The book was fine. My disclaimer is that I saw the movie before reading the book which is never a good idea, I believe, and probably soured my review. Obviously the book contained a lot more detail than the film and it was interesting to hear what life in the segregated south was like. The characters were unique and overall it was a good read, just not a great one in my opinion.
I loved this book! Louis Zamperini's story of survival is incredble and Hillenbrand did a remarkable job reporting it. I really appreciated that she did not insert herself into the book but simply told the story. Her research was incredibly detailed and the story completed sucked me in. Zamperini led an incredbile life and the story of his survival as a POW is remarkable. I'd highly recommend this book to anyone.
Didn't like it and couldn't wait to be done with it. Hannah was a popular, new girl in high school who is tormented by rumors and other teenage angst. This YA story is a sequence of thirteen tapes she made before she committed suicide. I liked how the author switched between Hannah and one of her friends, Clay, as narrators. But other than that, I found the book trite and boring. I would not recommend it.
This book was such a great and pleasant surprise to me; I really loved reading it. Gabrielle Hamilton is a chef and this tale is her autobiography. It was interesting to learn about her upbringing in Pennsylvania and her time in New York City as a young adult. Working in and running restaurants is certainly an interesting business so there are many great stories that were told. But most surprising to me was how open and honest Hamilton was about the problems in her marriage. I don't think I've ever read a more honest book and found her to be courageous for sharing so much. Not necessarily likeable, just courageous. :-)
An amazing first novel for Harbach. The characters were very richly developed and I felt like they really existed. Harbach poured so much detail into every scene in the book, for example, describing what is situated on the nightstand in a college dorm room. The book did drag on for me though and at some chapters, I felt like, what's the point? So although it's a mixed review, I rated the book very high for the story and character development which was superbly done.
This was an impressive undertaking by Colorado's first lady, Helen Thorpe. She followed four young Mexican women (two US citizens and two who are undocumented) in the Denver Public School system and on into college. The book was very well researched for years and I got a great glimpse into the life of women I might not typically hear about.
I wanted to love this book, I really did, but I didn't in the end. I do love the premise and wished I'd researched and written the book myself. A single woman decides to travel around the world interviewing single women in countries including France, Italy, Brazil, Australia, Iceland, China, etc. to find out what it's like to be single in different cultures. There were some good points made about what it's like to live as a single person but the book did not do it for me. The characters were unbelievable and I wasn't inspired.
Unlike most of the other reviews I read about this book, I did not find it very funny. There were parts of the book that were amusing but overall I did not enjoy it. I hear that Jenny Lawson's blog, the Bloggess, is great but I felt like she was trying too hard with this book.
Meh. I don't see what all the fuss is about. I guess I'm glad I read it to know why it's such a big phenomenon. But the book will not stay with me and I found the characters annoying, especially Anastasia. I don't plan to read the trilogy.