I really liked this book. I loved that it took place during Y2K, back when email was like the coolest thing ever. I loved that we as readers got to reI really liked this book. I loved that it took place during Y2K, back when email was like the coolest thing ever. I loved that we as readers got to read the emails between Jennifer and Beth. I thought it was a cool idea that we got to know those two characters through the lens of their emails, which Lincoln was reading as part of his job.
I enjoyed getting to know Lincoln through the book and watching him develop as a person. He transforms from this shy guy who is living with his mom and still hung up on his ex-girlfriend nine years later to a man who actually moves on and meets new people and finds a path that makes him happy. Nice development of his character. Also, I loved his mom. But I'm glad she's not my mom.
This is my second Rainbow Rowell book. Think I'll keep reading her stuff!...more
This was a pretty cute book. Ave Maria Mulligan is thirty-five years old and is the town pharmacist in the town she grew up in. Being unmarried is a lThis was a pretty cute book. Ave Maria Mulligan is thirty-five years old and is the town pharmacist in the town she grew up in. Being unmarried is a little difficult for her since in her small town most people get married straight out of high school (or before they finish high school). Ave Maria has recently lost her mother to cancer. Following the death, she discovers a secret her mother was keeping about her past which leads her to start questioning whether the mountains of Virginia is truly where she belongs.
I enjoyed this book. I thought that all the characters were very vivid and memorable. However, I started to feel a little like the book was dragging on and on, and some of the plot points were pretty predictable. I predicted which love interest she would end up with from the first moment he appeared in the story. Nonetheless, it was a cute story. I might check out the other books in this series someday....more
I bought this book to give as a graduation present for one of the girls in my church youth group. This girl is African and often feels a little out ofI bought this book to give as a graduation present for one of the girls in my church youth group. This girl is African and often feels a little out of place in the Mormon church, so I thought that maybe this book would help her to recognize that the church isn't just for white people.
Before I gave it to her, I did read it. I have read a little of the authors' blogs, and I appreciate their perspective. Their book just expands more on that perspective, talking about how faith in God has blessed their lives. They don't really get specific about the LDS Church very much, just mostly focusing on general faith. The book is at times funny and also touching. I really hope that my teenage friend enjoys it and gets something out of it....more
So, as you may or may not know, I am single. I would like for this to change. So a couple of weeks ago when I was at Deseret Book, I decided to purchaSo, as you may or may not know, I am single. I would like for this to change. So a couple of weeks ago when I was at Deseret Book, I decided to purchase this book.
This seems like a great book for any Latter-Day Saint who hopes to one day marry. The author takes the Family Proclamation and goes through it paragraph by paragraph, discussing how following the Family Proclamation can help us find the best spouse for us. A lot of the stuff he talks about is pretty common sense, but clearly common sense isn't something that everyone has when it comes to making dating and marriage decisions. At the end of each chapter there are discussion questions that you are supposed to ask yourself and/or your partner when you are considering getting married.
As far as dating and marriage advice goes, the Family Proclamation seems like a pretty good place to start. I liked how the author didn't automatically assume that everyone who picked up this book was going to be in their early 20s. (Since I am fairly far away from my early 20s at this point.) I think the things presented in this book can be applicable at most stages of life. In fact, on the back of the book, I think it says it's intended for everyone from 16-76 or something like that.
The only drawback to this book is the poor editing. I found quite a few mistakes, which kind of makes me want to apply for a job at Cedar Fort Publishing. Clearly they could use a good copy editor....more
This was my first Rainbow Rowell book. I really enjoyed it. I could definitely relate to the main character, Cather, as she navigated her first year oThis was my first Rainbow Rowell book. I really enjoyed it. I could definitely relate to the main character, Cather, as she navigated her first year of college.
All Cather wants is to become a writer, so when she goes to college she enrolls in a fiction-writing class. However, she quickly learns that she is more invested in writing about the fictional world of Simon Snow (a Harry Potter-type character) than she is in creating her own fictional world. In fact, Cather is quite famous in the fan fiction world for writing fan fiction about Simon Snow. However, this creates tension with her fiction-writing professor.
Throughout the course of the year, Cath also deals with the pain of being essentially rejected by her twin sister, a roommate who doesn't seem to like her, her dad's mental illness, and the return of her mother who left when she was 8. She also finds love in the one place she never expected.
Sometimes I found myself annoyed at Cath for some of the things she does. But I guess that makes her a more real character. You know, she's like that friend who is constantly doing things that don't make sense to you, but you like her anyway.
I also didn't really care that much for the interspersed sections from both Cath's fan fiction and the "original text" from the Simon Snow series. I just didn't really understand why it was there and it didn't add anything to the story for me. And I couldn't care less about what happens between Simon and Baz.
I felt like it was a pretty relatable story about a first year at college. You know, at first you hate it and you want to go home, but by the end of the year you don't want to leave. At least that's how it was for me.
Anyway, I suspect I will read more of Rainbow Rowell's work in the future.
I really need to start writing these reviews right after I finish the book......more