Night Film

I finally finished Night Film, and while I really enjoyed it, it took be forever to get through it because of the length.  I would definitely recommend this one though.  The mystery was compelling and could not wait to see what happened.

The main character is Scott McGrath, a reporter who had chased a story involving a mysterious film director, Cordova.  His pursuit of that story ultimately ended up getting Scott disgraced in his profession.  A few years later, Cordova’s twenty-four year-old daughter, Ashley, has turned up dead and Scott is again sucked into pursuing the story.  He meets two other characters who have a connection to Ashley and together they investigate what really happened to her.

The book takes the characters to various places around the city and each one leads to another fascinating clue.  The most exciting part is when the group finally breaks into the Peak, Cordova’s estate and location of many of his films.  The books also is interspersed with screenshots of webpages and new articles adding some depth to the story.

Chemistry

I finished Chemistry but Weike Wang awhile ago, but never posted a review here, so I need to catch up.  It was a quick read about an Asian American woman in the middle of her PhD program in chemistry.  She is unsure on where she wants to go in her life and faced with a marriage proposal from her fellow scientist boyfriend, she basically chooses nothing.  She quits both the program and her her boyfriend.

I can’t remember too many details from the book, which I guess says something by itself, but I remember liking it.  That’s not an incredibly ringing endorsement, but there you go.

Rich People Problems

I finished Rich People Problems, the third book in the Crazy Rich Asians trilogy by Kevin Kwan last night. I loved the first one, and enjoyed the second, so I was excited to read this one. It took a little bit to get back into all of th characters, but yesterday, I read for several hours wanting to finish it. 

Nick Young is back as the main character and he goes back to Singapore when his beloved but estranged grandmother becomes very ill. Of course, the rest of the family descends on the house as well in an attempt to gain some of th inheritance. Once she dies, the real drama begins as the family begins entertaining offers for the palace-like home. Nick feels a sense of duty in wanting to preserve the home instead of selling it off to developers. 

The crazy characters of Nick’s extended family were easily the best part of the first two books and they don’t disappoint here. A movie based on the first novel is currently in production and I can’t wait to see that as well. 

Blind Item

I finished Blind Item, by Kevin Dickson and Jack Ketsoyan, a bit ago and it was a pretty quick and easy read.  The main character, Nicola is an assistant publicist in Los Angeles. She meets Seamus, a famous movie star and she is thrust into crazy situations as she begins dating him. 

Seamus of course has baggage in the form of a drug problem and Nicola is constantly torn between really liking him and wanting to be with him and not wanting to be caught up in the messiness. 

The book made LA seem sleazy and maybe the inner workings of the entertainment scene are indeed like that, but there was a little too much drama for my taste. 

Swing Time

I finished Swing Time by Zadie Smith last night and I’ll be honest, I had a hard time getting through it.  There were several points where I almost put it down due to lack of interest, but I am the type of person who finishes things, so I persevered.

The story follows two young brown girls in London who begin taking dance lessons.  Their lives take different paths and the reader primarily sticks with one girl, following her through her job as a personal assistant to a pop star and setting up a school in Africa.  The relationship between the two girls is probably the most interesting part of the book, but it doesn’t dwell long on it and instead takes a long time with details that I really just did not care about.

The Rules Do Not Apply

I finished The Rules Do Not Apply awhile back, a memoir by Ariel Levy primarily about one business trip changing the author’s life forever.  Pregnant and in love with her wife, Levy left for Mongolia in 2012 and suffers a tragic and dangerous miscarriage there.  Her marriage subsequently falls apart and she must reevaluate her priorities in her life.  While the story might seem depressing and I certainly didn’t agree with every decision the author made, her writing drew me in and I was fully engrossed in the story.

Thirteen Reasons Why

I zoomed through this book in the past two days, partly because of the new Netflix show. Written by Jay Asher in 2007, it follows Clay, a high school student who receives a box of cassette tapes from Hannah, another student who has recently committed suicide.

On each side of the tapes, Hannah tells the story of one person who contributed to her decision to commit suicide, ranging from a fellow student who was a Peeping Tom in her window to a boy who raped another classmate while she was in the room.  The book is pretty melodramatic, as is common with a lot of teen fiction and I can definitely see the argument that many have made regarding it glorifying suicide.  I still may check out the Netflix show to see how they adapted it.  I’ve heard there are a lot of changed they made.