Monday, August 15, 2005
Every Boy's Got One, Girls in Pants, and Fluke
Meg Cabot is great! I first came across her Princess Diary Series. I've read some of her other "adult" books and have enjoyed her unique style. In Every Boy's Got One you are presented with a series of e-mails and other written correspondance (including journal entries, receipts, passports, marriage certificates, etc..) and you are left to piece everything together. It gives you that thrill of peeking in on a stranger's life without them knowing, and its even better when they do such silly things in their lives! In this book, a young couple decides to go to Italy to elope with only their maid of honor and best man in tow. Without their knowledge, the bride and groom hope that the two will hit it off, the marriage witness have other thoughts on that idea... It's a very cute boy meets girl story that has been told in countless ways over and over again. It works wonderful as a cute distraction from the outside world and is an easy read too!
I recently reviewed The Second Summer of the Sisterhood and just followed it up with the third installment of Girls in Pants. I still had some of the same problems of following which character was which, but I did enjoy the book. The girls are each growing up and are learning more about them. This addition to the series gives a nice sense of completion to some of the issues the girls faced in the first book. One comes to terms with the difference between physical and emotional love, I think that this was the most meaningful story that was shared in the book, another learns to let go of that first love and learn who she really is, another learns to live in the moment and not be afraid, and the fourth member of the sisterhood deals with accepting the new addition to her family and reevaluates her current relationship with her mother. The books do send a good message to young adults. There is definatly a part of me that wants to see more of the series as the girls venture off to college, but if Ann Brashers decides to leave it as it is there a nice finality to it.
A good friend of mine has been trying to get me to read Christopher Moore's books for quite awhile. I have been procrastinating on picking them up and am kicking myself for not doing it sooner! Fluke: Or, I Know Why the Winged Whale Sings begins innocently enough with a series of whale scientists and then about halfway through the book, it turns very very VERY werid when the hero finds a humpback whale with "bite me" written on its fluke. This was a book that I couldn't predict the plot changes came at you so fast and furiously and more importantly so unexpectedly that there was no way my mind could come up with something a strange and twisted. I loved it though! In a world of books where the endings can be seen before you even pick up the book it was a refreshing breath of fresh air. I would love to go into more details but I really think that it would take away from the experience. If you are into the weird and unexpected and don't mind things that are more than a little far fetched, then by all means, pick this up right away! In the mean time, I'm going to pick up some of Moore's other books!