June 15th, 2012

kiki dreams, spidergirl

Book 77: A Midsummer Tights Dream by Louise Rennison

Book 77: A Midsummer Tights Dream ( Misadventures of Tallulah Casey #2).
Author: Louise Rennison, 2012.
Genre: YA. Chick Lit Comedy.
Other Details: Hardback. 334 pages. Unabridged audio, 5 hours, read by the author.

Tallulah’s triumphant portrayal of Heathcliff in ‘Wuthering Heights’ the comedy musical secured her place at Dother Hall performing arts college for the autumn term. She is excited to see her pals again, as well as Charlie and the boys from Woolfe Academy and maybe even local bad boy Cain Hinchcliffe. Tallulah doesn't board at Dother Hall but lodges in the nearby village with the easy-going Dobbins family, which gives her a greater opportunity to interact with the locals. As the title indicates, this term the school is to put on a production of A Midsummer's Night Dream. Knowing Tallulah she'll find a way to fit in some Irish dancing.

I had adored Withering Tights when I read it last summer (2011 Book 72) and so was keen to get my hands on this second outing for the irrepressible Tallulah and learn more about her misadventures 'p North. The novel is peopled with a variety of eccentric Yorkshire folk along with the pupils and staff of Dother Hall (called Dither Hall by the locals), who represent a variety of theatrical types all ripe for being sent up by Tallulah.

Tallulah and her friends spend a lot of time thinking and talking about boys and this evoked the memory of my own crushes at that age and the sense of confusion that accompanies them. This keen perception on the part of Rennison along with the broad humour and literary references gives her books an appeal across the ages.

I enjoyed this enough to both read and listen to A Midsummer Tights Dream during a recent read-a-thon. It was a quick read (and listen) as the page count is deceptive given its large font size. Again, Louise Rennison's hilarious reading perfectly captured Tallulah's chaotic exuberance.
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Safe Haven by Nicholas Sparks
adult fiction, alternate views, contemporary, family, love, mature, social issues
3/5   -worth the read

When a mysterious young woman named Katie appears in the small North Carolina town of Southport, her sudden arrival raises questions about her past. Beautiful yet self-effacing, Katie seems determined to avoid forming personal ties until a series of events draws her into two reluctant relationships: one with Alex, a widowed store owner with a kind heart and two young children; and another with her plainspoken single neighbor, Jo. Despite her reservations, Katie slowly begins to let down her guard, putting down roots in the close-knit community and becoming increasingly attached to Alex and his family.

But even as Katie begins to fall in love, she struggles with the dark secret that still haunts and terrifies her . . . a past that set her on a fearful, shattering journey across the country, to the sheltered oasis of Southport. With Jo’s empathic and stubborn support, Katie eventually realizes that she must choose between a life of transient safety and one of riskier rewards . . . and that in the darkest hour, love is the only true safe haven.


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I enjoyed reading this. I liked it from the beginning and maybe it slowed a little throughout, but I never lost interest. It reminded me of the movie Sleeping with the Enemy, which I watched quite a bit growing up.

I absolutely hated the end and it just left this bad taste; even though the whole book was a decent read.

Spoilers.
I liked how Katie really came through at the end and didn't rely on somebody else to save her.

I really hated the whole thing with Carly and Jo. And that being the absolute last thing in the book it's what sticks with you.