Perfect Beach Read!
If the summer tv show Love Connection is your fav, then this book will hit that same sweet spot. Also for fans of Bridget Jones, this laugh out loud detailing of a hapless first grade teacher’s love life is delicious from start to finish.
Rae is divorced and her two best friends, one planning her wedding and the other married with four kids, want to fix her up using a Tinder-like app. Rae is more interested in the male substitute teacher at her school even though he may already be attached.
The writing style is pure millennial with hashtags and texting acronyms so if you are older than the heroine’s mid-thirties, you might need to keep your phone close by to google things that will seem obvious once you read them on urbandictionary.com. Still it is kind of enjoyable to see how a completely different generation deals with the same problems affecting all generations.
One cautionary note, if you are on day 10 in AA, this book may not for you. As Rae says sarcastically to herself
Am I becoming an alcoholic? #probs
This isn’t Shakespeare but it is a great six hours of your time this summer.
I received this book in a Goodreads giveaway but that has not impacted my review.
Posted in Humor, Romance Tagged with: Bachelorette, Millennial
Timely look at teen issues.
This is the story of Genesis, who was left at an abortion clinic by her boyfriend, Peter. The novel also includes many other current teen topics like drug abuse, religion, pre-marital sex, suicide, mental health, alcoholic binges, and deciding on a career. It is a lot to cram into 350 pages. I wish the author had picked one or two to delve into deeper as it seemed like some topics were dealt with too swiftly.
I really liked the story structure. Each chapter was entitled with an aftercare instruction that matched the actions within the chapter. Every couple of chapters a script between Genesis and Peter would flashback to different events in their relationship.
The characters were very genuine and they showed different perspectives of the same event. The plot was good though, as is typical with books marketed as Young Adult, the ending wasn’t much of a surprise.
This would be a good book for an older teen. It is a combination of a family drama and romance.
I received this book in a Goodreads giveaway but that did not impact my review.
Posted in Romance, Teen & Young Adult Tagged with: abortion, drug abuse, High school, teen
Excellent WWII Historical Romance.
I really enjoyed this historical romance set during World War II between a first generation Japanese woman and her American boyfriend. It was interesting to learn about the Relocation Centers used solely for people of Japanese descent, regardless of their citizenship status. It is interesting that we did not “relocate” any Germanic Americans. While the twists and turns of the love story are what kept me listening to this book, it also includes a mystery and courtroom drama within its story.
I always listen to audiobooks in the car during my commute to work. This was the first book that I took inside to finish the last 30 minutes before dinner because I couldn’t wait until the next morning to hear the book’s conclusion.
The narrator was excellent. I could tell who was speaking without difficulty.
I received this audiobook from the author in exchange for my honest review.
Posted in Audiobooks, Diane's Favorites, Romance Tagged with: WWII
Great characters in an absorbing paranormal romantic mystery.
This was a good paranormal romantic mystery. Maybe it’s because I have read so many mysteries, but Force of Nature seemed rather easy to figure out. However, I loved the characters in the book–each had their own voice, motivations and quirks. The paranormal part was good too just enough to keep it interesting without becoming silly. I truly loved the ending.
I received this book from a Goodreads giveaway but that has not impacted my review.
Posted in Mystery & Thrillers, Paranormal, Romance
Makes you think what would you do! If you loved Scott Pilgrim, you will love this one more.
I loved this graphic novel. The plot was totally unpredictable. It also mashed together so many genres that it is hard to categorize, which is great. Maybe young adult paranormal mystery sci-fi romance?
I picked up this book because I enjoyed the Scott Pilgrim vs the World books by the same author. However, I believe this book is better and it is not a series so you get the immediate gratification of an ending. The magic mushrooms in the plot make you think about how you would change your mistakes well after you have finished the book.
Posted in Graphic Novel, Paranormal, Romance, Science Fiction, Teen & Young Adult Tagged with: do-over