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Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America

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Really interesting read, and quite funny at times but often reads as a little elitist. Most of the other reviewers have touched on how shallow her 'research' can be. . . I think that the information that we can extract from her experiences are at least a helpful addition to the discussion about the working poor.
32 Candles: A Novel

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Rating this book a five makes me regret some of the other fives that I've given out, seriously this book was that good!The whole thing is just so well put together, that you have to love it on the basis of plot development alone. Often when you read books that fall into a particular category they start to get formulaic and predictable but I can honestly say that this was a read that took my by surprise. The best coming of age story that I've read in a long time!Davie is so well developed, that you instantly connect with her and with character development normally I would B**** about how the mother is too mean to be realistic, or that James is too perfect- but in this story it just fits (especially considering the extra development to these characters that occurs in the latter portion of the book)! I'm recommending this book to all of my friends, it's just too good to pass up.
Beginner's Greek: A Novel

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As most of the reviewers have said, I found Collin's style to be more than a little pretentious. The two leads are not well rounded (they have no flaws!!) and are hard to connect to, and I found their everlasting love to be a little too cheesy. Even Jonathon with his many flaws, was not developed well enough. The most developed character was probably Julia because I really believed her story to the point where I could imagine her as a person (in contrast to Holly who seems to be some sort of deity). Despite the problems I had with the book, it was a decent read. . .
Wicked Appetite

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Good light reading, but I skipped a lot of pages (especially towards the end) because it got really dull at times. Pretty standard chicklit, with a very formulaic set up for a series but I don't think I'll be reading any more.There is no suspense, you can pretty much guess what will happen at every point in the book just by reading the summary on the cover.
Sizzle: A Novel

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A little light reading to pass the time, but certainly not enough suspense or character development for you to actually feel any sizzle. . . .
Maybe This Time

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Cute story. A romance that doesn't seem as formulaic as the rest. . .
Christmas Eve at Friday Harbor: A Novel

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Cute read. Could have used a little more conflict, since the storyline focuses mostly on things that have already happened.
Juliet

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This book was amazing. The romance and the mystery kept me turning the page, and I was on the edge of my seat the whole time. There are parts when the plot gets a little bit convoluted, but by the end you are way too satisfied to care about little mistakes. I would recommend this book to anybody!!
Canned: How I Lost Ten Jobs in Ten Years and Learned to Love Unemployment

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There were parts of this book that were really hilarious, (especially that Abraham character. . .)but the boring parts were realllllly boring. The review on the cover of the book describes it as a literary rant . . . and that is a fitting description. Whenever the author was describing a work place, or a co-worker it was always very witty and funny; when he got to the 'rant' part, it was basically him trying to justify the fact that he was too lazy to hold down a job and trying to convince the reader that there was some other justification. Overall, a funny read but definitely not for those looking for deep reading . . . (I actually thought he would give some good critiques of America/labor laws etc. . . but it was pretty lax in that department)
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