Short story collections are hard: one might think that it's easier to find good short stories than good novels, but I think that the opposite is true. In a novel you get time to build a relationship between the reader and the story, between the reader and your characters. There is time to recover if there's a misstep, or a miscommunication. In a novel, simply because it's a longer medium, you have more space to play around with. Short stories, on the other hand, do not grant the gift of that space.
This was a happy-making book - it was so adorable. It felt like a feel-good Meg Ryan rom-com. I kept on catching myself smiling while I was reading - and I also found myself researching Bollywood films to put on my list of films to watch.
Too much of the time I feel like I have to choose between substance and feeling good when I read adult fiction. This, however, had both. It was laugh-out-loud funny (and cover-your-eyes-while-cringing awkward). It was filled to the brim with dynamic characters who you love, dynamic characters who you hate, and dynamic characters who you love to hate.
I was enthralled by this book. M. L. Rio has created a vividly enchanting world at Dellecher, and has cast her story with fascinatingly deep and rich characters. The theatre students at Dellecher perform Shakespeare, and only Shakespeare, and because of this their speech is peppered with quotes from the bard. He exists like another character in the story.
This book makes you think, and it makes you feel. I have nothing but wonderful things to say about this book.
Natasha's getting deported tonight. Daniel's pretty sure that fate has brought them together. Natasha doesn't believe in anything as flimsy as fate. Daniel's not in love, but he's definitely getting there.
This book was super hit and miss for me. There were parts that I really enjoyed and appreciated, but there were just as many parts that made me uncomfortable. The overall reading experience was mediocre at best.
Andie's a planner. And she's got this summer on lockdown. She's been accepted into a pre-pre-med summer program at Johns Hopkins, which will be a welcome escape from the media attention surrounding her father's political scandal. But then the scandal causes Andie's acceptance to be revoked. Now she's got to figure out what to do with her summer at home - with her father.
This book was hands-down hilarious. Ben is a highly entertaining narrator, who views the world with a wonderfully dry and absurd sense of humour.
Vinegar Girl by Anne Tyler Div 4 and up Received: Library Publication Date: June 21, 2016 Publisher: Knopf Canada 3.5 out of 5 stars The Blurb: In this retelling of Shakespeare's Taming of the Shrew, Kate Battista is a preschool teacher's assistant, who lives at home with her scientist father and high school aged sister, Bunny. …