NORTH HOLLYWOOD, CA, United States | Member Since 2012
This was exactly what I hoped it would be. I've read several of O'Neal's other novels, and have enjoyed them all. I love the attention to detail. The characters all become so real and relatable. I found myself rooting for all of them.
I am so glad I read this book before I saw the movie - they are night and day! I am amazed at the differences. I really loved everything about this audiobook. The writing is excellent, and the narrator makes it all so real. The author does an amazing job developing his characters - you really feel like you know them. The story has so many twists and turns as it unfolds that it's easy to lose yourself in.
This book contains both excellent factual information AND a lot of personal opinion and experience. Take it with a grain of salt. Still, I found the information valuable, and the resources listed throughout are fantastic. As far as the audiobook version goes, the narration isn't great, and I really recommend having a printed copy to refer to--you'll get more out of it.
I really enjoyed this book. At first, it seems like Marian is totally shallow, but we get to watch her evolve into something deeper and more complex as the story unfolds. In the end, I was really rooting for her, and she didn't let me down.
I thought the writer handled the complexity of adoption nicely, although I have no personal experience with the subject. I found it to be insightful.
I had high hopes for this book, but it just didn't live up to the hype. I might have had more appreciation for it if I had read the actual book rather than listening to the author's narration of it. I really disliked the narration. What disappointed me most was just how superficial it all seemed to me. I expected something deep and enlightening, but this wasn't it.
I loved this book in high school, but I was wary of re-reading it as an adult. I'm so glad I was wrong. The narration was fantastic - Noah Galvin's reading really grabs you and takes you into the story.
This book has been overwhelmingly insightful for me. I have placed more bookmarks in this single book than I have in my entire Audible library combined. It is touching, funny at times, sad at times, and overall, it's real in a way that I hadn't anticipated. Listen to this book. Read this book. Some part of it will speak to you. I would also like to note that I am the LEAST religious person on the face of the earth--generally, mentions of god in literature make me cringe, but not in this book. The author talks about her relationship with god in a way that is so open and so far from judgmental that I am entirely comfortable with her frequent references.
This book is essentially the young adult version of Groundhog Day. Instead of a grouchy Bill Murray, the main character is a seemingly shallow (mean girl-esque) teenager. I really struggled to get through the beginning of this book. The girls are the epitome of everything I hated about high school, and I was so sick of revisiting Valentine's Day over and over again--but somewhere along the line, in the midst of my eye rolling, I found myself stuck. I couldn't stop listening. The book deals with teen sex and drinking, and if you're sensitive to either subject, you may not appreciate how it was handled, but the moral at the end of the story (this is YA fiction, after all) is crystal clear.
I've been getting a bit sick of the repetition in this series--the last few books haven't really captured my interest--but I loved this one. Even though Stephanie is up to her usual antics, the writing was good and the story was interesting. Everything felt well rounded. Lorelei King does a great job reading--it's easy to forget that you're listening to an audiobook. The characters' voices are so fantastic (as usual.) If you've come this far in the series, I don't think you'll be disappointed by #19.
Walter's writing is really superb. He truly makes you feel as if you are in Italy in 1962--you really get a feel for the era.
His voice is melodic--he was so pleasant to listen to. Very relaxing.
I have to admit that I didn't fall in love with this book until I was about 2/3 of the way through, but I really, truly loved it. I love the characters' messy lives and the way they all intertwine in a way that is so real. A first, the skipping around bothered me a bit, but I can't imagine the story unfolding ay other way.
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