Cee Ess

Top Reviewer Ranking: 524
Helpful votes received on reviews: 90% (26 of 29)


Top Reviewer Ranking: 524 - Total Helpful Votes: 26 of 29
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
4.0 out of 5 stars Charming. Poignant., Aug. 23 2014
This story is told by Hazel, a sixteen year old with cancer who is profoundly effected and somewhat obsessed, if only to distract from her illness, by her favourite novel, the novelist and the boy who brings them all together. There is a bit of pretense in the teenagers, but I don't think it's out of character. It's hard to tell sometimes if it's regardless of their illnesses or not, but I guess that's the point. There are charming and insightful scenes around the fear of leaving this world as a youth, being taken away by disease. Read and enjoy it without trying to analyze it too much (like it tries to analyze itself.)
The Stuff That Never Happened by Maddie Dawson
I actually give it three and a half stars, but it's not quite four stars for me. The copy I had didn't include the discussion questions, but they're on her website (where I also found out that Maddie Dawson is a pseudonym.) The question are good because they bring out the various themes that the book is based on: The beginning of marriage with one set of ideals, and marriage three decades later during the empty nest phase.

The story alternates between the late 1970's and 2005 as told by Annabelle, a children's book illustrator, who grapples with how satisfied she is being married to her stable, but introverted husband, a labour historian. The book, told very much in the first… Read more
Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty
Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Where to start. After reading some reviews on the amazon.com site, I almost didn't buy it (Kindle version) since some comments said it resembled her previous book, "The Husband's Secret," which I wasn't a big fan of. I liked three of her other five books so I went off of that resume and gave it a shot.

It's just over 450 pages packed into 84 short chapters. It's a narrative that reads fast - and I'm a slow reader. The story zooms in on the parents and children of a kindergarten class at a school in a small Australian beach town. A dramatic event is unleashed at the starting block, and the story builds by going back in time and then moving forward, crescendoing in subsequent… Read more