Much of this novel is hard to put down. Sittenfeld writes about the relationship between psychic twin sisters as narrated by the one who chose the more ordinary life. What she does best is create characters with distinct personalities and opinions, however, by the end I really didn't like any of them very much and the overall uneasiness made me glad to finish this one.
This was one of the most rewarding and profound books that I have recently read. Author, Jonathan Schuppe, is a journalist who followed Rodney Mason as he tried to turn his life around by coaching an inner city baseball team in Newark, New Jersey. This book follows Rodney, a couple of the kids and one of the fathers as they dealt with the daily troubles of living in one of Newark's worst neighborhoods. The stress that these people experience daily emanates off the pages and you can tell that Schuppe has great empathy for those that he covers. Their lives are messy and there is definitely not a cut and dry happy ending, but it does end with hope for the future of these individuals and for the streets that they live on. Overall, this is an overpowering book.
So, I started this book three times before I actually got around to reading the entire thing. I liked it fine. The writing wasn't too bad, the characters were well developed and the world building was okay but for some reason I could just not get into it like other books in the same genre. I will probably read the next book but I might wait a while because I can't see myself getting into again.
This collection of stories follows women at different stages of their lives. Most are about Ruby and her daughter Nora and their relationship with each other and with men. I found these most enjoyable, as I think it makes more sense when short stories are connected. The other three, also about women, were good but I'm not exactly sure why they were included. Otherwise, this is a very good collection and I thought she captured these different phases of women's lives accurately.
There were many parts of Clive Davis's memoir that were extremely interesting. I loved hearing about his personal experiences with icons such as Janis Joplin and Bruce Springsteen. It just seemed like there was so much included, especially some of the strictly business side of the music industry, that made it a chore to get through sometimes.
I wasn't a huge fan of Beautiful Disaster but I was looking for a light read so I picked this up. I have to admit that I did like this one a little better. Travis is a little more likable in this one, although it does no favor for Abby and I actually didn't get the attraction. This book at least goes a little into the reasons behind Travis's irratic and sometimes violent behavior but some scenes still were disturbing. Overall, it still is not my favorite series but I did like this one better than the first.
I really liked most of this book. The characters were strong and conflicted, the setting was stark and well described and the relationships were realistic. But then, it just ended and I didn't feel like anything was resolved and I had no clear idea what was going to happen to these characters that I have spent time reading about. I gave it four stars because the writing was good and I couldn't put it down, but I was disappointed in the end.
I picked up this book solely based on the fact that I am a fan of the Stephanie Plum series (although those have been decreasing in substance). I liked some parts of this book but it felt rushed the entire time and then just ended. The main characters, Caroline and Jack, were likable enough but I wasn't really rooting for them. I honestly kept hoping the villain would end up having redeemable qualities and would actually be competition for Caroline's hand. Also, the mother was DREADFUL and I don't think she nearly got what she deserved at the end. Overall, this felt like a rush job by two authors and I was not too impressed.