This is a place for my opinions on what I read, some movies or whatever else I find interesting. I love reading. I can find something positive about everything I read, at least I hope I can. I understand it takes a great deal of love and effort to write a book and to get it published. An author does not set out to write a crappy book, this is/was their baby. They got up at all hours of the night to feed it.

I don't see how you can give a true review of a book rushing through it. Don't you need to savor it a bit? I don't want my opinion to discourage anyone from reading. I hope you find something here you find interesting.

I buy most of my books, I get a few ARC, and I visit my library when my funds are low. I'm not trying to get you to buy anything by my opinions on the books I've read. I don't care if you buy it, borrow it, or check it out at the library. Just read. :)

Sunday, August 9, 2009

The Opposite of Love by Julie Buxbaum

TITLE: The Opposite of Love
AUTHOR: Julie Buxbaum
PAGES: 306
TWITTER: @juliebux
WEBSITE: http://www.juliebuxbaum.com/

Emily Haxby is a 29 year old attorney in Manhattan. She breaks up with her boyfriend as she anticipates he is about to propose. She can not rationalize this decision to her friends, or even herself, Adam was/is perfect for her. Emily has always had a difficult time with love and expressing herself. Her mother died at an early age, and her and her father both find it difficult to come together as a "family." Emily seems to shut down so no one can hurt her. But Emily is forced to deal with life as her Grandpa Jack, the one person she loves more than anyone, is beginning to die. She realizes she has not really allowed herself to live. She is in a job she hates. She has let man she loves get away, because of her "run away first" outlook. When she finally decides what she wants to be and be with, is it too late? Can Emily fight the good fight and win?

OPINION: First of all I love this book. After reading this book I am now a fan of Julie Buxbaum. This was her first book, and I am glad to say she has another one, After You, coming out August 25, 2009. The Opposite of Love was a great read. It was so well written and funny. Great humor, I read it with a smile on my face most of the time. The novel is threaded beautifully with humorous moments and tear jerking scenes. You feel Emily struggles and are rooting for her all the way. Emily's life is so fucked up, by her own doing, but you can totally relate to her. "Come on Emily get it together" you want scream at her. I guess it is catagorized as Chick-Lit., but it is written so much better than most of the Chick-Lit. I read. I can't imagine being disappointed by reading, The Opposite of Love. Highly recommend.


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I bought a book at a library book sale, it had a strange odor. Someone gave me this suggestion to remove the smell, and it worked, so I thought I'd share.
Put the book in a ziploc bag along with 1/3 cup(more or less) of Arm & Hammer baking soda and seal shut. Leave the book alone for 2 or 3 days. It worked for me, hope it helps you too.


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