Saturday, July 12, 2008

Book Reviews

Plain Truth by Jodi Picoult
Readability Factor: Easy and very engaging. Some scenes were hard to stomach as a new mother.
Predictability Factor: Either I'm too smart, or Picoult was too obvious. So well-written, however, that I invested myself in 400 pages hoping that I was wrong about "whodunnit," and the author would surprise me. Alas.
Couldn't Put it Down Factor: Five stars. (See why the ending was so disappointing?)
Recommend it? Sure. Just know this. Your first guess as to who did it is wrong. Your second guess is right.
Overall Rating: Four stars. Smart, intriguing, suspenseful and rich.

The Nanny Diaries by Emma Mclaughlin and Nicola Kraus
Readability Factor: Easy
Predictability Factor: I suppose it wasn't very predictable because I was so infuriated by the ending. Sososososo freaking mad about the ending. The romance, however, was too easy and predictable. To be honest, I'm not sure what this novel was really about. A nanny? A child? A romance? I'm still not clear.
Couldn't Put it Down Factor: Four stars (out of five).
Recommend it? Nosiree. Don't waste your freaking time. If you want to know how it ends, shoot me an email. My guess is that the movie has a much better ending than the book. How else would they even get the funding to film it? It was really THAT bad. I'm still stinging.
Overall Rating: Two stars. Cleverly-written, but an unprecidented waste of my time as someone getting closer to death every day.


Kara Jo said...

Good to know about the Nanny Diaries. The movie was pretty good, I thought. But I'll know not to read the book.

Jon said...

Ever thought of making a book review blog?

Cara said...

I like this..... Just so ya know though, I won't read a book until you rate it 6 out of 5. I am just not into reading, except for Emma's books, that is!

Jon said...

Cara....try, then you don't have to read it.

Anonymous said...

Give The Pillars of the Earth, by Ken Follett a try....I can pretty-much guarantee you won't be disappointed. Long book, but worth it!! We plan to see you on Saturday for Shirley's dedication. I can't wait to see her (oh, and you guys too)'s been too long. Take care,