This book wrapped things up nicely. Some might argue that it was too happy an ending, but after 6 books of plotting, death, evil and destruction a lit...moreThis book wrapped things up nicely. Some might argue that it was too happy an ending, but after 6 books of plotting, death, evil and destruction a little happiness is just what I was looking for!
This is a great series that acknowledges the evil in the world and the depths that we may, and probably will, have to endure. But always combatting that is faith and hope and goodness. No matter how bad things may be or seem, the Lord is in charge and good will prevail.
John loved these books as well. They are action packed and appealing to male readers.(less)
I wanted to read this book based on the title. I think we have a tendency toward excess and from this title I thought it might be a book about focusin...moreI wanted to read this book based on the title. I think we have a tendency toward excess and from this title I thought it might be a book about focusing more on things that matter most and being content with what we already have, etc.
Wrong. I fully read the first few chapters, but had to resort to skipping to random pages further on looking for something that wouldn't just annoy me. Never found it. Right from the start, I should have known I would never finish. Rakoff begins with the story of his becoming a US citizen. He does so with such reluctance and seems to have such buyer's remorse that I have to wonder why he did it to begin with. Of course, I know why he did it. To vote. After living in the US for 20 years or so, the need to vote against George W. Bush was the impetus behind becoming a US citizen. This bugs me.
This book is more about politics than anything else, and I am so, so very sick of politics. The author is as left leaning as you can get and hits all the items on that checklist. This mindset is so off-putting to me, and it is equally off-putting when worn by the right leaning. These divisive political agendas have served no one and gotten us no where in the years that we have suffered through them. It's as though we are no longer expected, by others or by ourselves, to use our minds and hearts to make electoral decisions on an individual basis, considering individual issues and individual candidates anymore. I almost wish these elections were blind in a way. No political parties mentioned at all.
But I digress. This book was irritating, whiny, and self-indulgent. Rakoff does write quite well and, with the exception of his fondness for the word f*&@ in all it's variations, could possibly write a book I might like. Provided it was void of the same tired political crap I am so sick of.(less)
A friend passed this book along to me thinking I would like it. She was right. I really did like it. I tend to not read much LDS fiction because it al...moreA friend passed this book along to me thinking I would like it. She was right. I really did like it. I tend to not read much LDS fiction because it always seems too convenient, but I liked this book for the story of a sister and her much older brother. It was very reflective of my own experience, so I had a lump in my throat several times throughout the book.
One problem I had a hard time getting past was that Kathy's mother was so against her son's mormon friend. I kept waiting to find out the big reason why and really felt like there just wasn't one. Her reaction was so visceral that I felt like the cause was missing. Not very plausible to me on that. I figured it would be a case of some horrible experience with someone similar to (already forgot the character's name) Kathy's rival. This girl was horrible and also LDS. Nasty people are usually the reason behind a visceral reaction. (less)