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Sticks and Stones: Defeating the Culture of Bullying and Rediscovering the Power of Character and Empathy

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An extremely well written book on the destructive culture of bullying that we now live in. I think this should be required reading for all administrators, teachers and staff at every middle school, high school and even elementary school in this country!
All Gone: A Memoir of My Mother's Dementia. With Refreshments

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I was so looking forward to reading this book because I'm dealing with my father-in-law who is in the throes of dementia. I did enjoy reading what to me turned out to be a biographical account of the author's mother, and herself. What a wonderful old fashioned childhood, and what a wonderful woman her mother was. I was disappointed that there wasn't more about the dementia and how it affected the family. I wanted more present, less past. The stories of a childhood growing up with such a dynamic mother were excellent but I felt like the book was misrepresented, more of a memoir of the author than a story about dealing with a parent with dementia.
The Man on the Third Floor

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I liked this novel well enough, even though the main character was not very likable. I found the writing to be extremely well done, in fact I double checked that it was written by a woman several times because it was just so obviously a man's voice. Anne Bernays is a very talented writer and I very much enjoyed the descriptions of post war NYC. My disappointment was with the ending. Lots of build up to Walter being found out - even in the first paragraph! But then when it actually happened it was like a non-event. I feel like, to write an entire novel about such a huge secret in a persons life that you'd make the eventual outing of the secret a bigger deal.
Knock Knock: A Life

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I really don't know if this was a story or a memoir but it was very worth reading. I enjoyed following the life of March Rivers. She was a delightful heroine and the story was told in such an engaging manor that I didn't want to reach the end. I think the places and eras were brought about with such powerful imagery that I felt I was remembering that long ago life too.
Wife 22

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I started out loving this book. Totally got on board with the whole concept of too much social media constantly running our lives. I was a bit annoyed that we weren't getting to see the actual questions. But I went with it because you could usually figure out what was being asked. Sometimes Alice seemed a bit too self centered, but then what writer isn't? I was pleased that William and Alice were finding their way back to each other and then was hit with the twist at the end. That ruined the book for me. It was suddenly so unbelievable and trite and well I was just mad. Then to find the actual questions at the end of the book floored me. By then I was so over the book that to go back and match up the answers with the questions was not going to happen. Great book...till the end.
The Sunshine When She's Gone: A Novel

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I'm afraid I can't say that I liked this book very much. I didn't hate it, and I finished it, but it was a bit of a chore. The plot was just too far fetched. Ones does not just take the baby to a foreign country on a early morning whim. Nor does one get high with a guy he meets on the street when caring for said baby. Unless I'm totally out of touch with what it's like to be a parent now a days, I found it to be just a very silly premise. The characters were also not really nice people - in my humble opinion. The husband is away for a day so the wife sleeps with an ex-beau? Again, not how I would hope most people act. So, a bit of a disappointment for me.
Losing Clementine: A Novel

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Angry girl with fatal disease, mad at the world goes about living out her last thirty days. But upon further reading, turns out she's not angry so much as resigned to the fact that she must end her life because though she doesn't actually have a fatal disease, she has a fatal history of deep depression and she can't let it do to her what it did to her mother and sister. Really engrossing read. Hard to get used to the cutting sarcasm of Clementine at first, but after several chapters, or days as it reads, I really felt for her and actually rooted for her to get to her last day. Not to say I was wanting her to die but more like wanting her to fulfill her quest? Also loved all the descriptions of different places in LA as well as the food! Some of the food descriptions made me hungry they were so good. Not to mention the art angle. I wanted to drive around LA, eat some mexican food and then create some killer art! Excellent first novel.
More Like Her: A Novel

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Add one more person to the list who must say "this book took me by surprise" I was loving the quick banter between Frannie and her friend Jill. The introspective thinking Frannie was doing about herself and her relationships was spot on. Then the tragedy hits! I can't believe I had forgotten that it was going to happen. When it did I was taken aback. My first thought was, this was not the story I wanted to read right now. The second was, oh yeah, I was warned. I feel like she dealt with it in a mature way. Sometimes maybe too many feelings. I also feel like the relationship with Lisa was too close too quick. But I guess that happens sometimes when people go through a tragedy together.All in all I think it was a good book. Very well written, and I will recommend it to friends. I will be looking for more by Liza Palmer for sure.
Juliet in August

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I really enjoyed reading this book. The writing is brilliant, beautiful and quite soothing. Dianne Warren has a way with words that puts you right there in the story. I felt like I grew up in this small town and was just reading about my neighbors. I do have to say that in the beginning I kept waiting for something to happen. Once I realized that there was to be no big "climax" I got into the characters even more. I'm not at all surprised that this book has won awards. I look forward to more from Dianne Warren.
How Should a Person Be?: A Novel from Life

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I just could not get into this book. I finished it, because I had to. I was bored at the onset and it just got worse as the book went on. Very disappointing as I was expecting to really love it. Maybe I've gotten too old and I couldn't deal with the angst. I'd like to say positive things but afraid I can't, even the cover was horrible.
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