Saturday, 3 July 2010

My Sister's Keeper by Jodi Picoult

Lately I've just had the girliest books on my desk at work!! Someone commented "I'm really disappointed in your choice of reading lately" How dare you?? It doesn't matter what others think of the book, it only matters how IT makes you feel. Seriously, just because I don't have a stacks of Charles Dickens and Jane Eyre on my desk! I am into a variety of books and I don't take kindly to quick judgement.

Anyway, going back to the book...

Oh wow, I was left devastatingly upset after reading this, the ending was a huge surprising and I don't think anyone reading the book would have expected it. I watched the film last summer and I really enjoyed it albeit very sad. I had heard that the ending was changed but I didn't in any way expect the change to be so drastic. I had always thought that Kate would sadly die and I guess when you're thinking this, it just kind of helps make it all that easier to read through. A 16 year old girl dying of kidney failure is just as sad as a girl dying in a car accident but the car accident came as a complete surprise. I had to read the ending a good few times for the sadness to sink in. It was awful. Do tragedies like these even exist?

Oh anna! The poor girl.

I really enjoyed the book, the book opened up so many characters to me. We got to learn more about Jesse who was barely mentioned in the film, he was ainly lurking around in the background. I didn't really think much of the lawyer storyline, kind of pointless really but still a nice addition. A great book though and although it was horrible to read at times it made me appreciate love. My sister's love, my mother's. It also made me realise that I am so lucky to have my sister and that she's alive and healthy. Sister lovers, you guys will appreciate this book.

Chasing Harry Winston by Lauren Weisberger

So Lauren decided to have a dab at a sex and the city-esque book, failed!!

We have the maneater Adriana (samantha)

The very reserved but sometimes a little sluttly Emmy (Charlotte)

And the Editor/wannabe writer who has it all but still looking for love (carrie)

I didn't enjoy it at all really but much to my surprise I got through it. There were only small parts of the book I did like and I kept hoping it woud get better. I think it's difficult writing about three completely different people and their lives. As soon as the reader gains some interest, the writer moves onto the second character. It was laughable at how similar it was to sex and the city, three hot gilrs wining and dining, complaining about love. zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

It's such a shame I bought all three books by Lauren, no doubt the third one will be as bad as the second.

The Devil Wears Prada by Lauren Weisberger

There were so many things that frustrated me about this book. I'm sure many will disagree with me but as a devoted fashionista, I have to say I thought Andrea was competely nuts giving up her job. Her friends are adults who are at an age where they are completely capable of taking care of themselves. Lily-she gave up her job for Lily???! A reckless drunk who couldn't get her life in order so she has to guilttrip her friend into giving up a chance in a lifetime??! and seriously, what was up with the ex-bf? Stay out of it, it's none of your efffing business! Eugh! My mind just keeps going back to the accident. SHE WAS DRUNK!! and as a result Andrea had to pay. I think maybe, I'm reading too into this. It was clear that Andy had major issues with her boss and had contemplated numerous times on quitting but contiuned to plod through hell (or her idea of, I'm sure many will think of it as heaven!!). I guess Andrea was never really felt she fit into the world of fashion, she admittedly took the job because she knew that having worked for Miranda Priestly would open doors for her. I guess I would just love the idea of working for a fashion magazine, I would not give up on it so easily. A lot of changes were made to the book when adapting into a film but I loved both!! At first I did think it was going to be one of those rarity's that fall into the "film's better" category but upon completeion i think I enjoyed it as much as the film. It was tres difficult to decide, obviously biased since Anne Hathaway and Meryl Streep are in the film-two of my favourite actresses!!