I dont know why I'm surprised this was so good. Maybe it's because he wasn't a writer and I expected it to either be overwritten (ghost writer?) or raI dont know why I'm surprised this was so good. Maybe it's because he wasn't a writer and I expected it to either be overwritten (ghost writer?) or rambling and poorly written. It was neither. The book was so well written and very obviously by Jeff. He is funny, self-depricating, and has an amazing knack to really make the reader feel what he's trying to convey.
It almost feels too soon to be reading what he wrote since the bombing was only 1 year ago, but the amount this man has accomplished in just one year is astounding. There's no better time for him to write this tragedy head on. Although he sometimes feels guilty along with getting frustrated, his general outlook on things is inspiring. His family and friends (old and new) seem like a great bunch of people.
He has such an amazing and genle heart. Being able to not only talk about, but use the names of the bombers shows that he's facing this
I read this book from start to finish in 2 evenings.....and I have a 3 1/2 year old boy to wrangle. I don't get to read as often as I'd like but I had no problem putting aside everything else to read this book....more
**spoiler alert** This was a pretty good mystery. I haven't read anything by this author before but it was a solid mystery. I thought it was going to**spoiler alert** This was a pretty good mystery. I haven't read anything by this author before but it was a solid mystery. I thought it was going to be predictable and therefore a little lame but the end few chapters threw a curve ball I never saw coming! Some of the rest of it was a little transparent but the main criminal was out of the blue.
Happy ending which I like. I also liked how the chapters were short, it seemed to go faster like that.
Some of it could've been a little shorter, there were some chapters I thought could've been summed up faster and by the end I just wanted the author to get to the point.
All-in-all it was a quick read (only 3 days!) and enjoyable....more
This book had the recipe for something really great but ended up being just meh. The author was overly descriptive on a lot of aspects of this book anThis book had the recipe for something really great but ended up being just meh. The author was overly descriptive on a lot of aspects of this book and sometimes the book felt weighed down by insignificant details. It also felt like it took a really long time to get the the point of the book.
It started out well with Gwyn finding the letter from Kelly but then the plot sort of trudged along without much happening but a lot of pages going by.
Then once the climax of the book happened (and I use the term climax loosely), it felt very scattered and hurried. The amount of detail used in the insignificant points of the book were much more than the detail used in what turned out to be the point of the whole book.
Also something I noticed that I'm not sure many others would've noticed: Gwyn was supposedly born and raised in Glenwood Springs, but the author had her use terminology that is not used in Colorado. As I grew up in Colorado, I would know. The author, and therefor her main character, CLEARLY are from Michigan.
She uses terms like "door wall" to refer to a sliding glass door and the term "party store" for liquor store. Both of those are terms used in Michigan but definitely not used in Colorado. A little bit of research would've yielded that information. It led to less authenticity of the character for me....more