Review: Growing Up Duggar

Growing Up DuggarGrowing Up Duggar

  • ISBN-13: 9781451679168
  • Publisher: Howard Books
  • Publication date: 3/4/2014
  • Pages: 256
  • Source: Netgalley for honest review


It’s All About Relationships!

In this delightful and very personal book, the four oldest Duggar girls share their hearts and their core beliefs, explaining that it’s all about relationships!

• Relationship with self: The girls share their own personal journeys to self-acceptance and navi­gating the difficult stage of adolescence.

• Relationship with parents: You’ll find revelations about how Jim Bob and Michelle keep the lines of communication open with their children.

• Relationships with siblings: Here, you’ll get a peek into the Buddy system, how the siblings handle conflict, and how the loss of little Jubilee (their sister) affected their relationships with each other.

• Relationships with friends: You’ll find principles on how the Duggar kids deal with peer pressure and how they interact with friends outside their family.

• Relationships with boys: You’ll learn the Duggar view of dating and courtship, and these four sisters will address the often-asked question of when one of them will get married.

• Relationship with God: And woven throughout the book, the girls talk about their most impor­tant relationship of all—their relationship with God and their own personal faith and beliefs.

This candid look into what Jana, Jill, Jessa, and Jinger believe and why they believe it will give you practical insights into your own life and will inspire you to evaluate principles that will work for you.

My Thoughts

Growing Up Dugger was not a book that I would have thought to read but I was interested in checking this out just to see what these girls who have become famous have to say about their relationships and how they view different things in the lives.  I was hoping that I would find a genuine book and some realness out of these girls who I always feel are scripted and rehearsed in what they have to say about God, their lives and life in general.  I was disappointed to find that this book felt just a rehearsed as everything else I have heard and read from this family.

While I did not enjoy the content of the book I will say that it was well written and well put together.  I was broken in to easy to understand areas and subjects.  I felt like there was decent editing.  I just wish they would be more real and not so fake in their responses.

Just One Night by Lauren Layne

Just One NightJust One Night by Lauren Layne

  • ISBN-13: 9780345547279
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 4/22/2014
  • Series: Sex, Love, and Stiletto
  • Sold by: Random House
  • Source: Netgalley for honest review

In Lauren Layne’s sizzling Sex, Love & Stiletto series, New York’s hottest “sexpert” has been living a lie—and it’s up to one man to keep her honest . . . all night long.
Riley McKenna knows sex—good sex, bad sex, kinky sex. Her articles in Stiletto magazine are the publication’s most scandalous—and the most read. But when Stiletto’s fiftieth anniversary issue requires her column to get a lot more personal, Riley is forced to confront a long-hidden secret: Her own sexual experience is limited to one awkward college encounter. Now Riley is about to call in the favor of a lifetime from the one man who’s always held her heart.
Sam Compton knows two things about Riley McKenna: She’s the only woman for him. But as his best friend’s little sister, she’s also completely off-limits. Sam shouldn’t even consider her proposition: to have a one-night stand in the name of research. But the thought of another man putting his hands on Riley is more than Sam can handle, and soon he’s agreeing to one night with New York’s resident sexpot. But Riley’s full of surprises, and what starts as “one time only” soon becomes “just one more time.” And then one more. And before they know it, Riley and Sam learn firsthand that when it comes to love, there’s no such thing as just one night.


My Thoughts:

Likes:  I was drawn into checking out Just One Night out because it was a different take on romance.  One would think that Riley McKenna knows all about sex but you quickly realize that she might know a lot but none of it is from personal experience.  She is faced with having to writing an article from her own point of view rather that doing research and talking with experts.  I liked this approach and the characters in the story.  Both the male and female characters are strong and untrusting of themselves.  I like that it was written from both points of view and that there is strong character development as the story progressed.

Dislikes: For me it was just that it felt like it was repetitive almost as though the length of story was the goal rather than the plot development.   I think that was the biggest issue for me with the story.

The Winning Season by Allison Packard

The Winning Season

The Winning Season By Allison Packard

  • ISBN-13: 9781426895821

  • Publisher: Carina Press

  • Pages: 384

  • Source: Netgalley

Book Description:

Kelly Maxwell has finally landed her dream job as publicist for the San Francisco Blaze. But the team’s newest member, handsome bad boy catcher Matt Scanlon, is refusing every interview. She’s got to get him to open up before the season ends, or she may not be back next year. And after everything she overcame to achieve her dream, Kelly’s not about to let that happen.

Matt Scanlon just wants to be left alone to rebuild his life and his career. After a year of masking the pain of a recent loss with hard partying and fast women, he finally hit rock bottom and was traded to a team he’s loathed his entire life—a team with little to no chance at the post-season.

Butting heads is getting Kelly and Matt nowhere but annoyed, and with the team’s schedule on the road, they can’t avoid close quarters—or their surprising attraction to one another. As the season winds down, Matt finds his growing feelings for Kelly have brought his numbed emotions back to life. But when betrayal shatters their fragile trust, winning it all seems more impossible than ever.

My Thoughts:

The Winning Season drew my attention quickly with just it’s description and kept it through each and every page.  It starts with Kelly who has landed her dream job working for the San Francisco Blaze Baseball Organization as a publicist.  She finds herself to deal with the newest catcher Matt.  Matt is in the worst possible place.  He has the job working for his favorite team because his life fell apart.  Matt got traded to the team that is his rival and is refusing to doing any interviews.  This leaves Kelly continually trying to convience him to do his job. not just on the field but off it as well.  From the very moment they met it has been an utter disaster.  

As Kelly is dealing with Matt and his issues, she is also dealing with something interesting going on in the office.  Kelly has always had challenges of her own that include an eating disorder.  When Kelly notices the signs in an intern, she had to figure out what she is going to do about it.  She knows that she can’t come on too strong or she will drive the girl away.  She just wants to help her, but how.  I liked this twist on the story.  It made it about so much more than the electric spark that happens between Matt and Kelly as their relationship starts to change.  

Not only is all of this happening, but Matt’s history is eluded to and it makes you want to figure out just what his deal is.  Matt has a deep secret and when it ends up public he blames the wrong person and causes him even more heart ache.  Matt is a very diverse character and one who drew me in and make me want to like him despite how frustrating he acts.

I liked the balance in this book.  There was a little bit of everything from laughter, to growing relationship, to anger and a little of everything in between.  It is so much more than just a sports book.

My Rating

4 Penguin