After Thoughts: The True Naomi Story by A.M Goldsher

Another Little Black Dress Book

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The back of the book goes,

Want to know what really happens on the tour bus/at the after-party? 

Not so very long ago Naomi Braver was waiting tables in New York’s East Village and wondering why no one ever wanted to kiss her. But that was before she signed a record deal, released an album, and became the Next Big Thing overnight. These days guys (and girls) throw themselves at her 24/7.

Catapulted into a world of celebrity, it’s as if all Naomi’s dreams have come true at once. But stardom isn’t all it’s cracked up to be – soon she’s lost in a world where lovers are players, where friends become enemies, and where she never quite knows who to trust. Can Naomi master the game of fame before it’s too late?

After thoughts:

Was it a fun book to read? Yes. Was it an outstanding book? No. Another typical Little Black Dress book which plays around typical girl’s fantasy and this time what it is like to be a rock star.

But it is a book dedicating to all pairs of bff/girlfriends out there! It is more of a story on friendship for me.

After Thoughts: The Kept Woman by Susan Donovan

Another Little Black Dress book

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The back of the book goes,

What if a total stranger offered you everything you ever wanted – almost?

Ever since Samantha’s husband ran out on her and their kids she’s been working to clear the humungous debt he left behind, so it’s time she had a lucky break. What she’s not expecting is for that break to be Jack Tolliver, former governor of Indiana and the biggest womaniser in the state. He’s running for the senate and needs a nice, respectable woman by his handsome side to help clean up his image.

So Sam accepts a bizarre business proposal – a fake engagement. All she has to do is play happy families until Jack’s elected and then she’ll get a big fat cheque and a lifestyle to die for. It’s simple. Until, that is, the kiss occurs. That knee-trembling, electric kiss that Sam and Jack share. But that’s just for show… right?

After thoughts:

The story reminds me of Korean drama plot with fake engagement all. Surprisingly I enjoyed it. Who says you can’t find sexy love when you almost reaching the middle-aged zone?

A perfect book in an afternoon by the beach.

The Twilight Saga

Why do you think teenage girls are in love with the Twilight Saga?

It is because Stephanie Meyer managed to build an alternative fantasy for them to escape. Bit of them are insecure and seek for that extra ordinary in their lives in which they can see in Bella.

Then they are long to have male figure who yearn for them above anything else in this world, even if it is beyond human comprehension just like Edward wanting Bella.

Because teenage girls also wanted to believe they must be special in one way, a hidden talent or gift so out of the world just like the ‘shield’ in Bella’s mind.

These are why teenage girls love Twilight saga. It feeds the insecurity and ego.

In ten years’ time, it comes in the name of Fifty Shades of Grey.

So here is The Weeknd’s OST for the movie.

My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult

I watched the movie version of My Sister’s Keeper and I was trying to shake off the image of Cameron Diaz playing a suburban mum in my head while I was reading this. Growing up watching her wrestled with Julia Robert in My Bestfriend’s Wedding and getting hitched with Ashton Kutcher in What Happened In Vegas really changed my view on her capability as an actress when she played a family-oriented role. Through out the book I was trying so hard reminding myself Sara is not Cameron Diaz. As the reading went on, and I was trying to get Picoult’s style of writing, I finally got her rhythm. Oh ya, did I mention this is my first Picoult’s book? I’m a late bloomer when comes to modern lit.

Imagine having to know a story from different views. How Picoult illustrated the words of a 13 year old kid, or a rebellious young adult to a father working as a fireman with the love of astronomy is impressive if not down right intelligent. Every character has its own unique point of view. When you are feeling sympathetic toward Character A and loath toward Character B for what he had done to Character A, your whole perception changed when you read Character B’s mind. I don’t want to be a spoiler for someone whe haven’t read the book. Still there’s one character’s part I skipped a lot because for me it was written more than it should be. If I may put my two cents.

So now, let me do some quoting from this book. Phrases that left its mark on me.

“Why do you think I had to learn to act so independent? I also get mad too quickly, and I hog the covers, and my second toe is longer than my big one. My hair has its own zip code. Plus, I get certifiably crazy when I’ve got PMS. You don’t love someone because they’re perfect,” she says. “You love them in spite of the fact that they’re not.”


I realize then that we never have children, we receive them. And sometimes it’s not for quite as long as we would never expected or hoped. But it is still far better than  never having had those children at all. 


There should be a statute of limitation on grief. 


I cannot help but to agree with the last quote.

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Les Miserables by Victor Hugo Part 1

This book wasn’t on top of my reading list. I never heard of it until a series of A-list actors came together to act in a movie based on it. 1232 pages long novel was just sat there, at the highest row of shelf in the Teenage section in my local bookstore. It was the only copy there. I think the staffs knew no one from a small town in Malaysia would bother to read this book. Why it was in the Teenage section? I have no idea. But I saw it, couldn’t even reach it so had help to get it and finally walked away with it.

Let me make myself clear; the closest thing that I read with French words inserted here and there is Anna Karenina. I never watch a French movie or drama in my entire life. So you can understand how much I can grasp when comes to this foreign language. French was taught in my university back during my undergraduate days but never cross my mind to take it. The closest I have to a French figure in my mind is the skunk in Looney Tunes cartoons whose name I don’t even bother to remember. Here I am reading a Victor Hugo novel with the words Monsieur, Madame, Mme. Putting aside my difficulties to pronounce a handful of words as I read, I must say this novel, is one of the most of beautifully written novel I ever read.

 

I just finished part one of the novel, Fantine. My personal conflict reading these translated novels is my fear of not knowing what the original author really meant and being misled by the translators. I thought about this when I read Anna Karennia, wondering what would it sound or meant in Russian. Norman Denny, the translator for Les Miserables version that I’m reading understood perfectly what I meant quoting him the book’s introduction,

‘It is now generally recognized that the translator’s first concern must be with his author’s intention; not with the words he uses or with the way he uses them, if they have a different impact when they are rendered too faithfully into English, but with what he is seeking to convey to the reader.’

After reading this, I knew I was in good hands.

I will not brief the synopsis here but just to share why this book somehow able to bring out the poetic side of me. Synopsis is easily be found in wikipedia but the essence of the novel is rarely being captured in words.  

I guess it’s easier for me to relate the religous part of this novel with my Catholic upbringing. Book one of part one, An Upright Man went smoothly because I always have been fascinated by the sanctity of religous life. Nor I was anxious to know if the old bishop to have anything to do with Fantine as the part one was named. Denny described Hugo in a perfect manner, ‘He had little or no regard for the discipline of novel-writing. He had to say everything and more than everything; he was incapable of leaving anything out.’ After I turned to the next book, I began to feel my brain juice was draining because it was overloaded with information, storylines and descriptions. So I did the big ‘No-no’ of reading, I skipped two books of Part Two: Cosette; Waterloo and The Ship Orion. Not that I’m saying I’m proud of what I did. One day I might rereading this book and pray that no page is left unturned. For now, I just want to know what is going to happen to Valjean and Cossete and couldn’t care less of the war and politics.