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Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Aftermath by Kelley Armstrong


Rating: DNF

Summary on Goodreads.

"Three years after losing her brother Luka in a school shooting, Skye Gilchrist is moving home. But there's no sympathy for Skye and her family because Luka wasn't a victim; he was a shooter. 
Jesse Mandal knows all too well that the scars of the past don't heal easily. The shooting cost Jesse his brother and his best friend--Skye. 
Ripped apart by tragedy, Jesse and Skye can't resist reopening the mysteries of their past. But old wounds hide darker secrets. And the closer Skye and Jesse get to the truth of what happened that day, the closer they get to a new killer..." [+ More].


Sensitive subject; and I was looking forward to read about the aftermath of a school shooting (with all the shootings that go around nowadays, 22 so far?). Anyways, I was expecting this book to be less annoying with the obvious bullying and patheticness that Skye goes through. Can't she stand up by herself? At 22% I was wondering if the standing up for herself was being saved for the last.

Also, what's up with all this hate? Are rural kids that vicious? And her brother didn't even shoot anybody! He was holding a gun when the police shot him. I just want to see if by the end of the book it would turn out that he was holding the gun because he took it from his friend (the real shooter) so he wouldn't kill anybody. Because that would be total bullshit.

So Jeese is hurt Sky left without saying good buy, and Skye thinks that Jesse hates her because his brother died... an obvious misunderstanding that reminds me of the pitiful attempt at love in Not if I save you first by Ally Carter.

And I am not the author, but, is Jesse acting up because he is actually glad that his asshole brother is dead but feels guilty about it and don't know who to handle the feelings? Or am I super smart for catching this so early into the story?

Skye keeps being locked up in school. School staff leaves but they forget that Skye is in detention... a law suit right there! And how the fuck did students got Skye phone number to send her anonymous vicious texts and videos? And, hello! After the first message you could change the number too. But nope, it looks like her number is public domain.

And Skye was almost burned down in a room! Really, why are these students going so far? But the best part? That she thinks she saw Jesse! So, obviously, he hates her so much that he tried to kill her. Oh my! Isn't this crap totally unbelievable? So now she is convinced that Jesse is the one sending her all those hate texts.

So far, Skye is constantly hearing conversations (about her, duh!) and hearing footsteps and shit. I am soooo bored. Does anything actually rational happen here?

And just out of the blue, shouldn't victims of shooting participate in some type of counseling? Hmmm... But I'm just up to 22% and although I don't like the story I will finish it to see if the above hypotheses are proved right.

at 47% and still more of the same lame thing. I think that what this story really is about is about Skye and Jesse getting back together! They obviously "love" each other but we need to read a lot of nonsense before they confess and kiss.

77% Skye and Jesse are friends again! He told her he wasn't the one trying to kill her and now everything is good. What's left? the 'L' word. Oh! Also, Skye and Jesse figured out what the police couldn't: Luka wasn't one of the shooters (even I got that right).

Okay, I'm going to stop reading now. I'm at 80% and Skye knows his brother was just another victim/hero and she and Jesse will end up together (probably). Moving on!

Thank you Netgalley for providing me with a copy of this title.

Friday, May 11, 2018

Anatomy of a Scandal by Sarah Vaughan


Rating: DNF

Summary on Goodreads.

"Sophie’s husband James is a loving father, a handsome man, a charismatic and successful public figure. And yet he stands accused of a terrible crime. Sophie is convinced he is innocent and desperate to protect her precious family from the lies that threaten to rip them apart.

Kate is the lawyer hired to prosecute the case: an experienced professional who knows that the law is all about winning the argument. And yet Kate seeks the truth at all times. She is certain James is guilty and is determined he will pay for his crimes..." [+ More]


So many high reviews and I couldn't even finish it. I think that it started with the introductory chapter which had nothing to do with the actual story (except that Kate, the lawyer, seems to specialize in rape cases?). Nothing wrong with it either, it just wasn't for me.

I couldn't connect to any of the characters. So this high profile politician had an affair and now the woman is accusing him of rape. For me this is like Monica Lewinsky and Bill Clinton: you were happily fucking the man and saved a stained dress to get some money out of it. Actually, that is the book I want to read, who the fucks saves a dress stained with semen!? My president was obviously set up!

But moving on to the present, the lover of this politician is now accusing him of rape; two weeks after the affair ended. Why now and not before? I don't know, maybe it is revealed in the plot, but that just made me lose interest. I was just not interested in knowing if he raped her or not because I was not invested in James or his marriage. I didn't give a fuck that his perfect wife and life was now coming a part because an affair. I think that if you don't want shit to happen you should stay away from it... unless it rains from the sky.

I didn't like the writing either. It just didn't click with me all this... preamble to something. Oh! I feel kind of sorry that I didn't make it to the trial because I just looove trials. But you see, when I don't care about a plot, I can't bring myself to keep reading.

On a positive note, I can already see this book as a movie, and if goes to the big screen, I would definitely check the DVD out of the library to watch it.

Monday, May 7, 2018

My Name Is Venus Black by Heather Lloyd


Rating: 5-Stars

Summary on Goodreads.

"Venus Black is a straitlaced A student fascinated by the study of astronomy—until the night she commits a shocking crime that tears her family apart and ignites a media firestorm. Venus refuses to talk about what happened or why, except to blame her mother. Adding to the mystery, Venus’s developmentally challenged younger brother, Leo, goes missing. More than five years later, Venus is released from prison with a suitcase of used clothes, a fake identity, and a determination to escape her painful past. Estranged from her mother... [+ More].


What a wonderful novel! my favorite parts where about Leo.

I got excited when I read the summary of this YA novel and it wasn't like the rest of them YA out there (boyfriend and high school drama). As I started reading it, I also started building so much expectation in my head (because I was really liking it) that I was afraid to be let down half way through. But I wasn't! I enjoyed My name is Venus Black from beginning to end.

The only thing that had me rolling my eyes was that Venus didn't want to go to college because then everybody was going to know she was in juvie... I mean, in a college with thousands of students she is going to be found out... and cared. I really was put off by this reasoning. Other than that, I loved the book! Hell, I even liked Tinker!

Half way through the story I got in my mind this idea of how the novel should end... and it did. I just love realistic happy endings, and this one gave me that.

Oh! I feel like... so satisfied. After reading way too many crappy books in a row, My name is Venus Black returned my hope in YA literature.


Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Not If I Save You First by Ally Carter


Rating: 1-Star

Summary on Goodreads

"Maddie thought she and Logan would be friends forever. But when your dad is a Secret Service agent and your best friend is the president's son, sometimes life has other plans. Before she knows it, Maddie's dad is dragging her to a cabin in the middle of the Alaskan wilderness.

No phone.
No Internet.
And not a single word from Logan.

Maddie tells herself it's okay. After all, she's the most popular girl for twenty miles in any direction. (She’s also the only girl for twenty miles in any direction.) She has wood to cut and weapons to bedazzle. Her life is full.
Until Logan shows up six years later . . .
And Maddie wants to kill him..." [+ More].


I guess some teenager/s would/might like the simplicity of this type of YA because they keep being published. So much is changing in technology and music but still, YA books are the same boring story.

Maddie and Logan were best friends as children but Maddie's father moved to the middle of nowhere and Maddie never heard from Logan again. Mind you, she is really hurt and upset that this friendship from when they were 10 years old didn't continue... Isn't that kind of what happens in the US where parents are constantly moving around? But let's say that for the sake of this plot, Logan and Maddie's friendship was supposed to last forever... until they met again when they were 16ish and since now they are hot and teenagers they fall in love after a couple of days together because... well, all that sexual tension from when they were 10 years was there! (I hope you can read sarcasm).

Since Maddie now has the experience of living six years in the wilderness of Alaska, and since she is the daughter of an ex secret agent she is obviously capable of saving the day and defeating Russian kidnappers. Yeap, just your everyday type of heroine.

There is a lot of dialogue here which can be a good or a bad thing (depending of your taste). When Maddie started writing letters to Logan and not getting any replies I saw how the plot would turn out right away. First angry and then in love with the new hot Logan.

Oh! But Logan was also upset because her best friend moved away without saying goodbye and he never again heard again from her. You know, like Maddie was a grown up and should've said a proper goodbye before her father (the one who pays the bills) decided to move?

Really, what is this grudge that two 10 year old hold against each other because they never heard from each other again? I guess today's kids don't move on as they are supposed to.

Friday, April 27, 2018

The Woman Before You by Carrie Blake


Rating: 1-Star

Summary on Goodreads.

"Isabel: Beautiful. Talented. Bored.
Mathew: Mysterious. Handsome. Dangerous.

For Isabel Archer, dating is a way to pass the time in her otherwise safe and comfortable life. She casts herself as the Perfect Girl for every man she matches with, playing a different girl with a different back-story every night for months. It's innocent – one goodnight kiss before swiftly deleting each profile – until she goes too far.

Mathew likes playing games too. Only the games he wants to play are the kind you don’t always walk away from.

As Isabel falls hard for Mathew, his lies bring them closer to their downfall. And she won’t see it coming..." [ More +].

This story... the summary, it is all deceiving. The blurb made it sound like Isabel was this Gone Girl woman/character, but she really wasn't. She went out on a couple of dates and lied about who she was. In high school, she wouldn't say what she was thinking because she didn't want to hurt people's feeling. That didn't make her conniving or anything remotely exciting.

Then she met Matthew who turned out to be playing her. Obviously, Isabel falls in love with him and I just got annoyed when she was sad or crying over him. Aren't you supposed to be this femme fatale that play with men? So much for that. She fell for him on the first date.

The plot seemed just be an excuse to engage in heavy foreplay. Did they ever actually have sex? I don't know. I do know he taunted her and fingered her. After 50% I realized this book was just some mild erotica.

The story is told from two points of view: Isabel and Mathew, and I liked that.

There was not much sense on what was going on other than a vague plot that pro ided different cheesy scenarios to almost have sex.

Who was playing whom? Definitely not Isabel. And where was the thriller here? I guess that was me deciding if I should finish the damn book. What didn't he see coming? Because Isabel didn't live up to the premise of a bad girl.

Thank you Netgalley for providing me with a copy of this title.

Sunday, April 22, 2018

The Perfect Nany by Leila Slimani


Rating: 2-Stars

Summary on Goodreads.

"When Myriam, a mother and brilliant French-Moroccan lawyer, decides to return to work, she and her husband are forced to look for a caretaker for their two young children. They are thrilled to find Louise: the perfect nanny right from the start. Louise sings to the children, cleans the family's beautiful apartment in Paris's upscale tenth arrondissement, stays late whenever asked, and hosts enviable kiddie parties. But as the couple and the nanny become more dependent on each other, jealousy, resentment, and frustrations mount, shattering the idyllic tableau..." [+ More].

I didn't enjoy this book as much as I thought I would because Eustacia recommended it. I was looking forward to this one but I just got bored with the story.

The opening was interesting; it started with the kids already dead (or dying), so what was left for me to read was why had this perfect nanny done that.

Somehow I lost interest in the reasons for the nanny to go wacko; and here I am just assuming that she indeed went crazy for God's know what or why.

The plot seemed interesting but it didn't hold my attention.

This book is a translation from the French version and I didn't find anything wrong with it. It is just that some books click and some don't...

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Blood Will Out by Jo Treggiari



Rating: DNF

Summary on Goodreads.

Available on June 5, 2018.

"She wakes at the bottom of a cistern, confused, injured and alone, with only the shadowy recollection of a low-pitched voice and a gloved hand. No one can hear her screams. And the person who put her there is coming back. The killer is planning a gruesome masterpiece, a fairytale tableau of innocence and blood, meticulously designed..." [More +].


What type of crap is this? Such an interesting title for a book but nothing to do with the story. The MC (Ari?) wakes up in well or something like that because she has been kidnapped. From there, up to 40% where I could manage to read, NOTHING happens.

Nobody is lookinh for her. Hell, nobody even knew she was missing. Pages go on and on about Ari remembering her life and back to the present to "where am I?"

Back to remembering happy timea with friends and shit. Back to the same hole and shit. Back to remembering... you see my point. I could not continue torturing myself with story.

Thank you Netgalley for providing me with a free copy of this title.


Thursday, April 12, 2018

Orphan Monster Spy by Matt Killeen


Rating: DNF

Summary on Goodreads.

"After her mother is shot at a checkpoint, fifteen-year-old Sarah--blonde, blue-eyed, and Jewish--finds herself on the run from a government that wants to see every person like her dead. Then Sarah meets a mysterious man with an ambiguous accent, a suspiciously bare apartment, and a lockbox full of weapons. He's a spy, and he needs Sarah to become one, too, to pull off a mission he can't attempt on his own: infiltrate a boarding school attended by the daughters of top Nazi brass..." [+ More]

I usually devour Holocaust stories like hot bread but this one didn't click with me. I found Sarah to be detached and couldn't feel for her. The plot seemed to be dragging. For instance, at the beginning Sarah has to run away from the Nazis, so the author keeps repeating Sarah's mother last words to her, lauf, run - over and over. I was just bored with it.

I didn't like the way the author introduced snippets of the past so Sarah could move forward (just my personal choice).

Thank you Netgalley for providing me with a copy of this title.

Friday, April 6, 2018

Somebody's Daughter by David Bell


Rating: 1-Star

On sale July 10, 2018

Summary on Goodreads.

"When Michael Frazier's ex-wife, Erica, shows up on his doorstep pleading for help, she drops a bombshell that threatens to rip his family apart: Erica's nine-year-old daughter is missing--and Michael is the father. Unable to quickly determine if Erica is telling the truth, and unwilling to leave the little girl's fate to chance, Michael has no choice but to follow the elusive trail of the child he has always wanted and never knew he had..." [+ More]

I was very uninterested in these characters. They seemed to be on autopilot and just acting and reacting to add pages to the book.

My dislike started with the mother showing up to the door of the alleged father to demand he helps her find their missing dauther. Wait, for ten years you have kept this daughter hidden but you chose this moment to tell him he is a father? Is he FBI or something that he will be able to do what the police can't?

Father, your 10 year ex shows up and tells you that, surprise! you are a daddy, and you just believe her and go on a chase to find this child. Uhummm....

There really was no depth to this story. I was concerned about this fictitious child because I am a whimp, not becuase the author did something to get emotionally involved in the story.


Sunday, April 1, 2018

Daddy Darkest by Ellery Kane


Title: Daddy Darkest (Doctor of Darkness, #1)

Rating: DNF

Summary on Goodreads.

"A month after her high school graduation, small-town-girl Samantha "Sam" Bronwyn boards a plane with her best friend, Ginny. Destination: San Francisco. But when Ginny disappears inside an airport bathroom wearing Sam's letterman jacket, it doesn't take her long to figure out she was the intended target. Alone in a strange city, Sam's on a run for her life--drawn into a dark past she never knew existed. A past where secrets aren't all that's buried and where revenge comes at the highest price. Who is Sam really--and who can she trust? The mysterious stranger in 4A who secreted a gun in his backpack? The guilty ex-con? The disarming FBI agent? Her own mother?..." [+ more].


This story felt anti-climatic; I didn't feel what I was reading. The MC was just annoying the hell out of me. And the love interest... at the beginning he is posing as a 21 year old but it turned out that he was kind of a seasoned cop so... that made him a lot older. And the "random" encounters with the MC were so not obvious coincidences that I just rolled my eyes.

The wrong girl is kidnapped so the rest of the plot is dedicated to find out why the MC was the target. Well, right away the author takes you to the past and starts narrating MC's mother story of how she got pregnant, thus revealing why her daughter was wanted. A psychological thriller this book was not. When the narration went back to the past I knew right away what was coming.

The story felt flat, rushed and unappealing. I could not finish it. And it is a series?! Well, if you are looking for a light "psychological thriller" (no depth), this book might be for you.

Thank you Netgalley for providing me with a copy of this title.

Monday, March 26, 2018

Girl Made of Stars by Ashley Herring Blake


Rating: 5-Stars

Summary on Goodreads.

Release date: May 15, 2018.

"Mara and Owen are as close as twins can get, so when Mara’s friend Hannah accuses Owen of rape, Mara doesn't know what to think. Can her brother really be guilty of such a violent act? Torn between her family and her sense of right and wrong, Mara feels lost, and it doesn’t help that things are strained with her ex-girlfriend, Charlie. As Mara, Hannah, and Charlie come together in the aftermath of this terrible crime, Mara must face a trauma from her own past and decide where Charlie fits into her future. With sensitivity and openness, this timely novel confronts the difficult questions surrounding consent, victim blaming, and sexual assault..." [+ More].

This story is well written and the subject it covers right to the point. I did't not like it, but is not like I liked it either.

I liked Charlie's character but I didn't completely liked Mara (and I don't even know why).

Is it rape if you are heavily making out with your boyfriend and then you just don't feel like going all the way and ask him to stop but he doesn't and puts it in anyways? Isn't that what our president, Donald Trump did with his ex wife; had sex with her even when she didn't want to?

Anyways, some people will say that men should stop anyways... but that is not the issue here. I liked how Blake linked what happened to Mara to Hanna. Why would you believe one girl over the other?

Exploring what happened to Mara could be another whole book by itself!

Blake even takes on this whole new trend of I-don't-know-what-I-am (male or female), so I'm binary. But that's not really what this book is about either.

I will never understand how you a person can break up with somebody because "I don't want to lose your friendship." What the heck is that? Especially coming from a teen. If you didn't want to ruin the friendship you shouldn't have started dating in the fist place. And since when do teenagers see so far ahead? 17 year old breaking up because she doesn't want to ruin their friendship...

I think these teens in this book acted a lot more serious than their age. I didn't feel as if I was reading something from the perspective of a teenager but an adult.

Anyways, this is a nice book for a book club as it has a lot of points that can be taken up for discussion. Very well written, just that the characters didn't sound their age to me.




Wednesday, March 21, 2018

The Disturbed Girl's Dictionary by NoNieqa Ramos


Rating: DNF

Summary on Goodreads.

"Macy's school officially classifies her as "disturbed," but Macy isn't interested in how others define her. She's got more pressing problems: her mom can't move off the couch, her dad's in prison, her brother's been kidnapped by Child Protective Services, and now her best friend isn't speaking to her. Writing in a dictionary format, Macy explains the world in her own terms..." [+ More].

Does this story have a point? At 35% I don't see it yet. What is this Macy chick so angry about? Is there even a plot here? Why does she curse teachers off, throw chairs and tables and doesn't get expelled? Is this a school for crazy kids and I don't know about it?

Oh yes, Macy is crazy, disturbed, has attention deficit disorder, was born in jail, is poor, and has parents that are physically and mentally absent. So of course her life is shit. Is she doing anything to change that? No. On the contrary, she takes advantage of her "mentally disturbed" status to tell teachers to fuck off and get away with anything. I do not have a problem with cursing but I haven't heard of a student cursing a teacher off and getting away with it. Oh! yes, Macy is sent to see the principal. Hmmm... how many times?

Macy has mental problems and she knows it so she acts extra ghetto because she knows that she can get away with shit.

I didn't like Macy at all. Maybe not everybody wants to do and be better in life. Maybe some people are perfectly happy living the shitty lives they got; well, this is the sense I got from Macy.

Not all books must have a happy ending either, but at least the story should move towards something. What is the point of this book? What is it that Macy wants in life? It's not clear yet; maybe it will be revealed towards the end of the book but I am not interested anymore.

No, I did not connect with this one. DNF at 35% because there are other books out there about diversity, minorities, poverty, abuse and all that crap that make more sense than this one.

Thank you Netgalley for providing me with a copy of this title.


Friday, March 16, 2018

Us Against You by Fredrik Backman


Us Against You (Beartown #2)

Rating: 5-Stars

Summary on Goodreads.

Release date: June 5, 2018


"After everything that the citizens of Beartown have gone through, they are struck yet another blow when they hear that their beloved local hockey team will soon be disbanded. What makes it worse is the obvious satisfaction that all the former Beartown players, who now play for a rival team in Hed, take in that fact. Amidst the mounting tension between the two rivals, a surprising newcomer is handpicked to be Beartown’s new hockey coach..." [+ More].

When I finish crying I'll come back to write a review.

*** Okay, five days later I can think about this book without having a sense of longing in my heart.

What did I just read? Just like the book before, Beartown this book is flawless. Man, Backman can write!

The characters have the same depth as before. I was so into it that I felt I was from Beartown too. Benji... has a more perfect character ever been written?

I am not going to go into details about the characters and the plot because the story picked up where it was left in the previous book. Do you need to read Beartown first? Not necessarily; enough background is given to engage in Us Against You without having to read Beartown.

The only thing that I felt was dragging were the parts about Peter and his wife. It could definitely have been shorter.

Is there a third book coming? I hope so! Maybe about Alicia?... I don't think Benji's character could be exploited any more. Lol!

I don't know what to write to express how much I loved it. I fucking cried at the end. Jesus! It is fiction!!! Yeah, well, tell that to Us Against You. It felt very real to me.

Thank you Netgalley for providing me with a copy of this title.


Monday, March 12, 2018

Bring me Back by B. A. Paris


Rating: 1-Star

Summary on Goodreads.

Release date: June 19, 2018.

"A young British couple are driving through France on holiday when they stop for gas. He runs in to pay, she stays in the car. When he returns her car door has been left open, but she's not inside. No one ever sees her again.

Ten years later he's engaged to be married; he's happy, and his past is only a tiny part his life now. Until he comes home from work and finds his new wife-to-be is sitting on their sofa. She's turning something over in her fingers, holding it up to the light. Something that would have no worth to anyone else, something only he and she would know about because his wife is the sister of his missing first love..." [+ More].


I still can't believe I wasted one day of my life reading this crap. "Addictive" and a "page turner" it is not. I just wanted to stop reading this stupidity, but if I actually stopped I wouldn't be able to fully tell how much of a bad story this book is.

So Layla disappeared one night and 12 years later she is... like back. Fine. The problem is the ridiculous chat conversations that she has with Finn (the ex); they are so absurd that I decided not to read that part anymore. So Finn chatting with Layla, a person that has been gone for 12 years, and no emotion is shown. Hello! A "where the fuck have you been?" is in order!

Oh! He still loves her! Holy crap.

So now Finn is going to marry Ellen (Layla' sister) and that is what apparently has brought Layla back from the dead.

The story is told in the past and present. The past consists of events that took place between Layla and Finn before she disappeared, I guess to show us how deep their love was...? Unnecessary crap.

Anyways, the real reason of why Layla had been gone 12 years came like a sudden slap that just made mad. Yes, I was mad at reading something so wacky (not the reason itself but the way it was played out).

The best part is that Layla leaves an email explaining EVERYTHING! Isn't that convenient? I suspect that written evidence is the prefer method of A. B. Paris for solving a story. (The same happened in The Breakdown but instead of an email it was text messages (like people discuss their crimes over texts...).

Anyway, everything was nicely explained here in the form of an email and that was that.

I wanted to see real emotions but these characters acted like robots.

This is my last Paris book. I am not wasting my time anymore with this author.

Thanks Netgalley for providing me with a free copy of this title.


Saturday, March 3, 2018

The Last Black Unicorn by Tiffany Haddish


Rating: DNF

Summary on Goodreads.

I liked her in the movie Girls Trip so I wanted to read her story. Well, it is all the same: from poor to fame. But to be fair, I don't see me reading a book, for instance, about how Madonna's daughter became a model. So I guess that just people with poor upbringings have something to tell.

The book is very fast to read; unfortunately, it has no depth at all and it is haphazardly written. At least she is not playing the victim here. She talks about her foster years, some bullying and this and that with a light heart and I liked that. What is past is past.

You could say that rather than being a victim this book is about being a survivor and making it but it didn't feel like that to me. It feels like she rushed to write this book to take advantage of the little fame she got to do what celebrities do: write a book.

I think the writing in the book is her voice, but it feels so rushed and lacking in so many departments that I didn't find anything funny in here. There is no setting for any of the small scenes described here. She talks about Will Smith and Jada and I felt she was talking about aliens.

She learned to read in ninth grade, yet at the end of the book when she is 35 years old, she mentions that she can barely read. Not a big, just that now what she said before is unreliable for me.

She also mentions some encounter with Mary J. Blidge that rather than funny sounded awkward. I mean, without some little background and set up, your conversation with Blidge is not going to make laugh (assuming that was the point).

Haddish shows such an unbelievable level of ignorance at some points that it was just unbelievable. You don't know what a Bar Mitzvah is? come on! You just made up that shit to sound funny because I even know what it is (and I wasn't even raised here).

I guess that she went for most stereotypes about black people here because that is what she sells. So if you've been to some of her shows then you will get that in this book.

She definitely has (had) a story to tell, but for me, it didn't come out right in this book. What I was reading was bad acting and all over the place thoughts and sporadic dialogue that delivered empty words for the sake of making some simple souls laugh.

To write a funny book, Haddish needs to get her thoughts together in order to write a book with some coherence. 

I am so glad I checked this book out of the library! When I requested it, there were about 40 patrons ahead of me and I was just about to buy it when bam! I got it. Good; it saved me a trip to the post office to return it.