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Tara Adams has commented on (3) products.

The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid: A Memoir by Bill Bryson
The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid: A Memoir

Tara Adams, August 26, 2012

I have read reviews from the twenty-something crowd who complains about "not getting it". Perhaps, they have something to complain about. However, at the time of this review I am twenty eight years old and I thought this book was drop dead, couldn't stop laughing out loud funny. Granted, I was raised by my grandparents and I am also a history teacher, so between these two things I felt I was perhaps a little more prepared for the book than some. My husband is twenty-six-years old and was also raised by "older-than-most" parents, so he too picked up on references that maybe some our age wouldn't.

I got this book on audio and the author narrates his own craft. His dry voice and matter-of-fact tone only makes this more hilarious. My husband and I listened to this on the road while on vacation. I had to pull over and make my husband drive because it was not safe to laugh that hard and drive at the same time. Really. Truly. Not kidding. I was glad we were in an enclosed car, because my husband was guffawing so hard that it would have been embarrassing had the general public witnessed it. Being raised the way we were, we are normally a quiet and serious couple. The best you could usually get out of us is a small smirk or a surprise giggle.

As well as the comedic value...this book provides a very good glimpse at the 50's that could only be seen through someone who has lived through it. So, if you are a twenty-something-year old...don't write this book off. Look up the things that this guy is talking about, because this time period is really quite amazing. Consider this book historical education as well as a good laugh.
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The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid: A Memoir by Bill Bryson
The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid: A Memoir

Tara Adams, August 26, 2012

I have read reviews from the twenty-something crowd who complains about "not getting it". Perhaps, they have something to complain about. However, at the time of this review I am twenty eight years old and I thought this book was drop dead, couldn't stop laughing out loud funny. Granted, I was raised by my grandparents and I am also a history teacher, so between these two things I felt I was perhaps a little more prepared for the book than some. My husband is twenty-six-years old and was also raised by "older-than-most" parents, so he too picked up on references that maybe some our age wouldn't.

I got this book on audio and the author narrates his own craft. His dry voice and matter-of-fact tone only makes this more hilarious. My husband and I listened to this on the road while on vacation. I had to pull over and make my husband drive because it was not safe to laugh that hard and drive at the same time. Really. Truly. Not kidding. I was glad we were in an enclosed car, because my husband was guffawing so hard that it would have been embarrassing had the general public witnessed it. Being raised the way we were, we are normally a quiet and serious couple. The best you could usually get out of us is a small smirk or a surprise giggle.

As well as the comedic value...this book provides a very good glimpse at the 50's that could only be seen through someone who has lived through it. So, if you are a twenty-something-year old...don't write this book off. Look up the things that this guy is talking about, because this time period is really quite amazing. Consider this book historical education as well as a good laugh.
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Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
Gone Girl

Tara Adams, August 4, 2012

Ms. Flynn has matured as an author and replaced the cheap violence of her first two books with a real, down-to-earth, nasty psychological thriller. This book aims to send chills down your spine and it succeeds. The book triumphs because Flynn has artfully and boldly taken the hush out of the moments in relationships that no one talks about.

Readers, I promise you, the characters in this book will be recognizable. You will not feel comfortable recognizing them, but you could be or know anyone of the characters in this book. Flynn is a master wordsmith and every phrase she turns is meant to seduce you into rooting for one or more of the villains. Flynn manipulates the reader into empathy and that alone should make your skin crawl. Read this book for a good thrill and a fast-beating heart. Don't expect to sleep well next a loved one doing it.
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