Thursday, June 01, 2006

More Recent Reads

I'm officially done with Karen Kingsbury books. I just read her latest, Even Now. Yet another ridiculous plot! If your daughter runs away from home, and you spend 18 years searching for her, wouldn't you think to go through the box of journals in her room? Maybe, just to find a pertinent clue? No, not in Karen Kingsbury land, where parents conveniently wait until the dad is dying of cancer so we can have a Hollywood reunion scene.

Karen Kingsbury always has something like this in her books. In the Baxter family series, one daughter takes an AIDS test which comes out positive. Instead of getting a second test, even though everyone in her family and doctor's office tells her to do so, she stops living her life, cuts off all her relationships, blah blah blah. Of course she finds out later that the AIDS test was a false positive and all this heartache could have been prevented. But realistically, if you were told you were HIV positive, wouldn't you get a confirmation and then start guzzling AZT drugs? Again, not in Karen Kingsbury land.

On the other hand, I really liked Randy Singer's Self Incrimination. Great courtroom novel about an abusive father who's shot in his home, and the step-daughter confesses. Can't say too much more, but it was highly entertaining even though I figured out the whodunnit pretty early on.

3 comments:

Stephanie said...

Glad I haven't wasted any time on her works. See you Wednesday, Lord willing, if I can feel well enough to drag myself over...

stace said...

Read anything by Donald Miller? Blue Like Jazz is the one everyone seems to be reading, but I think I liked his other two - Searching For God Knows What and Through Painted Deserts - better. Not everyone's cup of tea, but I like his honesty and sense of humor in the context of Christian ponderings. He's exactly our age.

Hard to believe we're halfway to 70. Most days I still feel 15.

Chelsea said...

Stacy - I read your comment seconds after I'd submitted a big order to CBD. I'd thought about putting a Miller book on my order, but now I'll just request a copy from the fabulous and free public library. I'll let you know what I think...

Regarding our age, I still act like I'm 15 sometimes. Does that mean I get to live longer?