Reviews by Pam I am
If you are looking for a book that is "un-put-downable, Dave Eggers' The Circle is it! This is the kind of book that you feel compelled to discuss with people--it would be great for a book discussion with its exploration of themes such as privacy and democracy.
Mae Holland is hired to work for a powerful tech company called "the Circle". Imagine if Facebook, Twitter, Google, and Yahoo all merged and became one huge internet company . . . . that's The Circle. As Mae joins the company she is excited and impressed by all the Circle offers like high-tech modern facilities, employee dorms, thematic parties, and even health insurance for her ailing father. It seems to be a utopian workplace. But soon, Mae becomes entrenched in the Circle culture and the launch of new inventions like SeeChange cameras that can be planted anywhere to see what people are doing. Mae also agrees to wear a camera around her neck that provides a live feed of all that she is doing every minute of every day. Political leaders are encouraged to wear these cameras and become transparent as well.
As the novel progresses, the reader is confronted with the idea that all this technological progress doesn't align with personal freedom and privacy. One of the Circle's taglines is " Privacy is Theft." But, what if nothing was private anymore? Is complete transparency the answer? Can technological progress be a bad thing?
Rachel Walsh is from an Irish family of five sisters, and she is living and working as a single girl in New York City. Rachel is living the dream until she is fired from her job and her boyfriend dumps her because of her addiction to drugs. She is sent by her family to a rehab facility in Ireland, but she is in serious denial of her problem. She is absolutely sure that her visit to rehab will be a "holiday" complete with movie stars, great food, and spa treatments. But, Rachel soon learns she must confront her addiction and embrace her new lease on life. Even though there are dark moments for Rachel the story unfolds with humor and moments that I found myself laughing out loud.
The best way to review Sophie Kinsella's newest book, Wedding Night, is to start with an analogy. Sophie Kinsella is to "chick literature" as Jennifer Anniston is to "Romantic Comedy Films". And, this latest book is the equivalent of a romantic comedy film where you can imagine the main character as Jennifer Aniston starring alongside Reese Witherspoon and Bradley Cooper. If you are looking to curl up with a light-hearted, fast-paced, and funny book then this is a book I recommend.
This new book features two sisters, Lottie and Fliss. Lottie has a history of making "unfortunate choices" following bad breakups and after she breaks up with her longtime boyfriend she reconnects with an old flame, Ben. Within days Lottie and Ben have decided to get married right away and honeymoon in Greece. Fliss doesn't want to see Lottie make this mistake and decides to travel to Greece to stop Lottie and Ben from consumating their marriage. As with any Sophie Kinsella book, the characters are flawed, but endearing. They are silly and inept but you will laugh along with this book. So curl up with some popcorn and indulge yourself in this romantic comedy chick-lit book!