Book Review: I’m Having So Much Fun Here Without You + One Last Thing Before I Go

October 28, 2014

Book Review

Remember when we talked about loving a book other people hate? The absurdity! And yet here I am on the other side this week, rolling my eyes and sending annoying texts to friends over the injustice of poorly written stories about books so many other people loved.

I do feel guilty giving a lousy review. It feels like a betrayal; a writer saying another writer did a bad job. On the other hand, it’s probably important to be honest when talking about books and their real-life impact. It is not a good reflection on genuine opinion to sing and dance about everything one reads.

Dear wonderful, hard-working authors: Writing is hard. I’m sure there are those who really loved these two books.

(As a rule, never spoilers and I always read the book from start to finish).

Happy reading.


1. I’m Having So Much Fun Here Without You

I am having so much fun here without you

If You’re Looking For: A predictable love story set in Paris

If You Like: The Vacationers, predictable love stories set in Paris

My Review: I sludged through this book with heavy sighing and excessive eye rolls. In short, it was monotonous, contrived, and weirdly irritating. Another story begging to be turned into a slow indie film or a major motion picture rom-com. One of those books that makes you appreciate the good beach reads. I hate to say hate so I’ll just say, “nah.” My time would have been better spent staring at the wall, dreaming of sandwiches. I only finished it so that it could finally be over.

Their Review: “Here we have the literary beach read — a book that pleases people who read two books a month and people who read two books a year. . . . The situation is timeworn and irresistible. The settings . . . are idyllic escapes, lushly drawn. . . . [Maum] is abundantly gifted — funny, open-hearted, adept at bringing global issues into the personal sphere . . . eventually creating that rare thing: a book for everyone.” -Washington Post


2. One Last Thing Before I Go

this is where I leave you

If You’re Looking For: Dysfunction junction, Hollywood screenplay appeal

If You Like: This Is Where I Leave You

My Review: If you’ve read Tropper’s other work, this book is basically more of the same but perhaps a bit worse. The characters are predictably flawed but “likeable” as their banter leads each other into the next snappy line. There are many moments when it felt like I was supposed to garner something meaningful, but instead it all sounded a bit rehearsed. Amazingly high ratings on Goodreads, but not a book I would recommend to a friend. I believe this is how my friend Elizabeth (and roughly half of the folks on Amazon) felt about his bestseller This Is Where I Leave You. I get it now (but still really enjoyed that story). In a word: disappointing.

Their Review: “Tropper’s characters are likably zany and fallible, and perhaps more important, funny. One Last Thing Before I Go is a poignant story about facing death and celebrating life, even when things seem well beyond repair.” – The Daily Beast


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Minted Love + Weekend Links {10.24.14}

October 24, 2014


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Have you heard of Minted? Millennial girls unite over their Christmas cards, but did you know about all the other things? Like this print of Pennsylvania for a true Pennsylvania girl.IMG_8197

Minted is a marketplace of independent artists from all over the world, an early pioneer of crowdsourcing product design that has held open art and graphic design challenges monthly since 2008. Winning designers are paid a commission on every sale. Their goal is to find great designs for customers who will appreciate them.

I love Minted because not only is everything unique, it’s also high quality. Birth announcements, business cards, graduation party invites (aka: pleas for money)—they have it all. Once you go Minted, you don’t go back.

About this particular print–> All 50 states and letters available. Sizes from 5″x7″ to 44″x60″ with a selection of framing to suite all the gallery walls I wish I had. Pennsylvania Love Location Art Print is by Heather B for Minted.


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