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Insightful, Dramatic, Interesting
Intense and emotional but EXCELLENT

Wow! What an emotional roller coaster ride. Reading this book is like reliving high school with all it's cliques, peer pressures, insecurities and fights for popularity. The character are all believable and I found myself remembering a classmate that resembled each character. The book is written in such a way that the reader can relate to all sides of the issues at hand. Great wake-up call for parents who may not be 'in tune' with their teenagers. Very emotionally draining but satisfying read.

A Painted House by John Grisham
 
Boring, Pointless, Slow
a book about the loss of innocence and life in a small cotton driven American town in the 50's

book club held some interesting discussions about this book. We tended to vear off into discussing how the Chandler's dealt with things within their family and how we would handle those same issues in our families today.

Lots of good discussion and a pretty quick read. I didn't rate the book any higher b/c I felt there where so many unanswered questions (for me) at the end of the book.

 
Book Club Recommended
Fun, Inspiring, Optimistic
A story that will have you reflecting on experiences that you wish to complete in life and get you off your tush to do them!

This was a great "quick" read. After a few "intense" book club choices, this was a nice change of pace. Don't get me wrong. There is plenty of content to discuss in this book. However, the story is presented in a light and enjoyable tone. The Next Thing on My List will get you thinking about the frailty of life and how important it is to act NOW on things that you may wish to do. Give this book a try this summer. It will be a great read and a great motivator.

2 thumbs up!

 
Pointless, Slow, Interesting
Seems like an self-indulgent diary. Never really grabbed my attention. Couldn't get past a few pages.

Only 1 member of our group was able to actually finish reading this book. None of us were really grabbed by the book. Just a 'flop' for our club.

The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield
 
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Interesting, Dark
Great read!

This was a fun book to read. The characters draw you in to their stories and each chapter is like a short story in and of itself. I was dissapointed to finish it, I wanted it to go on and on!

The Help by Kathryn Stockett
 
Book Club Recommended
Insightful, Inspiring, Interesting
One of my favorite books over the last year's worth of reading.

 
Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Dark, Dramatic
Too much plot

I think the idea of the story was good and I was intrigued to find out just exactly what had happened. However, there are a lot of story lines that were poorly developed or just dropped completely. There are characters introduced which I was interested in but then they never reappeared (e.g. Clement Owen's wife and Joe).

I enjoyed the reading and the main story line but had many questions left and the ending was very unsatisfying.

Sarah's Key by Tatiana De Rosnay
 
Book Club Recommended
Informative, Dramatic, Insightful
Insightful historical fiction

 
Book Club Recommended
Inspiring, Insightful, Beautiful
I hated to put it down

I loved the characters in this book. Enzo has a wonderful insight into the human world and his words are spot on. The way this book is written gives you know difficulty in seeing the narrator as a dog speaking of his life and that of his master.

Brilliant viewpoint for the story!

 
Insightful, Pointless, Slow
Not the book I thought I would be reading

Upon reading the back cover summary of this book, I was anticipating reading a book on a murder, the background leading up to the murder, the investigation and trial regarding the murder and the subsequent aftermath. HOWEVER,

Janine Latus has used the premise of her younger sister Amy's murder as a bait to tell the story of her own violent and abusive life and marriage. Amy is a side character, at best, that lingers on the fringes of Janine's life and story.

There is minimal mention of Amy's murder story at the end of the book and even then, Janine manages to make it more about her and how the murder affected her rather than actually telling Amy's story.

If you are interested in reading a book about a woman who grew up in an abusive, dysfunctional family who went on to have little, if no sense of self-worth and was sexually & emotionally abused throughout the majority of her adulthood and then a brief scan on her leaving her husband, then this book is for you. If you are actually expecting to read a book about a woman murdered by a partner and how that came about or how it was solved, skip this book.

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