Reviews by yugure
Quick and easy
Like another reviewer said, these recipes are quick and delicious, and so many are easily made gluten-free. I made the Korean Cabbage Salad last night and it was pretty great - especially the homemade baked tofu part of it. Yum! Highly recommend buying beans in bulk and cooking them yourself, if you're looking for ways to eat cheaply. You can cook up a big batch and freeze whatever you don't need immediately. Another great recipe from this book is the Roasted Root Vegetable Salad. Takes a lot of time to make but it's delicious and looks gorgeous - quite impressive. I would definitely make it for having guests over.
I usually enjoy gender-bending stories but I was pretty bored by this one. So much time is spent on the preparation and lead up to Bet actually going to school, I felt like the real story didn't start until halfway through the book. None of the boys at school come off as real people, and this includes James, who we're supposed to care about because he's Bet's love interest. James felt like a fantasy boy, someone so perfect for Bet that he could only have come from the pen of the writer who created him. (Perhaps it is telling that I couldn't even remember his name while I was writing this review, and I had to look it up.) Bet has some substance to her character, as does Will and Will's granduncle, but everyone else is as flat as a pancake.
Nicely done
A well-crafted, easy introduction for children to the lives of these three remarkable women. Not as detailed as an autobiography or even biography, of course, but hopefully young readers will have their interest piqued so they'll seek out more information. Loved the adorable, colorful artwork.
I do not understand all the hype about this book.

Sure, it's fairly well written, has some humor in it, and touches on the big questions about who we are and where our place in the universe is, so I understand why some people like it. What I don't get is the sheer number of people who salivate over this book like it's the second coming of Christ. It's good, I guess, but nothing to write home about.

While Green is technically proficient with his writing, I didn't care for some of his writing conventions (i.e. using capitals like the book is some kind of internet message board) and I felt like all his characters did was quip at each other. Teens, kids, adults - they're all clever and witty and, thus, unrealistic. This didn't work for me. I like my characters to be distinguishable from one another. Yeah, teenagers have big and interesting and complicated thoughts about the way things are, and some of them can be quite articulate about it, but this book... it's just too much.

This book is essentially angsty teenagers angsting about angst. Like an acutely self-aware Lurlene McDaniel story (which, admittedly, I enjoyed when I was in high school). I guess books about terminal illness just aren't my thing anymore.
Pleasant read
A pleasant read for fans of Downton Abbey lovers. Lots of upstairs/downstairs shenanigans and class confusion. Anna's perfection (even when she makes mistakes, she's just so gosh darn nice and wonderful about it) did get a little tedious at some points but she's a nice girl and it's hard not to root for her. Fairly well written, though Ibbotson tends to jump between characters an awful lot, and without a whole lot of warning.