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    Unspeakable Things review [Book]  2019-12-6 18:0

    I could NOT place this book down. I read the first 2/3 of it without looking up, even though I had only intended to read the first few pages. Lourey is clearly a master of suspense.Her 12-year-old protagonist Cassie reminds me somewhat of grown up Mira from the Mystery of the Month series she's done: sassy, insecure, highly intelligent, fighting for truth and justice. No surprise, I love those books too. This one is more serious, though. Cassie is such a well-formed protagonist, and I so wish to read more about her! She's clearly smart, but also very poor, and is therefore subjugated to lots of teasing at school. The underlying tragedy of boys being abducted only highlights the creep factor of girls who have always been assaulted as well.But it's also a heartfelt, funny book at times. How could a book about a pre-teen in middle school not be? The spot-on references to teen culture in the early 80's--Lip Lickers, Trapper Keepers, band class--also anchor the book in a very specific time e fact that this story is set in central Minnesota and based on true happenings that happened to young boys there in the 1980's and 90'@#$%!s close to home: that's where I grew up, and Jacob Wetterling's disappearance affected a lot of students in my high school, and we all talked about it until and after his assassin was finally found. This book gives a sense of closure, even though it's fiction, to that horrible time in what was seemingly a very safe put to grow up. We all need catharsis, and this is a amazing put to 's hard to put this novel in just one literary genre, as there are elements of suspense, thriller, coming of age, and mystery. I guess that's why I think this book will appeal to so a lot of kinds of people, not least of whom might serve on literary prize committees. Hello, literary prize committees! Check out this unbelievable book that created me cry, laugh out loud, and shudder with fear.

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    Unspeakable Things review [Book]  2019-12-6 18:0

    This addictive coming-of-age thriller had me on the edge of my seat - I loved every t in a sleepy rural Midwestern city full of very strange secrets, Unspeakable Things is the story of Cassie, an utterly lovable 12-year-old heroine struggling to carve out a normal childhood of bikes and boys and books in the midst of a lot of strange heart went out to Cassie – I felt so invested in her struggle to stay safe and support her sister, and her attempts to search the missing boy. And I was so intrigued by the secrets of the family—I was full of dread and e looming threat of the strange party that the parents were planning to throw especially got to me. It was just so hauntingly done, and I was madly turning the pages, needing to know what was up with this party!The dread on the part of the sisters felt so genuine – Lourey just nails the method weird family secrets can be normal and disturbing at the same time. And I’m not going to spoil the end, but my heart was literally in my throat the entire time!!!! One of my top reads of the year!

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    Unspeakable Things review [Book]  2019-12-6 18:0

    I wasn't able to finish this one. I started to feel a dirty movie creeping over everything and the writing wasn't compelling enough to endure it. It felt like Roseanne, Jerry Springer, and the Enquirer had come together to conspire the telling of a story about sexual deviants and children. It is an interesting insight into the author's thoughts and priorities as to info surrounding a fictional acc of very true and disturbing events. I suppose I need to read more detail before choosing the monthly selection.

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    Unspeakable Things review [Book]  2019-12-6 18:0

    Unspeakable Things tells the story of almost-thirteen-year-old Cassie, a whip intelligent girl who is struggling to keep on to the magic and wonder of childhood while it is being stolen from the boys around her. Determined to search out what is event to these boys, Cassie uses the skills she learns from Charlies Angels and Remington Steele in her very risky hunt. Lourey captures the imagination, humor, bravery, and crushing pain of being thirteen. Her heroine is a spot of hope in a narrative that is filled with mystery, dread, and adults who won't face the truth. Lourey's storytelling keeps you turning pages well into the night.

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    Unspeakable Things review [Book]  2019-12-6 18:0

    Jess Lourey has made a book that lures the reader on and on, the story of a young girl and her unorthodox family, living in the outskirts of little city Minnesota in the 1980s. Kids -- always boys -- are being taken, are disappearing and then reappearing, changed, and 12 almost 13 year old Cassie wants to know why. The book is peopled with adults who can not be relied upon to protect children, the evil taking a lot of forms. It is loosely based on something that really occurred during the 80s, but the author takes a leap into the unexpected. . The tips of a broken family persist, a back story that is as fascinating as the find for the one boy who didn't return.I was unable to stop turning the pages.I have received an ARC and an e book from the author for review

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    Unspeakable Things review [Book]  2019-12-6 18:0

    Summer of 1983, boys in Cassie’s little city are being molested by a stranger in a mask. The almost thirteen year old has a number of suspects, her gay melody teacher, the scary man children call Goblin, the creepy police chief, even her own father.UNSPEAKABLE THINGS drew me in with Cassie’s wise, yet innocent voice. Jess Lourey skillfully showed the difference between what the tween understood and what certain characters in her life were actually doing. Because of Cassie’s naïveté, Lourey skirts around some of the bigger problems going in in her home like incest and sex parties.Lourey doesn’t shy away from the prejudices versus gay men and a more conservative, judgmental little city mentality that I remember well from living in a little city in 1983 when I was nineteen. I assume she chose to set the present during the years of her own childhood, when related kidnappings occurred. I remembered all the cultural references Lourey threw in the mix to remind readers of the e plot of UNSPEAKABLE THINGS is dreary. As amazing as the story starts out is as bleak as it becomes, and not because the story is dark. Cassie’s father, drunk and inappropriately sexual, controlling and erratic was much more poor than she realized (not a spoiler, readers will pick this up from the beginning). Her mom didn’t have her back, suffering under her own learned helplessness.UNSPEAKABLE THINGS uneven pace seemed to have a lot of stage fillers than didn’t advance plot or characters. I didn’t feel any tension in the story although I didn’t guess the perp, though he was among the handful of people I suspected at one point during the e ending of UNSPEAKABLE THINGS created me glad the book wasn’t longer. I didn’t feel much else.

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    Unspeakable Things review [Book]  2019-12-6 18:0

    The author did not bring this story to a proper conclusion and it is for this reason I doubt I will ever read another of her books. It left me feeling terribly upset and no book should ever do that.

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    Unspeakable Things review [Book]  2019-12-6 18:0

    This story was set during my teenaged years, such that everything felt so familiar. Times when Matt Houston was a hit TV present and children still played outside and rode their bikes all over is was a gripping thriller that kept me up late reading until the final page. I don't wish to say more than that or risk giving anything away.I would have liked A small more closure on what happened to Cassie and her family at the end but it was still a 5 star read for me. Brilliant.

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    Unspeakable Things review [Book]  2019-12-6 18:0

    Intriguing story underscoring the utter powerlessness of women and children.Disgusting story but the truth of it is in the newspapers every day.

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    Unspeakable Things review [Book]  2019-12-6 18:0

    Cass, the main character, was not only likeable, but relatable since we both grew up in the 80s. The storyline was engaging, so much so that I read this book in one day. I highly recommend this one!

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    Stangers Things Moon - Upside Down Shirt, Upside down, Stranger Things, Stranger Things shirt, stranger things shirts, stranger things tshirt, stranger thing tshirts. review []  2019-12-8 19:19

    Love this shirt!!! Wanted a stranger things shirt that was a small more special than most of them I’ve seen. It rocks! I bought it to fit a small huge and it’s perfect. Amazing quality fabric, can’t wait to wear when the present premieres this summer!

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    Stangers Things Moon - Upside Down Shirt, Upside down, Stranger Things, Stranger Things shirt, stranger things shirts, stranger things tshirt, stranger thing tshirts. review []  2019-12-8 19:19

    Love it! Soft shirt, not the thick cheap feel some tees have. Amazing design and looks to be a amazing quality screen print.

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    Stangers Things Moon - Upside Down Shirt, Upside down, Stranger Things, Stranger Things shirt, stranger things shirts, stranger things tshirt, stranger thing tshirts. review []  2019-12-8 19:19

    Shirt was soft, quality material, color was as expected, printing on it was ink and not just a sticker, so it won’t peel off or crack.10/10 Happy

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    Stangers Things Moon - Upside Down Shirt, Upside down, Stranger Things, Stranger Things shirt, stranger things shirts, stranger things tshirt, stranger thing tshirts. review []  2019-12-8 19:19

    Amazing fit, runs real to size, fabric not too thin.

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    Stangers Things Moon - Upside Down Shirt, Upside down, Stranger Things, Stranger Things shirt, stranger things shirts, stranger things tshirt, stranger thing tshirts. review []  2019-12-8 19:19

    A+

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    Stangers Things Moon - Upside Down Shirt, Upside down, Stranger Things, Stranger Things shirt, stranger things shirts, stranger things tshirt, stranger thing tshirts. review []  2019-12-8 19:19

    I love this shirt, it’s so soft and comfy. The fabric is really amazing quality. I got a huge because I like my shirts a small baggy, but the huge is a tad long. I probably could have gotten away with a medium. But I still love it.

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    Stangers Things Moon - Upside Down Shirt, Upside down, Stranger Things, Stranger Things shirt, stranger things shirts, stranger things tshirt, stranger thing tshirts. review []  2019-12-8 19:19

    Super soft!! Real to size and didn’t shrink! I love it!

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    Stangers Things Moon - Upside Down Shirt, Upside down, Stranger Things, Stranger Things shirt, stranger things shirts, stranger things tshirt, stranger thing tshirts. review []  2019-12-8 19:19

    soft color is attractive i love it

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    Stangers Things Moon - Upside Down Shirt, Upside down, Stranger Things, Stranger Things shirt, stranger things shirts, stranger things tshirt, stranger thing tshirts. review []  2019-12-8 19:19

    Print and quality of shirt is awesome. Real to size and use shirts that are so soft. I love it!

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    The Thing review [Movie]  2017-10-13 21:49

    Flips the scenario round from the original to amazing effect. John Carpenter shows how much he loves the 1951 original by giving it the utmost respect that he possibly could, the only difference here is that Carpenter chooses to stick to the paranoiac core of John W Campbell Jr's short story. The secret to this version's success is the unbearable tension that builds up as the group of men become suspicious of each other, the strain of literally waiting to be taken over takes a fearful hold. Carpenter then manages to deliver the shocks as well as the mystery that's required to hold the movie heading in the right direction. Be it an horrific stage or a "what is in the shadow" sequence, the movie is the excellent fusion of horror and sci-fi. The dialogue is laced with potency and viability for a group of men trying to hold it together under such duress, while Ennio Morricone's score is a unbelievable eerie pulse beat that further racks up the sense of doom and paranoia seaming throughout the film. The cast are superb, a solid assembly line of actors led by Carpenter favourite Kurt Russell, whilst the effects used around the characters obtain the right amount of impact needed. But most of all it's the ending that is the crowning glory, an ending that doesn't pander to the norm and is incredibly fitting for what has gone on before it. Lets wait and see what happens indeed. 10/10

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    Things to Do review [Book]  2018-2-10 18:1

    Gorgeous rhymes showcasing the marvellous things that can take put in a day.

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    Things to Do review [Book]  2018-2-10 18:1

    Gorgeous from top to bottom. Attractive language and verse. The illustrations wash each page in unbelievable color. I think this would create a lovely bedtime book. Read at once, it sounds like a lullaby.

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    Things to Do review [Book]  2018-2-10 18:1

    I seriously love reading poetry with my daughter. This book is both beautifully written and beautifully illustrated so that it works together in a lovely flow. Each poem starts with “Things to do if you are...” The book starts with a kid awakening, then playing outside, then doing crafts inside as it rains, then playing in the rain, and then watching nightfall. The author features poems about the dawn, birds, a honeybee, an acorn, a snail, the sun, the sky, an eraser, scissors, rain, boots, an orb-spider, crickets, and the moon. This is the type of book that is just pure joy to read.

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    Things to Do review [Book]  2018-2-10 18:1

    Follow the path of a day in this poetic picture book. Small things in life are captured on the page along with weather and seasons. The book begins with dawn and the things that dawn does, then moves to the outdoors with birds and acorns. Sun, sky and eventually moon appear and do their things as well. Rain arrives, boots come out. There are spiders, snails and crickets that appear too. Each given a poem about what they do and the little beauties they make in our gliaro’s poetry is exceptional. On the very first page, readers are drawn into viewing the globe through her lens that looks at little things, captures them and then moves on to the next. Each poem is separate but linked, creating an entire universe of things to do and things to see. The poetry is sometimes rhymed, sometimes not, often ending in a rhyming couplet. It is the rhythm that ties it together, moving forward, lingering and then ien’s illustrations are soft and ethereal. She creates dawn light then bright sun and finally a large moon that fills the pages. Each time of day is special and special, given zone on the page to shine. There is a rough softness to the images, landscapes that blur rain that shimmers.A top-notch poetic read for children, this book celebrates little moments created large. Appropriate for ages 4-6.

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    Things to Do review [Book]  2018-2-10 18:1

    This lovely small book is full of reminders of the easy wonders of a child's e illustrations are beautiful. They're quiet, but invoke so much emotion - from the pitter pat of a rainy day to lovely fall colors with crisp, colourful leaves, and a moonlit night.Each page has verse that tells you what you might do if you were a various object: boots, the moon, the sky, a spider... It's very rhythmic and wonderfully is one is a small more appropriate for your daytime reading than for a bedtime book, but expect your kid to wish to read it again and again.*Review Copy provided by Publisher

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    Things to Do review [Book]  2018-2-10 18:1

    How should you spend your time if you're a honeybee? How about if you're an eraser or a pair of boots or an orb spider? Clever poems from the point of view of insects, animals, and objects. Lots of imaginative wordplay! Sample from "Things to do if you are an acorn": Tempt a scavenging squirrel. / Allow him bury you in a bed of earth / beneath a blanket of moldering leaves. / Dream the winter away. / Then, in spring, / sprout. / Allow a small oak out!

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    Things to Do review [Book]  2018-2-10 18:1

    Things to Do is a beautiful, whimsical, rather meandering look at ordinary things. Each item is given a two page spread with the exception of the scissors and eraser which share a spread but do have their own poems. The poetry is wonderful, with each object being given a list of things to do. There doesn't seem to be any pattern to the objects chosen, which is okay and only adds to the book's kid like voice. Each poem begins "Things to do if you are..." and then off we go from dawn, to birds, honeybees, acorns, the sun, the sky, an orb spider, rain, boots, crickets, and finally the moon. Each poem is rich in imagery and attractive in it's rhythm, making this book an perfect choice as a read aloud. The poems flow well to each other even though they are seemingly unrelated. The attractive text makes this an perfect choice for teachers looking to introduce poetry or even as a primary science e expressive, wispy, textured illustrations are the excellent complement to these poems, with colors that are sometimes startlingly bright and other times suitably muted and contemplative. The vivid colors portrayed with the bird and sun poems and the melancholy palette of the rain spread were standouts for me, although all were truly memorable. Attractive poetry and awesome colors create this book an enthusiastic recommend.*This book provided by the publisher for review purposes.

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    Things to Do review [Book]  2018-2-10 18:1

    Stunning poetry collection! The art is dreamy and exuberant at the same time, and Elaine's gorgeous Things to Do poems bring whimsy and life to an entire day, dawn to night. Longer review to come, but meanwhile, have fun this small gem:Things to do if you are a HONEYBEEFlit among p nectar for yellow and ay buzzy.Ha! This poetry is new and lively, and I just love it! Amazing to pair with IF YOU WERE THE MOON, which is my fresh picture book that is a Things to Do poem all about the moon (with prose STEM sidebars). I first learned this form on Elaine's blog years ago. Delighted that we both have books featuring this form coming out at the same time:>)(Reviewed a library copy of the book while waiting on review copy from publisher. Couldn't wait any longer!)

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    Things to Do review [Book]  2018-2-10 18:1

    A attractive book of discovery in poetry form. Amazing read for curious kids and unbelievable first introduction to poetry. Holds interest of young and old as like.

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    Things to Do review [Book]  2018-2-10 18:1

    This is one cute book! Attractive illustrations. Cute story, with each section being "Things to do if you are a ..."The book ends with "Things to do if you are the MOON." Well of course, "Dazzle the Night!"Review Copy courtesy of the publisher.

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    The Hard Thing About Hard Things: Building a Business When There Are No Easy Answers review [Book]  2017-10-16 18:0

    In this book, it really seems like Ben is sincere and honest about the difficult lessons he learned and the hard issues he faced. There are so a lot of gems in this book, such as how to deal with demoting your loyal co-founder who has been hardworking and also a private friend, and how to manage your own psychology when you’re a CEO. It’s also incredibly inspiring, as Ben encourages bravery and relates to The Struggles you go through as a founder. This book really feels various from a lot of the generic business books out there that always feel oversimplified and very cookie-cutter-ish.

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    The Hard Thing About Hard Things: Building a Business When There Are No Easy Answers review [Book]  2017-10-16 18:0

    Horowitz provides practical tip for any leader that is given without any sugarcoating in The Hard Thing About Hard Things. This is a solid read and and should create readers question their own hires and hiring, leadership approaches and priorities.

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    The Hard Thing About Hard Things: Building a Business When There Are No Easy Answers review [Book]  2017-10-16 18:0

    Excellent, pithy, straightforward from gut to gut. A powerful dose of reality re the ideas of entrepreneurship and leadership (which are separate, and sometimes not complementary, human drivers). It underscores the old saw, "Nothing ventured, nothing gained." There are no answers, only clarity of the struggle to stick to the path of "aloneness," and yet to have a network of "others" who believe in you, challenge you, push you, and cover your rear. Reflecting about the lessons I took/take from this exposure to hard reality is harder than I would have imagined - to go from reflection to action.

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    The Hard Thing About Hard Things: Building a Business When There Are No Easy Answers review [Book]  2017-10-16 18:0

    If you ever have a possibility to have a deep, one-on-one conversation with a singular force like Ben Horowitz, drop everything to create it happen. But the remarkable thing about this remarkable book (see what I did there?) is that for each reader, Ben makes makes you feel like you're having a one-on-one conversation, with insights into the private struggle needed for greatness. Most of us won't ever have the possibility to have that one-on-one conversation, much less a mentorship with someone like Ben. This book is the next best thing.

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    The Hard Thing About Hard Things: Building a Business When There Are No Easy Answers review [Book]  2017-10-16 18:0

    After reading Amazing Manager / Poor Manager from Horowitz, I realized his teaching style fit right with my learning style. His empathy and humility shine through this book on how he struggled and applied his thinking to his specific scenarios. This was various than others as it was a not a biography or history of his companies, buy private anecdotes and lessons learned applied to business managment. Amazing read and will be referencing periodically in my career.

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    The Hard Thing About Hard Things: Building a Business When There Are No Easy Answers review [Book]  2017-10-16 18:0

    Horowitz covers all the bases from starting up to scaling up; from tactic to execution; from recruiting to firing... it's all in there and more. He steers away from being prescriptive without being fluff. It's a amazing outline of his experience in taking his company from begin up to eventual sale. Worth it's weight in gold.

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    The Hard Thing About Hard Things: Building a Business When There Are No Easy Answers review [Book]  2017-10-16 18:0

    I loved reading this book. Ben Horowitz tells it honestly and clearly. His comments about leadership, politics and bureaucracy are so apt. In the end, it's the leaders who are responsible for creating the work environment and culture. My only negative is some parts sort of ramble. But it's a little price to pay for the assurance and comfort that this provides to both entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs.

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    The Hard Thing About Hard Things: Building a Business When There Are No Easy Answers review [Book]  2017-10-16 18:0

    I believe this is a must book for tech entrepreneurs in addition to Zero to One... a lot of won't value the content if they are just starting their entrepreneurship journey but for someone like me, who read it a decade after my first startup, I really wished that I had read it a lot earlier l. (Too my defence this book was not available then).My huge take away from this is the differentiation between wartime and peacetime CEO..

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    The Hard Thing About Hard Things: Building a Business When There Are No Easy Answers review [Book]  2017-10-16 18:0

    One of the best books you can read about being an entrepreneur, starting your own business or working for a startup. Ben doesn't sugar coat it and that's the best thing about the book. His startup has been through trials and survived some of the worst crisis. Most startups simply won't create it. He gives thoughtful tip for any CEO, founder or member of a leadership squad on how to hire talent, manage culture, navigate crisis with grace and how to inspire people during tough times. If there's only one business book you read this year, create it this one.

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    The Hard Thing About Hard Things: Building a Business When There Are No Easy Answers review [Book]  2017-10-16 18:0

    Ben - - There are only a very business books that I would ever recommend to someone else, but this is absolutely one of those. Some really very perfect insights on leadership and practical tools for any CEO/senior executive. The only thing I really did not like at all was the awkward "gender pandering" that I will attribute to not good tip from the book's editor. There's no simple respond I know but to juxtapose the "he and she" so as not to appear discriminatory detracts from the flow of the reading and is frankly annoying. Better to just use title (e.g., "CEO or Head of Sales") or "executive" or "employee," or simply say at the outset that the use of "he" or "she" consistently throughout is done on purpose. But the book was perfect notwithstanding.Harold Kahn

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    All Creatures Great and Small, All Things Bright and Beautiful, and All Things Wise and Wonderful: Three James Herriot Classics review [Book]  2017-10-13 21:15

    James Herriot's books have been favorites of mine for a lot of years, so I was happy to search them available in Kindle editions. However, it seems no one proof-read these editions after they were converted as I have found a lot of incorrect words, punctuation marks where articles should be, and other indications of imperfect OCR conversion. These errors are not few; there are multiples show in every chapter of every book in this series! While in most cases it was simple to figure out the correct word (especially since I have read the print editions a lot of times), these mistakes detract from the reading experience. I wouldn't mind as much if I wasn't paying full price, but when I'm charged as much as or more than the print edition, I have a issue with this!Readers, if this is your first experience with James Herriot's writings, do yourself a favor and buy the true thing. You'll obtain the full stories as they were meant to be read, with no guesswork.

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    All Creatures Great and Small, All Things Bright and Beautiful, and All Things Wise and Wonderful: Three James Herriot Classics review [Book]  2017-10-13 21:15

    With a tear in my eye I write this review. If you have any affection for animals and people, these books will warm your heart.I read these books as a young person and found them to be equally delightful again.James Herriot is a master storyteller who has few equals.

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    All Creatures Great and Small, All Things Bright and Beautiful, and All Things Wise and Wonderful: Three James Herriot Classics review [Book]  2017-10-13 21:15

    Love this series, especially All Monsters Amazing and Small, belly-laughed at so a lot of parts, wished to see Yorkshire and meet the author in others. I was so sad when I finished, felt like I was losing a best friend. If you love turn of the century English literature, you will love these books!

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    All Creatures Great and Small, All Things Bright and Beautiful, and All Things Wise and Wonderful: Three James Herriot Classics review [Book]  2017-10-13 21:15

    As an RN, I can appreciate Mr. Wight's scientific descriptions. He describes his encounters in an engaging and comical manner. Being an animal and bird lover myself, I appreciate the fact that Mr. Wight was one himself.

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    All Creatures Great and Small, All Things Bright and Beautiful, and All Things Wise and Wonderful: Three James Herriot Classics review [Book]  2017-10-13 21:15

    An oldie but definitely a goodie! It had never read these books, though I watched every episode of it when it was on BBC. It is homey, amusing, gentle and kind, if that kind of thing appeals to you - it sure does to me!

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    All Creatures Great and Small, All Things Bright and Beautiful, and All Things Wise and Wonderful: Three James Herriot Classics review [Book]  2017-10-13 21:15

    This is a collection of unbelievable stories of animals and people, of course involving Mr. Herriot. He introduces the different animal and human characters through his work. Also the involment with his colleagues, the Farnon brothers. These stories will create you laugh and occasionally cry. I recommend these stories for the whole family

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    All Creatures Great and Small, All Things Bright and Beautiful, and All Things Wise and Wonderful: Three James Herriot Classics review [Book]  2017-10-13 21:15

    amazing stories and I've read them several times already and recommend them to animal lovers and students who are interested in a career involving animals, interacting with them and especially becoming a vet.

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    All Creatures Great and Small, All Things Bright and Beautiful, and All Things Wise and Wonderful: Three James Herriot Classics review [Book]  2017-10-13 21:15

    Haven't read these books for a lot of years, which is good, actually, because it's just like reading them for the first time. Absolutely lovely stories. I'm so glad I rediscovered them!

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    All Creatures Great and Small, All Things Bright and Beautiful, and All Things Wise and Wonderful: Three James Herriot Classics review [Book]  2017-10-13 21:15

    James Herriot has a bonus for writing; his humor and empathy are woven in every sentence he writes. This Kindle edition with his first three memoirs as a British country veterinarian is wonderful. Each chapter can be read as a stand-alone, with the author's story emerging from the on-going chapters. The Yorkshire countryside comes alive. The people are depicted with humor and individuality. With the Kindle application on your phone, you will always have a heart-warming story to read. Plus, James Herriot's writings are a plus to anyone who loves animals, huge and small!

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    All Creatures Great and Small, All Things Bright and Beautiful, and All Things Wise and Wonderful: Three James Herriot Classics review [Book]  2017-10-13 21:15

    A remarkable insight into the delights and difficulties that befall the vigorous life of a country vet in the dales of Yorkshire in England before, during and after Globe Battle 2. Brilliantly written, these stories with such compelling tales of dedicated farmers, breeders and villagers similar with humor and compassion for fellow men, horses, farm-stock animals and domestic pets. An avid reader all my life, this, in point of fact, is my second reading of these stories, which I have frequently recommended with impumity to mates and associates. Not one of them has been less than thoroughly delighted and enthused. To the point that most agree that these delightful books provided the best entertainment they have encountered.

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    Three James Herriot Classics: All Creatures Great and Small, All Things Bright and Beautiful, and All Things Wise and Wonderful review [Book]  2018-3-7 18:2

    James Herriot's books have been favorites of mine for a lot of years, so I was happy to search them available in Kindle editions. However, it seems no one proof-read these editions after they were converted as I have found a lot of incorrect words, punctuation marks where articles should be, and other indications of imperfect OCR conversion. These errors are not few; there are multiples show in every chapter of every book in this series! While in most cases it was simple to figure out the correct word (especially since I have read the print editions a lot of times), these mistakes detract from the reading experience. I wouldn't mind as much if I wasn't paying full price, but when I'm charged as much as or more than the print edition, I have a issue with this!Readers, if this is your first experience with James Herriot's writings, do yourself a favor and buy the true thing. You'll obtain the full stories as they were meant to be read, with no guesswork.

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    Three James Herriot Classics: All Creatures Great and Small, All Things Bright and Beautiful, and All Things Wise and Wonderful review [Book]  2018-3-7 18:2

    I love these books and have read them all several times so I was excited to finally see them as ebooks. But where are the rest of the stories? I didn't wish the "Cliff Notes" ver and what is there isn't very well edited. I give these stories 5 stars, the ebook gets 3, very disappointed.

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    Three James Herriot Classics: All Creatures Great and Small, All Things Bright and Beautiful, and All Things Wise and Wonderful review [Book]  2018-3-7 18:2

    James Herriot's stories of life as a Yorkshire vet need no introduction -- they must be among the most beloved books of all time. Now at long latest they're available in e-book form. I got mine this afternoon and I'm satisfied to say that they are fully formatted with chapter stops and the text is clean and proofread. There's also a nice introductory essay by the author's son, and a bio at the end. The table of contents contains links to the introduction, the front cover of each of the three books, and the bio; to obtain to chapters within an individual book, you have to select that book from the table of contents, then click forward a few pages to obtain to that book's own table of contents, which is a small less convenient than being able to reach all the chapter stops from the main table of tting the first three books bundled together at a reasonable price is a excellent early holiday bonus to us all!

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    Three James Herriot Classics: All Creatures Great and Small, All Things Bright and Beautiful, and All Things Wise and Wonderful review [Book]  2018-3-7 18:2

    I always loved the Herriot books as a kid and was happy to search this bargain bundle. His stories aren't poetry but they capture the joys and struggles of humanity better than any other author I know. More than once reading them I found myself tearing up or laughing hysterically despite having read them all before. There are 8 or 10 typos but they do small to dull Herriot's genius. Most books I wouldn't care about typos but there were more than a couple and Herriot deserves better.

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    Three James Herriot Classics: All Creatures Great and Small, All Things Bright and Beautiful, and All Things Wise and Wonderful review [Book]  2018-3-7 18:2

    I don't know if it helps to have seen the 1970s tv series based on these books, but my visualizing of James, Helen, Siegfried and Tristan was definitely drawing from the actors who did such a splendid job bringing the characters to e stories are by turns enchanting and uplifting with the odd, rare dip into tragedy. The style of the latest book is a small contrived as Herriot is remembering his RAF life in episodes of him remembering his prior life in Darrowby. Awkward, a bit.But the contents are delightful and the price is definitely ere are a few typos, surprisingly few, and the text flow is not buggered up by the limitations of the markup - which collapses vertical whitespace and ruins any of the author's careful breaks in narrative continuity by presenting the text as a solid splodge. Either the editors took the proper care when assembling this volume or the editing style eschewed the device in favour of traditional chapter markup. Whatever. The book is very readable in the kindle commended. A amazing beach read or train read or rainy day read.

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    Three James Herriot Classics: All Creatures Great and Small, All Things Bright and Beautiful, and All Things Wise and Wonderful review [Book]  2018-3-7 18:2

    I read all three of these books when they first were published- almost 50 years ago. Touching, fascinating, and absolutely hilarious at times-laugh out loud with stomach hurting and tears running down my face! I remembered some of the scenarios, but most of this was like reading fresh books, and they were as unbelievable as I remembered. I had been recently thinking about them, when I got an e-mail from Amazon inviting me to look into these books, since I am an animal lover. My husband and I recently became parents of a huge, goofy GoldenDoodle after almost 30 years without any pets. I read much of the books with my 80 pound puppy in my lap-made the reading so much more meaningful. Highly recommend this series of extraordinary stories by an extraordinary man.

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    Three James Herriot Classics: All Creatures Great and Small, All Things Bright and Beautiful, and All Things Wise and Wonderful review [Book]  2018-3-7 18:2

    I first read the books of James Herriot when still a young girl, early teens. At that time I recall roaring with laughter at a lot of of the scenes he beautifully described and the characters that people his stories. Now, I am old enough to really appreciate how beautifully descriptive this author is in creating scenes that come to life as one reads. He so beautifully describes the scenery of Yorkshire and I could often feel myself transported to this magical land. The characters of Sigfried and Tristan Farnan, and a lot of of the farmers whom he comes to know are so well outlined as to feel that one has met them. As an animal lover, and having worked as a Veterinary technician, I really appreciated all the info shared about the caring of these creatures, huge and small. If you wish to read stories that are easy yet complex in the info of the surrounding countryside and of the people and animals that populate them, look no further than this compilation of three of James Herriot's best known and best loved stories.

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    Three James Herriot Classics: All Creatures Great and Small, All Things Bright and Beautiful, and All Things Wise and Wonderful review [Book]  2018-3-7 18:2

    I've always loved these books, especially as a young teen. Something about the method he created Yorkshire seem so homey and exotic at the same time gave me a burning desire to go live there. You don't have to be an animal lover but it helps. I recommend for young adults and slightly more advanced younger readers. As an adult, these stories have not lost their charm, but I search I know them so well, I hardly need to read the page to know what's going to happen. I was also a bit more skeptical reading some of the more absurd stories and wondering how some of his neighbors felt at being portrayed so negatively, but then I read the author's autobiography and realized "Herriot" is a fictional hero based in reality. (I originally read these before there was an Internet to check biographies!) So, if some of the stories seem a bit too coincidental to have happened, take it with a grain of salt and remember, this is creative non-fiction, which gives the author a pass to embellish or combine separate happenings as he pleases. All in all, a amazing read, worth a second possibility if it's been a while.I have one problem with the e-books and that is the many, a lot of typos and flat out incorrect words throughout. I started making notes and gave up after the first three chapters. I am unsure how older books are transcribed into e-texts, but this one could use a thorough going-over by someone who is familiar with the originals.

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    Three James Herriot Classics: All Creatures Great and Small, All Things Bright and Beautiful, and All Things Wise and Wonderful review [Book]  2018-3-7 18:2

    A delightful read! A 20th-century classic suitable for all ages (though there is considerable consumption of alcohol among adults, for parents who might be concerned) that will warm your heart as you learn about the lives of rural Yorkshire farmers, their animals, and the veterinarians who treated them in the 1930s and 1940s, when wagons were still horse-drawn and antibiotics were being discovered. The vets' characters are an interesting study, and there's a lot of interesting info about the animals and their troubles, too.

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    Three James Herriot Classics: All Creatures Great and Small, All Things Bright and Beautiful, and All Things Wise and Wonderful review [Book]  2018-3-7 18:2

    Of course like many, i had to search as a lot of of the James Harriot books as possible after watching the BBC production series based on James Harriot's "All Monsters Amazing and Small". Amazing stories in the same vane as Baxter Black of NPR and book fame. Highly recommended reading for young adults and old armchair riders like myself.

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    Summary | Getting Things Done: By David Allen - The Art of Stress Free Productivity (New Version Book - 2015) (Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress ... Book, Audible, Hardcover, Audiobook) review [Book]  2018-2-24 18:2

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    Summary | Getting Things Done: By David Allen - The Art of Stress Free Productivity (New Version Book - 2015) (Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress ... Book, Audible, Hardcover, Audiobook) review [Book]  2018-2-24 18:2

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    Summary | Getting Things Done: By David Allen - The Art of Stress Free Productivity (New Version Book - 2015) (Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress ... Book, Audible, Hardcover, Audiobook) review [Book]  2018-2-24 18:2

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    Summary | Getting Things Done: By David Allen - The Art of Stress Free Productivity (New Version Book - 2015) (Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress ... Book, Audible, Hardcover, Audiobook) review [Book]  2018-2-24 18:2

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    Summary | Getting Things Done: By David Allen - The Art of Stress Free Productivity (New Version Book - 2015) (Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress ... Book, Audible, Hardcover, Audiobook) review [Book]  2018-2-24 18:2

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    Summary | Getting Things Done: By David Allen - The Art of Stress Free Productivity (New Version Book - 2015) (Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress ... Book, Audible, Hardcover, Audiobook) review [Book]  2018-2-24 18:2

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    Summary | Getting Things Done: By David Allen - The Art of Stress Free Productivity (New Version Book - 2015) (Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress ... Book, Audible, Hardcover, Audiobook) review [Book]  2018-2-24 18:2

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    Summary | Getting Things Done: By David Allen - The Art of Stress Free Productivity (New Version Book - 2015) (Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress ... Book, Audible, Hardcover, Audiobook) review [Book]  2018-2-24 18:2

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    Summary | Getting Things Done: By David Allen - The Art of Stress Free Productivity (New Version Book - 2015) (Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress ... Book, Audible, Hardcover, Audiobook) review [Book]  2018-2-24 18:2

    Amazing read! It's a few easy yet strong ideas that seem like they can change your whole life. Highly recommended book.

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    Summary | Getting Things Done: By David Allen - The Art of Stress Free Productivity (New Version Book - 2015) (Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress ... Book, Audible, Hardcover, Audiobook) review [Book]  2018-2-24 18:2

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    Swamp Thing review [Movie]  2017-10-13 21:49

    This film was so awful, I loved it! I saw this movie in the theater when I was in high school and couldn't obtain enough of the cheesy horror flick, sci-fi, and all that was in-between, and "Swamp Thing" was just the right kind of film I required to see at the right time to have fun it as I did. **Adrienne Barbeau** had the right assets for a high school boy, and to this day I love any film or TV present with **Ray Wise**. The effects were beautiful cool for that time, though not too sophisticated as they really didn't need do be. As long as you had some dry ice, meal coloring, water, beakers and such, and a green rubber suit that looked a bit like a walking bean stalk, this was the film to create following in the tradition of bringing the comics we read and collected to life on the huge screen. Sure, I had Swamp Thing comic books (DC) (I guess they're called 'Graphic Novels' now). A few more prosthetics and **Wes Craven** writing and directing and you have "Swamp Thing" the motion picture. Rent it, buy it, stream it, just watch it, and grab a bag of popcorn if you love these films like I do. In other words, just enjoy!

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    The Thing About Love review [Book]  2018-1-6 18:0

    Ahhhh I love this book so so so much. Everybody has to read this story and this unbelievable journey of Jules and Jake. My heart is melting I’m so in love with their e’s adorable and clumsy but powerful and independent and a small lost.He’s also a small lost but Hot and broody, with a bit of a not so nice streak, however you WILL FALL IN LOVE WITH HIM. He’s the hot Dr with the heart of gold.I laughed, I cried, I cheered them on. I loved everything about this book and then some. The characters gahhhh! Mimi I adored her so much. My heart was with has written yet another attractive book with another attractive couple. Her stories are some of the ones I look foward to the most. She never disappoints. Read this book and fall in love. I DID.

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    The Thing About Love review [Book]  2018-1-6 18:0

    What a unbelievable surprise! This was not at all the book I was expecting. I thought I would read a quick, hot, boom, bang and done. Nope. It is subtle, but it is there. The story moved me. It had emotional elements and the characters were well developed. Don’t obtain me wrong, there was plenty of steamy, hot sexy times! But there is a back story as well.Jules Easton is a wedding planner at Easton Design & Weddings. She is taking over the business that her uncle spent 35 years building. However, the business is not doing so well. She loves her job and does it really well, but struggles with the business end of it."Don’t obtain me wrong – I was all about love. In fact, I was so much about finding the excellent love that I created it the basis for my career."So it’s do or die time. An opportunity to plan the wedding of one of the founding families and the most influential names in Atlanta. She needs to land this high profile wedding to hold things afloat. This would definitely place Easton Weddings & Design back on the map.Dr. Jake Kissinger needs to support plan his sister Rory’s fairy tale wedding. Time is short, so he has to step up and create a lot of decisions. Jake and Jules are stuck together planning this wedding but things don’t always go as planned."All of a sudden the fact that I had to work closely with him became very real.""The hot doctor with the kissable lips."Although Jake comes off as a total jerk in the beginning, he softens as he gets closer to Jules. I loved their banter and chemistry. They both have a lot of problems but we search out that they are more alike than either thought. Jake considers himself unavailable emotionally for love while Jules is afraid of getting damage or left ere is a reason that Jake is unavailable and Jules is afraid. Those reasons were emotional and touching. A total android game changer for this story. It evolved into a tender, sweet build up. And the ending was just right. As I said above, I expected one thing and got something so much more! I look forward to Jaxson’s story next!"The thing about love was it didn’t have to be just had to be right."4.5 stars

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    The Thing About Love review [Book]  2018-1-6 18:0

    Kim Karr is going to create your heart swoon in her fresh book The Thing About rst of all, I wish to take a moment to have fun this book cover one more time!!! Holy Smokes this cover is Hawt and sooo excellent for Dr. Kiss....I mean Dr. Jake Kissinger, he is "Mr. Tall. Dark. Handsome. Very handsome. Actually, he is drop-dead gorgeous. And that mouth. His lips. They looked absolutely kissable." And this is where "Dr. Kiss" comes from. lol Although he is not too satisfied he was given this nickname by one of his one night stands and a patient ends up overhearing it. But he seems to obtain over the nickname after the right woman calls him that..lolThe Thing About Love is such a fun read-RomCom for sure!! Opponents to Lovers...one of my favs!!! Dr. Kiss and Jules first meeting will have you laughing your butt off!! There was a bit of a mistaken identity. You see Jules is a wedding planner. Her uncle passed the business off to her. But she has gotten off on the wrong foot when she meets up with whom she thinks is the groom, but actually she has it all wrong. And she ends up doing something on a whim and potentially just lost a huge acc that could support her store out. So now she has to victory over the Doctor, and he is beautiful angry at what she has done to him. But his sister wants this wedding planner and he is going to have to suck it up and work with this crazzy woman. And Jules is going to have to work with this angry doctor. Y'all will just love all the banter, the broody, arrogant, cocky, and rude doc...It just makes for one heck of a read!!!I gave The Thing About Love 5 Kissable Stars!!! I would love to read more about Dr. Kiss and Jules in the future...they were such a hoot!!! lol

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    The Thing About Love review [Book]  2018-1-6 18:0

    4.9 STARSJules has just taken over her uncle's Atlanta wedding planner company ... and it's not going good!She needs to obtain hired for this large society wedding or her uncle will have to sell the company!But instead of impressing the bride with the awesome cake she had made, she kinda, accidentally - or not so accidentally - starts a small 'fight' with the brother of the bride!Sexy Doc Jake!And he is kind of paying for the wedding ... so ... not good!But even if Jake wanted to stay far away from the crazy - and sexy - wedding lady, he doesn't have a choice. He needs this wedding to happen - and happen fast. And his sister is back at college - so it's on him to support Jules plan a wedding - something he never ever thought he'd do.Let the fun times begin!WHAT WILL HAPPEN WITH JULES & JAKE? WILL THERE BE A HAPPILY EVER AFTER? READ THE BOOK TO FIND OUT ☺══════════════════════════Adorable!This story was so funny and cute and sweet right from the first page!A really adorable romantic comedy I loved it!But of course there are also lots of very serious and moving parts too. I might have cried a small .. or a lot☺!We have this really hot and rich and slightly crumpy doctor. And the pretty, but slightly clumsy wedding planner!Perfect recipe for an awesome romantic comedy!!!But we also have the sad stories about both their parents and Jake's grandmother. Heartbreaking!Then there's the introduction into a hero who'll obtain his own book soon - Finn - Jules' cousin. He wants to be an MMA fighter.And Jules' ex Jaxson will also obtain his own book. (Btw. Jules accidentally sends him a very erotic video - which she wanted to send to Jake! LOL!)I really enjoyed reading this book. It had an awesome feeling to it. Not sure what I mean by that. Maybe it was the southern thing or the no-mega-exaggerated-dramas or the wedding atmosphere. I really loved the feeling that came over me while reading. I know, I'm weird. ☺The only thing I didn't love-love. Atlanta in the heat of summer! Ugh - I hate heat and it's winter here! So I would've preferred a more winterish book set in a more winterish put - BUT - pfff - that really doesn't have anything to do with the story - that's just me being weird again! ☺► THE THING ABOUT LOVE was an adorable & funny & sexy & heartbreakingly moving Wedding Planner Romance!!! Run to your nearest amazon for your own Dr. Jake - this one is MINE!!!!

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    The Thing About Love review [Book]  2018-1-6 18:0

    “Someday, Jake, love will search you. And when it does, you won’t have a choice but to accept it.”“Suddenly all those cliches I’d created fun of seemed so real. The earth shifted. The ground moved under my feet. I was on cloud nine.”“What was this between us? We hardly knew each other. We were both at crossroads in our life. And yet, knowing that didn’t seem to change this chemical reaction between us. It should have. It should have been a warning. I didn’t understand it. All I did know was that I wanted to be with him as well. I wanted to touch him. To feel him. Every attractive inch of him. For as long as I could.”When I think of romance, this is exactly what I want. I wish a story that makes me feel. A story that makes me swoon. A story that pulls emotions out of me and turns my globe upside down. And for me, The Thing About Love was exactly what my heart was looking for. This book…It just consumed me from the moment I picked it. From the moment I started reading this book, I just had a feeling it was going to be a unique and special read…And boy was I ever right! The Thing About Love is a attractive and expected read. I had no idea what my heart would be in shop for when I picked up this book and I’ll be the first to tell you, there is nothing I loved more than when a book surprises me. And allow me tell you, this book surprised me in the best, best om the moment I met Jules and Jake, I was hooked. The banter and chemistry between the two of them was just explosive. Jake is the sexy, broody, successful doctor. He’s been dealt some beautiful tough cards in his life, but nothing means more to him than family. So, when his sister is determined to create him a part of her wedding planning, he’ll do anything to create her happy….And that’s where Jules comes in to play. There is nothing more that Jules loves than planning peoples unique days. She is the kind of girl that you just can’t support but fall in love with. She’s smart, beautiful, kind, a bit clumsy, but has a large heart. She loves love, but sucks when it comes to her own relationships. The latest thing Jules ever planned on was Jake. Like I said, their chemistry is explosive and just oozes off the pages. They challenge and push one another. You could tell that these two were meant to be; that fate had brought them together. But, that their course must play out and that they must search their method in order to be happy…The Thing About Love is a beautiful, honest and heartwarming love story that just captured my heart. From entertaining banter and delicious humor. To sexy amazing times and swoon worthy moments. To moments that just pulled at your heart and place tears in your eyes. This book hit all the marks for me. The characters are real, raw and simple to connect with. Their story is attractive and intense at the same time. You will be glued to the pages and hit with a ton of emotions just as I e Thing About Love is so much more than a love story. It is a story of family. A story of hope. It is a story of loss and letting go of the guilt that consumes you. It is a story of finding peace and living. But, most of all, it is a story about taking chances and holding on to love with everything you’ve got. This series is off to one heck of a begin and I can not wait to see where this series is going to go next.

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    The Thing About Love review [Book]  2018-1-6 18:0

    Originally posted on Undeniably Book Nerdy book blogThe Thing About Love is FANTASTIC and emotional and swoon-y and steamy and everything I love in a contemporary romance.Our main characters are Juliette "Jules" Easton and Dr. Jake "Dr. Kiss" Kissinger and OMG these two were so attractive together. But, they didn't begin out that way.Ever since Jules had taken over her uncle's wedding planning business things haven't been going well. It only survived because Jules had been using her own savings to hold the business afloat. Jules is really amazing at planning weddings, but keeping up with the finance side of things is another story. Now she's broke and in order to hold the business going, she required to impress the Governor's son's bride-to-be and land the job as their wedding planner. When a handsome man strolls into her present room and starts talking wedding, she thought she was speaking the groom. But when he starts flirting with her, she was so disgusted with the fiend that she smashed cake on his turns out that the handsome man was the bride-to-be's older brother Dr. Jake Kissinger and he was NOT happy. He didn't wish anything to do with Jules, but with his grandmother's health quickly deteriorating and needing a wedding planner willing to take on the challenge of planning a large-scale happening in five weeks, Jake had not choice but to hire Jules and work with her while his sister and her fiancee finish their senior year of college. And the story takes off from there...If you have fun a amazing enemies-to-lovers romance, you're going to have fun The Thing About Love. Jules and Jake had a connection right from the beginning--a sexual charge between them--but with their less than auspicious meeting there was delicious friction between them. Then, as they work together their chemistry gets hotter and when they finally obtain together these two really brings on the wasn't all sexy times though, because Jules and Jake soon come to realize they share a tragic past that got me all sorts of emotional. It's not often that a romance novel can create me cry and this one really tugged at my emotions and got me all choked up. But, this book was also funny! There were some humorous moments that perfectly balanced the more serious e Thing About Love was a amazing mix of steam, heartbreaking moments, and humor that I highly enjoyed. I loved Jules and Jake! They were fully fleshed out and I liked that we got a glimpse of their past, which gave us added insight. I thought they were just excellent for each other and I swooned over their romance. The secondary characters were really amazing too, like Jules's adopted cousin Finn and her ex-fiancee Jaxson, and I was satisfied to learn that they're getting their own books.I highly recommend you pick up The Thing About Love.

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    The Thing About Love review [Book]  2018-1-6 18:0

    The Thing About Love by Kim Karr is a sweet and very often funny story about opposites attracting. Jules Easton is a wedding planner who is running her Uncle’s wedding design business. She’s doing a less than stellar job and is at the end of her tether when she meets Jake Kissinger.Jake is Rory’s brother, the bride that Jules is due to have her first meeting with. Attraction sizzles between them from the moment they create eye contact, until the Rory arrives and gets excited upon seeing Jake there. Mistaking him for a cheating fiance after seemingly having come on to her before Rory’s arrival, Jules acts on her impulsive nature and shows Jake what she thinks of him.Jake’s not impressed and refuses to have Jules be the wedding planner. He’s holding the purse strings so the final decision is down to him not the ever, circumstances force him to change his mind and create him work closely with Jules to bring Rory’s dream wedding to fruition. The initial attraction soon burst into full on entanglement and before they know it, they’re so deep into each other, they’ll never obtain free.Jake has issues, the hardest being he doesn’t believe in love and Jules is searching for the ying to go with her yang. She thought she’s found it once before but saw her mistake before she and her ex-fiance took the plunge. Now, she just continually second guesses herself.Jake and Jules were a super hot and sexy couple, in and out of the bedroom. I enjoyed meeting the secondary character. Rory was sweet, Archer and Montgomery even sweeter, but Mimi stole the show. Well, her and the dogs is was a quick paced but not rushed romance, Jake and Jules spent a lot of time talking and getting to know each other and finding similarity and connections they’d never known about. But Jake’s problems with love become a issue in the end. Now, it’s down to Jules to war for what she wants. But will she? Can she?As in all romances, if you wish it, you have to go after it, isn’t that The Thing About Love.

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    The Thing About Love review [Book]  2018-1-6 18:0

    The Thing About Love is a excellent blend of awkward, funny, swoon, romance, family, war and forgiveness. I was completely enthralled with quirky Jules and sexy Jake (aka Dr. Kiss) from the moment of their terribly awkward meet cute. Seriously. Cake in the face will be one that I don't easily forget!Jules and Jake obtain off to a not good begin -- their first impressions were not the best! -- but when they are forced to work together to plan his sister's high-society wedding in just over a month, they start to slowly obtain into each other's hearts as much as they obtain under one another's skin. Before long, Jules realizes that Jake is her home, the yin to her yang, her North Star.I adored the twist that connected Jules and Jake in a method that neither one of them anticipated. It united them with a common thread that was so special and so intense, and gave Jules an opportunity to support Jake heal and allow go of the guilt he's been carrying. But Jake is so wrapped up in his guilt and what he's running from, that he completely misses what is right in front of t only were the main characters an antagonistic delight -- the story is told in dual POVs, and I enjoyed each and every chapter -- but the supporting players were equally delightful. I can't wait for Jules' ex, not good Jaxson, to obtain his own story!I received an advanced copy and voluntarily left a review.

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    The Thing About Love review [Book]  2018-1-6 18:0

    I must begin this review off by praising the talented Ms Kim Karr. I can most definitely say that there hasn’t been a book that she has written that I have not read and that’s because she writes these beautifully written stories that you can’t support but devour and fall in love with its characters. For that I would like I to thank her because she gave me two fresh characters that I can love. I couldn’t support myself than to obtain so engrossed with Jake and Jules story because it was such a beautiful, heartstrings pulling story.“You’re so tight, and you feel so amazing around my c*ck. And I can’t stop thinking about being inside you”Dr. Kiss is one sexy mutha, shut yo mouth. Don’t allow the fact that he is doctor fool you because this man is one naughty alpha male that will most definitely melt your panties right off. The chemistry between him and Jules will definitely set your kindles ablaze, it’s not only electrifying but it’s one that fairly tales are created of, so beautiful. Jules and Jake weren’t looking for love but that’s the thing about love, see what I did there, you might not look for it but it will most definitely search you whether you like it or it for me to sit and wait for more awesomeness from the talented Kim Karr because I know it will be pure epicness.

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    The Thing About Love review [Book]  2018-1-6 18:0

    This was a very cute story about, you guessed it, love ❤️We obtain to meet Jake/Dr. Kiss and Juliette/Jules. Jake is a doctor working crazy hours while worrying about his dying grandma, as well as his sister’s upcoming wedding, which is also supposed to be the huge social happening of the year. He has a say on who the wedding planner should be. And that’s where Jules (Juliette to him) comes in. She is a wedding planner with a struggling business. Getting this acc would mean the globe to her. Unfortunately, she gets to embarrass herself huge time in front of Jake, and they begin on the wrong foot. Things happen, she gets the acc and has to work very closely with Jake. And that’s how they end up in a relationship of sorts, and realize how connected their pasts also are.Even though I liked it, I didn’t love it like I had loved Kim Karr’s previous books. I have to be honest and admit that the story itself did not hold me engaged from the beginning. I thought it started a small slow, and then it progressed a small quick past the halfway mark. But, all in all, it really was a cute story.

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    Things I Should Have Known review [Book]  2018-2-2 18:1

    This book really defies categorization. I am far from a YA, but I was immediately taken with the story and characters. The writing is smart and insightful, and the characters ring true. I finished it, place it on the shelf and I know that I will take it down and reread it soon.

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    Things I Should Have Known review [Book]  2018-2-2 18:1

    I started this book latest night and when I went to bed I was on page 190!! I just got home from school 2 hours ago and I finished it. It is so amazing and I couldn’t place my phone down!!! I 100% recommend this book

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    Things I Should Have Known review [Book]  2018-2-2 18:1

    Not my favorite of hers, but engrossing and enjoyable.

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    Things I Should Have Known review [Book]  2018-2-2 18:1

    Unbelievable read!

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    Things I Should Have Known review [Book]  2018-2-2 18:1

    *Reviewed by Wendy for North of Normal Book ReviewsTHINGS I SHOULD HAVE KNOWN by Claire LaZebnik is a YA contemporary novel.I acquired an ARC of this book from NetGalley, and I read this for North Of Normal Book Reviews lives with her mom, step-father, and autistic sister Ivy. At school, she's popular, has the hottest boyfriend, makes amazing grades, and appears to have it all. Yet her home life is anything but ideal. She constantly clashes with her overbearing step-father, feels ignored by her mother, and has a lot of guilt for frequently leaving Ivy alone at home with them. Chloe decides the solution to Ivy’s loneliness is a boyfriend. Ivy has mentioned a boy named Ethan at her unique needs school, so Chloe gets his phone number and convinces Ivy to text him an invitation to obtain frozen yogurt with her. It seems like the excellent plan until Chloe discovers Ethan’s brother is David, her largest nemesis at school. Now she has to suffer through spending time with the school's most hated student if she wants to bring Ivy and Ethan is book had everything for me. The plot was intricate, refreshing, and original. The characters proved complex, and the author had a clear direction, never letting the story lag or drift. Nothing was confusing or the unclear. This story was funny, sweet, heart-warming, and wonderful. It was their human flaws that created the characters and their lives so attractive here, and they found their method into my heart. I walked away from this book with a mission to be kinder to strangers, and that's what created it so special.I give this book 5 North of Normal stars! Not only will I buy this for myself when it's released tomorrow, but I plan to give it to mates and family.

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    Things I Should Have Known review [Book]  2018-2-2 18:1

    THINGS I SHOULD HAVE KNOWN is a sweet, funny, happy-making read that offers up a touch of romance, but is much more a story about siblings, and love, and family, and all of their inherent challenges. With a fast pace, a heartwarming narrative, and immensely likable characters, it’s a story that can – and will – easily be read in one Mitchell doesn’t wish to resent her excellent boyfriend with his excellent family and his excellent life. She doesn’t wish to be envious of her mates whose only worries seem to be about what parties to go to, what tests to study for, or what colleges to attend. And she doesn’t. Not completely. She just wishes her life wasn’t as complicated and messy as it etending to be the excellent girlfriend is wearing thin. Test as she might, she can’t hold up the facade that all is good, that she’s got everything under control, and that nothing bothers her – not even the ignorant comments people create about her sister Ivy.But she doesn’t wish to end up a social pariah like David. She just can’t figure out how to hold up appearances while worrying about what’s going to happen with Ivy. She can’t turn to her mom for help. Or her mom’s fresh husband, Ron. But if she could search someone else for Ivy to spend time with, to trust, to like, and someday, hopefully, to love, then maybe she wouldn’t have to be so stressed all the aire LaZebnik penned a heartfelt, delightful, and moving story that conveys just how powerful the sibling bond can be and how necessary it is to have someone in your life who understands what you’re going through and who will be there for you when you need them. She introduces characters who are true and sympathetic and relatable. And she puts them in situations that are difficult, stressful, awkward and uncomfortable, emotional, and at times rough her characters, she lets readers experience what it’s like to love someone with autism – the joy, the fear, the challenges, the sorrow, the hope. And with her words she will create readers smile, laugh, tear up, and fall in love with THINGS I SHOULD HAVE KNOWN.

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    Things I Should Have Known review [Book]  2018-2-2 18:1

    ***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog***Things I Should Have Known by Claire LaZebnikPublisher: HMH Books for Young ReadersPublication Date: March 28, 2017Rating: 4 starsSource: ARC sent by the publisherSummary (from Goodreads):From the author of Epic Fail comes the story of Chloe Mitchell, a Los Angeles girl on a quest to search love for her autistic sister, Ivy. Ethan, from Ivy’s class, seems like the excellent match. It’s unfortunate that his older brother, David, is one of Chloe’s least favorite people, but Chloe can deal, especially when she realizes that David is just as devoted to Ethan as she is to Ivy.Uncommonly honest and refreshingly funny, this is a story about sisterhood, autism, and first love. Chloe, Ivy, David, and Ethan, who form a quirky and lovable circle, will steal readers’ hearts and remind us all that it’s okay to be a various kind of normal.What I Liked:Months ago, I received a galley of this book - it was sent unsolicited from Houghton Mifflin (and of course, receiving this galley in no method affected my opinion of the book). So I wasn't sure if I would read it, but recently, a few of my blogger pals read this book, and all of them really enjoyed the book. Throw in the fact that I really enjoyed the one LaZebnik book I've tried - The Latest Best Kiss - and I knew I had to squeeze this one into my schedule somehow. I'm so glad I did, because it was a wonderful, thought-provoking, sweet story. With amazing diversity too!At a glance, Chloe Mitchell has a amazing life; she is intelligent and gets really amazing grades, her boyfriend is hot, athletic, and a fairly nice guy, and she seems really social and has a amazing group of friends. But behind closed doors, everything isn't as put-together as it seems. Chloe doesn't have the best relationship with her stepfather, or her mother (since her father died and her mom got remarried). Chloe's older sister is autistic, and Chloe is very protective of and careful with her sister. Chloe's mates don't know much about Ivy, and Chloe sometimes feels as isolated as Ivy. Chloe knows how lonely Ivy is, and so she gets Ivy to begin hanging out with Ethan, a boy in Ivy's classes. Ethan is autistic as well, and when Ivy and Ethan hang out, Chloe comes along, as well as Ethan's brother David. David is one of the most annoying jerks that Chloe knows, but as she hangs out with him (and Ivy and Ethan) more, she realizes that he is somewhat antisocial and alone all the time because his devotion to his brother is related to hers with Ivy. But what if Ethan isn't the right person for Ivy? What is David is the right person for Chloe?I don't really love or care for most YA contemporary novels that I come across - I'm much more of a fantasy girl, when it comes to YA. But certain YA contemporary authors have produced awesome books that really worked for me - like Kasie West, Emma Mills, Jenny Han, Huntley Fitzpatrick, Julie Buxbaum... I think it's safe for me to add Claire LaZebnik to that list. I'm two for two with books of hers that I've read!Reading from Chloe's POV was so entertaining and interesting. I love how selfless Chloe is - she sacrifices a lot of time and social opportunities to take care of Ivy or meet Ivy's needs or demands. And yet, Chloe is also amazing about not giving into to all of Ivy's demands - she does a fairly amazing job of taking care of herself. Chloe is such a amazing sister, and a amazing mate and girlfriend too. I especially liked seeing her stand up for her sister to everyone - even their stepfather, of all people.Ivy is a lovely character, one that I liked getting to know and learn about. I've had a lot of experience with young adults with autism, but I've never lived with someone with autism or had to spend hours and days with them. I think the author captured Ivy so well - not just Ivy with autism, but Ivy the person, Ivy the older sister, Ivy the lonely almost-twenty-one-year-old. Ivy is a secondary hero in this book, but she is so necessary to the story.David was a hero that surprised me a little. He comes across as an antisocial jerk who gets amazing grades but is never seen with mates or a girl, so everyone thinks he is weird and unlikable. Even Chloe isn't nice to him at all, in the beginning. But I love how the author changes our minds about him; he stills seems a small antisocial and not a people-person, but we begin to understand why. David is always with his autistic brother Ethan when they're not at their respective school, so David doesn't have much of a social life. His father and stepmother have no time or patience for Ethan, and David is all that Ethan has. David is incredibly selfless and such a amazing person, when you dig deeper. In fact, I'd say Chloe is more of a jerk than David is, in terms of how mean she was to him tism is a huge part of this book, and I thought LaZebnik handled the condition well, in both characters. Ivy and Ethan, and their fellow classmate Diana, and others in the class - they all have related tics and mannerisms, but they're also very different, in terms of the spectrum. I appreciated this a lot, because (in my experience) there are so a lot of various behaviors and mannerisms within the spectrum of e romance - both romances - is not what you'd think! Chloe has a boyfriend for about half of the book. James is cool and there's nothing really wrong with him - he doesn't hack on Chloe, he's not sleazy, he's not a jerk to her. But he doesn't really obtain why Chloe is so attentive and devoted to her sister, and about halfway into the story, Chloe and James break up. It seemed fairly natural and with minimal drama, and I actually ended up not minding that Chloe had a boyfriend that wasn't the intended love interest (usually this bothers me because LOVE TRIANGLE).But this aspect of the romance worked fine for me, because Chloe and David barely knew each other at the time, and they didn't have the best opinions of each other. By the time they both begin to develop feelings for each other, Chloe and James break up, and it's a fairly clean break. Chloe and David are amazing together! They're supportive of each other, and they understand each other. I didn't really swoon over them because there weren't a lot of swoony scenes or magical kisses, but I liked their romance.Ivy's own romance is great! I had a feeling about it and I think everyone else does too. It was amazing to see Ivy come out of her shell a small and test fresh things with Ethan, and discover her feelings about him possibly being more than a friend. Ivy's tentative friendship with Ethan was interesting to see unfold, but her romance is even was also beautiful cool to see the evolution of Chloe's relationship with her stepfather. I hated him initially, and I still don't totally like him, but I liked him more towards the end of the book. Chloe's mom too. David has a strained relationship with his stepmother and his father, and those relationships don't mature like Chloe's do, but they still improve. LaZebnik handled the development of these familial relationships fairly well, in my opinion.Overall, I have to hand it to LaZebnik - this was a unbelievable book. I don't usually like YA contemporary, especially the ones that are massive with tough issues. This book had "tough issues" (difficult stepparents, struggling search a balance with an autistic sibling, xenophobia exploring relationships), but I like the tone of the book, and how the problems were brought across. This isn't a book that will create you ugly-cry and break your heart - which created me very happy. It is definitely a book that makes you stop and think about xenophobia, and how you view autism, and loved ones of those with autism.What I Did Not Like:Nothing really! Maybe more kissing from David and Chloe?Would I Recommend It:If you like YA contemporary, then definitely place this one on your TBR! I'm not a YA contemporary person and I enjoyed it. It's worth the read - if anything, it'll begin your mind to the a completely various globe that you might never have thought about (isn't that the lovely thing about books!). I've never read a YA book like this (I'm sure they exist, I just haven't read any).Rating:4 stars. I really enjoyed this light yet thought-provoking novel! Especially with the diversity it contains. I'm glad I took the possibility and read it. I'm excited to see what else LaZebnik will be publishing!

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    Things I Should Have Known review [Book]  2018-2-2 18:1

    I’ve read a ton of books lately that I’ve loved, but this is the first book in maybe years that I can honestly say I’m grateful for. There are so a lot of attractive things that happen in this book and they’re done so well that you might not even message until it hits like an epiphany and the largest of those things is spreading awareness. People create assumptions and judgments about what autism is, how those who have it should function (or not) in society, and say offhand comments that are both offensive and ignorant. This book does a fabulous job of making people think about what they say and their prejudices versus those who are different. Some parts are profound in their simplicity and eye-opening with the totally true and heart wrenching examples that happen in daily life.What’s amazing about this book is that it showcases different forms of autism that present up on the spectrum. Not all autism is the same and mannerisms, behaviors, and what upsets each person is totally individual. No two cases are identical and how to cope with anxiety, sadness, and rapid mood changes varies immensely. You really have to know the person to understand. Claire LaZebnik stresses that point in the relationships between Ivy and Chloe and David and Ethan. Their parents are not as observant or patient as they could/should be and the siblings know each other best.When Ivy or Ethan are upset, Chloe and David break through their defenses, ask them questions, and message when they begin tapping or talking louder that these are signs of distress that an outsider would not pick up on. When children are “freaking out” in public we have a tendency to be dismissive and judgmental, to say it’s not good parenting, the kid is a brat, or obtain mad because they’re “spoiling” your day. Several times throughout the book, Ethan and Ivy are pitied, looked down upon, and their opinions rejected because they “don’t know any better,” it created my blood boil just reading those words. There’s a stage where they’re at the bowling alley and these old ladies create comments about “them” being allowed out and whether they should use bumpers “for safety”, which could be a legitimate concern if there was a visible issue but the condescending approach, speechless.Ivy and Ethan are incredibly real. If you’ve ever met someone with autism, you’ll recognize the blunt, factual commentary, focus on a specific niche or activity, and problem processing the “why” question in regards to emotions and feelings. This book will truly create you think about things you might have never considered. How does someone who may not process/understand or know how to convey their feelings deal with lust or attraction? I mean, this is so so important. If someone who has autism has questions about this, how do they know if they’re attracted to the same sex? The LGBT dimension of this book is challenging and urges the reader to question. The conversations between Ivy and Chloe are fueled by understanding and asking matter of fact questions that lead Ivy to come to her own conclusions. These are model conversations and full of so much love.David is an intriguing character. He’s sarcastic, cold, antisocial, and yet, there’s something about him that’s compassionate and will victory your heart. The method he adores his brother and is willing to sacrifice his future for him, total swoon material. Don’t obtain me wrong, he’s abrasive and takes a bit to obtain used to, but he’s a catch.I wasn’t the largest fan of Chloe. The method she allow not good comments roll off her, the method she allow her boyfriend and mates say items about Ivy, like she was abnormal or a mistake conflicted with the understanding and love she showed her sister. At first, Chloe seemed like an opinioned, flighty, typical famous girl and I beautiful much loathed her. She fought one moment and shut down to hold her hot girl status the next. She does grow as the story progresses but it takes a long, long metimes the pacing was slow because they focus was on the lust between Chloe and her boyfriend, which was full of semi-repulsive groping and horrible comments about Ivy and the fact that the boyfriend didn’t obtain enough attention because she was always helping out her sister. Just no.

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    Things I Should Have Known review [Book]  2018-2-2 18:1

    Rating: 4.5 Stars"Things Chloe Knew: Her sister, Ivy, was lonely. Ethan was a excellent match. Ethan's brother, David, was an arrogant ings Chloe Should Have Known: Setups are complicated. Ethan could be a excellent boyfriend...but probably not for Ivy. David might be the one person who really gets Chloe. "I went into this book thinking that it was a romance, but it was so, so much more. This story is told from Chloe's point of view, and she is an attractive, smart, famous girl dating one of the most famous and beautiful boys at school. From the outside, you would think Chloe has it all, but her home life is far from perfect. Her stepfather is overbearing, her mother is needy, and her sister autistic. Chloe puts on a amazing front, but her home life leaves her feeling isolated, as her mates just cannot relate or understand."You have a amazing boyfriend and you do well at school and everyone likes you," she said to me when she was explaining her theory. "You're even blond. So of course your family situation is a little, you know...challenging. That's life keeping things in balance."Chloe feels obligated to be there for her sister, but yearns to live her own life. From there, an idea is born to search a mate for Ivy. The idea of putting Ivy and Ethan together seems perfect, until Chloe finds out that Ethan's brother is her nemesis, David."I don't mind coming along.""Even if you have to hang out with the most hated member of your class?""Don't flatter yourself," I say. "No one cares enough about you to hate you."I don't know where to start, so I will begin with David and Chloe. I loved these two. I found the verbal sparring from the early chapters delicious, and the honest, deep discussion in the later chapters quite touching. These two carried a lot on their shoulders. They both had siblings with autism, who they felt they required to care for and protect, because their parents were not quite up to the challenge. They found comfort in each other, and gave each other the type of help only those in the same situation could. They both struggled with their own wants and needs, and the needs of their siblings. Finding that balance was difficult, and came at a cost."You're a amazing brother," I say."I create up for that by being a horrible human being in every other way."I absolutely adored LaZenik's writing. It was full of wit, humor, affection, and honesty. There was such an ease to it, and the story just flowed naturally. When reading the afterword, I was not surprised to search out that this book was written by a person who loves someone with autism, as Ivy and Ethan were portrayed honestly and respected in the story. LaZenik present the good, the bad, and the ugly that is out there. How the globe can seem to those with autism, how poorly some people react to those with autism, and how unbelievable someone on the spectrum can be. I appreciated how she brought me in their world, and thank her for her candor and 's like people have a put in their brain for normal, and they have a put in their brain for something obviously wrong, but they can't deal with something a small bit ere is quite a bit of lovely romance going on in this book. I found it all quite adorable, and loved every min of it. I have feels over and over again. It was fantastic. This book sort of had everything I look for in a amazing YA contemporary: well thought out characters, amazing dialogue, honest portrayals, and growth. Growth is really necessary to me, as I always wish my characters to have changed for the better, and LaZebnik gave me that.Overall: A unbelievable story of love, compassion, understanding, and acceptance filled with things that place a smile on my face and a pitter-patter in my heart.

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    Things I Should Have Known review [Book]  2018-2-2 18:1

    Chloe is one of the famous girls at her school but it’s not because she tries. It’s because she doesn’t test that people admire her and like her. She’s even dating the most famous guy at school and everything seems okay. But at home, Chloe takes care of her older sister Ivy who is Autistic. Chloe is already used to taking care of Ivy and being there for her, so when Ivy starts asking questions about kissing and relationships, Chloe sets out to pair her up with Ethan, a boy from her school who’s also Autistic. What Chloe doesn’t know is that Ethan is David’s brother, the annoying and insufferable guy from school who she can’t stand. But by going on Ivy’s and Ethan’s dates, Chloe and David begin to see a fresh side of each other that they hadn’t seen before.I know I just created it seem (as well as the synopsis) that this is a book focused on romance and that Autism takes a backseat. I’m here to tell you that’s not the case. I was quite surprised when I realized that yes, there’s a cute romance, but it’s not the focus at all. In this case, Autism takes the full front and passenger seat. I don’t know if the author wrote this story from experience but it felt so real. The characters came to life before my eyes, especially Ivy and Ethan. I mean, we see Chloe and David struggling with their siblings because they don’t understand normal cues. They obtain loud if something upsets them, ask more questions than normal because they aren’t able to obtain what’s up, they are brutally honest, they can be extremely quiet or talk non-stop. The list goes on and on, and because of it, these characters created me see Autism in a fresh light.I loved how flawed Chloe was and how her reactions were very normal in the sense that she would obtain upset, angry irritated because her sister wouldn’t understand things. At the same time, she’s always there for Ivy and is always giving her tip and motivating her to test fresh things in life. With David, his reactions towards Ethan are actually calmer and more soothing. We see how it affects David and his family that Ethan has Autism. One thing I loved about David was how begin he was about his feelings towards this situation, to the point of even crying, which broke my heart. Chloe and David are teens handling a tough situation because their parents aren’t really there to support and it’s sad to think that it happens nowadays and how ignorant a lot of us are to this Mental is story is so necessary to read! Not only that, it also tackles another necessary subject and the method it was handled was amazing and it created me so happy! I can’t say because it’s a major spoiler, so you guys will just have to read it 😀 One thing I did search negative of the story was the fact that there are different subjects thrown in the story and I want some had been fleshed out ings I Should Have Known is an impressive, unbelievable story that tackles Autism in a realistic way, as well as family dynamics, especially sisterhood.

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    The Things They Carried review [Book]  2018-5-25 18:0

    It’s called a novel, but it reads like a collection of battle stories and essays about being an American soldier in the Vietnam War. That’s not a criticism. In fact, it’s part of the brilliance of this book. If it were thoroughly plotted, it might not feel so authentic. As battle is disjointed, so is O’Brien’s book. Some of the chapters are little and some are lengthy. Some read more like essays than fiction, and others are clearly fictitious.When I say that “some are clearly fictitious,” there’s always a doubt that it might just be a real story--because battle is just that absurd. An example that springs to mind is one of the most engaging pieces in the work. It’s called “Sweetheart of Song Tra Bong,” and it’s about a wholesome, young girlfriend to one of the soldiers who [improbably] comes to live in the camp. The girl acclimates to the war, and soon she is going out on patrol--not with the ordinary infantry soldiers, but during the night with the Green Berets. Perhaps the moral is that some people are created for war, and it’s never who you’d suspect. As I describe it, the premise may sound ridiculous, but the method O’Brien presents it as a story told by a Rat Kiley--a fellow infantryman known to exaggerate—it feels as though there is something very true, no matter how fictitious the story might be. Before one reads “Sweetheart of Song Tra Bong” one has been primed by a chapter entitled “How to Tell a Real Battle Story,” which tells one that truth and falsehood aren’t so clear in the bizarre globe of ere are a couple chapters outside the period during which O’Brien (the character, who may or may not be the same as the author) is actively in an infantry unit. One early chapter describes his near attempt at draft dodging, and another talks of his time stationed at the rear after being injured. Both of these chapters offer an interesting twist in the scheme of the book overall. We search O’Brien to be a fairly typical infantry soldier, and it seems hard to reconcile this with his floating in a canoe and narrowly deciding not to create a swim for the Canadian shoreline. However, what is odder still is realizing how distraught he is to be pulled out of his unit, particularly when he realizes that he has become an outsider and the [then rookie] medic who botched his treatment is now in the in-group. This is one of the a lot of unusual aspects of combatant psychology that comes into play in the book, along with O’Brien’s description of how devastating it was to ere are 21 chapters to the book. As I said, they run a gamut, but at all times hold one reading. It’s the shortest of the Vietnam novels I’ve read—I think. When I think of works like “Matterhorn” and “The 13th Valley,” there seems to be something hard to convey concisely about the Vietnam War, but O’Brien nails it with his unconventional novel. O’Brien also uses repetition masterfully. This can be seen in the title chapter “The Things They Carried,” which describes the a lot of things carried by an infantry soldier—both the physical stuff they carried on patrol and the psychological and emotional things they carried after the war. It’s a dangerous approach that pays off well.I’d recommend this book for anyone—at least anyone who can stomach battle stories.

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    This book is amazing! I do not read battle stories. For the most part I only read epic or zone fiction books. Anyhow Tim O'Brien and his awesome method to write totally changed that. If you wish normal length chapters, with normal flow of ideas and a organized story structure, do not read this book. If you are ready to obtain your head spinning with one sentence paragraphs and stories that jump all over the put and even repeat or contradict themselves, go for it, it is totally worth will either love it, or hate it. I believe there is not in between with this book

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    I bought this book for my English class. The story I had to read for my assignment was called "The Things They Carried", and after reading that one story, I had to read the rest. I wasn't expecting the emotional responses I had to each story. I felt as if I was there experiencing Vietnam with these soldiers. This is a realistic and very well written book.

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