Cee Ess

Top Reviewer Ranking: 537
Helpful votes received on reviews: 89% (25 of 28)


Top Reviewer Ranking: 537 - Total Helpful Votes: 25 of 28
The Girl Who Stopped Swimming by Joshilyn Jackson
The Girl Who Stopped Swimming by Joshilyn Jackson
This book is similar to "A Grown Up Kind of Pretty," I think the plot was borrowed. In both stories, there is a dead body for whom the why and how is to be determined with main characters including a fairly young mom and a teen/pre-teen girl. I enjoy Jackson's ability for creative turn of phrase in all her works, but the technical flaws became this story's downfall, which couldn't be saved by clever words.

The relationship between a past tragedy and the current one was lost part way through; I forgot what the connection was. I was disappointed that the book started with the notion of two ghosts, who weren't carried throughout; either include them all along or not at all… Read more
Skinny Dip by Carl Hiaasen
Skinny Dip by Carl Hiaasen
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Buckle up and hold on for a zany ride of murder and mayhem punctuated by humidity and eco-politics. If you like Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum series, you'll be on board for this tale (until things go overboard that is.) This isn't Tolstoy, but it is a fun pool side or beach read. The two thumbs aren't way up on this one, but they're up.
Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy by Helen Fielding
As far a the writing goes, it was okay. But I gave it four stars because I liked it as a contemporary story (and maybe also was a tiny bit sorry for the bad rap from others.) A pile of reviews said it was ridiculous, and it was, but not much more than "Edge of Reason." Bridget is exasperating and her behaviour borders on moronic, but that's the point. She bumbles through her sordid world with a "I think I can, can't I?" chugging engine attitude, fully aware of her bad habits. Her character has an honesty with itself that is charming (if you can see beyond the childish antics.) I was happy to spend some time in her world (mine doesn't look as bad now!)

Leave any high expectations… Read more