Who loves NetGalley as much as I do? If you aren't on it yet, just sign up for an account, search through titles, request books to read on your favorite e-reader, submit feedback, and share your review on your blog. Simple! Here are the books I've read lately.
I Like You Just the Way I Am: Stories About Me and Some Other People by Jenny Mollen I love Jenny on Twitter and thought her book would be just as hilarious. There were many funny moments and I enjoy her no-nonsense shocking ways and self-depreciating humor, but I couldn't relate with a lot of her stories because she is borderline crazy. I wouldn't say I loved this book, but I definitely liked the majority of it.
One Plus One: A Novel by Jojo Moyes The story revolves around a struggling mother, Jess, her math whiz daughter, and her misunderstood step-son. When her daughter is invited to attend an elite school, Jess does everything she can to afford to pay for it. After a series of unfortunate events, an unlikely hero sweeps in and takes them on a cross country road trip so the daughter can participate in a Math Olympiad to earn money for her tuition. I admit, that plot sounds a little far-fetched, but it was a cute story with funny and heartbreaking situations and likable characters. In some ways, it reminded me of Little Miss Sunshine.
Ghosting by Edith Pattou I had no idea this book was written in verses like a poem or that it shared the perspective of nine different people, which I usually hate, but the plot sounded good enough to stick with it. I'm glad I did because I really liked it! The story is based on one summer night in a Midwestern town (involving alcohol, guns, a house party, and a haunted house) and how it all goes wrong in a matter of minutes, changing the lives of these high school students forever. It was a quick read and the free verse/stream of consciousness was easier to follow than I anticipated. I loved the different points of view and background of each character. I recommend it!
South Park FAQ: All That's Left to Know About the Who, What, Where, When and #%$* of Americas Favorite Mountain Town by Dave Thompson I don't know how popular South Park is anymore, but Jacob and I still watch every single episode. Matt Stone and Trey Parker are geniuses and I'll forever watching anything they create. This book is a very, very detailed look into the history of the show. While the background went into far more detail than I ever cared to know, I'm sure hardcore fans will appreciate it and it was presented well. My favorite parts include the list of celebrity storylines, character biographies, the A-Z breakdown of topics discussed throughout the series, the list of crimes each character has committed, and the chapter dedicated to Kenny's deaths.
I received these books from NetGalley for review purposes.