I was much more interested in the first two-thirds of the book in which Arem goes into fabulous detail about sugar, fat and how these foods breakdown and based on various factors combine with the body’s multitude of hormones (but especially insulin and leptin) to regulate/affect/and in many cases generally muck up the body’s natural metabolism (i.e. Garbage in. Garbage out, which reminded me a great deal of Alejandro Junger’s, Clean: The Revolutionary Program to Restore the Body’s Natural Ability to Heal Itself, which I also highly recommend). The last third spells out specific recipes, which I may or may not use, but offers to those not interested in coming up with their own menus, excellent examples of not only what to eat, but when to eat it. Great information to anyone, regardless of what state their personal health is in, in terms of converting food to fuel as opposed to fat.
While I don’t agree 100% with what he says—for instance, I don’t follow the low-fat-is-better-for-you theories on health—rarely have I found a food book that speaks so clearly in terms of sugar, fat, hormones, and exercise, and also of aging, stress, sleep, and detoxification and the affect these have on mood as well as pant size.
I read this after my eldest daughter gushed over and over about it and I’m glad I did, but not for any real reason found in the book. Don’t get me wrong it was all right. I enjoyed parts of the story and the characters seemed mostly very real to me, but like others who’ve commented I felt the dialogue was too much/ too heavy in parts (and in other parts dead on); I didn’t care for the drunk Dutchman and his role; or fully understand the connection to Anne Frank (other than it was local). Pretty much, I think the back 1/3 of the book just wasn’t as well written and developed as the first 2/3.
Why I am glad I read it though is I believe Green did a very good job of injecting into the story (and thus into me, the reader) the yearning, heartbreaking, character-searching and angst-ridden soul of a teenager, offering a glimpse into the thoughts, aspirations and musings of my own precious teen. That’s worth way more than any stars.
I had the chance today to guest blog over at ShaynaGier.com and because it was day 1 of my 2 day Kindle eBook Giveaway, I took the opportunity to reflect on what that promotion meant in terms of readership.
For starters, giving my work away on such a large scale endeavor meant I no longer had any part whatsoever in selecting my readers, which was kind of nice as a self-published author. I solicited reviews after spending a fair amount of time on blogs and book sites before soliciting anyone’s time and opinion.
What handing out hundreds of copies for free means is a plethora of personalities and unique book perspectives, i.e. readers who perhaps aren’t interested or even ready for a book like mine. That’s not to say that Departure is exclusive, it’s not. Honestly, it’s written with no one reader in mind but the story experience itself, which includes all the human nuances and life experiences that a reader brings to it.
And you’ll see, as I point out in the guest post on Shayna’s blog, sometimes life just hasn’t caught up enough to make the story come alive inside every reader who could possibly get their hands on it. That’s a risk every author takes. There are no exceptions.
Over at Booksie’s Blog, Sandie is reviewing books by North Carolina authors, of which I am fortunate to include myself. She says of the intention behind her tribute is to:
…set aside June to celebrate all things North Carolina. All books reviewed in June will either be by a NC author (born here or currently living here) or have a North Carolina location.
Today she writes about A Lovely, Indecent Departure. See what she has to see about what calls is “a masterful debut.”
On a side note, June is full of equally exciting news & events surrounding the book
If you haven’t signed up for my Goodreads Q & A, please consider joining. I love talking about the book, but more than that I love talking about the writing craft and the passion that fuels the stories we read.
Also, if you’re in the Wake Forest, NC area on Friday, June 8th, I’ll be giving a reading and book signing at The Storyteller’s Bookstore downtown. You can find more details here.
Lastly, you’ll find in all of tomorrow’s three print editions of The Wake Weekly, an interview I gave to the paper’s owner and editor, Clellie Allen.
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