Little Fires Everywhere

I also finished Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng.  I loved this book and the story kept me hooked all the way through with its engaging characters.  The story begins with a house fire and then flashes back to explain the family dynamics and what really happened.

The story is primarily about Pearl, a new girl in town who rents a small apartment with her mother from the Richardson family.  Pearl soon becomes friends with the four Richardson children, but the relationships between them soon become complicated and messy.  Throw in subplots about a legal proceeding regarding an Asian baby left at a fire station and the mystery of Pearl’s mother’s past and you get a compelling read all the way to the very end.

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Fitness Junkie

I needed something relatively light for an airplane read, so I chose Fitness Junkie by Lucy Sykes and Jo Piazza.  It came out this July and is about a wedding dress company CEO whose business partner decides she has gained too many weight to be the face of the company.  She has to lose 30 pounds, or she’s out.  Janey sets out to do just that, by trying all the latest diets and exercise fads, including a week long wellness retreat.  Along the way she makes some new friends and begins dating again as well.  The book is definitely funny and entertaining, and a great quick read.

All the Dirty Parts

I read All the Dirty Parts by Daniel Handler this week in only one day.  The author also wrote the Lemony Snicket books, which I have yet to read, but this book received some buzz, so I decided to check it out.

I’m not totally sure how I feel about this book.  Picture a teenage boy’s mind who is obsessed with sex and then dictate whatever is going through his head onto a page.  That is this book.  While my teenage experience was vastly different, I’m sure that there are some boys that are behaving like Cole, and maybe that’s what makes me so uncomfortable.  I certainly wouldn’t my son to be like that or my daughter to be anywhere near someone like him.

Class Mom

I finished Class Mom by Laurie Gelman and this book was hysterical.  Being a mother of elementary school children, I could totally relate to the story.  Jen is the kindergarten class mom and there are numerous emails that are interspersed throughout the plot between her and the class.  Most of the moms don’t understand her sarcasm and throw in some bizarre parents and you get a book you cannot put down.

Jen has two college aged children as well as her kindergartner, so as the veteran parent, she assumed she would have it all together.  However, the teacher is hiding something from everyone and one of the other parents is Jen’s old high school crush.  Obviously this book isn’t any kind of deep literature, but it was a good back to school pick that made me laugh.

The Dazzling Heights

I just finished The Dazzling Heights by Katharine McGee, the sequel to The Thousandth Floor. I really enjoyed the first book and this one picks right up with the same characters and their glamorous lives living in a mega tower in futuristic New York. 

After a character death at the end of the first book, the plot focuses on them either trying to get over it, cover up what really happened or discover the secret behind that night.  The book jumps from character to character and each has a fairly compelling side plot that keeps the pace of book moving quickly. I especially like Watt, who has a super computer implanted in his brain and Avery, the almost too perfect rich girl who is in love with her adopted brother. 

Even though this is a YA novel, it is still compelling. The ending certainly leaves open the possibility for a third story. There are a lot of places to take these characters. 

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.