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Soooo good! Didn't ever want to put this one down. I've heard this compared to Gossip Girl and Gone Girl, and I totally agree. There is definitely a Gossip Girl vibe because the novel takes place in a posh high school, but it's not as teeny-bop as Gossip Girl. It's more like Gossip Girl meets Body of Proof. And the Gone Girl comparisons are due to the story telling style. There are two timelines: one of the mother moving forward and finding out what happened to her daughter; and another reverse timeline from her daughter's point of view which is delivered to the reader through the daughter's texts, emails, and even her own story. I love that the author kept things moving around like that. It seemed to keep the story fast-paced and keep me on my toes. The story is so juicy I found myself wanting to gossip with my friends about things that happened in the novel. Full of secrets and totally delish!
Holy shit! This is a really good ride. And I'm really glad I listened to this in October because it gets CREEPY in parts. Not Stephen King creepy, but creepy in a good mystery way. Loved all the pop culture references and loved the characters.
So much fun! I love Mindy Kaling and she narrates this audiobook which is perfect. Driving to work was just like sitting with a friend listening to her tell me all her stories and opinions. I had a smile on my face through the whole book and laughed a bunch.
So happy that Neil Gaiman decided to narrate this novel himself. His creepy tone emphasized just the right parts that you know he was thinking when he wrote it. The story keeps you intrigued and I really liked the ending. At under six hours, it's a super easy "read", but one that keeps you thinking about it long after you are done listening.
I think it was the New York Times that commented on this book being like a scavenger hunt, and I totally agree. Like other Dan Brown books, I had as much fun searching around on Google for places and art referenced in this novel as I did listening to the story. This is a fun read with lots of twists in classic Dan Brown style. There are also some interesting questions asked about humanity which are hard to think about. But watch out, you will want to get on a plane and visit Florence after the first few chapters to see all the amazing things described in this book.
This book provides an approach to changing your mental perspective, not a diet. Colette Baron-Reid is a life coach that suggests unique ways to make time for yourself each day to focus on what is going on with you so that you don't just grab another snack. Some of her suggestions may seem weird or a bit much at first (daily salt baths!), but TRY THEM! I tried most of the things suggested and it was really amazing and what a calming transformation I had. Some of these things I like so much I will keep a life-long practices (salt baths!). She offers lots of good questions for journal exercises which are time consuming, but really get you thinking. Following this plan will give you a really good shift to start seeing patterns in your life differently. Highly recommended (and not just for people who want to lose weight).
We all have those people in our lives. The ones that know how to work us just the right way to get us to do things they want leaving us feeling taken advantage of. With this book, Dr. Phil sheds light on what goes on in the minds of these people. And identifies keys to look out for to not get taken advantage of in life. At some point, you realize everything provided is common sense. And some of the descriptions of these people are really over the top (best saved for REALLY bad people). But it's interesting to see such common behaviors pointed out for so many people. Listening to Dr. Phil's descriptions even sheds a little light on your own behavior and maybe things that you yourself do that may be unintentionally hurtful to others in your life. He said he wrote this book to let his grand kids know about how people out there really can be. For them to be aware and not naive walking through life. I think reading through what he has to say, with it all in one place, is very eye-opening because it puts together a bunch of little pieces of things that you already know and gives you a good understanding of people in general.
I don't want to give away any spoilers, but this book keeps you wondering almost the whole time. I truly enjoyed listening to it, even though it is a bit longer than i'd like. They need every minute of it. Can something be twisted and delightful at the same time? This story is :)
Listened to this to get in the mood for Halloween. I really liked this book! It may be the first scary book I've read and I didn't know if I'd enjoy a scary book but I'm glad I tried it out. There are LOTS of music references in this book too which makes it even more enjoyable if you are familiar with rock music of the last 60 years. Yes, I got a bit scared when listening to it while driving at nights, but there were also lots of points when I couldn't stop. So this is one I definitely recommend.
I'm a Chris Brogan fan and I enjoyed "Trust Agents". If taken independently, many of the points made in this book seem like common sense. But collectively as put together in this book, Brogan and Smith lay forth a good plan to establish yourself. I feel they lay out ways to be a good communicator that can be applied to many aspects of your life.
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