So before I get into my review of the actual book, I just want to review the audio book version first. It was TERRIBLE. Like seriously, the first one was amazing, whoever read that was really good but the lady who read this one? So annoying!! She didn’t really change her voice for any of the characters so I never knew who’s point of view it was until hey mentioned another character’s name. Although to be fair they did do a Greek accent for the Greek people but I don’t think it was that great. Plus all the guys voices she did made them sound like they had something wrong with them like Napoleon Dynamite or something. And if that’s what she was going for, then good on her, but I don’t think that was the case.
Anyway, on to the actual content of the book. This book just didn't cut it for me. I had a real problem with like all of the characters. To the point where I was just not liking any of them.
So basically I thought this was a pretty boring book. Bridget’s story was the most interesting and probably my favourite out of the lot of them. The story lines have got worse in the second so I’m not sure if I’ll continue this series. Unless someone convinces me that the second book was the worst book out of all of them and that I should most definitely continue. Otherwise I’ll just read The Princess Diaries since I’ve heard it’s SOOOOOOO great :P
Narrator: Amy Povich
Genre: Contemporary, YA
Not so fun fact with Terri: When I was listening to this book, I was usually eating has browns. So now whenever I think of this book I think of hash browns, which is sad because I like hash browns.
This was my second Sophie Kinsella book, and for the most part I really enjoyed it. This book is about Poppy who loses her engagement ring at her bachelorette party. Then while she is on the phone outside trying to tell everyone, her phone gets stolen. But then, she miraculously finds a phone in a bin, so of course she fishes it out and it turns out to be some big shot CEO person’s personal assistants phone. Then a lot of stuff happens and yeah.
So I really liked the plot of this book, but I just think it was way too long. About 50% of the book was just filler and nothing really happened, in other words it was boring. But the first 10% was great and then the last 40% was great. The remaining 50% on the other hand? Not so much. I just think so much could have been cut out and it would have been fantastic!
The book definitely had a very Sophie Kinsella feel to it, and it was very funny but it didn’t have the British feel to it like the other book I read had. But like the last book I could definitely see this as being a movie. It also has the ability to have a funny situation that still makes you want to cry but then at the same time laugh because it’s just so ridiculous! I seriously felt so sorry for Poppy at times, for example the scrabble scene with the in-laws!
I really loved Sam, and then when he texted Poppy all of that stuff in the woods? Man my heart melted!! (If you haven’t read the book you won’t understand that but I can’t explain because spoilers!).
I probably wouldn’t recommend this as someone’s first Sophie Kinsella book, for someone who has already read her books, definitely read it! Normally after I read a book, the more I think about it the less I like it, but this time the more time that passes the more I just love it!! (The rating was originally 7.5 but I've now changed it to 8 because this is my blog and I do what I want, YO to the LO)
Book: 8 /10 (see my rating scale).
Format: ePub, 492 pages
Genre: Chick Lit/Romance
Favourite Quote: “I don't speak Japanese, I don't know anything about Japanese business or Japanese culture. Apart from sushi. But I can't exactly go up to him and say "Sushi!" out of the blue. It would be like going up to a top American businessman and saying, "T-bone steak!”
For fans of: Meg Cabot, I really do think Sophie Kinsella is the New Adult/Adult version of Meg Cabot even though I haven't read anything by Meg Cabot. How many times do you think I could say Meg Cabot in the one paragraph? (4)
This is technically cheating but I had been studying this book with my year 6 students for the last 2 weeks, and today in class I had them write a book review. They both really enjoyed the book, so I chose one of their reviews to share.
“This book is great, but sad. It I about an Aboriginal kid named John Jagamarra. John had light-coloured skin and because of that, he was taken away from his mother at the age of 5. He was taken to Pearl Bay Mission to learn the white-man’s way.
I found this book interesting because I didn’t know how Aboriginals were treated back in the day. And I liked how John’s mum came up with the idea for the burnt stick.
I don’t usually read these types of books but I recommend it for everyone.”
My original review: It was slightly confusing, and considering it is aimed at primary aged kids, I think it may not be appropriate. There were a lot of metaphors in there, as is with the Aboriginal culture, which went straight over my head. I do think that it told a good story, one that is important for children to learn about. I just don't think it was told very well. Although it was a very quick read, I started and finished it within half an hour.
This is the review I wrote before I studied it with my students. Some of the information in it was a bit over their heads but they got the gist of it and ended up really enjoying it. How sad is it that an 11 year old kids review is better than mine?
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