Sure every young girl crushed on this guy back in the day, but don't let that lead you to skip this book. You want to read it because A) the guy can write B) the hollywood insight is great C) there's laughter, loss, and redemption and D) you'll be mesmerized 10 minutes in.
The book is an honest look at the guy's life in a way that makes you feel like he was (and is) the neighborhood kid made good. No haughtiness and no over-the-top self deprecation. When he's done good, he tells you, when he hasn't, the guy is up front about that too. The chapters and stories have good breaks, so you can easily pick up where you left off.
For a guy who has touched base with actors, stars, presidents, and royalty, Lowe makes you feel like it could happen to you with hard work and some serendipity.
I sure hope he continues to write and whether he does or not, I sure hope he thinks about reading another book on Audible.
One couple in the end.. the proposal was so convenient to end the story. I would have like it better if it was less predictable.
I got bored in the middle. The women were caricatures.
I find it funny that, for a female writer, only the male characters were remotely interesting.
I loved the 40s style delivery of the narrator. It was like I could turn a corner and find Humphrey Bogart at the North Pole.
There was no holding back on dragging every kid's story and fairy tale out to be smashed into tinsel coated shards of glass. I will never look at Grumpy or candy canes the same way.All the characters and the North Pole itself were packed with familiar memories that I invested in some of the characters quickly.
Oddly, not the hero. But Johnny had so many other great ones, I didn't mind. The way he portrayed the bond of friendship (bromance?) between Gumdrop and his best pal, made it real in a world of fantasy.
The noir style had me at hello, but half-way through the book I was exhausted from the mental work it takes to comprehend that kind of lingo. All the references to other films, books, and fairy tales connected me to so many parts of my life, I knew I had to finish the book. Gumdrop Coal is a bit dark and scary for a bit too long. There were a few twists too many and I had to go back a couple times just to understand who was or wasn't on the right side.
I'm about to get the next book in this series. I like the heroine enough to see what happens next, though the story itself was a bit flat.
Sarah Drew carried me through this book. In parts where I would have probably put a physical copy down, Sarah reeled me in with emotion and fast-paced reading during high-stress moments, chase, scenes, and the rush of young love. She made me feel it when the lead character lost her sense of control and when she overcame her fears. Her voice put me in the mind of the teenager.
The book is designed for the next in the series. I didn't even have to ask if there was one. Of course, aren't all YA books designed for trilogies now?
I know a lot of YA books seem to cover some post-apocalyptic or post world-changing event (Hunger Games, Water Wars, etc.), but this story brought me right back to high school when love and all the emotions that came with it seemed to have life or death impact. In Delirium, love is a disease, or determined to be one by the government. Just when our teen heroine Lena is ready to become a member of the
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