I've been in LOVE with Rob Lowe since my adolescence, and this audiobook has only enhanced my crush (and I'm 41). The story is chronological, engaging, rich with detail, humor, and self-deprecation. Lowe is an excellent storyteller and shows himself to be intelligent and funny; I'd heard before reading this book that he is an incredible mimic, and his imitations of assorted celebrities and personalities are incredibly dead-on.
I loved this book and didn't want it to end. I also really, really loved that it wasn't smarmy, negative, or rude towards anyone. I highly recommend this book, especially in audiobook format.
The plot and detail in this story make this novel completely riveting. There were moments where I was cognizant of it being a "young adult" book, but for the most part the descriptions, conflicts, and themes were engaging for adults as well. It's kind of like Lord of the Flies meets Survivor, and it is horrific in its implications about humans, politics, and sociology.
Though I loved the first novel by this author, The Memory Keeper's Daughter, I am not enjoying this book at all. The book begins in Japan and moves quickly to the Finger Lakes region of NY, and the transition doesn't take place swiftly or clearly. The level of detail, dialogue, and detail is unnecessary; I find I'm lost because my mind wanders to alleviate the boredom. Too bad, because I hate to give up one of my monthly credits for a book that I've not enjoyed so thoroughly. I've decided life is too short to spend on books that are not enjoyable, so I'm giving myself permission to end my relationship with it now!
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