Mini-Reviews: Lightning People, Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me, The Good Psychologist, Silent Mercy

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

I'm behind on some reviews for books I read last year, but it's been so long since I read them that I don't remember enough to write very much of a review! I didn't want to have to group them together because this could have been four separate posts, but it's just not going to happen unless I just do it this way!

Title: Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns)
Author: Mindy Kaling
Pages: 219
Genre: Memoir, Humor
Publisher: Crown Archtype (Random House)
Pub. Date: November 1, 2011

Mindy Kaling is a writer for the television show, The Office, and plays a character on the show as well. She cracks me up on the show because she's a little ridiculous. I was looking forward to this memoir since I didn't know much about her as a comedienne. Unfortunately, while I found some parts of this funny, I found a lot of it just okay. It wasn't as funny as I was hoping, and I was surprised at some of her narcissism. Worth a read if you're a fan of her or the show, but I wouldn't recommend it unless you already are a fan.

Title: Lightning People
Author: Christopher Bollen
Pages: 404
Genre: Fiction
Publisher: Soft Skull Press (Counterpoint)
Pub. Date: September 6, 2011

I saw this book in the "Discover Great New Writers" section at Barnes and Noble. It's about four 20-something adults living in New York City andadjusting to the changes in life there as opposed to where they came from, which sounded perfect to me. I won't go into detail about what "Lightning People" means but it's what the mid-west transplants to New York are called. The plot revolves around Joseph, trying to make it as an actor, who marries his friend to help her with a visa situation. It's about a few of their friends, too, and it's one of those where they all end up being connected to each other in some way without realizing it. I was surprised by a really suddenly tragic event that happens fairly early on in the book and then found that the whole book had a really melancholy tone to it. I thought this was just okay and was sad that I didn't love it.

Title: The Good Psychologist
Author: Noam Schpancer
Pages: 238
Genre: Fiction
Publisher: Henry, Holt, & Co. (Macmillan)
Pub. Date: August 3, 2010

This one is about a psychologist who takes on a new client with whom the professional boundaries become a little blurred. I truly don't remember much about this except that it looks like a super short book, but it is dense and the story is heavy! It is not a good book to sit down and plan to breeze through or to just enjoy a good story. I read this for the read-a-thon in April last year.. bad choice. That being said, it felt like in each chapter there was a lesson or moral to think about on a deep or psychological level. So for that reason I figured I'd return to this one day and use it as a way to test my brain a little and think, but I wouldn't recommend it otherwise.

Title: Silent Mercy
Series: Alexandra Cooper #13
Author: Linda Fairstein
Pages: 384
Genre: Mystery/Thriller
Publisher: Dutton (Penguin)
Pub. Date: March 8, 2011

This is the 13th book in the series, but I'd heard good things about it so I decided to pick this one up. I remember feeling a little distracted with life stuff when I read this, so I may have enjoyed it more if I'd been more focused. Regardless, I still enjoyed it and plan on reading more in the series. Alexandra Cooper is the prosecutor in the sex crimes unit in Manhattan... if you know me then this is a "duh" that I'd be interested in this series. Silent Mercy starts out with people who are being murdered and found near churches. It's believed to be a result of hate crimes. I don't remember much else except that the ending was one of those like "wow, how did we get there??" kind of things. The next book in the series, Night Watch, comes out in July.


rhapsodyinbooks said...

Love these! I wish I were better at writing "mini reviews" - it's a great skill to put all you need to say in a short format, and you did a wonderful job!

Juju at Tales of said...

Sorry to hear Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? isn't awesome. It looks so cute.

Zibilee said...

I have heard others say the same thing about the Kaling book. A lot were surprised at the narcissism and shallowness of the author. I don't watch The Office, so I don't really know who Kaling is, but I think this is a book that I will be avoiding.

These were great mini-reviews, by the way. I love this format, and have always wanted to write a few reviews this way.

Mrs Q Book Addict said...

These are all new to me. I don't read fast enought to have mini reviews. :)

Sandy Nawrot said...

I am a huge fan of The Office, but I can't say that Mindy is my favorite character on there. The cracks me up, but she isn't a show-carrier. You aren't the first to say that this memoir is just average. And I have read a lot of Linda Fairstein. I like the character of Alexandra and her friends. It's been awhile since I've read one, but when I do, I know it will feel like old home week.

nomadreader said...

Hooray for Linda Fairstein! I've read them all and just love her. I'm eager for the new one too--it's set in Manhattan restaurants!

Tina~ said...

Great Mini's Jenny...I think Ive heard of ZERO of these

Marce said...

Great shorts - I have Good Psy on my Wishlist, glad to hear it is heavy but definitely wasn't a good choice for a read a thon, funny how short books sometimes aren't.

You convinced me not to try Hanging out..... I do not know the show or actress but thought it sounded funny, I will skip it. I am a fan of Ellen DeGenres and enjoyed her book but felt the same only go into it if you were a fan.

Jenners said...

I agree with you 100% on the Mindy Kaling book. I was a bit disappointed.

Meg @ A Bookish Affair said...

Aww, sorry to hear about the Kaling book. It looked really funny!

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