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Book Review: The Other Side of Everything

Posted January 16, 2018 by Kara in book review, Kara / 0 Comments
Book Review: The Other Side of Everything

I really, really hate when I read an author’s debut and mostly don’t like it. It’s not that the writing was terrible, because it wasn’t. But this book was just sort of all over the place. The Other Side of Everything is written from three different POVs: an old man named Bernard, a middle-aged painter named Amy with a troubled marriage, and a teenager who works at the local barbecue joint (Maddie). I don’t mind multiple POVs, but they must be done well. And in this case, all of the voices sound the same, and that’s a problem because of more »

Book Review: The Blue

Posted June 22, 2015 by Kara in book review, Kara / 0 Comments
Book Review: The Blue

Two years ago, Lucy Clarke penned one of my favorite contemporary novels of all time: Swimming at Night. It was a story that resonated with me and became memorable for all the right reasons. The characters, the locations, the atmosphere, the writing…pretty much everything. So when I found out that she was writing a book set in the Philippines and New Zealand that had a thriller bent to it much like SaN, I was anticipating it hardcore. And oh, how I wish I had loved it like I loved that book. But it was not meant to be. The first more »

Book Review of Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened by Allie Brosh

Posted December 20, 2013 by Kara in book review, Lyn / 6 Comments
Book Review of Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened by Allie Brosh

I think this book was going to receive a high rating from the start. I try to keep my expectations in a normal range, but Allie from Hyperbole and a Half has never failed to dazzle me. I’ve waited for this book like a kid waits for Christmas.  I worried myself silly when Allie disappeared and the news of her book slipped away. I got the notion that Allie was in a very bad place. When this book finally hit the shelves, I was overjoyed and relieved.   This is going to sound very corny, but I feel a deep more »