Although Agatha chose (view spoiler)[Sophie, instead of her prince, Tedros (hide spoiler)] at the end of book one, now she's having doubts. With thatAlthough Agatha chose (view spoiler)[Sophie, instead of her prince, Tedros (hide spoiler)] at the end of book one, now she's having doubts. With that spark of doubt, Sophie and Agatha find themselves returned to the School of Good and Evil only to discover it transformed into the School for Girls and the School for Boys. The two factions are a hairs-breadth away from all-out war. And the only thing that will stop them is Agatha choosing who she will live happily ever after with. Again.
This second installment in The School for Good and Evil series held its own and was as funny and unexpected as the first. I particularly loved the part where (view spoiler)[Sophie transformed into a boy (hide spoiler)] in order to infiltrate the boy's castle and ends up (view spoiler)[becoming best friends with Tedros. (hide spoiler)] Wonderful! Great twist. Loved the irony there....more
I picked up this book due to mistaken identity. While I definitely recognized the name Shonda Rhimes, I mis-remembered her as The Secret author RhondaI picked up this book due to mistaken identity. While I definitely recognized the name Shonda Rhimes, I mis-remembered her as The Secret author Rhonda Byrne. So I was (not unpleasantly) surprised to be reminded that Shonda Rhimes is the writer/creator of Grey's Anatomy. I've always wondered about this mysterious Shonda Rhimes, who has her name presented so much more prominently in the credits of her show than most writers. It was nice to finally get to know the gal behind the Grey.
This memoir focuses on one year+ of Shonda's life, where she decided to begin saying yes to everything instead of saying no. The choice began when her sister pointed out that although Shonda got invited to a plethora of high profile events and parties, she never actually attended any. She said no to everything and didn't do anything except work, work, work. And did this saying no, this living a safe and small life, make her happy? No. Thus, her journey began.
The memoir was witty, humorous, and insightful. I enjoyed it quite a bit and definitely found useful takeaways to apply to my own life. Two thing I particularly enjoyed were hearing about Shonda's sometimes debilitating introvertedness and her practice of being a liar (i.e., a writer). I too would prefer to sit in a dark corner and never talk to anyone. And I had never before connected my bent toward exaggeration with my love of story telling.
I didn't expect this to be so short or so very very simple. I think the only way to get a ton out of it is to read it much slower than I did in searchI didn't expect this to be so short or so very very simple. I think the only way to get a ton out of it is to read it much slower than I did in search of the deeper meanings both textually and contextually. I did enjoy seeing how Alice learned some, while venturing through Wonderland, about manners and maybe not telling her animal companions about how she ate or saw someone eating their kind just the other day. Silly Alice. The book does do a great job of characterizing how the young are so very oblivious to their own shortcomings while still aware of those same flaws on those around them....more