I read it as a kid. In fact I still have the copy my mom gave me way back when I my shelf. I think I might need to pull it out again to read :)
Looking at review ratings it seems people either loved this book or hated this book. I'm 1/4 of the way through and I have to say I don't know what siLooking at review ratings it seems people either loved this book or hated this book. I'm 1/4 of the way through and I have to say I don't know what side of the fence I'm on. It's is the ODDEST book I've read in a long time and it does some writing (darn I call them techniques...maybe bad techniques) that drive me up the wall and yet I'm still compelled to keep reading. More once I've finished...
I don't know what I think. The telling me of events out of order, or telling me something will happen then telling me about it in detail drives me nuts. This book is full of those moments. And yes they bothered me, but yet I was still compelled to keep reading, to find out exactly how things would happen.
I found my mind started wandering the further into the book I got. It just dragged on a little too long. The view of Nazi Germany was definitely interesting. When I think about it most WW2 books I've read are from the POV of the allies, so seeing it from the "inside" was different change, and I liked it.
Mixed bag would best describe my feelings toward this novel....more
My all time favorite book from when I was a kid and still a favorite of mine. I reread it because I haven't read it in forever and I know I have a milMy all time favorite book from when I was a kid and still a favorite of mine. I reread it because I haven't read it in forever and I know I have a million other books to read so rereading books I should not be doing :D But I love every now and then to go back to some of my favorite stories....more
I can say I'll definitely never tell a story in just journal entries. You miss so much. This was decently told, but there was so much more I wanted toI can say I'll definitely never tell a story in just journal entries. You miss so much. This was decently told, but there was so much more I wanted to see. And to have the characters act rather than Rose tell how they acted, would have brought certain scenes to life in a way the journal never could....more