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Need a good book for summer?

It’s time for another official book review!  Check out the discussion on BlogHer at


The book in review is Where She Went by Gayle Forman.  When I signed up to review it, I did not know it was a sequel to a book called, If I Stay.  I was kind of bummed at first thinking I should have read the first book  but it really didn’t matter.   I could follow the story even without reading the first book.  However, I did end up buying the first book because I liked this one so much!  The first book is from the woman’s point of view and this book is from the man’s point of view which I think is brilliant!

Imagine my surprise when I received the If I Stay and it has a review on it from USA Today that says it “will appeal to fans of Stephenie Meyer’s TWILIGHT”.  Whaddya know??

I have yet to meet a tween/teen book or movie that I don’t enjoy…especially a love story. This one hooked me from the first line.  “Every morning I wake up and tell myself this:  It’s just one day, one twenty-four-hour period to get yourself through.” 

This book is written from the perspective of the man, Adam, and it is honest and gut wrenching at times.  We see his insecurities and his fears and feel his longing.  He had made a promise to his girlfriend after she was in an accident.  He told her that if she lived, he would do anything for her.  He begged her not to die.  She lived and then she left him.

This is the story of how Adam feels about all of it – the accident, the promise, the fact that she left him.  Forman does a great job of writing from his point of view.  I was swept up in his emotions and I really liked him even though (because?) he was flawed and not always so “nice”.

Adam and Mia were high school sweethearts and both musicians so music and lyrics play a big role in this book which I love! Since the accident, he has become a famous rock star which makes reading his thoughts very interesting.  It’s as if we are getting a glimpse into the interior life of a celebrity and realizing he is just like us…flawed, lonely, angry, needy.

Where She Went is romantic and suspenseful and hopeful.   Parts of the book are sad but to me, the book is filled with real emotions that ring true.  You feel like you know Adam and you root for him.  Honestly, I couldn’t put it down.  I read it in a day.  This would be a great  read for mom and for her teenage daughters!

Just in time for summer!

This is a paid book review for BlogHer Book Club but the opinions expressed are my own.
image of book cover from bornbookish.blogspot.com
©2012 Sue Bidstrup, Great Big Yes™ All Rights Reserved

If You Give a Mom a Minute

I’m sort of tired.

I’m a little confused.

I wish I could stop thinking.

I need to power down.

I move from one thing to another to another.

I’m like the pig…you know, the one they gave a pancake to.   Then he needed syrup. You know how the story goes.

For me, it’s like this. I wake up and check my email. Then I hear a text “ding” on my phone. I check it. When I’m checking it, my son wants cereal.

I put the phone down, go to get him cereal and then he needs milk. On the way to getting milk, I decide I’m sort of hungry. I start to get some fruit. Then I remember the text and start to answer it.

My son then reminds me about the milk, “Mom, you forgot my milk”. I put the phone down, get the milk. Remember I want some fruit, go to the refrigerator and realize I haven’t made lunches.

My daughter asks if her lunch is ready. I say, “I’m making it now” as I take out the turkey and mustard. I start to make the sandwich and the doorbell rings. As I go to get the doorbell, I see the wall looks really dirty. I answer the door and then proceed to get the magic eraser to clean the wall.

My daughter says, “Bye mom, we are leaving…where’s my lunch?” I look up from the scrubbing of the wall and remember the sandwich. I hurry to finish her lunch and push her out the door (I mean, I gently tell her to have a beautiful day!)

Then my son asks where his shoes are and they are in the car. (Why, I don’t know) We find them in the car but when I see the car is a mess, I start to clean it.

As I’m throwing away garbage, I find an old magazine. I start to leaf through it. I see a picture of a room I think is beautiful. I remember I want to paint the living room walls. I start to daydream. I go inside and start searching the internet for the Benjamin Moore color that is listed in the article. I sit down to daydream. I plan a new furniture arrangement. I actually start MOVING the furniture.

My son says, “Mom, I have to leave…where’s my lunch?” I head back to the kitchen, make his lunch and push him out the door. (Again, I mean I gently send him on his way with heartfelt wishes for a beautiful day.)

As I return to the kitchen, I see the milk is still out. I put it back and see the fruit I wanted for breakfast. My phone “dings” again. I check it. Then I sit down to check my email again.

Now, either you are laughing and relating to this wholeheartedly or you are ready to send me to the looney bin ( or as my daughter calls it, “The Wacky Shack”). Either way, it’s not good.

I met Laura Numeroff one day. She is the author of the book If You Give a Pig a Pancake and If You Give a Moose a Muffin and the entire series. They are great books for kids. She seemed really nice. We were both waiting outside the backstage door to meet the cast of “Wicked”. It was pretty random to meet her there but I was sufficiently star struck. I went on and on about how I love her books and how all my kids love her books. I dragged my daughter over to meet her. We even asked for her autograph. I don’t know many people who have their “Wicked” program signed by Laura Numeroff!

Maybe her books are really about how we are all distracted and easily derailed. Hmmm…social commentary? I don’t know but honestly, now I’m really in the mood for a pancake. And you know if I get a pancake, I’m going to need some syrup to go with it…

©2011 Sue Bidstrup, Great Big Yes™ All Rights Reserved