This is a good book, well written with characters that are very believable that you can sympathize with. Not Ann Frank, but not grossly far off. Other..Show More »s have written that politics and religion should have been left out of the book, but I think that these references certainly belong. One of the characters is expressing her opinion...isn't that normal? Don't people do that all of the time? As for the religious references...isn't that believable too? One of the characters uses the shade of religion to fleece the sheep of his congregation. What is the difference between that and television evangelist and others who continue to live the high life on the contributions of their congregations, contributions that they continue to elicit even now as the economy crumbles?
I haven't read "The Dead and the Gone". I was going to read Alex's tale after this one but doubt I will now. I really enjoyed "Life as We Knew It" b..Show More »ut could barely finish this book. I literally felt like I was listening to a difference series.
As another reviewer pointed out, the characters did things that were COMPLETELY out of character. And not in a learning way...like a character going down a difficult road to find their way back to who they really are - that would have been great. But no - these characters seemed like totally different people for no reason at all...like all of the sudden, this family seemed to care very little for each other.
And our heroine seems to have regressed in maturity about 4 years while gaining a huge helping of selfishness!! I REALLY wish I hadn't listened this one!
Matthew Josdal's performance was cringeworthy at best. The book was difficult enough to get through, but his choppy performance and his inability to u..Show More »se voice inflection in the appropriate places added to my frustration with this book.