Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Where She Went

I read Where She Went by Gayle Forman for the BlogHerBook Club.

It was a quick and easy read,
and I overall enjoyed it.
It was sequel to If I stay, which I have not read.

But, I didn't need to have read the first one.
It worked fine on its own.

I don't often read books from the viewpoint of a young man,
one who is clearly in love and heartbroken.

However, like the Twilight books,
I don't like the idea that someone can't survive without another person.

That all-consuming love doesn't seem healthy.

I enjoy reading about it, it's romantic and breathless...
but when I think back over it to analyze things...
I don't like the message.

Maybe it's because of where I am in my life,
a high school sweetheart who disappointed me,
a marriage broken.

 I'm a bit down on love.
especially the all-consuming type that prevents someone from living their life to the fullest.

I liked reading it though,
wherein lies the conundrum. 

But, you be the judge.
Have you read it?
What are your thoughts?
Do you believe in that kind of love?

This is a paid review for BlogHer Book Club but the opinions expressed are my own.


Monday, May 14, 2012

Texts from a 10-Year-Old on Mother's Day

My younger son has inherited his older brother's cell phone
and discovered the joy of texting.

Texting me.

When we went out to eat with family on Mother's Day,
he quickly became bored
and started texting me surreptitiously from the same table...

Remy: We need to swim NOW

Me: True that. Word. 

Remy: (word?) true that double true
Remy: Ready to swim?

 Me: Soon my little tadpole. Soon. 

Remy: If im a tadpole then ur an egg
Remy: Egg

Me: Frog 

Remy: tadpole 
Remy: dog

Me: puppy poop 

Remy: 2shea

Me: touche?

Remy: What evs
Remy: Its called S L A N G
Remy: Don't matter i luve u
Remy: i mean i love u

Me: I love you too! 

Remy: i love u more

Me: I love you most of the mostest. 

Remy: imposible.

Me: possible.


Thursday, May 10, 2012

You Have No Idea

I just finished reading
You Have No Idea,
written by Vanessa Williams and her mother, Helen Williams.

It's not a book I would have picked out on my own,
but I read it for the BlogHer Book Club,
and I ended up finding it very interested.

What stood out to me:

1. I had no idea Vanessa Williams was the 1st black Miss America
2. She has had quite a career
3. I've never read a memoir from the perspective of a mom and a daughter.

Everyone enjoys hearing about a celebrity's life,
how they made it,
what scandals they've survived,
the relationships they've had, etc.

But having Vanessa's mom share her side of the story really gave this book more depth.
Especially a non-nonsense mom like Helen.

I be willing to read a lot more celebrity memoirs if all their moms were chiming in!