I just read this one. I dilly dallied before starting because I thought there would be a lot of moral preening considering the topic but the story and the characters were put front and center. With that said, you definitely get a sense of how easy the powerful can exploit the powerless. Told in a story, it’s so much more impactful than through a lecture.Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate is a fictional story inspired by the real Tennessee Children's Home Society, an adoption agency in the early 1900's, that stole children from loving parents to sell to wealthy patrons. The book is told from two perspectives: Rill, who is taken with her siblings to the Children's home during the Great Depression, and Avery, a modern Senator's daughter, who begins uncovering family secrets. Rill's portion of the book is masterful--the author's portrayal of the 12-year-old's voice is believable and convincing.Well-written and engaging.Avery's portion of the book is okay and has an unnecessary romance :
I used to read them all. Then it got too scary, living alone! (Stephen King too)
I finally read Where'd You Go, Bernadette? and loved it. Quirky, witty, and absolutely skewers private school culture, Microsoft, Seattle, self-help groups, etc. Reminded me a bit of Big Little Lies, but with more grit and more focus on the mother-daughter relationship. Thanks for the recommendation!Have you read Maria Semple's "Where'd You Go, Bernadette?" It was funny, touching and surprising. I think Cate Blanchett has been cast as Bernadette for the film adaptation.
I am also reading I am Half-Sick of Shadows, but probably won't finish it until after the new year. It's vintage Flavia--she's even concocting a trap for Father Christmas--while trying to solve a mystery. I will say that with the author's huge ensemble of characters, I'm having trouble remembering how Flavia knows each character and what these characters did in the previous books. Not that it's really necessary to remember, but the author acts like you do, and I keep going, "Now who was this person again?"My last 3 books of the year are My First Murder, The Watchmaker of Filigree Street, and I Am Half-Sick of Shadows.
I love Dean Koontz, and have sadly been slacking on keeping up with his books as I've been on a non-fiction binge for a few years. I didn't even know he had a new series of novels (Really liked the "Odd Thomas" ones). Thanks for the heads-up!
There is a very similar book called Feed, which is similar in that the internet is implanted in the person's brain. The similarities end there, though they both have some slang that the reader has to figure on his/her own.It seems like I read this book a long time ago, but it looks like it's new, so I guess it just seems like it was a long time ago.
I thought it was pretty good, too--better story than writing, but not bad all around.
My co-op book club read this and by and large we were underwhelmed; we just didn't love it so much as we thought we would. I think one of our members nailed it when he said "It reads too much like a screenplay."I finished my last book of the year, The Hate U Give. I liked, but did not love it, which was kind of disappointing. I think it's great when YA deals with very real, topical issues, like this one does, but ultimately, I don't think the writing and storytelling were as great as other YA books I've read.
It did make me tear up a bit, though.
I made to about book 10 and then stopped, because the jokes were getting old.I just finished my 25th Janet Evanovich book. It was kind of confusing because I don't read the series with the science fiction-y slant. I guess these people are from another world and appear and disappear or something. I don't know. But I did have three laugh out loud moments. The one about the chickens made my eyes water from laughing. I don't know. After reading 25 of them, I can just picture these people in real life, which makes it funnier.
Oh, good, I'm not losing it (this time). How odd to use the same title for such a similiar book.There is a very similar book called Feed, which is similar in that the internet is implanted in the person's brain. The similarities end there, though they both have some slang that the reader has to figure on his/her own.