Any of the moments involving poison. I was fascinated with how poison was used in the story, and some of the heartbreaking moments that came with it!
I enjoyed the scenes early in the novel where Isame is at the convent, training for her service. And I can't deny that I was a fan of the kissing that happens later in the story.
I found the book to be difficult to take in all at once, so I listened over several weeks. This is my general approach to historical fiction, especially when you toss in all those French names!
I loved Debbie's relationship with her son, which was her main reason for embarking on this project. She was pretty honest about her ups and downs in her obsession and how it affected both of them.
Debbie's first stab at the test was pretty memorable. She really holds off on sharing her score (I really wanted to know her baseline!) and her observations of how teenagers behave at the testing site was kind of funny.
Debbie tries everything. One method a month, to be exact. She goes back to basics with Kumon and attends official classes with big-name companies. She studies the official College Board “blue book” like the Bible. At one point she’s even writing formulas on her kitchen cabinets. All on the quest for a perfect 2400. I loved it. I loved her passion, her nerdiness, and her humility throughout the process. I think if Debbie Stier were my own mom she might drive me a little crazy. But she definitely has heart and cares about her kid.
I read this for entertainment, but did actually learn some things along the way. I'm well past my SAT year, but I'm thinking about teaching SAT prep classes this summer and Debbie actually pointed me toward the best resources to use for preparation. It's not a guide to the test, but it could be a good read for any parent whose child is college-bound.
While I enjoyed the book, I would only recommend this to my friends who watched a lot of late 80's/early 90's Nickelodeon. Anyone who doesn't know these shows well will have a hard time following who all the people are.
This history of Pete & Pete was awesome! I did not like the show as a kid, but the cast and crew's stories made me realize what an interesting show it was. The writers and musicians added to that conversation, too. I ended up watching a bunch of episodes of the show and realized I love it as an adult.
The book is just a collection of quotes from interviews with 80s and 90s Nick people. This was hard to listen to at first, but I went to YouTube and watched a few shows (even the opening credits would help) and put people with shows. The author does try to group the quotes thematically, so when many people are talking about a topic, they are probably from the same show. Be aware of this going in, but realize that the stories told her are definitely worth it! Also, the whole last 50 minutes is a run down of who everyone is and what their roles were on their respective shows.
Adventure, emotion, and unique
It's not a scene, but more a series of scenes, regarding the death of a character. It's hard to say more without spoilers, but it was pretty emotional. Actually, this kind of applies to more than one situation in the novel. Essentially, each of these moments made me think about life and the cost of being a "hero."
I love a good kissing scene, especially when there's a good emotional buildup. This book delivered on that, that's all I'm going to say!
No, but it was definitely one I looked forward to listening to each day. By the last 75%, I was unable to turn it off.
I liked that this story has a little bit of everything: action, romance, emotion, self-discovery, sports, etc. I also liked that it was a novel that rang true to the LGBT experience, in that the protagonist's sexual identity was an important part of the novel, but not the MOST important part.
I would, since I picked this book based on recommendations my friends made to me! I normally stay in the YA world, but this was a good pick for dabbling in the more twisted, complicated world of adult psychological thrillers. I think pretty much anyone can get something out of this story, since you aren't supposed to like these characters and it's a fast read (/listen).
I knew there would be twists, so the first major twist in the story (around the mid point) was pretty good. I was ready for the author to mess with my head a bit, and she certainly did.
Honestly, it made me never want to get married. Nick and Amy are what I don't ever want to become.
I couldn't stop listening to this story. I don't know if I would have picked the book up without seeing how many of my friends loved and recommended it, but I'm glad I did. Seriously... I was putting my phone next to the shower so I could shower without having to pause my listening. Yeah. It's like that.
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