Author: James Patterson
Published: April 10, 2017
Reviewed By: Jessica
Dates Read: January 2-11, 2018
Jessica’s Rating: 3 stars
Book Description from Amazon:
Anne McWilliams has lost everything. After her marriage falls apart and a hurricane destroys her home she realizes that her life has fallen out of focus. So she takes to the road to ask long lost friends and strangers a simple question: “What’s your best story?” Can the funny, tragic, inspirational tales she hears on her journey help Anne see what she’s been missing?
Tyler Bron seemingly has it all-a successful company and more money than he knows how to spend. But he has no life. So he hires a struggling novelist to write one for him. There are no limits to the fictional world that Bron’s money can transform into a reality, and he soon becomes the protagonist of a love story beyond his wildest imagination. But will Tyler Bron be able to write the happy ending himself?
Two From the Heart is made up two novellas: Tell Me Your Best Story and Write Me a Life. They were both decent stories but for me something was missing. It was a quick read at just five discs for the audiobook. There is a theme explored for both novellas: How stories can shape our life in one form or another.
Tell Me Your Best Story:
Anne McWilliams is our protagonist and she has dealt with two life changing events in a very short time. The first event was her failed marriage. The second event is what changes her life forever. Her home and darkroom (which is her livelihood) is destroyed by a hurricane. She is anti-technology so she loses everything with her photography. Instead of dealing with this devastating loss she decides to go on an adventure all over the country. She sees old friends and also meets new people along the way asking “What is your best story?” During this adventure she decides to turn this into a book with these people’s stories and a picture of them. As with all road trip adventures, it becomes life changing — for the better — for Anne.
I did not like Anne dropping everything with her home. She all but forgets about it and just moves on. No clean up, nothing! What a way to ignore your responsibilities. I would be devastated if this happened to me, but I can’t see myself just dropping everything else and becoming carefree. Now, I did like the premise of the book she decides to write and photograph. In fact it would be one I would most likely buy. Everyone has a ‘best story’, what is yours?
Write Me A Life:
We meet Damian Crane, a struggling author who is approached by Tyler Bron, an extremely wealthy man, who happens to have no life. Tyler Bron tells Damian to write him a life and whatever he writes WILL happen, with no limitations. So begins a “create your own adventure” type story. Both Crane and Bron wonder what they got themselves into and you wonder how the story will end. Will Crane continue the story or will Bron be able to create his ending on his own?
I liked the premise of this novella better. Audio may not be the format for this story as the narration goes between Crane and Bron and I had difficulties keeping them straight. Reading it in print may be clearer as to who the narrator is for each chapter. It did not help that the narrator did not distinguish the two character’s voices in any way. I had to go back several times; I was getting confused as to who each narrator was. I lost some interest in the middle of the story. The ending is satisfying.
Though not the best, Two from the Heart is not the worst either. If you want a quick read in between books, I would recommend it.
Author: James Patterson
Published: May 22, 2017
Reviewed By: Kim
Kim’s Rating: 4 Stars
Description from Amazon:
Seventeen-year-old Becca Greenfield was snatched from her small hometown. She was thrown into a maximum-security prison and put on Death Row with other kids her age. Until her execution, Becca’s told to fit in and shut her mouth… but Becca’s never been very good at either. Her sister Cassie was always the perfect twin. Becca’s only hope is that her twin sister will find her. That perfect little priss Cassie will stop following the rules and start breaking them, before it’s too late. Because her jailers made a mistake that could get them both killed: They took the wrong twin.
I really did want to throw this book across the room when I finished it. I got so into Crazy House and the lives of Becca and Cassie and their plight inside this prison that isn’t supposed to exist. The story was awesome! I hadn’t read anything like it before. Sure, there’s some elements from other books like The Hunger Games and Divergent, but combined in a completely original way. The buildup was anxiety-inducing and I found myself holding my breath as I turned the page. I was shocked at how quickly the pages flew by! And then, just when I couldn’t handle the anxiety anymore, it just ended. No sequel, no explanation, no nothing! WHY??? Seriously, if another author does this to me, I’m gonna stop reading completely. That’s the only thing keeping me from giving this book 5 stars. I loved the story, the characters, the setting . . . and then nothing!!!!!! Mr. Patterson, please, please, PLEASE, write a sequel for this book. Despite the ending that made me want to smack my head against a wall, I would recommend this book to mature teenagers and anyone who likes an action packed read. There are some adult elements, mostly language, that keeps me from recommending this to younger readers.
Note from Jessica:
This one sounds right up my alley! It is added to my TBR! I must read it, despite knowing the ending is frustrating…[Top]
I have seen the movie countless times, I love Morgan Freeman and Ashley Judd is great as the one who got away. This is another I hope to read at some point (I have such a huge TBR!). Though it is book two in the Alex Cross series, I think I will be fine reading this one by itself, I wonder how different the movie is from the novel. And it has a creepy first line:
For three weeks, the young killer actually lived inside the walls of an extraordinary fifteen-room beach house.
In Los Angeles, a reporter investigating a series of murders is killed. In Chapel Hill, North Carolina, a beautiful medical intern suddenly disappears. In Washington D.C. Alex Cross is back to solve the most baffling and terrifying murder case ever. Two clever pattern killers are collaborating, cooperating, competing – and they are working coast to coast.[Top]