I give this book 3 stars for the idea behind it. It had great information (common sense stuff like: no soda, no sugar, no white flour, etc. - more fruI give this book 3 stars for the idea behind it. It had great information (common sense stuff like: no soda, no sugar, no white flour, etc. - more fruit and veggies) but the way it was delivered was a bit crude. I'm not going to repeat any of it here but if you are easily offended (as I am obviously not), do not pick this one up. It did open my eyes a little more about what goes on behind the scenes in the beef/chicken/pork/fish industries. ...more
Ah, I really hate to write a bad review of a work of literature - usually I can find some merit somewhere within the pages, but alas, it is just not sAh, I really hate to write a bad review of a work of literature - usually I can find some merit somewhere within the pages, but alas, it is just not so with Joanne Harris' Chocolat. The story is your classic battle of good vs. evil, and frugality vs. excess. Unfortunately the execution is completely lacking in Chocolat, and the "battle" is not only hard to trudge through but also a little boring.
The atmosphere created by Harris does not contain any, well, atmosphere. The "feeling" of France is noticeably absent, failing to paint any kind of authentic picture in which the reader can become lost. I was looking for something similar to Tracy Chevalier's The Virgin Blue or Kate Mosse's Labyrinth, but I was bitterly disappointed.
In short, for a novel lauded by so many as magical, and fairy-tale-like, Chocolat was disenchanting at best. And on a side note, the movie is fantastic - I recommend it highly! I wish the book had lived up to its hype. ...more
Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson, is the haunting story of a shattered 18-year old girl, and her extreme and deadly problems. Lia suffers from anoWintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson, is the haunting story of a shattered 18-year old girl, and her extreme and deadly problems. Lia suffers from anorexia, but that is just one of the symptoms of her fractured life. Wintergirls explores the world of eating disorders, and the things that motivate a girl to harm herself. It exposes the difficulty girls sometimes have in accepting and forgiving themselves - faults and all - and living for just for who they really are inside.
The subject of Wintergirls is intense and scary, by Anderson pulls it off gracefully. She really knows how to write the teenage girl, painting her in a chillingly realistic light. The formatting of the book - complete with cross-outs - served as an illustration of Lia's continual attempts to control herself, and the way she referred to her past self by saying "When I was a real girl..." spoke volumes on the way she perceived herself. All of the characters were captivating, flawed and believable, with heart-breaking stories that stayed with the me long after I finished the last page. Anderson's writing grabs the reader, drawing you into the story and refusing to let you go.
Wintergirls is a disturbing story told with honesty and the raw emotion we can all remember from our own teenage experiences. The story is paced brilliantly, building Lia's problems into an overwhelming mountain of obstacles. I would recommend Wintergirls to schools and libraries, as well as mother/daughter book groups. The story is completely relatable, and has a great potential for sparking discussion. Laurie Halse Anderson has crafted another powerful and well-written story giving the reader a glimpse into the mind of a teenage girl. Wintergirls is unforgettable!...more
I'm having a hard time putting into words my thoughts and feelings about Eat, Pray, Love. I enjoyed it so much that I literally can't find the words tI'm having a hard time putting into words my thoughts and feelings about Eat, Pray, Love. I enjoyed it so much that I literally can't find the words to do it justice. I could tell you that I saw myself a lot in this book, and was equal parts delighted at the author's courage - her absolute pluckiness of spirit - and at the same time, envious that she had the insight and fortitude to know instinctively what she needed to do in order to survive after her divorce.
Elizabeth Gilbert's journey of self-discovery (how lame does that sound... anyway...) makes for an engrossing and entertaining read. I absorbed her story with ease, and now that I have finished, all I want to do is to pick it back up from the beginning. Eat, Pray, Love is both a chronicle of spiritual awakening and a beautifully woven and inspiring story of a woman learning to find balance within herself. I absolutely loved this book and I hope you do as well....more
First off you should know that I HATE the phrase "big girl panties" with the fiery passion of 100 suns! Isn't it amazing that I even picked up this boFirst off you should know that I HATE the phrase "big girl panties" with the fiery passion of 100 suns! Isn't it amazing that I even picked up this book at Hastings? The embarrassment suffered by my husband when taking it up to the counter to purchase was absolutely priceless!
I bought the book because I thought it was a cute idea: big-ish girl Holly meets personal trainer Logan (described as "hotter than Lucifer's loincloth") on a plane. After chatting a bit he asks if he can take her on as a client and help her to get healthy. Outwardly she's not his "type" at all, but she is witty and kind and strong and eventually he falls for her. That's the gist of the book.
Holly is so relatable and likable as a character, it's impossible not to root for her. She's never been a thin woman but has had some recent tragedy in her life and has just "let herself go" (pardon the cliche.) Logan is an honest guy who likes his life a certain way even though he doesn't really seem to understand himself all that well. Holly basically turns his world upside down, but in a good way.
Big Girl Panties is really well written and just a good, fast read. It is one of those books that illicits strong emotions from the reader - I personally alternated between laughter and tears. Any book that can do that for me deserves 5 stars, but I'm giving this one 4. The end of the book has Holly fleeing Logan to go back to a life that was hell on earth for her and I just couldn't "see" Holly really doing that. It is the one thing that didn't ring true for me and it made it hard to enjoy the eventual happy ending.
I recommend Big Girl Panties (HA! sounds so funny!) if you're looking for a fun story with that all-important happily ever after. I really enjoyed reading it and will probably pick up the next book Stephanie Evanovich writes. ...more