Review: Good Riddance by Eleanor Lipman

Title: Good Riddance

Author: Eleanor Lipman

Published: Houghton Mifflin February 2019

Status: Read from Feb 6th to Feb 6th 2019

Daphne Maritch doesn’t quite know what to make of the heavily annotated high school yearbook she inherits from her mother, who held this relic dear. Too dear. The late June Winter Maritch was the teacher to whom the class of ’68 had dedicated its yearbook, and in turn she went on to attend every reunion, scribbling notes and observations after each one—not always charitably—and noting who overstepped boundaries of many kinds. 

In a fit of decluttering (the yearbook did not, Daphne concluded, “spark joy”), she discards it when she moves to a small New York City apartment. But when it’s found in the recycling bin by a busybody neighbor/documentary filmmaker, the yearbook’s mysteries—not to mention her own family’s—take on a whole new urgency, and Daphne finds herself entangled in a series of events both poignant and absurd. “

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My Thoughts:


I was underwhelmed by ‘Good Riddance’. The yearbook, and it’s potential, was a great hook for a story, but I found the plot superficial and banal. So too was Daphne, Lipman’s main protagonist.It was her father, Tom, that I liked most, and who I thought had the most complete character arc.

A quick, easy read, but not one I’d recommend unless you are a particular fan of the author.


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Review: Claire de Lune by Christine Johnson

Title: Claire de Lune

Author: Christine Johnson

Publisher: Simon Pulse

Sypnosis: Torn between two destinies? Claire is having the perfect sixteenth birthday. Her pool party is a big success, and gorgeous Matthew keeps chatting and flirting with her as if she’s the only girl there. But that night, she discovers something that takes away all sense of normalcy: she’s a werewolf. As Claire is initiated into the pack of female werewolves, she must deal not only with her changing identity, but also with a rogue werewolf who is putting everyone she knows in danger. Claire’s new life threatens her blossoming romance with Matthew, whose father is leading the werewolf hunt. Now burdened with a dark secret and pushing the boundaries of forbidden love, Claire is struggling to feel comfortable in either skin. With her lupine loyalty at odds with her human heart, she will make a choice that will change her forever?.

Status: Read on November 01, 2010
My Thoughts

I picked up Claire de Lune from the new release shelf at my library, and conveniently it fit with a current challenge requirement. I’ve been more willing to give the YA genre a chance after reading some wonderful books with the designation, such as Graceling and Shiver.
I’m having the hardest time writing a review for this book though. The premise itself is interesting, with a unique twist in accepted werewolf lore, but I am too removed from the target audience as a reader so I can’t decide how to review it.
As a mother, I think for a tween, or young teen, audience, Claire de Lune is a gentle introduction to the paranormal genre. It’s an easy read with a linear plot and predictable progression so the suspense is largely non-threatening, perfect for those a little nervous about things that go bump in the night. There is a positive message about self acceptance and tolerance which I like.
I found Claire annoying, but I believe younger girls will comfortably relate with her inner angst. The romance between Claire and Matthew is sweet and mostly chaste (comments by BFF Emily aside).
As an older reader however, I found the the story bland. It lacks complexity in plot and characterisation, and it didn’t really hold my interest.
I wanted more, but I’ll pass it on to my daughter happily enough.

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Review: To Wish or Not To Wish by Mindy Klasky

Title: To Wish or Not to Wish {As You Wish #3)

Author: Mindy Klasky

Publisher: Mira

Status: Read on October 27, 2010 — I own a copy
My Thoughts:

Erin needs a break, not only in her career, but from her jerk of a boyfriend. Finding a genie in a tarnished lamp gives her four wishes, but Teel, the gender bending genie, is pushy and Erin doesn’t know what she wants exactly. Her sister, Amy, is happy to tell her but The Plan doesn’t seem to be going well. When Erin meets Timothy, it’s in danger of falling apart all together.
Erin’s not the most sympathetic of characters, she is a little too self centered and shallow. Her first two wishes didn’t just give her a boost, they was a great big push to give her much better singing and dancing skills so it annoyed me when she whined about not getting the lead – even though it wasn’t something she actually earnt in the first place.
Neither could I buy her attraction to Teel, if he only appeared as Dr Teel did (even with a change of costume), then yes – but by then he had already shown up in a variety of guises, including as a female. I don’t think the story needed the added romantic complication. I liked that Teel had a story though, even if it was vague, of his own.
Erin’s attraction to Timothy made much more sense, even with the push pull going on. Timothy is a quiet hero, the Garden Variety gives him nobility and warmth, and Klasky shares enough of his background to create a well rounded character. I never really figured out why he was attracted to Erin though.
Even though Erin is not the most likeable heroine, the story has charm.
There are some amusing, snarky moments and it’s not as predictable as I expected . The pacing is just right, the writing good, so it is a quick read. In all, To Wish or Not To Wish is a cute book I’d recommend for light paranormal romance fans.

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