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August 2016

Book Review: Vinegar Girl by Anne Tyler 5 Stars

Oh this book was a delight. I had my eye on it but hadn’t got around to reading it until my coworker highly praised it; and I’m so glad I read it! Vinegar Girl is perfection. Kate’s father wants her to marry his foreign research assistant so he will not be deported. Kate is headstrong, intelligent, and witty, but can be brash, especially in her job as a preschool teacher assistant. Kate and her sister Bunny lost their mother young and Kate has played the matriarchal role for many years. Their father is completely absorbed in his research but is still a loving father, if distant at times. Boring as it may sound, I LOVED the routine and systems the Battista’s have, with their weekly meat mash and dishwashing method.

Anne Tyler is a storytelling mastermind. The premise of the story seems so harsh and outdated, but it’s such a lighthearted, feel good novel. The epilogue was my favorite part, but I loved the passage on page 202 when Pyotr explains to Kate his frustration with the English language- “There is no special word for ‘you’ when it is you that I am speaking to. In English there is only one ‘you,’ and I have to say the same ‘you’ to you that I would say to a stranger; I cannot express my closeness. I am homesick in this country, but I am thinking I would be homesick in my own country now, also….there is no place for me. So I have to pretend I am fine here.”  This novel is beautifully written-a masterpiece of a story with strong willed characters that mesh together exquisitely in an unconventional way.

I highly recommend Vinegar Girl!

 

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Book Review: Go Big or Go Home (The Journey Toward the Dream) by Scotty McCreery-5 Stars

I’m a huge Scotty McCreery fan so I was really excited to read this. The way it reads is very simple, like two friends talking. I loved the easy style and humor of this autobiography. Scotty is so young but already very successful, yet seems so easygoing, humble, and in my opinion, a great role model for children to look up to. I enjoyed reading about his obsession with Elvis as I’m a fan myself, and I loved reading about how he’s grown over the years after Clayton Idol (in his hometown) to American Idol, to his fame now.  Scotty comes from a small town like myself and there’s just something about that small town pride I appreciate! Just from seeing him on American Idol and listening to interviews I already knew I liked the type of person he is, but after seeing his life written out on paper I respect him all the more. Great read!

I received a copy of this book via BookLookBloggers in exchange for my honest review.

Book Review: Thursdays at Coconuts by Beth Carter- 4 Stars

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Thursdays at Coconuts tells the story of 3 women- Alex, Suzy, and Hope, who are best friends and meet weekly at a restaurant called Coconuts. It was a fun, easy to read romance novel with a little bit of drama and suspense tossed in. Each of the girlfriends have their own very different problems- Alex is falling in love with a married-ish police officer who may or may not be a crazy stalker, Suzy’s fiance and her sister were caught in bed together the night before Suzy was supposed to get married, and Hope has two deadbeat hippie parents who mooch off of her every chance they get. Between the three of them each week, over countless glasses of wine and girl talk, can they rally together to help each other work through their dilemmas?

Overall an enjoyable story with several twists you don’t see coming. It’s a refreshing read with strong, successful women who lean on each other and understand the value of great girlfriends. You’ll laugh, gasp and cry with Alex, Suzy, and Hope as they try to find their happy ending!

I was gifted a copy of this novel by the author; thank you! All opinions are my own.

Book Review: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child-4.5 Stars

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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child was amazing and emotional and would be for any Potterhead. The script format was confusing to follow (hence the 4.5) but I loved the storyline(s). You have to approach this script focusing on the storyline, the world-building, and the characters. NOT the fact that you’re reading a script of something supposed to be performed…otherwise you’ll become irritated and not enjoy what’s happening. The beauty and allure of this story, for me, is that it allows readers to revisit the magical world of Harry Potter and his friends. Yes, it’s a play, not a novel. NO, J.K. Rowling didn’t completely write it. Yes, it’s a lot different than the books we grew up reading over ten years ago-but the characters are different-they’re adults, married, with children and jobs. The story is emotional, frightening, and funny even, some characters are pretty snarky.  😉 I got watery eyed during several scenes and really liked several lines-one being from Harry- “I’ve never fought alone…And I never will.” (*SOBS*)

CRAZY things happen in this story-alternate realities, nightmares- you will be shocked, you’ll cry, you’ll laugh, and your heart and mind will be flooded with the memories you had of the first time you met Harry Potter.  What I would give to see this on the stage….

 

 

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