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review 2017-04-26 16:13
Based on a True Story - Delphine de Vigan,George Miller

I can tell you that I almost gave up on this book. The author took way to long to get into the meat of this story. She just went on and on about L. I was seriously getting sick of L and was ready to throw the book across the room.

Not exactly sure why I did, but I continued on. Am I glad I did? The ending told me why the author carried on, but I still think she went overboard. She could have shortened it a lot more and I think it would have kept me more interested.

Thanks to Bloomsbury and Net Galley for allowing me to read and review this book.

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review 2017-04-17 20:33
Based on a True story - or how to spoil movies for the masses.
Based on a True Story - Delphine de Vigan,George Miller

Based on a true story really wasn't for me. But I should make it clear that in this case it is most definitely the story rather than the writing quality that was my issue. I actually rather loved the way Delphine De Vigan writes so I'll hopefully read some more from her in the future.

This is about this book though.

Problem being this has been done before and honestly? In my opinion better. The mysterious meeting of two minds, an ongoing friendship developing that becomes toxic or perhaps mutually destructive, with an ambiguous open ended maybe whatever finale that supposedly leaves the reader in a whirl but honestly, left me slightly flat. The lilting beautiful prose is what held me in the novel not the telling of the tale.

And seriously I'm sorry but you know there probably are people out there in the world who have not yet seen the intensely brilliant "The Usual Suspects" but have always intended to do so, who may decide to read this novel. The author lays out the ending of The Usual Suspects in full, including the final scenes in that movie (which DID leave me in a whirl and is cleverly, insanely excellent) thereby giving away all its secrets and even some of the nuances. Why???? Why would you DO that. It irritated me beyond all reason - LUCKILY I have seen that movie, no spoiler for me. I believe it was to make comparisons to how the character in "Based on a True Story" was feeling but you know sorry this was no Usual Suspects and this character is no Kayser Soze. No. Just no.

2* for the beautiful writing but you can keep the rest.

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review 2017-03-16 01:19
Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes
Sadako and the thousand paper cranes - Eleanor Coerr

Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes is a heartbreaking story about a young girl who attempts to fulfill the legend of folding one thousand paper cranes to make her well again. It is a story of hope and perseverance.

Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes received a score of 630L on the Lexile scale making it suitable for most end year third graders. This would be a good story to teach about Hiroshima and the disaster it faced when a bomb destroyed it during WWII. It could be used as a continuation of a history lesson, and students can write letters to Sadako and fold them into paper cranes. 

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review 2017-03-07 17:39
Papi: Based on a True Story - J.C. Valen... Papi: Based on a True Story - J.C. Valentine,M. Carroll

Julie is recently in the process of getting a divorce from her two-timing, cheating husband and has decided she needs to move on with her life.  Having three children doesn't give Julie much time for herself but she decides maybe if she could go out on a date or two, it would help her feel better about herself.  Imagine Julie's surprise when she gets a response back very quickly from an on-line dating app that she signed up for.  Enter Alejandro.  Slightly younger....divorced with a child....and he's Latino...something that Julie has always been attracted to.  The two of them start communicating through texting and Julie realizes that there is a strong connection between the two of them.  They decide to meet and things just explode from there!  Hot, hot, hot!!!  Instant attraction.  

I just adored these two characters.  They seemed to be finally really living their lives.  This was a quick read and still by the end of it all I could think was, "Damn, good for you Julie!".  It does end with a slight cliffhanger that will leave you wanting more and I certainly can't wait to read more!

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review 2016-09-20 15:00
Based On A True Story by Norm Macdonald
Based on a True Story: A Memoir - Norm Macdonald

The world's longest joke?
I think I just read it with this book. Seriously.
Did he have a ghost writer, or did he not? I don't know. It was weird, expectantly, but was it too weird?
I did laugh. A lot, in fact. I was also baffled at times too. Still, I enjoyed what I read.
This guy comes from a place in Ontario that I haven't even heard of, and I live in Ontario too. I found that funny, but it also prompts me to want to see more of my beautiful province.
Do I feel like I read a memoir? Not in the least. Even when he discussed actually events in his career, they all drifted to something else all together and somehow it all became about Adam.
So did I love it? Not really. I didn't dislike it either. It just was.... well, I don't know what it was, but it was.

 

 

Source: www.fredasvoice.com/2016/09/based-on-true-story-by-norm-macdonald-63.html
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