Holy, hilariousness! This book was so funny. If you enjoy self deprecating humor even just a little bit, this book is a must. I do hope the often joked about and alluded to second novel really will be published!
I'm actually surprised how much I liked this one. I haven't read much women's fiction lately, but part of this book is written in alternating time periods. That's good for capturing the reader's attention.
I got this book as part of a giveaway and I tried very very hard to like it. I found this to be an impossible task. I thought surely I'd find something to like about it since Jacobson won a Man Booker prize for another novel, but alas I could not. This was my second attempt reading a Jacobson novel, and I won't do it again. The characters aren't likable. Not even one. And I'm not prudish, but this was crass to the point where it felt forced. I wouldn't recommend it.
This book was a haunting piece, that I'd highly recommend to those who enjoy a pretty bit of prose. You'll ache for the tragic character of Judith who is lost in a world of make believe designed to help her escape from taunts extreme bullying from her peers. She's raised by a single grieving father who himself doesn't live in reality and instead in a world of seemingly unwavering faith. This book is full of gorgeous descriptions, and definitely worth your time.
I found this book to be very entertaining, but the protagonist lacked depth and wasn't likable and readers might not be able to relate. Wendy would continually say she was trying very hard and then contradict herself with her actions and stories of her past. Maybe she'll grow up a little before the next novel in the trilogy.
While I consider myself a fan of Austen, it was far more interesting to hear about Smith's personal life and the changes that occurred during her travels in Latin America. Every lass has her own Darcy! This is a really fun read for those who enjoy travel stories, memoir or Brit lit!
This book started off very promising. Its alternating present day and historical chapters really kept me turning the pages. But at one point, when the past and present began to collide, the story line became a little hard to follow and convoluted. I wonder if it might be a little overly complicated for a teen audience...The characters too were far more mature than the teens I've seen in other teen fiction. This title could have easily been marketed as an adult book. Despite its shortcomings though, this book wins points with me for having well developed characters and for the author's ability to interweave so many different kinds of the supernatural. And I'll take a mermaid over a vampire any day!
This book is very fun! I'm admittedly never really been a fan of soaps (unless you count the summer I got very into the Tabitha/Timmy story line on Passions) or The House Wives of (insert geographical location here), so I was a little out of the loop in a few of the chapters. But it was still fun! As a fan of both pop culture and self deprecating humor, there was still much to be enjoyed in the book. The only thing that bugged me about this book were the little smiley faces in between story breaks in chapters. They were sometimes a little jarring, when the story was something of serious nature. But other than that, it's a quick fun read I'd recommend picking up.