I am falling behind my Goodreads goal of reading 50 books for the year. I best try kicking it up a notch!
Love Life (2014)
by Rob Lowe
A famous magazine article in 1985 penned many up and coming actors and actresses as “The Brat Pack,” consisting of Emilio Estevez, Anthony Michael Hall, Andrew McCarthy, Demi Moore, Molly Ringwald, and Rob Lowe to name the key players. Most of these guys and gals peaked around that time and never really reached much higher after the article was published. Rob Lowe however has had an astonishing career… yeah he fumbled it afterwards until around the time of Wayne’s World. But now he is at the top of his game with a slew of shows.
His first book which I highly recommend is titled Stories I Only Tell My Friends, and like the title they are stories that go from alcohol problems to stories involving his celebrity friends. That is still the case in this book, although this one is more towards his family. I was sceptical jumping into his first book thinking it was just going to be another celebrity cash grab type deal, that is not the case. His prose is amazing, and I found myself reading it with his voice. If you like stories involving celebrities, stories involving acting and television production, addiction, or just because you like Rob Lowe give this book a shot. I recommend reading his first book beforehand if you haven’t already.
Rob Lowe: Actor, author, and family man – 4/5 Stars
Dorothy Must Die: No Place Like Oz (Prequel)(2013)
by Danielle Paige
There are a lot of young adult books which have a prequel novella to the main story, and in most cases the stories are rich. It would be great to see them published within the paperback books for a complete experience, alas they are not and are typically only available digitally. No Place Like Oz tells the story of Dorothy from where we left her in the Baum books to show that in this vision of the story she becomes the villain. This is also the first time I’ve seen Aunt Em and Uncle Henry be used throughout an Oz story and not acting as minor characters.
For less than two dollars you can buy this amazing little 132 page novella. I recommend it for fans of Oz, and of YA books such as the Lunar Chronicles.
A very edgy retelling of a classic story – 4/5 Stars
Z for Zachariah (1974)
by Robert C. O’Brien
Zombie apocalypses are all the rage these days. Why? Because of the stories of struggle that come with it, and for the hope needed to start the world anew. That’s what this story is and that is why it has been used throughout schools since it’s publication. The story consists of a post apocalyptic world where Ann, a young teen, has been left to her house and surrounding areas in fear of the radiation that has contaminated what may be the remainder of the Earth. After a year Mr Loomis, a man in a safe suit, discovers Ann and the secrets he brings with him may threaten her existence. The sad thing about this book is the fact that it was published after the author’s death.
A very original post apocalyptic story that has been somewhat dated by the way these stories have been recycled in recent years – 3/5 Stars