5 stars! It’s Kind of a Funny Story made me understand mental illness the way that Haddon’s The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime (Doubleday, 2003) made me understand autism.
3 stars! Instead of color or line to move the reader from page to page, Whitehead incorporates numbers into each page, reinforcing the counting, propelling the book, and creating a find the figure game for readers, most cleverly when the number is disguised as a piece of coral or sculpture.
4 stars! Balanced against typical high school drama of school dances, hiking and ball games is a dark and sexy yet chaste story in the gothic tradition of monsters and the women who are compelled to fall for them.
3 stars! The book within a book formatting, and it worked well to advance the plot. A solid debut.
4 stars! If you and your love were able to get a genome sequencing, like the characters in the book, would you?
3 stars! Familiar characters appear; the old farm is now a winery; the characterizations feel spot on from my recollections. A subplot of inappropriate advances from their shared professor adds to the drama. Strong appeal for fans of the original series.
4 stars! Assistant wedding planner Solange walks in on a cheating bride and makes it her mission to make sure groom Dean knows, creating a huge drama and ruining the wedding. The payback he demands is that she fake date him to seal his potential promotion at work.
5 stars! This third book in the series delivers a strong voice that is unique from Emily and Stacey, the Ren Faire details that make this series stand out, humor and pathos and fully developed characters.
2 stars! It’s nice to read about a career-focused woman in her almost forties – a refreshing change from all the twenty-somethings in NYC who have met their match.
4 Stars! In this romance novel reminiscient of an episode of Food Truck Wars, the incumbent Filipino chef is pissed when her territory is encroached upon by two Brits pushing fish & chips and violating an unwritten rule that you don’t park in proximity to someone else’s claimed space.