Most of this book is about the difficult recovery after Don Piper's terrible car wreck. His heavenly experience is covered in a couple of chapters. It's not particularly well written and is repetitive.
This book grabbed me right from the start. Interesting characters and great storylines and I couldn't wait to see how they intertwined. Well, somewhere in the last quarter of the book or so, things just got bizarre. Incidents happened out of the blue it seemed. Some things were not fully explained and the big mystery was a bit of a let down when exposed. I enjoyed it up until the end when it felt as if the author rushed to get finished.
This is a story about how being bullied as a child shapes your life. The characters are richly developed and believable. We've all known an Elaine or Cordelia in our early years - or we've been one. Atwood is a wonderful story teller and at times her words are more poetry than prose. The ending was a bit of a let down for me. I kept waiting for the twist or big revelation to surface. Instead, it just sort of bubbled to the top.
This book offers a thought provoking glimpse of an intelligent, autistic 15 year old and the people in his life. It deals with Christopher's struggles with his condition, as well as his parent's exasperated love.
This book could get a bit tedious at times with all of the details, but I enjoyed it. Larsen really brought history to life for me. The numerous historical facts that originated with the Chicago World's Fair is so interesting. I found it amazing that so much was accomplished during this time period, especially given the ailments that most people had to contend with.
Like all of O'Farrell's books, The Distance Between Us, contains lots of interesting characters. She jumps a bit from story to story making it a bit difficult at first to keep straight who is who. This is a story of the bond between sisters, a love story and fate I guess. I enjoy O'Farrell's writing style, but the story was a little underwhelming.
This YA novel gives an entertaining look at the afterlife from the perspective of a fifteen year old girl. Interesting that it really has nothing to do with any particular religion or belief, but looks more at living life in the moment - wherever that moment happens to be.
This is a fascinating, futuristic story about life in the stronghold of a bizarre puritanical based government and the strong personal will to escape their rule. This was my first book by Atwood and I couldn't wait to pick it up each night.
This was an interesting story about how love and an obscure book affected the lives of a very diverse group of people. It was a little confusing to follow in the beginning, got somewhat better in the middle but brought everything together for the reader in the end.
If you're a Clay Aiken fan you'll enjoy this quick to read memoir. His struggles with rejection and exclusion from his peers and his family make up the first portion of the book. He seems to have learned at a young age what is important to him and is consistently striving to stay on his true course. The book also includes some photos and a few favorite recipes. (I was raised in the south, but bean pie is a new one for me.)
Samson, a popular college professor, loses all memories after the age of twelve because of a benign brain tumor. This story revolves around how he and his wife cope with this loss. It explores how important memories are in shaping our life and making us who we are. It made me think about how amnesia, although usually portrayed in most fiction as an intriguing condition, would indeed be a rough road to take.