Stine Rikke Bendtsen Rikke Bendtsen itibaren Molas, Bunaken, Manado City, North Sulawesi, Endonezya
Gah! This book was so hokey and predictable. Very formulaic love story. Boy and/or girl suffer hardship, overcome said hardship, find true love forever (instantaneously I might add), face one last hurdle together and then live happily ever after. I almost gave it 1 star until I realized that the author did a great job of character development. I really felt that I got to know Katie and Alex, and even the bad guy, Kevin, and the invisible/figment of the imagination character, Jo. I was even okay with Jo not existing because I believe mind works in mysterious ways. But the "everything is so wonderful" moments, and then the way the ending felt rushed, really ruined it for me. I thought Katie and Alex settled in too quickly, and Katie relaxed too soon. Worse were the final scenes... the fire, the escape, Kevin's death. All were rushed, rushed, rushed, as if suddenly the author realized he was out of time. I realize that the author writes this genre often, and I have enjoyed a few of his other books, but mostly because (while they are pretty predictable), they have elements in the plot that are surprising and don't seem quite so contrived and unnatural.
I have to admit, I'm often annoyed by motivational speakers and their sage advice. That being said, I did enjoy Sharma's guide. As summer draws to a close, this inspirationall read is a great way to renergize. Filled with buzz words, catch phrases and quotes, this easy read provides a nice combination of tips for a successful, happy and balanced professional and personal life. Sharma does a great job of boiling everything down to the most important things in life like being great by being happy.