Henrietta Lacks deserves to be remembered, as does Deborah Lacks. Rebecca Skloot has provided the tombstone that Henrietta’s family could never afford. This true account is at its best when paying tribute to a woman whose life, in death, has benefited countless individuals worldwide.
The book works as a superficial read, and as something more ponderous.
It is rare that a book is at once so timely and of such high literary quality.
It's an enjoyable, eccentric read, distinguished by well-developed characters, a believable Welsh setting, and some very creepy monsters.
The ending, in which her attacker comes after her once more, is the only part of the plot that feels forced. But the book's overall gritty realism and Melinda's hard-won metamorphosis will leave readers touched and inspired.
Opening this book is like meeting a friend you'd never make in your actual life and being given a piece of his world, inner and outer. It's humane, authentic and, most of all, it speaks.
Either version is worth a read. Not only is the portrait one of the most enduring images in popular culture, but our relentless lust for good looks at any price is perhaps more relevant today than ever.
This book should appeal to tweens looking for a story that reflects their fears and experiences and gives them hope that things get easier.
It was Rebecca that made me realize I didn't wish my life were more like a Gothic novel.
Rather than resting on her laurels, she's stepping up her efforts with each book, trying to not only spin a spectacularly colorful yarn, but also reveal truths about her readers and their world.
It's a strong story related to the reader by the omniscient narrator, told in a way reminiscent of fairy tales or spiritual texts like the Bible or Koran.
A book with many emotions to capture you, I struggle to describe it much! It could be a little boring at times, but it was definitely worth it.
...has proved to be the most lasting element of Burnett's literary legacy. Perhaps that shouldn't surprise us, given how ahead of its time it was.
The book has more fights, and it was way longer than the movie. This means more entertainment. Read the book first. See the movie later.
This book lets you make your own opinion on each character and it's not all black and white with baddies and goodies as each of them has multiple flaws which make them all the more interesting.
A vast, rich saga, with splendid characters and an intricate plot flawlessly articulated against a backdrop of real depth and texture.
It is a fact that Joseph Conrad has placed an unreasonable amount of controversy on the table, after his publication of is novel. However, its is ultimately the readers choice. The readers can choose who is the victim from who is the villain.
Ethan’s wry narrative voice will resonate with readers of John Green as well as the hordes of supernatural-romance fans looking for the next book to sink their teeth into.
Lepore restores that instructive messiness. She could have made it messier still by delving further into race and sexuality. (Were Holloway and Byrne lovers? Why did they put up with Marston?) But her story is elsewhere.
Vampire Academy is a solid addition to the teen paranormal market and a great first novel in a six-book series. The well-written romance and action will keep readers of all ages coming back for more...It’s enjoyable, quick, and a good bridge novel if you don’t read a lot of young-adult paranormal or urban fantasy.