I really enjoyed this book which surprised me. I thought it was going to be lame but it wasn't. I loved that the main character was a guy.
He just kept blowing up his life and seemed to have a hard time learning from his mistakes. But he kept trying.
The main character
The constant bad choices that keep leading down the same path.
I love Rainbow Rowell. I stumbled on Eleanor and Park and Fangirl and absolutely fell in love with her. I didn't listen to Attachments because it was impossible with all the email exchange. Not a book to listen to, only read. I was so excited for Landline to come out. So that said, I was disappointed. Not horribly. It was just a bit of a miss for me. It just never came together fully. I still loved her characters which are always brilliant (my favourite part of her writing) but the part of the story with the landline just didn't work for me. The conversations were great but then it just stopped. There was no sense of completion or connection or reason maybe. I am sure there was but I didn't get it. But man do I love her men. All her characters are wonderful but I have fallen in love with all her men!! There is a plainness and realness to the way she writes that just nourishes me.
The narration was perfect. Rebecca Lowmen, because of these books, has become one of my favourite narrators. And she is her best with Rainbow Rowell books. She becomes the characters. I love her female and male voices equally and she just seems to embody these characters and bring them to life. I listen to A LOT of audio books and often I tell people, "this is a good book but I would read it not listen to it because the narration isn't great." With Rainbow Rowell (with the exception of Attachments) I always tell people to listen to them because of Rebecca Lowman. I will still eagerly await Rainbow Rowell's next book but this one wasn't my favourite.
I have only listened to one other Nora Roberts book (Chasing Fire) and this was much better. I liked Chasing Fire but I found this book more compelling and engaging. And I really enjoyed the characters in this book. Liz/Abigail was a very different type of character that was very attractive and fun to hear. Brooks had a softness to him and was a great compliment to Abigail. I enjoyed them together and the story was very interesting. Julia Whelan is a great narrator and she did a great job on this one. Overall I really enjoyed this book and it is well worth the credit.
Its been a long time since I have listened to an Emily Giffin book. I remember the books being better. At any rate, the writing was poor and the story creeped me out. I think I may be done with Ms. Giffin.
I am a Kristen Ashley fan but this was painful. Jet is one of the most unattractive heroines I have listened to in awhile. And Susannah Jones just makes her even more annoying. If i hear "eek" one more time. . . . just plain ridiculous. And there is no chemistry between Jet and Eddie. I listened to the whole book but it was a struggle. Not sure why I stuck with it other than I kept hoping it would get better. It didn't.
I am really enjoying this series. It reminds of the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon which I loved. I think the characters are great, the story is interesting, and it is well narrated. overall a great listen and well worth the credit!!
Deeper is a great book. I felt really pulled into these characters and I really enjoyed the listen. I didn't want it to end. I absolutely fell in love with West and Caroline is fantastic as well. And the book deals with a crazy, horrific issue (revenge porn) that I knew nothing about but I now do. There were parts of this book that made me very sad and I also laughed aloud at times. I thought the narrators did a great job of capturing these characters, especially the male narrator. It had a sweetness and a depth that was touching. I loved how Caroline, through a very challenging issue, found herself and I loved how the relationship between West and Caroline developed slowly and beautifully. I was really surprised by this book. I am very much looking forward to book 2!
After listening to On Dublin Street and Before Jamaica Lane (i loved them both especially Jamaica Lane) I had high hopes for this book. I spent a lot of the time listening to this book thinking "is this the same author?" Into the Deep has its moments but overall it is not great. Its a story of 2 teenagers who fall in love, through a crappy event he treats her like crap and dumps her, she pines for him for 4 years and then they meet up again and then all the angst of should we be friends, how do I get over him etc. There are parts of this that is fine but it just goes on and on. But the real problem with the book is I never felt the connection between these two. I was never routing for them. I never got involved in their story. In fact I kept hoping she would dump Jake's ass and get together with Lowe. Jake is not a very attractive character so at the end its just a big so what. Overall the book has a very immature flavor to it. If you are looking for a love story that pulls at your heart strings, this is not it. I don't think its worth the credit and definitely not worth the money. oh and don't get me started on the narrator. Charley sounds like she is about 12. Narration was really bad!
I really enjoyed this book. I think I might even like it better than On Dublin Street. Or at least equally well in a different way. I enjoyed the friendship between Nate and Olivia that turns into something more. They are fun and sweet together and as friends they make you smile. I really loved Olivia as a character. And in addition to the love story, it is also a story of a strong woman that lacks confidence both in her physical and sexual being but slowly learns to love and appreciate herself. The story was engaging, touching, sexy, fun, intense and sweet. Definitely worth a listen
This book is a very cute look at life inside boarding school for a young boy. It explores first love, first sex - many firsts. Although they are all true to life what teenagers go through this is not a book I would allow a young teen to read. It is really written for the 15/16 and up crowd I think. Kids are exposed to so much at such a young age I think we could slow it down in some venues. Having said that this is a great look at life and the choices we make and the sometimes unintended consequences of those choices that we have to live with. As always with John Green the messaging is good, the quirkyness is great and as always, there is a sweetness to the book that lingers.
This book is in the YA genre but I would never recommend my daughter read it. I thought the relationship between the 2 main characters was destructive and negative and definitely does not provide good modelling. I did think the issue of teen pregnancy was dealt with ok but then the blend with the destructive relationship was concerning. Overall the story was pretty boring. There are so many well written ya books that deal with life and love and this was not one of them. I would give it a pass.
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