Nicholas Sparks is red-lining on the "Lifetime: Television for Women" one-dimensional scale. The characters are unlikeable and unremarkable. The interaction between Jeremy and Lexie is banal:
"I think about you a lot," said Jeremy.
"No, I think about YOU a lot said Lexie."
"You're a schmoopie." said Jeremy
"No YOU'RE a schmoopie." said Lexie.
Take your $20.99 and spend it on corn starch -- trust me, it will much more satisfying.
I love David Sedaris but this was weaker than I expected. His career as a Christmas elf was great. Went downhill from there (until his rendition of Silent Night). If you're looking to try something, go with 'Corduroy and Denim' or 'Me Talk Pretty' first.
A fantastic book. Believably and intelligently conveys the desperation of 1944-45. The romantic story is good and the story of Dubin's personal evaluation and eventual awareness is great. The supporting characters are familiar without feeling clich?. Edward Herman's narration is superb. Definitely well done.
Not John Irving's best, but still an excellent, engaging book.
"Skinny Dip" is insipid, shallow and ridiculously unbelievable. The characters are walking cliches and the story is unimaginative and repetitive. Here's an example:
(insert ODD chapter here -- seriously any number, it won't matter)
-> Victim sits alone in her husband's bedroom with some obvious, lingering reminiscence of their life together, e.g. smell of his shampoo on the pillow, backpack on the chair, etc.
-> Wonders aloud what she ever saw in him.
-> Throws up (optional)
-> Boldly exclaims "get hold of yourself girl, he's a jerk. Hmpf!"
-> Goes on shopping spree and buys Italian shoes and a Burberry bikini.
(insert EVEN chapter here)
-> Murdering husband pops Viagra, wanders the Everglades and ponders his inability to "perform."
Puh-lease. You'll find the acceptance speeches at the 2005 Male Model Awards more invigorating. Save yourself the credit.
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