Rapid Reviews v. 6

Yes, it's time for another edition of Rapid Reviews, a.k.a OMG how did I get so far behind???

  • Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins - I liked it but... I almost felt like it was a bad idea put Anna and St. Clair in the book because I couldn't have been the only one that wanted to stay with them all the time, right?

  • The Future of Us by Jay Asher and Carolyn Mackler - I wanted to love this book but I thought it was only... ok? It's a great concept for a book. Who wouldn't have freaked out about getting a glimpse of their Facebook account after doing that long AOL CD install. But that was also the problem for me. I felt like the concept was the strength of the novel and not the characters.

  • Sass and Serendipity by Jennifer Ziegler - I think maybe I just need to stay away from Jane Austen retellings for a long time.

  • Hark! A Vagrant by Kate Beaton - Who doesn't love Kate?

  • Citizens of London by Lynne Olson - I wanted to really like this book because I really loved Troublesome Young Men. I'm not sure what my problem was but it took me forever to read it. I often felt like she strayed too far from the three people she framed the book around, which is unavoidable to an extent. I also maybe got really tired of reading about everyone's affairs.

  • A Life in Stitches by Rachael Herron - Fun collection of essays about knitting, yarn and life.

  • The King's Speech by Mark Logue - You know how we book types always thing that that movies based on books aren't as great? A book based on a movie is even less so -- at least in this case.