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    She's Come Undone (Oprah's Book Club)
    by Wally Lamb
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
    Paperback (01 June, 1998)
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    Oprah Book Club® Selection, January 1997: "Mine is a story of craving; an unreliable account of lusts and troubles that began, somehow, in 1956 on the day our free television was delivered." So begins the story of Dolores Price, the unconventional heroine of Wally Lamb's She's Come Undone. Dolores is a class-A emotional basket case, and why shouldn't she be? She's suffered almost every abuse and familial travesty that exists: Her father is a violent, philandering liar; her mother has the mental and emotional consistency of Jell-O; and the men in her life are probably the gender's most loathsome creatures. But Dolores is no quitter; she battles her woes with a sense of self-indulgence and gluttony rivaled only by Henry VIII. Hers is a dysfunctional Wonder Years, where growing up in the golden era was anything but ideal. While most kids her age were dealing with the monumental importance of the latest Beatles single and how college turned an older sibling into a long-haired hippie, Dolores was grappling with such issues as divorce, rape, and mental illness. Whether you're disgusted by her antics or moved by her pathetic ploys, you'll be drawn into Dolores's warped, hilarious, Mallomar-munching world. ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars A Good, if Sometimes Aggravating, Book
    I'd like to preface my review with this: Wally Lamb did an excellent job at writing this book. He is an excellent writer and is obviously very capable at writing from the female perspective.

    However, the main character herself, Dolores, sometimes leaves much to be desired. I did not find myself relating to her, becoming attached to her, or even really liking her. Full of self-pity, anger, and cruelty she leads a life where she is totally involved in only herself while accusing all of those around her of the same selfish attitude. Yes, Dolores suffers some obvious and debilitating heartaches, but her attitude does nothing but destroy her, and those around her.

    If anything, Dolores teaches us a lesson about life and love, while she learns the lessons for herself.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Solid hit by Lamb; I'm waiting for more from this author
    This book is well-deserving of all the critical acclaim it has received.Reading the back of my paperback copy, I saw the main character, Delores, compared to Garp from The World According to Garp.I recoiled a bit at the comparison to such a literary masterpiece.Delores as an adolescent was nowhere near as lovable for all her shortcomings as Garp was.In the end, I think Delores stands as a literary character in her own right, but I can see where the comparison came from, because both Delores and Garp surrounded themselves with a fantastic cast of characters who brought beauty and richness to the world in their own unique way.

    I enjoyed watching Delores develop and grow as a person, and I moved from finding her selfish and intolerable to loving her for all her personality traits.

    Once you've finished this, pick up Lamb's I Know This Much is True.I didn't think anything could top She's Come Undone, but Lamb's next book is even more amazing.I'm eagerly awaiting more from this author.I'm glad he's not rapidly churning out trash just to sell books on his reputation, though.

    4-0 out of 5 stars A MUST READ
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    Isbn: 0671021001
    Subjects:  1. Fiction    2. Fiction - General    3. General    4. Fiction / General   


    I Know This Much Is True
    by Wally Lamb
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Paperback (06 April, 1999)
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    Tony award-winning Ken Howard (1776, Child's Play) reads I Know This Much Is True with the conviction of a used car salesman and the charm of a seasoned politico. Reminiscent of a former football coach recalling his glory days, Howard's booming, rich voice is a beefy compliment to Lamb's powerful prose. Never to be mistaken as a ventriloquist, Howard makes little distinction when moving in and out of character--his voice barely cracks an octave for dainty female personalities. However, this understatement (so to speak) lends to smooth transitions and believable, down-to-earth narration. (Running time: six hours, four cassettes) --Rebekah Warren ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars what a great book
    I Know This Much Is True is an amazing book that can't really be described in words. At best, I can only say that the story is about twins- one of the twins is afflicted by schizophrenia and the other who is a healthy boy. But the healthy brother seemingly wants to be like his sick brother and does everything possible to make himself mental like his twin brother, a process that is pursued with deliberate actions of madness that affects all around him. Why? We may ask. Simply, the healthy brother is obsessed with guilt and responsibility for the state of his sick brother

    This book is just overwhelming. This hair-spinning story will make you laugh, cry, smile gasp, and sigh until the very end. It is so fulfilling. You will be doing yourself an advantage by reading this book. It says a lot that you never knew about.Disciples of Fortune, Black and Blue, While I Was Gone are other novels with ingenious characters and an inspiring hero.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Even Better Than "She's Come Undone"
    Wally Lamb takes on many different topics in "I Know This Much Is True", and towards the end, juggles many different storylines, but he does it without dropping any of it or letting anything sag, which is a danger in a novel of this size.I thoroughly recommend this book!

    5-0 out of 5 stars How do I even describe this book?
    Five stars is a disservice to this amazing book.I read it after I liked She's Come Undone, and even though Undone is a terrific book, Lamb actually manages to put it to shame with I Know this Much is True.This book is hard to recommend to people, because people are easily put off by its length, but trust me, every inch of paper is put to good use.I got so absorbed in this story that I can't imagine it being any other length.Heck, I could keep reading about these characters without ever tiring of them.

    Lamb dropped repeated bombshells on his characters, shaking up their lives and compelling me to keep reading more to find out how the issues were going to be resolved.I don't want to try to enumerate any of them here--I implore you to just go out and read this amazing book!

    Lamb is a masterful storyteller because he had the reader mirroring Domineck's feelings of irritation and resentment toward his stepfather Ray, but throughout the course of the book, Lamb forced both the reader and Domenick to change their perspective.This happened over and over with all the characters.I grew with the main character and his perception of the world.

    I liked the history that was brought into the plot--the draft, the Gulf War, Rodney King, and the fall of the Soviet Union, to name a few.These major news events were well integrated into the plot, and I liked how they shaped the main characters.

    I'm eagerly awaiting more from this author. I'm glad he's not rapidly churning out trash just to sell books on his reputation, though. ... Read more

    Isbn: 0060987561
    Subjects:  1. Fiction    2. Fiction - General    3. General    4. Fiction / General    5. Reading Group Guide   


    The Perks of Being a Wallflower
    by Stephen Chbosky
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Paperback (01 February, 1999)
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    What is most notable about this funny, touching, memorable first novelfrom Stephen Chbosky is the resounding accuracy with which the author captures the voice of a boy teetering on the brink of adulthood. Charlie is a freshman. And while's he's not the biggest geek in the school, he is by no means popular. He's a wallflower--shy and introspective, and intelligent beyond his years, if not very savvy in the social arts. We learn about Charlie through the letters he writes to someone of undisclosed name, age, and gender, a stylistic technique that adds to the heart-wrenching earnestness saturating this teen's story. Charlie encounters the same struggles that many kids face in high school--how to make friends, the intensityof a crush, family tensions, a first relationship, exploring sexuality, experimenting with drugs--but he must also deal with his best friend's recentsuicide. Charlie's letters take on the intimate feel of a journal as he shares his day-to-day thoughts and feelings:

    I walk around the school hallways and look at the people. I look at the teachers and wonder why they're here. If they like their jobs. Or us. And I wonder how smart they were when they were fifteen. Not in a mean way. In a curious way. It's like looking at all the students and wondering who's had their heart broken that day, and how they are able to cope with having three quizzes and a book report due on top of that. Or wondering who did the heart breaking. And wondering why.
    With the help of a teacher who recognizes his wisdom and intuition, and his two friends, seniors Samantha and Patrick, Charlie mostly manages to avoid the depression he feels creeping up like kudzu. When it all becomes too much, after a shocking realization about his beloved late Aunt Helen, Charlie retreats from reality for awhile. But he makes it back in due time, ready to face his sophomore year and all that it may bring. Charlie, sincerely searching for that feeling of "being infinite," is a kindred spirit to the generation that's been slapped with the label X.--Brangien Davis ... Read more
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    4-0 out of 5 stars Perks of a Wallflower
    This book is about a teenage boy, Charlie, who needs someone to listen to him.So he starts writing letters to a person who doesn't know him.He tells about his first year in high school with very detailed letters. In the end, he learns to appreciate himself and knows that he will be okay.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Page turner
    Perks of being a wallflower is one of those books you just can't put down. The way Stephen Chbosky told the life of high school so well, all the characters were so great and amazing. I really enjoyed reading this profound novel, it really makes you think.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The Perks of Being a Wallflower
    This book, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, was simply amazing, it had to do with everything that seems to be going on in my life and my friends.I finished the book in less than 12 hours, because it was that good.This book forever changed my life and made me realize that I wasn't the only messed up teenager out there.This is the type of book where each page there's something else exciting waiting to happen. This author should continue it or something.

    This book dealt with growing up, rape, teen sex, pregenancy, abortion, molesting, depression, homosexuals, and so many other topics that would help any kid that has experienced one or more of these topics.

    I know this review wasn't very helpful, but it was the best I could do. Now go out and buy this book! ... Read more

    Isbn: 0671027344
    Subjects:  1. American First Novelists    2. Bildungsromans    3. Children: Young Adult (Gr. 10-12)    4. Epistolary fiction    5. Fiction - General    6. General    7. Juvenile Fiction    8. Social Situations - Adolescence    9. Social Situations - Death & Dying    10. Social Situations - Homosexuality    11. Fiction / General   


    Icy Sparks
    by Gwyn Hyman Rubio
    Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
    Paperback (08 March, 2001)
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    The eponymous heroine of Gwyn Rubio's Icy Sparks is only 10 years old the first time it happens. The sudden itching, the pressure squeezing her skull, and the "little invisible rubber bands" attached to her eyelids are all symptoms of Tourette's syndrome. At this point, of course, Icy doesn't yet have a name for these unsettling impulses. But whenever they become too much to resist, she runs down to her grandparents' root cellar, and there she gives in, croaking, jerking, cursing, and popping her eyes. Nicknamed the "frog child" by her classmates, Icy soon becomes "a little girl who had to keep all of her compulsions inside." Only a brief confinement at the Bluegrass State Hospital persuades her that there are actually children more "different" than she.

    As a first novel about growing up poor, orphaned, and prone to fits in a small Appalachian town, Icy Sparks tells a fascinating story. By the time the epilogue rolls around, Icy has prevailed over her disorder and become a therapist: "Children silent as stone sing for me. Children who cannot speak create music for me." For readers familiar with this particular brand of coming-of-age novel--affliction fiction?--Icy's triumph should come as no great surprise. That's one problem. Another is Rubio's tendency to lapse into overheated prose: this is a novel in which the characters would sooner yell, pout, whine, moan, or sass a sentence than simply say it. But the real drawback to Icy Sparks is that some of the characters--especially the bad ones--are drawn with very broad strokes indeed, and the moral principles tend to be equally elementary: embrace your difference, none of us is alone, and so on. When Icy gets saved at a tent revival, even Jesus takes on the accents of a self-help guru: "You must love yourself!" With insights like these, this is one Southern novel that's more Wally Lamb than Harper Lee. --Mary Park ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars Just Plain Good
    I made the mistake of looking at reviews BEFORE reading this one.it has been in my collection for some time, I took so long to get around to it because of other peoples negative comments about the book.
    After finishing it, I'd have to say I disagree strongly with the others! This book is wonderful!no, you wont learn a ton about the scientific interpretations of Tourette's, but you will be exposed to the miraculous spirit of a girl who is forced to deal with being different.I recommend this book to anyone looking for a meaningful, memorable book.But please, if you are looking to study Tourette's, a fictional novel is NOT the place to do it.

    4-0 out of 5 stars best book ever
    As a senior,I am a very picky reader but I have found that Icy Sparks by Gwyn Hyman Rubio is a very entertaining book. It is one of the best that I have ever read. It is full of different emotions. One minute you will be laughing and the next you will be in tears.

    It's a story of a very special little girl that is very different from everyone else. Icy Sparks has Torettes Syndrome. It tells the journey of her life and all of the problems that she had to go through with her peers, from being in a children's mental hospital to finding God. She tells about all her jerks and "eye poppings" and her first love. It also tells about her friendship wth an obese woman. It is a wonderful story!

    There wasn't anything that I didn't like about this novel. It was very descriptive and that's what I liked best about it. Teens that get made fun of because they are different can really relate to this novel. It can give them some hope that things will get better as life goes on. Over all this a good novel and I would recommend it to everyone, regardless of age, sex, or race!

    1-0 out of 5 stars Terrible
    This book is just flat out terrible. The first 30 or so chapters are just about Icy, and her dealing with having Tourette Syndrome, but then at the end, it just takes a religious turn. Rubio writes it so it sounds like it is religious propaganda for the Pentecostal church. She basically says that anyone can get healed there, and that Icy finds God and then suddenly gets healed. ... Read more

    Isbn: 0142000205
    Subjects:  1. Fiction    2. Fiction - General    3. General    4. Literary    5. Fiction / General   


    Summer Sisters
    by Judy Blume
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
    Paperback (04 May, 1999)
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    Judy Blume first won legions of fans with such young adult classics as Are You ThereGod? It's Me, Margaret and Forever, in which she tackles the cultural hot button ofteenage sexuality. In Summer Sisters, her third novel for adults, the author again exploresthe ramifications of love--and lust--on two friends. Initially, the differences between Caitlin Somersand Victoria Leonard (or "Vix," as Caitlin christens her) draw them together: privilegedCaitlin is wild and outspoken, beautiful but emotionally fragile, while working-class Vix is shy,reserved, and plain in comparison. After Caitlin selects Vix to accompany her to her father's homein Martha's Vineyard for the summer, the two become inextricably connected as "summersisters."

    On the Vineyard, Vix and Caitlin first find love, then sex--and lots of it. Yet Blume soon movesbeyond hot fun in the summer sun, tracing the romantic and familial travails of the two frompre-adolescence to adulthood. Solid Vix evolves into Victoria, an equally solid, Harvard-educated,Manhattan public-relations exec. Unpredictable Caitlin opts out of college and travels to Europe,where she has a string of short-lived affairs with a series of intriguing (in every sense of the word)foreigners. It is only after she returns to the Vineyard that Caitlin does the unthinkable, foreverchanging both her friendship with Vix and their lives. Blume once again proves herself a master ofthe female psyche, and Summer Sisters is likely to entertain both her postadolescent andmore mature readers. ... Read more

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    2-0 out of 5 stars Eh..
    Well, she wrote a very interesting tale. I couldn't put it down, read it until 4am. But when I got to the end, I realized that I wished I had spent that time sleeping instead. As sometimes happens, the end of this book made the rest of it not worth it; it bathed the novel in the light of it's own flaws. You realize that you've gotten to the end of the novel only slightly caring about any of the characters, even though the thing that kept you turning the pages in the first place was the sense that these people might develop into something more interesting. They don't, and in fact Caitlin becomes someone you wish you could have drowned yourself. I get the subtext; Caitlin is in love with Vix and realizes finally that Vix will never swing her way. Don't care.
    The characters are all so vaguely drawn at so many points, even the main characters, that all you're left with is the feeling that you may have spent the summer at a beach somewhere with neighbors like these one time back when you were a kid.
    A good beach read, but not good literature.

    1-0 out of 5 stars are you serious?
    This is a formulaic romance book, the term novel should certainly not be applied without a heavy dose of irony. It bothers me that there are 1100 rave reviews of this book, probably more than there are for classics like Gatsby, Brothers K, Portrait. My advice to prospective Blume readers is this: bring your TV out to the beach and watch soap operas while you tan. Don't buy trash like Summer Sisters, or you will ruin literature--publishers run from real literature now, since garbage like this is so profitable--and cripple Western Civilization.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Judy Blume Never Fails
    I am a junior in High School.In my English Class we were assigned to read a novel of our choice, I chose Summer Sisters, written by an all time favorite author, Judy Blume.
    This novel was excellent from the beginning page until the end.Caitlin, a wild child, invites Vix, who is more conservative and quiet, to Martha's Vineyard for the summer.Summer after summer the girls return to the vineyard and as a reader, you literally are apart of their growth into woman hood.They experience new things together, first love, development of their bodies, and even "The Power" which they use on one another.
    The story opens in the present day, with a phone call from Caitlin asking, more like telling, Vix if she will be the Maid of Honor at her Wedding. Then the story goes back to Vix and Caitlin's summer days, and all the events leading up to Caitlin's Marriage.
    As the two girls mature to woman hood their differences tear them apart, especially when it comes to dating boys.Caitlin knows she is intimidating, and she uses that to her advantage.Vix; however, is the complete opposite.
    Caitlin becomes too wrapped up in herself, and selfishly ruins Vix's sixteenth birthday party.Vix, devastated and hear-broken, leaves to live on her own, breaking off her friendship with Caitlin.Or so she wishes.

    Summer Sisters was a hard book to put down.The characters were so real and I associated with a lot of the story.I felt apart of the characters lives as they grew up together, experiencing all the new things life brought them.The plot kept me interested throughout the entire book.
    It's a story numerous teenage girls, and older women can relate too.It leaves a reader crying and laughing all at the same time.
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    Isbn: 0440226430
    Subjects:  1. Fiction    2. Fiction - General    3. General    4. Fiction / General   


    Memoirs of a Geisha : A Novel
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Paperback (10 January, 1999)
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    According to Arthur Golden's absorbing first novel, the word "geisha" does not mean "prostitute," as Westerners ignorantly assume--it means "artisan" or "artist." To capture the geisha experience in the art of fiction, Golden trained as long and hard as any geisha who must master the arts of music, dance, clever conversation, crafty battle with rival beauties, and cunning seduction of wealthy patrons. After earning degrees in Japanese art and history from Harvard and Columbia--and an M.A. in English--he met a man in Tokyo who was the illegitimate offspring of a renowned businessman and a geisha. This meeting inspired Golden to spend 10 years researching every detail of geisha culture, chiefly relying on the geisha Mineko Iwasaki, who spent years charming the very rich and famous.

    The result is a novel with the broad social canvas (and love of coincidence) of Charles Dickens and Jane Austen's intense attention to the nuances of erotic maneuvering. Readers experience the entire life of a geisha, from her origins as an orphaned fishing-village girl in 1929 to her triumphant auction of her mizuage (virginity) for a record price as a teenager to her reminiscent old age as the distinguished mistress of the powerful patron of her dreams. We discover that a geisha is more analogous to a Western "trophy wife" than to a prostitute--and, as in Austen, flat-out prostitution and early death is a woman's alternative to the repressive, arcane system of courtship. In simple, elegant prose, Golden puts us right in the tearoom with the geisha; we are there as she gracefully fights for her life in a social situation where careers are made or destroyed by a witticism, a too-revealing (or not revealing enough) glimpse of flesh under the kimono, or a vicious rumor spread by a rival "as cruel as a spider."

    Golden's web is finely woven, but his book has a serious flaw: the geisha's true romance rings hollow--the love of her life is a symbol, not a character. Her villainous geisha nemesis is sharply drawn, but she would be more so if we got a deeper peek into the cause of her motiveless malignity--the plight all geisha share. Still, Golden has won the triple crown of fiction: he has created a plausible female protagonist in a vivid, now-vanished world, and he gloriously captures Japanese culture by expressing his thoughts in authentic Eastern metaphors. ... Read more

    Reviews (2015)

    2-0 out of 5 stars read this with a sceptical eye
    I first read this book 5 years ago when I knew very little about Japan, its cultures and geiko themsleves. On first read, it is an appealing book because it allows you into a foreign, unknown world, through the eyes of a geiko.

    HOWEVER - some of the language Golden uses is ridiculous, with many americanisms thrown in for good measure. The ridiculous metaphors and similies used made me feel irritated at some points. I even saw some spelling mistakes!

    If you're looking for a truthful, entertaining read, get Minkeo Iwasaki's book instead - written by a japanese woman, who was a geisha!

    A mildly entertaining book, until you realise that most of what is written is some middle aged, american man's fantasy!

    5-0 out of 5 stars One of my favorite!
    The three elements of the novel, which impressed me the most, are the detailed descriptions of objects, deep understanding of the culture, and the delicate psychological interpretation of women.
    The words which the author used to describe the objects such as Kimono and paintings were not huge as SAT vocabularies, but were enough to deliver the message with impact.
    "...an orange silk with a silver waterfall pouring from the knee into a slate blue ocean. The waterfall was split by brown cliffs, with knotted driftwood at the base embroidered in lacquered threads."
    This quote was one of my favorite descriptions of a Kimono; it gave me a very clear mental image.
    It was certain that the author of the book is more than an amateur about the Japanese Culture. The way he described the dressing of Kimono and the polite traditional Japanese way of dialogues impressed me. He also seemed to know the etiquettes and the manners as a Geisha, such as how to open the door when they are entering the Tea houses.
    I was very surprised to find out that Arthur Golden is actually an extremely normal man because of the feminine details he used in the novel. Especially in the part where Sayuri was about give up her "mizuage," because of the way he described her emotion of fear and hidden curiosity, I felt as if I was at the room with her. Also Arthur seemed to understand the psychology of woman as a secret admirer as well. The description about the Sayuri's feeling toward Chairman was very understandable and imaginable.
    Overall, the novel was very satisfying and I am very certain that this was one of my favorite novels I ever read. However, I found the characteristics of some characters such as Hatsumomo and the Chairman in the novel are not fully developed. As one of the reviewers mentioned before (Shannon "elfaas") the reason for Hatsumomo's unconditional jealousy and the reason why the Chairman was so obsessed with Sayuri would remain as questions.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Best book ever!!
    This is my favorite novel of all time. I could read this book over and over and not get tired of it.It is a must read and I recommend it to anyone and everyone!!! Arthur Golden is a genuis; truly incredible writer. ... Read more

    Isbn: 0679781587
    Subjects:  1. 20th century    2. Fiction    3. Fiction - General    4. Geishas    5. Historical - General    6. History    7. Japan    8. Literary    9. Women    10. Fiction / Literary   


    The Pilot's Wife : A Novel (Oprah's Book Club)
    by Anita Shreve
    Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars
    Paperback (31 March, 1999)
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    Oprah Book Club® Selection, March 1999: With five novels to her credit, including the acclaimed The Weight of Water, Anita Shreve now offers a skillfully crafted exploration of the long reach of tragedy in The Pilot's Wife. News of Jack Lyons's fatal crash sends his wife into shock and emotional numbness:

    Kathryn wished she could manage a coma. Instead, it seemed that quite the opposite had happened: She felt herself to be inside of a private weather system, one in which she was continuously tossed and buffeted by bits of news and information, sometimes chilled by thoughts of what lay immediately ahead, thawed by the kindness of others ... frequently drenched by memories that seemed to have no regard for circumstance or place, and then subjected to the nearly intolerable heat of reporters, photographers and curious on-lookers. It was a weather system with no logic, she had decided, no pattern, no progression, no form.
    The situation becomes even more dire when the plane's black box is recovered, pinning responsibility for the crash on Jack. In an attempt to clear his name, Kathryn searches for any and all clues to the hours before the flight. Yet each discovery forces her to realize that she didn't know her husband of 16 years at all. Shreve's complex and highly convincing treatment of Kathryn's dilemma, coupled with intriguing minor characters and an expertly paced plot, makes The Pilot's Wife really take off. ... Read more
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    2-0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
    I really enjoyed the early chapters of this book and I was so looking forward to uncovering the twist.When the story began to reveal itself I was very disappointed.The twist was a let-down and the lead character's behavior didn't seem consistent with what I'd learned about her.Many of the geograhic/political/language choices in the portion of the book that takes place overseas are incorrect.

    4-0 out of 5 stars I wouldn't have read it if.....
    I wouldn't have read it if I had realized it was on Oprah's book club list.Glad I didn't know it, because I really enjoyed it.I can usually rule out a book if it is on her list because I will usually hate it.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable (even if you read it on a plane like I did)
    Excellent, excellent book. I was skeptical when I read the back cover, but it really was a page-turner and I enjoyed every minute of the reading of this book. The writing is so wonderful, and there's even a lot of symbolism and the sort of thing English majors really get a kick out of.I highly recommend this book. You'll enjoy it. ... Read more

    Isbn: 0316601950
    Subjects:  1. Fiction    2. Fiction - General    3. Fiction / General    4. General    5. Airplane accidents    6. Popular American Fiction    7. Psychological fiction    8. Reading Group Guide    9. Widows   


    Go Ask Alice
    by Anonymous
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Paperback (01 March, 1998)
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    The torture and hell of adolescence has rarely been captured as clearly as it is in this classic diary by an anonymous, addicted teen. Lonely, awkward, and under extreme pressure from her "perfect" parents, "Anonymous" swings madly between optimism and despair. When one of her new friends spikes her drink with LSD, this diarist begins a frightening journey into darkness. The drugs take the edge off her loneliness and self-hate, but they also turn her life into a nightmare of exalting highs and excruciating lows. Although there is still some question as to whether this diary is real or fictional, there is no question that it has made a profound impact on millions of readers during the more than 25 years it has been in print. Despite a few dated references to hippies and some expired slang, Go Ask Alice still offers a jolting chronicle of a teenager's life spinning out of control. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Must read
    I got this book when I was around 15 and I thought it was absoutly amazing. It's so real...and is quite sad. I sugest you pick up this book, sit down, and put time into it. It is mostly about this girl's diary and journey though her teenage years. If you like books that deal with things in real life, get this book.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Brutal Reality Check
    Ages 14 and up. Alice is a teenager in the 1970's, who sees herself as an outcast and a misfit who stumbles into the world of drugs in the non-fiction novel GO ASK ALICE, by Anonymous. Alice is a normal teenager, bumbling through highschool, low on self esteem and friends. She and her family move to a new town where she feels even more left out in the cold, so her mom agress to let her go back to her old neighborhood with her grandma over the summer. There she meets friends she never had when she lived there before, and they introduce her to the "beauty" of narcotics. That one trip sends her in a whirlwind of running away from home, drug pushing, rape, and into a mental institute. She slips in and out of being clean, but can she turn her life around and repair what she has so terribly gored?

    GO ASK ALICE is NOT a sugarcoated fictional fairytale about the youth of America. It is an actual girl's diary that portrays the truth about drugs mixed with people and how it can ruin lives forever. It is for anyone who likes true stories and intense reading. Slightly graphic and disturbing, but one of the most honest pieces of literature out there.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A Book I Can't Stop Obsessing About....
    This is a moving and thought-provoking look into the mind of a young girl who is gleeful to lose three pounds and angst-ridden when she eats french fries, and, in a perfect period touch, who confides her plans for a yearbook autograph party:

    "I'm going to wear my new white pants suit, and I have to go now and wash my hair and put it up. It's really getting long, long, long, but if I put it up on orange juice cans I can make it have just the right amount of body and a nice large curl on the bottom. I hope we have enough cans--we've got to! We've simply got to!"

    Much later in the book, of course, you'll get passages like the following, written when "Alice" was supposedly in a mental hospital:

    "I can't close my eyes because the worms are still crawling on me. They are eating me. They are crawling in my nose and gnawing in my mouth and oh God... I've got to get you back in your case because the maggots are crawling off my bleeding writhing hands into your pages. I will lock you in. You will be safe."

    Obviously, it has lost none of its provocative flavor or shock value.

    And yet, despite all its sensationalism, this was an important book for me. God knows there weren't a lot of kids my age who could have enjoyed musing with me about it all.

    "Goddamned stupid people," Alice would say, "I'd like to shove life down all their throats and then maybe they'd understand what it's all about."

    And that's what I read her for, because you weren't going to get that clarity from Caddie Woodlawn or Ramona the Pest or even, God help her, Anne Frank--though I knew and loved them all.

    Of course she was flawed, my Alice. She was stupid enough to mess around with too much acid, not to mention heroin. And then she could utter such patent idiocy as the following, about the guy for whom she's dealing at the high school and junior high:

    "Richie is so good, good, good to me and sex with him is like lightning and rainbows and springtime.... He's going into medicine, and I have to help him any way I can. It's going to be a long hard pull but we'll make it.... I think I won't go on to college. Dad will just curl up and die, but it's more important to me to work and help Rich. As soon as I'm out of high school I'll get a full time job and we'll settle down...."

    Even at eight I knew better than that, but of course Alice didn't grow up in a community of single mothers and boyfriends and step dads and the child support checks that never came. I could have sat her down with my mom and some pals for a cup of coffee and knocked that lunacy right out of her head in about fifteen minutes, but poor Alice had "straight" parents, so she didn't know better and I had to cut her some slack.

    Still today, she's the big sister I never had, though she was probably the pastiche of a snarky Williams guy at Prentice-Hall in real life, patched together from a few issues of Seventeen and some chick he sat next to at a Jefferson Airplane concert. I don't care. Alice is family--even if she doesn't live here anymore. Great book! But try it for yourself! Pick up a copy. Another book I need to recommend -- very much on my mind since I purchased a "used" copy off Amazon is "The Losers' Club: Complete Restored Edition" by Richard Perez, an exceptional, highly entertaining, somewhat subversive little novel I can't stop thinking about. ... Read more

    Isbn: 0689817851
    Subjects:  1. Biography & Autobiography - General    2. Children's 12-Up - Sociology    3. Diaries    4. Drug abuse    5. Fiction    6. Social Situations - Drugs, Alcohol, & Substance Abuse    7. Juvenile Fiction / Social Situations / General   


    Here on Earth
    by Alice Hoffman
    Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
    Paperback (06 March, 1998)
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    Oprah Book Club® Selection, March 1998: Here on Earth is set in motion when March Murray and her teenage daughter travel from their California home to New England. Their stay is to be brief. Judith Dale, her childhood housekeeper-cum-foster mother, has died, and March must set things to right and get out of gloomy Jenkintown as quickly as possible. "Five days tops," she reassures her scientist husband. Instead, she is pulled back into the arms of Hollis, her first love--an avaricious, Heathcliff-like individual who radiates sulfur and cruelty. "She left and didn't come back, not even when he called her, and yet here she is, on this dark night; here and no place else." In this deep fable of loss and control, love and fear, Alice Hoffman allows us into her characters' cores and makes us wish their fortunes were happier. Here on Earth is filled with wisdom, what-ifs, and animals who seem, if not to know more than human beings, at least to know how to shy from danger. ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars I don't care what you say... I liked it
    This is not the type of book I would pick for myself, but recently I found myself in a situation far from home with no T.V., Radio, or even my own book collection so I was forced to read whatever my host had to offer.Although I felt there were some really strange twist, maybe something I wouldn't have personally put in, and some things that were so outlandish, no one could ever relate to such characters, I did however find myself drawn to the book.I finished it in about 5 hours which was nice.Do not go into this book expecting your life to be changed forever, or maybe a new outlook, it doesn't offer either.But for me, it allowed me to tap into a hidden part of my own life where I had been in love and lost, and that intrigued me.I can definately see where people would have issues with the book... but for me, it was worth the short 5 hours it took from my life... maybe it will be worth it for you!!!

    1-0 out of 5 stars Morbid, Depressing& Pointless
    This reader found Alice Hoffman's "most seductive and mesmerizing story" (publisher's description) unremittingly gloomy and pedestrian.Most notably it lacks a motive for the central character's self-destructive behavior.
    As the story goes, March Murray, returning to her home town in New England with her teen-age daughter, willingly chooses to re-enter an abusive relationship after her non-abusive marriage falls apart.The reader might expect March, having had a healthy relationship, to know better the second time around.Yet the author offers no apparent explanation for March's back-sliding other than good sex.This might be ok if "Here on Earth" had been written in the Emily Bronte's time, but in this more psychologically sophisticated era we now know enough about the dynamic of abusive relationships to deserve some explanation.So for me this tale of woe comes off as emotionally flat and disturbingly naive.
    Ms. Hoffman's writing style doesn't help the story line.She has an indecisive, uncommitted way of describing things.For example, she writes "There is no measuring love, other than all or nothing or that space in between." So the author has included all possibilities for "measuring love" and left us with nothing.In another example she writes: "He keeps one hand on March's, but for whose comfort even [he] isn't sure."If he and the author don't know, why do we need to know?These are two of many examples of word clutter.To paraphrase Salieri, too many words (and too little meaning).
    Ms. Hoffman's command of the English language is so shaky that she employs redundancy for support.Consider the words "Spartan" or "notorious" in the examples below:"if his reputation hadn't been so notorious" (notoriety IS a form of reputation) or "The kitchen now has a Spartan quality; that which isn't a necessity isn't here." She goes on to describe the Spartan quality in detail.This style, which is anything but Spartan, contributes to the word clutter.
    Finally, Ms. Hoffman's pointless digressions impede the book's narrative progress, merely filling up pages.. Example: "Ed Milton is the one who finally informs Susanna Justice of her friend's affair.He tells Susie right after they make love, at her place, a cottage so small he can talk to her from bed while she fixes them hot fudge sundaes. Susie's dogs, Chester, the golden lab, and Duffy, the black one, watch her every move, drooling onto her bare feet."Do we really need to know about the dog drool?More clutter - this digression seems to serve no dramatic purpose.
    In short, I found the redeeming qualities insufficient and the writing style too annoying to make this depressing tale worth reading.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Loving Hollis
    Here on EarthBy Alice Hoffman takes place in the state of Massachusetts. March Murray is the main character in this book that is found confused in her love life. She goes back home to where she grew up to attend a funeral of her housekeeper but instead, she finds herself remembering special times about her past and confused with her emotionallove life. She wonders what will happen and if she will see her first true love Hollis. When she sees Hollis for the first time in so many years her fellings for him come back and she is stuck in the battle with her emotional feelings. She finds herself confused in what to do now that she has a daughter, a job, a house , a family and a husband. ... Read more

    Isbn: 0425167313
    Subjects:  1. Fiction    2. Fiction - General    3. General   


    by ToniMorrison
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
    Paperback (01 October, 1998)
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    In the troubled years following the Civil War, the spirit of a murdered child haunts the Ohio home of a former slave. This angry, destructive ghost breaks mirrors, leaves its fingerprints in cake icing, and generally makes life difficult for Sethe and her family; nevertheless, the woman finds the haunting oddly comforting for the spirit is that of her own dead baby, never named, thought of only as Beloved.

    A dead child, a runaway slave, a terrible secret--these are the central concerns of Toni Morrison's Pulitzer Prize-winning Beloved. Morrison, a Nobel laureate, has written many fine novels, including Song of Solomon, The Bluest Eye, and Paradise--butBeloved is arguably her best. To modern readers, antebellum slavery is a subject so familiar that it is almost impossible to render its horrors in a way that seems neitherclichéd nor melodramatic. Rapes, beatings, murders, and mutilations are recounted here, but they belong to characters so precisely drawn that the tragedy remains individual, terrifying to us because it is terrifying to the sufferer. And Morrison is master of the telling detail: in the bit, for example, a punishing piece of headgear used to discipline recalcitrant slaves, she manages to encapsulate all of slavery's many cruelties into one apt symbol--a device that deprives its wearer of speech. "Days after it was taken out, goose fat was rubbed on the corners of the mouth but nothing to soothe the tongue or take the wildness out of the eye." Most importantly, the language here, while often lyrical, is never overheated. Even as she recalls the cruelties visited upon her while a slave, Sethe is evocative without being overemotional: "Add my husband to it, watching, above me in the loft--hiding close by--the one place he thought no one would look for him, looking down on what I couldn't look at at all. And not stopping them--looking and letting it happen.... And if he was that broken then, then he is also and certainly dead now." Even the supernatural is treated as an ordinary fact of life: "Not a house in the country ain't packed to its rafters with some dead Negro's grief. We lucky this ghost is a baby," comments Sethe's mother-in-law.

    Beloved is a dense, complex novel that yields up its secrets one by one. As Morrison takes us deeper into Sethe's history and her memories, the horrifying circumstances of her baby's death start to make terrible sense. And as past meets present in the shape of a mysterious young woman about the same age as Sethe's daughter would have been, the narrative builds inexorably to its powerful, painful conclusion.Beloved may well be the defining novel of slavery in America, the one that all others will be measured by. --Alix Wilber ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Best Audio in my Library
    i "read" the audio version of Beloved, performed by Lynn Whitfield. Having a long history with audio books, i can honestly say this was one of my favorite performances. It's so frustrating to take the time to choose an audio book and pay almost $40 dollars for it, only to get in the car and find that you're stuck with the world's most obnoxious or unintelligible reader. And when your 12 hour drive is largely dependant on that book, it's downright maddening.
    But thank goodness for Lynn Whitfield! Her reading is spot on without being either bland or overdramatic. i found myself stopping the tape to write down portions of the text (yes, while driving!), which is something i rarely if ever do while reading to myself. If you want to listen to a great book made better by a flawless reading, look no further.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Beloved: a thrilling novel with building up suspense
    "Beloved" is full of unexpected, eccentric events that revolve around the black community and 124, a house haunted by the spirit of a spiteful baby. Throughout the novel, haunting memories of slavery's inhumanity torment the four main characters, Sethe, Paul D., Denver, and Beloved. The aftermath of slavery, as this suspenseful novel reveals, is extremely brutal and destructive to each character's life. As the story transit from past to present in an unordered pattern, the true desires and values of the characters are slowly unmasked.

    This novel requires deep understanding and reflection upon each ideas and events. An excessive amount of symbolic and metaphoric images are included within this novel, causing the reader to think beyond the surface of logical meaning. The supernatural aspects of the story, such as Beloved being a reincarnation of the dead baby's spirit, push the limit of readers' ordinary understanding. Morrison's use of poetic, vivid, and intense words help to create the tone of fear, anguish, and admiration.

    Love, slavery, and motherhood are joined in "Beloved" to create emotional inspiration. Set in the years following Civil War in rural Ohio, the destruction of relationships, motherly love, and self-identity is clarified to be caused by the brutality of slavery. Sethe, escaping from slavery, struggles to break free from the cruel memories of her past as an owned property. Despite her freedom, she has difficulties leaving behind her past including the child whom she had killed, physical and mental scars that she finds impossible to heal, and the stories of Paul D. and Sweet Home.

    I believe that through this novel, Toni Morrison attempts to prevent the extreme sufferings of the slaves from being forgotten due to forced silence. I strongly recommend this passionate and deep novel to everyone, especially for those interested in mystery and suspense.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Pullitzer?Not quite...
    This book certainly doesn't live up to expectations.I read this as a junior in high school, after already reading Morrison's The Bluest Eye.The Bluest Eye turned me off because of excessive sexual content that seemed gratuitous at times, and because it did not make a very powerful point.Beloved seems to follow a similar trend.The sexual content is again excessive and unnecessary at times.Very soon we get the point that slavery was dehumanizing and included a large amount of sexual abuse.Yet, Morrison feels the need to drive the point further, mentioning sex over and over again and going out of her way to make a sexual connection with almost every event.It's just not necessary!Furthermore, the entire concept of Beloved does not make a very valuable point.She returns as a memory of the infant Sethe killed to save from slavery.But as a memory, all she does is gnaw away at Sethe's consciousness, slowly siphoning off her resources, independence, and desire to live.Then, she disappears.She really doesn't accomplish anything or evoke any change in the characters.So what is the point?To let us know that slavery was horrendous?Clearly that doesn't warrant a 200 page novel chock full of symbolism and attempts at deep hidden meaning.Morrison's words are smooth-flowing, and her story is interesting, but in the end it's just a little too graphic and sexually explicit, and not enough substance. ... Read more

    Isbn: 0452280621
    Subjects:  1. African American women    2. Fiction    3. Fiction - Historical    4. Historical - General    5. Infanticide    6. Literary    7. Movie/Tv Tie-Ins    8. Ohio    9. Women slaves    10. Fiction / General   

    Don't Know Much About the Bible: Everything You Need to Know About the Good Book but Never Learned
    by Kenneth C. Davis
    Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
    Paperback (04 September, 2001)
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    Kenneth Davis, popular purveyor of stuff you should know but never learned, turns his research engine to the land of Job and Jesus. Ever wonder who wrote the Bible, what the difference is between a disciple and an apostle, or how the Dead Sea Scrolls measure up? Davis tackles the entire Bible, book by book, from Genesis to Revelation, offering succinct capsules of the action and backgrounders that are as entertaining as the tabloids--except that Davis's information is reliable. On every page, you can see the immense amount of research he has put into this work, drawing on the most up-to-date scholarship and presenting it in fresh, easy-to-swallow doses. Chronologies at various points put historical events into perspective. The high point of Don't Know Much About the Bible comes in the New Testament section, where Davis compares the different versions of the Gospels for the various episodes in Jesus' life and offers insights on issues that are still discussed today. By the way, did you know that Jesus' name was really Joshua and that he wasn't born in the year 1? More tidbits await. --Brian Bruya ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Strips away the falsehoods
    Clear and consise. Truly and enjoyable read. After reading 3 translations of the bible (KJV,NIV,CEV), as well as other sources on it's history, I have to say Mr.Davis knows his stuff.The glossary and bibilography were a great addition. If you are truly interested in educating yourself this books a great beginning.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Terrible, Biased Book - Don't waste your time or money
    This book is terribly written and is not worth the time or money.Kenneth Davis writes with no desire to explore both sides of the Bible.He ignores historical and archeological evidence supporting the Bible and uses obscure, little known, and controversial books for his support to try and discredit the Bible.One small example, Davis acknowledges the historical writing of Josephus (a Roman historian during the life of Jesus Christ), even mentioning that Josephus mentioned Jesus in his writings.However, Davis blatantly omits the fact that Josephus wrote that Jesus rose from the dead and that his followers were called Christians.This is just one example in a book that totally ignores most of the facts supporting the Bible's accuracy.As one reviewer put it so accurately "An aply named book. The author truly does not know much about the bible."Don't waste your time or your money, especially if you are looking for truth from reputable sources.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Interesting read with a bit of an attitude
    A relatively easy read for those who are already quite familiar with the Bible and its stories.For those who are not already familiar with the Bible it would be difficult to fully understand what he is addressing as he does not go into a lot of detail about the stories and how they have been traditionally understood.This is a bit of a `digest' version of some of the research that has been carried out on the Bible.Some of it was not new information and has been around religious circles for awhile.Other information I found quite intriguing and was motivated to do more in-depth research on my own (i.e., the authors/methods of the creation of the Pentateuch).The author flags areas of interest for future research but does not go into a lot of depth.

    I was a bit put off by the glee he expresses when he illuminates discrepancies in the Bible.I am not bothered by the fact that there are discrepancies (as I am not an inerrantist) but rather by his crowing over their exposure.His reaction causes me to question his credibility in presenting all the information in as neutral a manner as possible. In the end I felt he posits a bit too confidently his own conclusions that fit his own religious paradigm, rather than putting forth the information and allowing the reader to form their own perspective.

    Overall, an interesting read. ... Read more

    Isbn: 0380728397
    Subjects:  1. Bible    2. Bible - General    3. Bible - Reference - General    4. Introductions    5. Reference    6. Religion    7. Religion - Commentaries / Reference    8. Study and teaching    9. Religion / Bible / General   


    Someone Like You
    by Sarah Dessen
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
    Paperback (01 May, 2000)
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Someone Like You
    Ages 14 and up.Scarlett and Halley have been best friends since they can both remember.They know each other inside and out and have always been there for each other.When Scarlett calls Halley at summer camp, Halley knows something has to be terribly wrong.Scarlett's boyfriend, also her first love, Michael, dies in a motorcycle accident and Scarlett needs Halley there to help her.As Halley is dealing with fights with her mom, her grandma becoming sick, and her knew love life with a cutting-edge boy named Macon, Scarlett finds out she is pregnant with Michael's baby.The book shows the struggles with teenage pregnancy, first loves, best friends, and family problems.
    I really enjoyed this book and was never willing to put it down.I couldn't wait until I turned the next page to see what happened next.The drama and problems seem so real and almost anyone can relate to the characters in some way.This book is for anyone who has ever had a best friend, or a first love.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Someone like you Review
    Ages 14 and up. Halley and Scarlett have been best friends with eachother ever since elementary school. They have been through pretty much everything together, but nothing could prepare them for what was going to happen the summer going into Junior year. Halley finds love and Scarlett loses it. They help eachother though everything. This bookreally makes you realize how great full you should be for what you have and it is a good example of what friendships should be. Both funny and dramatic, this book is a must read for all teenage girls.

    5-0 out of 5 stars What I think of Someone Like You
    I really liked Someone like you, It's a smart, funny book with great characters and an awesome story line. I think it's so real how close Halley and Scarlett are in this book. They really show true friendship. I loved how the different plots (i.e. Scarlett's pregnancy, Halley and Macon, Halley's grandma)all lined up together, which is something that takes a lot of skill. After reading this book, I read it and re-read it, and it is now my favorite book! I think Sarah Dessen is a phenominal author, and this book shows some great work! ... Read more

    Isbn: 0141302690
    Sales Rank: 275440
    Subjects:  1. Children's 12-Up - Fiction - General    2. Children: Young Adult (Gr. 7-9)    3. Fiction    4. Friendship    5. Juvenile Fiction    6. Pregnancy    7. Readers - Beginner    8. Social Situations - Friendship    9. Social Situations - Pregnancy    10. Unmarried mothers   

    Feeling Sorry for Celia
    by Jaclyn Moriarty
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Hardcover (01 March, 2001)
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    3-0 out of 5 stars Special friendship
    It takes a letter-writing assignment at school to show Elizabeth what a real friend is, and what a lovely letter-writing assignment it is.She's forever been in the shadows of her "friend" Celia, who was never much of a friend beyond early childhood.Elizabeth deals with disappointment and disallusionment in such a mature way, and all the while she's got seeds of self-doubt in the form of very funny letters from different "associations", "clubs", etc.

    I really did not like the Celia character.What kept me going was knowing that it was just a matter of time that Elizabeth figured out what the marks of true friendship are.

    4-0 out of 5 stars An equal mix of Good and Bad
    This book is about a girl named Elizabeth, who believes that she is "failing" as a teenager. She has one friend, Celia, and has never been kissed.

    The first few pages, I was somewhat confused by Moriarty's style of writing, because the book is written all in letters. But after a few pages, it wasn't so confusing anymore.

    Celia is Elizabeth's only friend for most of the book and while it was obvious that Elizabeth really cares for her, she was extremely irritating to me. From running away to the circus, to stealing Elizabeth's almost-boyfriend, Saxon, to almost committing suicide with the boy, I wanted to scream. Who is really that stupid? And it didn't help was Celia's mother is convinced that she is a "budding flower" and all the (stupid) things she does are "beautiful". I was more than happy when Elizabeth finds a friend in her penpal, Christina, who lives in the same town. Christina has girlish issues with her boyfriend throughout the book, while still being smart and interesting.

    Elizabeth was also an interesting character herself. She is strong and sure of herself. Her quirky, slightly-activist mother looks to Elizabeth to care for the house. She has an ongoing argument with Saxon's mother over whether people should be allowed to rollerblade at the local mall. (Elizabeth is convinced that her mother has no idea what rollerblading actually is.) And her father has been lying to Elizabeth since she was a baby. I got just as angry at him as Elizabeth did.

    I found this book to be an equal mix of great and not-so-great. Celia, Elizabeth's liar father and Celia's crazy mother all made me want to throw the book on the floor, while Christina, Elizabeth and Elizabeth's rollerblade-activist mother kept me reading. While this may sound like an ordinary teenage girl book, it's really not fake and stupid and also while this book wasn't my favorite, the good outweighed the bad.

    4-0 out of 5 stars A coming of age story
    I thought this book was brilliant. It had been suggested to me before, but i had never wanted to read it. When I did, I really connected with Elizabeth, because who hasn't felt like everyone's depending on them? The letters and notes in this book let you look at the story from a different angle, it was humourous, and it was touching. I get tired of reading "high school books" with either no depth, or lots of melodrama. I read this book when i was fifteen and i felt like i was reading about me.
    I also think Australia has a lot of fantastic writers, and it's pretty arrogant to say that they don't when you've only read one book. (for example, read Love, Ghosts and Facial Hair) ... Read more

    Isbn: 0312269234
    Sales Rank: 318161
    Subjects:  1. Australia    2. Bildungsromans    3. English First Novelists    4. Epistolary fiction    5. Fiction    6. Fiction - General    7. General    8. Teenage girls   

    The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants
    by Ann Brashares
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Hardcover (11 September, 2001)
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    They were just a soft, ordinary pair of thrift-shop jeans until the fourgirls took turns trying them on--four girls, that is, who are close friends,about to be parted for the summer, with very different sizes and builds, not tomention backgrounds and personalities. Yet the pants settle on each girl's hipsperfectly, making her look sexy and long-legged and feel confident as a teenagercan feel. "These are magical Pants!" they realize, and so they make a pact toshare them equally, to mail them back and forth over the summer from whereverthey are. Beautiful, distant Lena is going to Greece to be with hergrandparents; strong, athletic Bridget is off to soccer camp in Baja,California; hot-tempered Carmen plans to have her divorced father all to herselfin South Carolina; and Tibby the rebel will be left at home to slave for minimumwage at Wallman's.

    Over the summer the Pants come to represent the support of the sisterhood, butthey also lead each girl into bruising and ultimately healing confrontationswith love and courage, dying and forgiveness. Lena finds her identity in Greeceand the courage not to reject love; Bridget gets in over her head with an oldercamp coach; Carmen finds her father ensconced with a new fiancée andfamily; and Tibby unwillingly takes on a filmmaking apprentice who is dying ofleukemia. Each girl's story is distinct and engrossing, told in a brightlycontemporary style. Like the Pants, the reader bounces back and forth among thefour unfolding adventures, and the melange is spiced with letters and wittyquotes. Ann Brashares has here created four captivating characters andseamlessly interwoven their stories for a young adult novel that is fresh andabsorbing. (Ages 12 and older) --Patty Campbell ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars Wishing for Magic Pants too
    Yes, I picked up this book when I heard about the movie, so what.I usually don't pay much attention to books on the bestseller list because they can be somewhat disappointing, but not this one.It made me wish for my three friends and I from high school to be as close as we were then, but as adults we tend to let careers, marriage, and children over take the simple pleasures of what a good friendship can bring.So I learned a valuable lesson from reading this book about the teenage point of view.I have since made contact with these close friends and to my astonishment it has been successful, no magic pants needed but it would be nice.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Wonderful
    An extra special reading experience. "Sisterhood of Traveling Pants" has everything I look for in a great book. Without revealing the plot, I can say that it has great characters, a great premise, and great story. If you only read five books this year, I recommend "Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants" be one of them. Other recommendations: "Mermaid Chair", "Secret Life of Bees", "My Fractured Life", and "Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time".

    5-0 out of 5 stars Each Girl has a Different Story
    This book is really good. A very fast read, it only took me two days to read all of it. I think there is a girl in this book that someone can realte to. All the girls life stories are very real. I would recommend this book!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ... Read more

    Isbn: 0385729332
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