Ok, I admit it. I have a crush on Meg Cabot. Her books are so, hmm, what is the word I am looking for.... easy to read. They are not challenging, I am not going to be stressed out or depressed reading one. They are like ice cream for the brain.
Fun, light hearted, smartly written, & very, very enjoyable.
She Went All the Way is no different. I read most of it in bed last night. I finally had to admit defeat and shut the light off with only a couple of chapters left. I tried to make it to the end, but I just couldn't hang in there.
Screenplay writer, Lou Colbrese is not happy when she discovered that she had to share a helicopter ride with bad boy actor Jack Townsend to get to the location of their new movie. She has disliked the actor for YEARS, but they were both humiliated in the public eye with their respective ex's ran off and got married.
Well, soon enough, they forget about the ex's because they are fighting for their lives. Someone wants Jack dead. Pretty badly.
The book continues with their story of survival in the Alaskan woods. Kinda unrealistic, but still ice cream for the brain!
She Went All The Way is a great little fluff book. Perfect for escaping the mundane of day to day single girl living.
In my opinion, this book tackles a pretty serious topic. It doesn't have the light hearted tone that her other books does. Yes, there were serious topics hit on in her other books, but not at the forefront. It almost makes me wonder if the progression of her books indicates her real life progression. Hmmm.... makes you wonder. I checked out her website http://www.janegreen.com/index.htm, but I suggest you avoid the message board. (Oh My!!).
Alice is a successful caterer with her own business when she stumbles across a man from her past, Joe Chambers. Of course, the handsome successful man does not remember the night he spent with Alice all those years ago. The book skips around at first and you realize it is the night before their wedding. And Joe's buddies have gotten him a call girl for his bachelor party.
And I guess it goes downhill from there.
The story then picks up after they have been married for five years. In five years, Alice has completely transformed into the woman Joe wants her to be. She highlights her hair, she straightens her hair, she has quit her business.
But she is miserable, Joe is never home. He is distant. Demanding. Did I mention never home?
When one of Joe's indiscretions gets him in trouble at work, the only way he can stay in good graces with his company is to transfer to America. He is a little relieved, because he is just sure that Alice is oblivious to the indiscretions. And America can be a fresh start for him. A chance to rekindle the marriage with Alice.
So does America save the Chamber's marriage? You must read (or listen) to the book to find out.
This is a NEAT little book!! Someone had pointed it out to our District Manager, who then emailed it out to all the stores. So I picked it up & couldn't put it down. I brought it home with me & just finished reading it. It took maybe 45 minutes.
The books concept reminds me of Postsecret to be honest. It is like Postsecret, without the postcards.
According to the blurb at the front of the book, the book was compiled from SMITH magazine's website. http://smithmag.net/sixwords/. The website is addicting. You can just sit and read the ever changing memoirs.
The synopsis on the back of the book sums it up by saying (paraphrasing here) that anyone's life story can be summed up in six words. They give the example of Hemmingway's "FOR SALE: Baby Shoes, Never Worn".
The book has hundreds of six word memoirs. Including from some of your favorite authors. Dave Eggers, Elizabeth Gilbert, Joyce Carol Oates, & Stephen Colbert are just a few. I jotted down a few that really spoke to me. I could have written a couple of them myself, the other's made me chuckle. (Stephen Colbert's)
" Middle of seven made me" ~~ Susan Sinnott (I could have wrote this)
"Bad breaks discovered at high speed" Paul Schultz (OMG!)
"I recognize red flags faster now" Barbara Burri (OH, YEAH!)
"Lost and found. Rescued by dog. " Gail Reilly (do you have a Mr. Bailey?)
"Glass half full. Pockets half empty." Marina Guthrie
(story of my life)
"Revenge is living well without you." Joyce Carol Oates
(HA! THIS IS FOR *YOU* !!!)
"Well, I thought it was funny." Stephen Colbert (giggle)
What is my six word memoir? What is YOUR six word memoir?
"I'd rather be reading a book"