Not trying to be rude, but I didn't like this book at all. It was kinda a bunch of nonsense. When the character's boyfriend proposes on t.v. to someonNot trying to be rude, but I didn't like this book at all. It was kinda a bunch of nonsense. When the character's boyfriend proposes on t.v. to someone else, she lets her friend talk her into pretending the proposal was meant for her to avoid the embarrassment. She goes as far as buying a cubic zirconia wedding ring and letting her parents put deposits down for the wedding... except for her dad really knows, and secretely cancels all the plans after the mother makes them.
Anyway, then it turns out the now ex-boyfriend (and fake fiancee) was faking his proposal... to a fake woman... come on! Unrealistic. Predictable. Nonsense.
So Dean Koontz has a gift for writing thrillers/mystery/suspense (with the exception of the motorcycle scene). However, he adds in so much extra stuffSo Dean Koontz has a gift for writing thrillers/mystery/suspense (with the exception of the motorcycle scene). However, he adds in so much extra stuff that it just ruins the book. He tries too hard. I don't need a long descriptive paragraph about how hard the wind is blowing. As far as one of the bad guys, he tried too hard to make him weird. The wife's "plan" in the end of the bood was just stupid. Fine, get the guy with the nail, but why the heck did she need to stab herself in that manner? She could have made herself bleed as a distraction, I guess, but the WAY she did it was sooo stupid. It was just too far-fetched to be good.
I did like the unexpected twists in the book. The one about the brother was very imaginative (took me by surprise)... but why then turn him into some sissy baby near the end? Reading about sissy men is sooo annoying.
As far as the parents, I just thought the whole concept was just ridiculous. The "learning room" idea is something that probably happens more than we would like to believe, but all the other abuses were just WAY out there.
I would have liked this book had the ridiculous, far-fetched ideas not been in there....more
Another interesting book, but with some off content. The reader could have been spared certain details and it still would have been a good book. If anAnother interesting book, but with some off content. The reader could have been spared certain details and it still would have been a good book. If anything, those certain details cheapened the book. I did enjoy reading about a mixed family....more
There were so many reasons why. Most importantly, this book is very misleading. I did not feel right reading about thI did not like this book. At all.
There were so many reasons why. Most importantly, this book is very misleading. I did not feel right reading about the Trinity portrayed the way the author chose to do so... it was very disrespectful. It made God seem like "just another human", not as the all-powerful, holy God that I know. I believe, if people want to know about God, they should read the Bible and not another persons interpretation in a fictional story... especially when that persons interpretation is unbiblical. This is definitely NOT a book for a Christian (or ANYONE for that matter).
Another reason I did not like this book is the absurdity of some of the ideas. For example, the character ended up forcing himself to call God "Papa" because if he didn't, it meant he wasn't as close to God as his wife was. That just sounds ridiculous. He really had to force himself to say it the first time. I'm not trying to be mean, as someone put effort into writing this book, but it was all far-fetched, especially with the African American, slang-speaking, woman that played God in this story and most of it contadicted the Bible which makes it something that Christians should have nothing to do with.
I hate that I was mislead into thinking this was a Christian book. I should have known when most (or all) of the good reviews on the cover (and inside the book) were from wordly sources... it may have high reviews but what is popular with the world is not always what is right (most of the time it isn't and that definitely holds true in this case). I regret reading this book, even more so because I bought it. I wasted my money on a book that I will not give to another person to read so, therefore, it will wind up in the garbage. What a waste.
A previous reviewer (Kim) suggested these sites which I thought were very appropriate:
For Christian reading, I would reccommend books by Francine Rivers, especially the "Mark of the Lion Series". Another book I can suggest would be "23 Minutes in Hell" by Bill Wiese. It is a persons individual experience, but it's not far-fetched and "new agey" as "The Shack". ...more
I like this book for a younger readers, not for adults. You might say "but it was intended for young readers!" (which it was), but I absolutely LOVE "I like this book for a younger readers, not for adults. You might say "but it was intended for young readers!" (which it was), but I absolutely LOVE "Matilda" and that is intended for children as well. However, I will definitely still reccommend/save this book for my daughter when she is older. From a young readers point of view I would rate four stars....more
I'm not quite sure how to rate this book. I can tell you that it had me crying, laughing... thinking. I could not put the book down and finished it wiI'm not quite sure how to rate this book. I can tell you that it had me crying, laughing... thinking. I could not put the book down and finished it within a day.
This book is perfect for anyone who wants to know "a day (or more)in the life of" a child with food allergies. This book is a "food allergy mother's" worst nightmare. It talks about the unending battle of keeping a child with life-threatening food allergies safe and alive. Every single minute of every single day is a minute that you have to worry that this could be the day that something terrible could happen because someone makes a mistake or does not take the allergy seriously. I know because I live that life. This book is very good at portraying the "allergic" lifestyle. I am so similar to the protective mother in this book in so many ways. Her attitude/comment to the doctor after he told her she broke her arm was priceless to me... exactly how I feel some days. I think I will always love this book because of the issue it deals with.
On the other hand, as far as my religion goes it wasn't so great, but it wasn't the worst either. I did wonder, at some point, if the author did not like Christians. Other times it didn't seem like that at all. The character who starts out looking for God, does not find Him and the characters who were not looking found Him. There was a strange religious character who had quite a few things wrong (due to her upbringing), a religious but angry/mean grandmother (who obviously had issues), a son who was so very confused about finding God (and what finding God is), and then there were also typical church-going, helpful, (and very sweet) characters, etc... this book had a wide range of characters. In the end, I decided the author just tried to stay nuetral and let the reader take what they wanted out of it.
Overall, I did like this book. I will keep this one and read it again later. ...more
Such a cute book! I could not put it down!! I know it is a children's book, but I will buy the sequels ASAP. It's better than a lot of the books I'veSuch a cute book! I could not put it down!! I know it is a children's book, but I will buy the sequels ASAP. It's better than a lot of the books I've been reading, lately, that are NOT for children. My kids are reading it now and love it so far....more
I completely "misreviewed" this book. I hope none of my friends read it thinking it was going to be good because I previously gave it four stars. I'mI completely "misreviewed" this book. I hope none of my friends read it thinking it was going to be good because I previously gave it four stars. I'm terribly sorry if you did. I mistook this book for another one!! I HAVE read this book, but it was very immoral and only deserves one star (if even that many)... just read some of the other low reviews. I will say it starts off good (as good as it can for such a sad subject), but by the end when the dead girl enters a lesbian friends body and has sex with a boy she liked, you'll see what I mean. From now on, I will be much more carefull about reviewing books I read a long time ago....more