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My main problem is with the characters and all that happens to them. Each of the main characters always seems to have the nicest thought, the most pure motivation, and never seems to question any of the other main characters. This in itself isn't bad, but it just doesn't seem completely believable, and I can't put my finger on why. I had the feeling all along that the narrator was telling me the best possible version of a story, whereas someone else might have mentioned some things that he left out. This is basically a story of a likeable young man who's very insecure finding his confidence and security through a girl, not through himself. It also reads often as an excuse to throw in some philosophy here and there--really profound wisdom coming from the mouths and minds of kids in their early 20's. Things just never fit for me.
I actually only reached the end because I was curious to see if there would be anything redeeming in it, but as someone pointed out, it's an extremely abrupt and uncomfortable ending that leads into a sales pitch for book two, which costs $2 more than this first one. I really didn't care if the two main characters ended up together, and I cared even less for his two friends at college, especially the liar who was proud to be a liar.
All in all, this left me feeling empty and a bit dismayed that I had spent so much time on it for no really good reason. The writer has talent with his prose style, but the story-telling and the flow of the narrative and the character development all seemed forced and formulaic.
This book has touched my life in a way that I hope you will discover for yourself.
It is one of those books that you might think it could be ordinary but it turns out
extra ordinary. I think Oprah should put this in her favorite things to give for Christmas!
That is how much I loved it!
In fact I skipped many pages due to the somewhat confusing narrative and Spencer's lack of focus. I understand that that was what the book was about partially: His search for the meaning of life and the meaning of Christmas, but the author seemed to be searching (and needs to find!) a better way to approach his readers. So now I'm at a loss who to loan this out to?
If you want a better Christmas "read" I suggest Christmas Joys, Everyday is Christmas, Christmas Gift, Christmas Box, The Gift of the Magi, Mrs. Miracle, and my all time favorite book for bringing out the Spirit in all of us "A Stranger for Christmas" by Carol Lynn Pearson. You will know more about the Meaning of Life and become part of Myrna's journey to find out if her family learned what she had taught!
Or you could just re-read the Gospel of Luke for the truest meaning of Life!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I liked how Spencer met a young lady who was down to earth and who made him feel special. Before that he struggled with shyness and low self esteem. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Donna
This book was enjoying yet the story was not developed enough for me. I did enjoy the meaning. Lana WarrenPublished 18 months ago by Lana Sue Warren
just started reading, its a little slow getting started but hopefully it will get betterPublished 19 months ago by girlrunning
Finally no sex, no drugs, no illicit affairs. This is a book to think about. You will contemplate along with the characters and stretch your thoughts along the way. Excellent book!Published on April 7, 2014 by Pam
Spencer`s search for life`s meaning gave pause to think. I liked seeing him grow as he got to know Metra
. I was sorry about no real ending.
I liked the characters very
much. Liked there interaction. Suspenseful in a good way. Good combination and colorful descriptions of landscape.
This book clarifies that everyone's life meaning is different. One thing that is constant is courage to love and be love is important.Published on November 25, 2013 by Amazon Customer
Very good book. Had some problems with pages being mixed up in sequence and possibly some missing buy you didn't miss much. Also editing is terrible. Read morePublished on May 12, 2013 by RALPH PATERNOSTER
Would recommend to all that like a little romance along with a moral behind the story.looking forward to reading the others.Published on January 30, 2013 by gma
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