Sunday, April 26, 2015

Book Review: The Girl On The Train


Is "Diary Narratives" the chic of novel writing now?  Like the book "Gone Girl", the story of this novel is told in the form of  diary entries.  After "Gone Girl"  I found myself reading the troubled marriage of another sad woman again.  Is marital trouble going to be the inspiration and the foundation of all the best-selling novels from now on??  The fact that this type of topics is the mainstream tastes of the readers, is starting to feel a little disturbing to me.  What does this kind of taste profile tell about the readers or the women today?  I suppose most of the readers of this book are females.  What are the women going through in their real lives now that they enjoy reading this type of story?  What do you think?  I don't know what to think of it. This book just makes me sad.  After all,   I can only read so many novels based on a sad woman in a sad marriage.  Why am I spending time and money on reading something that makes me sad?  "Gone Girl" was okay to me because at least the woman was smart and she was in control.  I read this book because it receives such good reviews.  I read it because I got sucked into the "herd" effect.   To me, the main character Rachel is a very sad woman, and she is quite passive aggressive.  She is so sad that it's hard for me to keep motivated to follow her train rides day in and day out.  But I pushed myself through because I thought I was going to be rewarded in the end if I hanged on to her boring train rides to the final destination where all wrongs would be righted, where she would snap out of her sad life and find salvation.  But in the end, I was disappointed to realize that the finale of her sad train ride would give her so much trauma that she may never be able to snap out of it, given her inability to deal with the earlier blows before her train journey.  Even the book didn't talk about it much, anyone who experienced what Rachael experienced in the end of the book is going to be haunted for the rest of her life. 

Whatever happened to Rachael before she shared her diary with me was sad enough, and bad enough, but the ending of the story would top all Rachael's miseries. It was a finale of the worst fate that she was unfortunately casted in. Having experienced a bad marriage is bad enough, but what Rachael experienced in the end will certainly not help pave an easier path for her to move on.  The end of the book wasn't a closure to Rachael's unsettling problems that destroyed her.  It was just another blast of cruelty that life had unfairly tossed onto Rachael once again. Only this time, there will be no hope for any closure, there will never be closure. It will forever be the tragedy that Rachael will never be able to forget.

While the book made me sad, the story was nevertheless creative and suspenseful.  

Friday, April 17, 2015

Friday, April 3, 2015

Book Review: Make Your Life Prime Time

Book review Make Your Life Prime Time Maria Celeste Arraras
Life is short and time is precious.  This is one of those books that are worth spending our precious time reading.  Through her recollection of her life journey, the author shared with us all the valuable lessons she had learnt.  It's always good to have a mentor who had experienced it and who had made it to help us navigate our scary journey called life.  But not everyone is lucky to have a mentor.  I myself never had the fortune to meet anyone who can mentor me on my education or on my career.  My life would have been much better now if I had such a mentor.  I just wish I had been given this book years ago.  But it's not too late for me yet and I think this book certainly helps what I am dealing with now and what I will be dealing with in the future.  Most of those lessons are very relatable to women, particularly young women. It's easy to read and it's easy to understand.  The author had told her stories with her infectious conviction. Reading this book  is like having a mentor cheering you on. I highly recommend this book as a graduation gift for this coming May.  All mothers will do themselves a great favor by reading this book together with their daughters.  After all, a mother can only make her life prime time by helping her daughter make hers a prime time.