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Marl rated a book 3 of 5 stars
If I Stay by Gayle Forman
If I Stay (If I Stay, #1)
by Gayle Forman (Goodreads Author)
read in August, 2014
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To me this was an OK book. Not much new and/or thought provoking. I think the author is trying to ask the question - do we make the choice to stay or die? I don't think that was a good premise for the book. No matter how the book ended the question i ...more
Marl rated a book 4 of 5 stars
The Hundred-Foot Journey by Richard C. Morais
The Hundred-Foot Journey
by Richard C. Morais (Goodreads Author)
read in July, 2014
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I read this book because the movie is coming out. But I saw too many commercials before I finished it. Its a great story and it should make a great movie. I loved the two extreme cultures colliding. It goes to show that despite differences cultures p ...more
Marl rated a book 4 of 5 stars
Crash Into Me by Liz Seccuro
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This is true account from the author. She is honest, raw and transparent. I admire her for the fact that she wasn't quick to forgive. She wanted to know the truth and she didn't want to stop until she knew everything.
Marl rated a book 4 of 5 stars
Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
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I'd give this 4.75. This is written through the eyes of a fifteen year old girl that lives in Nigeria. We really don't know what goes on behind closed doors. This book reveals both sides of the door. It is raw and honest.
Marl rated a book 3 of 5 stars
A Complicated Kindness by Miriam Toews
A Complicated Kindness
by Miriam Toews
read in April, 2014
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I can say this book is different. It revolves around a Mennonite community and all the rules and regulations that go with it. It is very well written through the eyes of a teenager. I liked the fact that I really didn't know to the end that kindness ...more
Marl rated a book 4 of 5 stars
The First Rule of Swimming by Courtney Angela Brkic
The First Rule of Swimming: A Novel
by Courtney Angela Brkic (Goodreads Author)
read in April, 2014
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This a book that is entwined with family relationships. The major setting is on an island in Croatia. The author captured the beauty of the island along with the political upheaval. It involves three generations. Some of the family escaped and went t ...more
Marl rated a book 4 of 5 stars
Into the Abyss by Carol Shaben
Into the Abyss
by Carol Shaben (Goodreads Author)
read in March, 2014
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I read this book because the people mentioned in the title are not people you would normally find together. The men that survived were very lucky to be alive. The book focuses on their life's after the crash. It sure opened my eyes to the dangers the ...more
Marl rated a book 4 of 5 stars
A Secret Kept by Tatiana de Rosnay
A Secret Kept
by Tatiana de Rosnay (Goodreads Author)
read in April, 2014
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This is a book that flashes back between the past and the present. It is worth the read. Sometimes we can't just blindly believe everything that has been told to us. This is about siblings that inadvertently stumble across a family secret and try to ...more
Marl rated a book 3 of 5 stars
The Lilac Bus by Maeve Binchy
The Lilac Bus
by Maeve Binchy
read in March, 2014
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I'd give this a 3 1/2. Not the best Maeve Binchy that I've read. There are a lot of characters in this book but she could have spent more time on each one. I would have enjoyed getting to now each of them a lot better. It felt incomplete
Marl rated a book 4 of 5 stars
Serena by Ron Rash
Serena
by Ron Rash
read in March, 2014
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I read this book before it is to be made into a movie staring Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper. So reading the book with that in mind ... it was kinda hard to read!! I'm not sure that these two are the best choice for the movie but now I really w ...more
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