RaveUSA TodayThere\'s nothing better than a novel with an unpredictable plot. And White Ivy, Susie Yang\'s debut novel out this week, is exactly that ... keeps readers on their toes the entire way ... Just how far Ivy is willing to go to get what she wants may seem unsavory, but Yang\'s expert character development leads the reader to grapple with Ivy\'s choices and morality just as much as she does as Ivy pursues the aspirational life she crafted during adolescence.
RaveUSA TodayI was gripped. In less than 10 pages, I became a mere subject of the audience, allowing Beanland\'s storytelling ability to overpower me, rather than taking the story in consciously and internally commenting ... What\'s remarkable is not how quickly the book hooked me, but how it held my attention during and after reading. After spending a pleasant afternoon flying through the first 96 pages, I woke up at 3 a.m. thinking about the plot. I simply couldn\'t put it out of my head. I finished in two days ... The juxtaposition of tragedy set against the backdrop of a vacation city makes the story all the more compelling ... Beanland takes readers through a family saga brimming with intimacy, bringing them as close to a fictional character as can be ... The greatest stories don\'t necessarily have happy endings. And Beanland\'s wraps in a way that satisfies a reader\'s appetite by essentially opening a new chapter for the Adlers and closing the old one for readers ... While I felt I wanted more when I turned the last page, mostly I felt awe. I sat for a minute, taking it in. Not unlike one would do, taking in the sunset on a beach – perhaps in Atlantic City.
PositiveUSA Today...[Palahniuk] has packaged the most important lessons he learned over the years and has communicated them in a way that others can digest easily ... He shares wisdom on the writing process, and advice on how to add texture, hold authority, build tension – the list goes on ... The book\'s purpose, he says, is to serve those who would like to learn but don\'t have the access or the means to afford that kind of education.
RaveUSA TodayThe Beautiful Ones is for everyone ... It doesn\'t matter whether you\'re a Prince fanatic or if your interest is simply piqued by all things music or pop culture: The book is worth picking up ... not a read, but an experience, an immersion inside the mind of a musical genius. You are steeped in Prince\'s images, his words, his essence ... while it offers insight, the book may leave you feeling muddled – but that\'s not a negative. The way the book is structured simply makes one want to read it again, to leaf through the pages and be immersed in Prince\'s world ... The book can be a starting point for a Prince fascination, or a continuation of long-standing admiration. Either way, it will deepen the connection of any reader with the musical icon.