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A Stolen Life: A Memoir by Jaycee Dugard
A Stolen Life: A Memoir by Jaycee Dugard
9 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Heartbreaking story, Aug. 24 2011
This story is absolutely gutwrenching and what happened to Jaycee is such a terrible tragedy. I'm not a parent but I could not imagine the devastation that losing a child like this would bring - this story is so captivating and sad. Jaycee has only a grade 5 education at the time she is stolen, and the way the book was written really reflects that. I understand that she didn't have an education, but the simple words and short thoughts took away from the story sometimes. I don't feel like I ever really got to know the narrator that well because the language is too juvenile and she has a hard time expressing herself through words. I thought the story was incredible, but the writing left me… Read more
The Help by Kathryn Stockett
The Help by Kathryn Stockett
I bought this book on a whim since I had a 2 hour train ride - I was very pleasantly surprised at how well it was written. Stockett does a great job of building the characters, and writing the book from a few different perspectives adds some depth to all the characters. I was fascinated with the story, and it really touched my heart that this relates to events that are probably not that far off from the truth, only 50 years ago. The book made me laugh out loud at several parts, and was also very moving. Stocket also did a good job on focusing on other relationships within the novel, not necessarily just the maid/employer relationships. I couldn't put this book down I had it finished in less… Read more
The Undomestic Goddess by Sophie Kinsella
The Undomestic Goddess by Sophie Kinsella
I have read a lot of Sophie Kinsella books and find them perfect for a light summer read, although I do agree with some fellow reviewers that her books are a little too predictable at times. I found this book, unlike her others, to be annoying and I never connected with the character. The character is supposed to be a lawyer, but none of her thoughts or actions lead me to believe she has even an iota of intelligence. I know she had a nervous breakdown or whatever, but I think Sophie should stick to writing characters that are pretty, endearing, but kind of dim-witted, such as the Shopaholic series and 20-something girl, etc. This is probably the only Kinsella book I will only read once.

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