I initially didn't like it but midway I really got into it, it was a love/hate relationship since you really felt sorry for the stepmom but then as the story develops you learn more about the other characters that you start to feel empathy for them as well. I really felt sad by all the turmoil and chaos in the story and see how this happens a lot in real life too. Green writes such a gripping story and makes the characters so real to life. I would definitely recommend this book. Get ready to lose yourself in a great story because it is like a rollercoaster ride.
Friendship stories are the best, especially of best friends who are so different. I thought the storyline was interesting but the story was written in a choppy fashion. Most of the story doesn't center on the friendship but rather with the guy they both had an interest with and what happens when she breaks the pact and makes contact with him. I didn't like the way the storyline was going; expecting the reconciliation process to be much more interesting than what it was. Highly disappointed since I really didn't feel loose ends were tied up clearly or meaningfully. This supposed best friend does not leave me feeling sorry for her, memory loss or not, it just leaves me to feel she is just as manipulative as she was before the accident. Yet she gets away with what she does because of her new condition. Makes me feel despicable that their best friendship continues!
I was interested to see what all the hype was about and very curious to read this story. It started out very engaging and I could very well relate to what she was saying growing up in an Asian home myself. But the whole story revolves around her obsession with getting her children to practice music which 1) you get tired of even reading about and 2) really feel bad for the children. She tries to redeem herself in the end by saying how her children appreciate her for pushing them so hard but I can't imagine what the children lost in the process. She defines that giving her children this hard discipline leads to happiness in the Chinese sense which I don't agree. Success does not mean happiness and the way she ended her story was weak, as if she had to come to conclusion as to how she chose to raise her children to justify her doing it in this way.
Interesting storyline about memory loss...I am reading the book and wait it has been done before! It reminds me of the movie 51st Dates with Drew Barrymore....wait a second did the movie copy Melissa Hill's idea or vice versa?
This was a well written story about best friends and conflicting roles with other family members. I really enjoyed this out of all her other stories because it was easy to relate to. How many of us had friends who were from a different level of class as you or who was more beautiful? You won't be disappointed with this story!
Nicholas Sparks knows how to write romance, for a guy that is surprising. He builds and describes love relationships that one can only yearn for in real life. I really like his books but this one feels like a combination of The Notebook and another of his past novels combined. A predictable ending....a death! Geez why must he always kill someone off. But he certainly is not original with his surprise ending--no surprise there, but won't spoil it for you all who haven't read it. Let's just say what are the odds that it's from someone we all know.
This book didn't hold my attention like her first book did. I was thoroughly disappointed by the simple storyline and lack of romance. I think what bothered me is the idea that a dress can have some powerful impact just because of its historical value.
Oh boy what have these books come to? I cannot believe there is a chapter about a dead fish and him having a silly burial on it. And then to talk about spraying air freshener in the bathroom because he just came out of it, this just gets bad to worse!!
What a haunting engrossing story. Your typical adultery storyline where the husband leaves the wife for another woman. It was very well written, and leaves you hanging on to find out what happens. Without giving much away, I kind of suspected how things would end.
Out of all the books I read by this author, this one was not bad. I like that the storyline tied in well together and not just 3 short stories of 3 characters like her other books. This one held a plot, storyline flowed, and very sexual.
What a disappointment. There could have been more done on the relationship but very disjointed. I expected this to be hotter but there was no heat. I was so annoyed by the storyline of the brother and his sex life. I have her other novel, and not as motivated to start it.
I was hoping for a more practical usage provided in the book but felt like it was just filled with pictures of people and not enough material to use for parents going through divorce. Highly disappointed!
Interesting tips; however the sites she recommends like Upromise is strictly for educational use, and grocerymiles.com ended March 2010. I think that this book needs to be updated since I haven't got through the whole book yet and have looked up two of the sites and find it not what I thought it was.