Monday, February 28, 2011

The Last Summer (of You and Me)

Even though I haven't been reading as much as I normally do in the past couple of weeks, it's for a good reason :).  I have been working on some other stuff.  But anyway, last week I did finish a book that has been sitting on my bookshelf for the past two years probably.  I just never came around to reading it, because I never felt like it.  Ann Brashares has a very particular style in her writing I believe. 
Many of you may remember the series The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, it was a very well known series of young adult books from a few years ago.  It's been probably about 6 years since I read them myself.  I loved them, but haven't brought myself to read them again, because sometimes I found them to have a couple of dry parts.  Brashares stories are really great, in that they are very realistic.
The novel The Last Summer (of You and Me) was her first novel, I believe (I could be completely wrong), since the release of the last Sisterhood novel, and her first adult novel.  I found it in the clearance section on Borders.com, which made me a little skeptical, because even though I have found some great books in the bargain section, I have also found some big flops.
However, while I was reading the novel, it did take a few days to get into it, but in the end I really loved it! I thought it has a very beautiful story, both love and tragedy.
The novel isn't a comedy, just like Brashares other books.
Anyway, you are probably wondering what the story is about:
It's about three characters, Alice, Riley, and Paul.  Alice and Riley are sisters, and Paul is the friend they grew up with during the summers on their beach estates on Fire Island, near New York.  Paul and Riley are a couple of years older than Alice, but Alice always hung with them when they were growing up.
This particular summer, where the novel takes place, is the first summer in three years that have all three been together again.  Paul has been busy with school and other things, while Alice and Riley waited each other summer for him to come; Alice more so than Riley.
Even though Riley is Paul's best friend, Paul and Alice are in love with each other.

I don't want to give away more, except that the story does show the growing romance between Paul and Alice; as well as a very sad tragedy that occurs Alice's family.

Anyway, I definitely recommend reading this book; I still see it once in a while in the bargain sections of Barnes & Noble and Borders, so you may be able to find it there.  I just read on Wikipedia (I know, probably shouldn't trust it, but it's still pretty handy :)) that Warner Brothers has bought the rights to make a movie out of it, so hopefully that will come out soon! I am definitely excited to hear and see how that turns out.

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Anyway, I better get going.  I have class again soon, just like always.  I will write again soon; I am currently reading a novel involving Jane Austen classics :).
Have a Great Week!
The Romance Bookie :)

Monday, February 14, 2011

The Romance of "Once Upon a Time..."

Last week I read the book Once Upon a Blind Date by Wendy Markham.  It was a really cute story!

The overall story is about two separate sets of friends, trying to set up their friends with someone who they can marry.  Maggie tries to set up her best friend Dominic, with a woman that is like her, but unlike her, feels attracted to him...in other words, the woman of his dreams, who can marry and start a family with.  Charlie is best friends with Julie, who happens to be a great pastry chef, to do the same thing.  Both Maggie and Charlie make up a profile for their friends on a matchmaking website.  And that's how Julie and Dominic meet. 

Now here's where the twist comes...their first date is at a basketball game, and they both take a friend.  Dominic takes Maggie, after she invites herself, to watch out that he doesn't mess everything up, and Julie takes Charlie.  Well, the twist is that Julie and Dominic are totally wrong for each other, but it turns out that there might be some sparks between Charlie and Maggie. 

I don't want to tell you anymore, other wise there won't really be a point of you reading the book anymore :).  The only complaint I do have about the book, I felt the ending was just a little rushed.  I hate it when it feels like the author just wanted to throw a last minute ending together so that they can meet their deadline.  Authors: PLEAAASEE TAKE THE TIME TO NOT RUSH YOUR ENDINGS!!!

Okay, so that's it for now.  I hope you all have a great week! I hope I do, a family member that has stayed with us for the past 2 MONTHS is finally leaving on Friday.  I love her very much, but we need our space!
Anyway...have a great weeks and I will write again soon. :)
The Romance Bookie :)

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

The Undomestic Goddess

Sophie Kinsella is such a funny author! The Undomestic Goddess is the third novel I have read by her, and everyone of those three has made laugh numerous times! This one was probably my favorite, just because for me personally the whole shopping thing in Confessions of a Shopaholic got a little annoying for me sometimes.  I mean I loved the overall story (and the movie!! with Hugh Dancy!!)! Anyway Undomestic Goddess was really funny! I kept bursting out in laughter at home, and everyone would look at me funny and be like, "What's so funny?"  Some non readers just don't realize that books can be funny too!!

Anyway the story is about this twenty-nine year old lawyer who has been working her butt off the past seven years.  She works sometimes 24 hours days, because her work just keeps piling it on.  Anyway, she up for Partnership for the company she works for, which is something she has worked for since starting for the company (which is the most prestigious law firm in London). 
When she finds out she got the partnership, that's when her world starts crumbling down.  She finds out that she missed a big contract, which loses the company ten million quids (English money) and is fired.  Since she isn't used to making mistakes, she has a panic attack.  She just takes off and gets on a random train, which takes her to English countryside. 
When she arrives there, she knocks on a door to ask them if she could get a glass of water.  Well, that knock on the door changes her whole life.
I don't want to tell you anymore, but the only thing I will say is that it is a love story and extremely funny along the way.  It has its emotional parts too, so it isn't only fun and games, but it definitely was a great romantic-comedy. 
The only thing I though was that the ending could maybe have been different, but you are just going to have to read it and see for herself. :)

Anyway, I have class once again soon, so I better get going.  I just reread The DUFF again, and only just started a new book yesterday, so it may be a few days until my next entry.  So enjoy, and have a great week!

The Romance Bookie

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Life in the so NOT fat lane!

So it doesn't happen very often, but I officially bought a book that I didn't particularly like.  The book is called Life in the Fat Lane.  It actually, first of all, made me feel very offended at the beginning and throughout the majority of it actually, now that I think about it.  The book is about a girl named Lara, who gets this disease that makes her gain a ton of weight in a very short amount of time.  At first no one knows what is going on, but over time they learn.  Lara started off as this homecoming queen, with the perfect boyfriend, typical cliche of what is considered to be the Hollywood version of a popular girl in high school.  Well, of course, her world comes crashing down when she starts gaining all that weight.  Her friends don't want anything to do with her, all she does is complain about how fat she is getting (it was especially annoying at the beginning when she gained like two pounds and she was only 110 pounds to start with).

I felt offended by this book, because the character, throughout practically the ENTIRE story acts like she is this spoiled brat, who NEEDS to have this perfect life.  Well, she FINALLY realizes, somewhat, at the end, when she realizes she broke up with her boyfriend for nothing, because he actually adored her no matter how big she was, that she was going about life in the wrong way.
To me personally, this just wasn't my type of story...I do admit, it probably is somewhat due to the fact that I am somewhat overweight, and the story revolves around this character who weighs like nothing at 5'7", and complains about gaining a few pounds.  Okay, near the end she has gained a little more than a hundred pounds, but what got to me was the way the character spoke and though about other slightly overweight people.  I found it to be offending somewhat.

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So...I wouldn't say I don't recommend reading it, I just would say read some of the summaries online,and decide for yourself if this book is something you might like.  So I guess I better get going, my last class of the day is starting soon. I'll write again soon...I just started this book that I am enjoying very much (it's super funny), so I'll be writing about that soon. :)
The Romance Bookie