Makin does an excellent job of portraying her struggle with extreme obesity with honesty and humor. It is a heartbreaking story with a happy ending, and who can resist that? Makin does not gloss over her mistakes and poor decisions, nor does she take on the role of victim. The latter is probably why she has managed to survive and triumph. Very well done, and worth listening to.
I greatly enjoyed listening to this novel, both because the author wrote a warm, endearing story and because the reader did such an excellent job. Supplee managed to capture the heartache of teen obesity without being preachy or maudlin. Rosemary, the main character, was strong yet vulnerable, and I could empathize with her and the other characters. The sub-plot of her mother's cancer was also handled very well, and I genuinely LIKED all of the characters...even the prickly ones. Well done.
Really, really awful. There are better books on the market that advocate legal means to save money. Someone owes you money? Is suing you? Just call and threaten them or poison their dog. I don't care if her 2010 self says she does not agree with doing this anymore, it should never had been said, let alone reprinted. Don't want to pay taxes? Don't. She does not mention how much money or jail time it will cost you when you are caught. Too many baby bunnies? Just drown a few, "it's not as cruel as it sounds." Oh? I grew up on a farm, and though we were poor, we never drowned our baby rabbits. We DID hand raise the extras and gave them away as pets. Much of what Freed says is just not legal, moral, or practical. Those things that ARE of interest and worth can be found in other, better books. The Tightwad Gazette comes to mind, but there are others. Pass on this one.
This audio was very powerful and convicting as Lotz outlines what one REALLY needs to do to truly have a fulfilling relationship with Jesus. We must give up everything, and Lotz gives many examples to what exactly that means. Very helpful and thought provoking.
Like other readers, I was enthralled with the first three quarters of the book. The plot at the beginning is interesting and the dialogue is sophisticated; the banter between the two main characters is both humorous and witty. However, the last quarter of the book became distasteful to me. I did not mind that I guessed the murderer early on since bringing the person to justice is part of the story. I truly minded that the author took an important, likable character and made that person totally distasteful to me. Really disappointed. Additionally, I too got tired of the f-bomb being used so much as well as the tedious going on and on when the book could have safely ended several chapters back...and I normally LOVE long books! Will I read another book by this author? Probably not, a shame because she started out so well.
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