book reviews…kind of

I Love You, Beth Cooper by Larry Doyle

I picked up this book in the library because it was read and reviewed by Jenners, here. This book is hilarious. It kind of reminded me (well, in the beginning) of Say Anything with John Cusack. I love John Cusack, still…to this day. I have loved him since this movie. But I am not talking about that, am I?

Not the entire book reminded me of this movie, of course. Just the idea, I guess. High school graduation, a party, a crush on an unreachable girl. Anyway, if you are looking for something light-hearted, funny, and easy to read…choose this. It made me LAUGH OUT LOUD several times.

Vince Flynn

Okay, I know he is an author, not a book. But, all of his books involve Mitch Rapp, a CIA agent. These books are so exciting. I couldn’t put any of them down. They are addictive. It is kind of a manly book…lots of violence. But I have a crush on Mitch. He is kind of like Jack Bauer, but cuter…in my head anyway. So, if you like excitement, terrorist plots, recurring characters, and patriotism the Jack Bauer way, then you will enjoy Vince Flynn’s novels. I highly recommend them. Easy reading. I like them so much, I am currently trying acquire all of them in used paperback. (Click his name and read how he got his start. It is encouraging for all you would-be writers.)

Beautiful Lies and Sliver of Truth by Lisa Unger

My aunt recommended this author to me. These books are suspenseful mysteries. They are very good. They both center around Ridley Jones, who is a freelance author. I really liked this character. Mainly though, I like Ms. Unger’s writing style. She writes from Ridley Jones’ perspective. She is so descriptive, but not in an annoying flowery way. In a good literary way. For example:

“Life is like this weird puzzle, you know? You have some of the pieces before you even know where they belong. I thought about that ascended the staircase, how I’d found this matchbook in Max’s apartment with a stranger’s name scrawled inside, never imangining that it would lead me to a London club with a rogue FBI agent, both of us searching for the same but totally different things, both of our lives a tangled mess we kept tripping over. If I’d really been watching the signs, I’d have known that there was no good way out of this scenario, that only bad things could happen from here on out. But I was still naive enough to believe that somehow everything was going to be okay.” (excerpt from Sliver of Truth)

The Associate by John Grisham

I love most of John Grisham’s books. They are easy to read. I call them “fiction for the masses”. Like Nicholas Sparks. :) Well, this book was okay. It was definitely not my favorite. To me it was just like all his other books. Well, the other books that involve a young, hotshot lawyer joining the big law firm and working 100 hour weeks, etc. I kept feeling like I had read it before. (Side note: I had put my name on the waiting list at the library for this book when it first came out. I was # 97. It took several weeks for me to get it. So, the disappointment I felt might have been caused by my anticipation. Unless Mr. Grisham is losing his touch.)

Well, I am kind of tired of sitting at the computer, so I will post more book opinions later. Or when I don’t know what else to post. I am always reading SOMETHING.

Happy Thursday!

3 thoughts on “book reviews…kind of

  1. Christy, thanks for all the great book reviews! I’m always on the look out for my next book. The Lisa Unger book is especially interesting to me. I’ll let you know what I think of it after I’m finished. Thanks again:)

  2. I”m so glad you liked “I Love You Beth Cooper”! I always feel such a responsibility if someone reads a book because of me so I’m glad you found it as funny as I did. And I heard they are making a movie of it … which is so funny to me because the whole book is a send-up/parody/tribute to teen movies … so how will this be as a movie? I’m going to have to see!!

    And I do think that Grisham is phoning it in lately … I’ve not enjoyed his last few books at all.

    And based on you, I am giving Jeffrey Archer a try.

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