Reviews by Beth Manuel
This was one of those books that read like fiction in a way. It was hard to put down. The details Jeff Hobbs managed to pull together about Rob Peace's life and times were fascinating. As a reader I was drawn in by Peace's personality and how he lived his life. He was gone too soon. I would bet he would have been touched by the book his former roommate wrote about him.
All right, I was unfamiliar with the comic book series, so perhaps if I knew more of the back story I'd have a better sense of who and more importantly WHY these people are....what's their motivation? I'm obviously not info fantasy or crazy-improbable action flicks. Call me a stick in the mud, but this film did little for me.
Yes, there were slow parts at times, but I found the filmmaker's work a treat. To be able to watch Mason and his sister develop from small children to adults is pretty cool. Not something we get to view in film very often. Patrica Arquette's performance was outstanding. I was glad to see it, although 20 minutes could have been cut somewhere, I thought.
Jennifer Aniston portrayed this irritating, drug addled woman with chronic pain who battles her addiction along with hallucinations. As it it turns out, she is trying to cope with the tragic loss that sent her world spiraling out of control in the first place. I give it two thumbs up. At the end, when they finally showed a cake I felt like te film came full circle.
This book is a fun one to read aloud. So I did. No one on the bus complained.;)