A brutally honest account of coming to terms with having a disabled child and how life changes, both the good stuff and the bad. There were moments of discomfort but I realize that’s not because the author was being inappropriate or rude, but because she was relaying honest truths, and sometimes such truths are hard to hear.
The book progressed well and had that uncommon quality of not wanting to put it down but afraid to hear the rest. A very good read for people with children with disabilities because it reassures you that even when you have awful thoughts about your “broken” child, you’re not the only one who has ever thought that about your child, and that’s okay.
It had promise but for an abduction story it got boring and dragged on pretty early on. The dialogue was dry and uninspired and the characters one dimensional. The ending (not epilogue) was interesting but the author really glazed over it and the story ended very abruptly just as it was picking up steam again.
PS - don't skip past the epilogue. Another enlightening but unevolved perspective emerges here.
The description and emotion of this novel are very powerful. There are a lot of very uncomfortable scenes of molestation and violence and thw book centres on those events. There are lots of flashbacks which seem lazy with respect to plot development but it still works. There is a lot great about this book and it's easy to spend hours at a time listening to it. Worth the credit!
There was a real focus on medical reasons for sugar addiction as opposed to emotional reasons. Adrenal fatigue, chronic fatigue syndrome, menopausal/andopausal etc. There were quizzes at the beginning and nothing really applied to me because I eat too much sugar out of boredom, habit, emotion and control.
The sugar detox plan is... *drumroll* don't eat sugar.
The plan is pretty much mediterranean foods and south beach mixed together. Nothing new in this book, not worth the credit. Also recommends supplements that I'm not keen on.
I do like that it's pretty concise though.
Probably not. She can pretty much sum it up in a five minute tv interview. There is a lot of theoretical philosophical talk and the interesting anecdotes that make the book good are too far between.
Cut it in half. Dont try to be an expert in things your not and stick to talking about your family and experiences.
The narrator was very poor and didn't flow well. It was frustratingly choppy.
I really liked the descriptions the author used and the suspence of how story lines played around the fringes and integrating but it's just a tease.
The scene of Kel taking off from school after his breakdown. The imagery was fantastic.
It was so dry, boring, long. I didn't make it too far into this novel.
It wasn't super imaginative. You could predict what was going to happen by the blatant forshadowing. I also find it hard to believe that ten years of doctors and researchers unable to find a cure for a disease would be so easily put to shame by a 16 year old nursing trainee. The main character is elevated too easily to positions of importance and defies the odds in way too many circumstances for it to seem legitimate.
Hmm maybe? I won't be buying the sequals but it wasn't wholly unpleasent. (how's that for selling it??)
No... I think he's said all he can say.
I listened to the ted talk by Andrew Solomon and was moved so much by the power in his words I had to get the book. It was a really lengthy reiteration of the ted talk. There is a lot of repetition and very long anectdotes that don't really add anything new to the concepts he is trying to present.
Narration was fine.
The look inside the experience and mind of someone who has been abducted.
Room by Emily Donahue.
Also this novel takes place on Vancouver Island involving a realtor who is abducted. There is a real life story of a realtor on Vancouver Island who was murdered at a home she was showing. That was a bit eerie.
Not in one sitting, it's pretty long. I listened to it every day though until complete!
I didn't love the ending where you find out who was responsible for the abduction. It would have been better if it was just random or if the abductor had chosen the woman at random. Makes it less sensational and more authentic.
It was interesting but was a bit long winded and sciency. It was definitely food for thought but could have been condensed which would have kept me listening more consistently.
Maybe for fiction. Her voice was really annoying when listening to a scientific book. If I hear "neandra-tal" instead of "neandra-thal" one more time I'll kick a puppy.
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