Tuesday, June 22, 2010

The Last Time I Saw You by Elizabeth Berg

What is your sentiment towards high school reunions? If it is the final reunion, would you attend?

In Berg's latest novel, a menagerie of characters are determined to go to their last, 40th ,high school reunion. The group includes recently divorced Dorothy, Candy the homecoming queen, Lester the nerd, handsome Pete and the quiet Mary Alice. When the in-group and the marginalized collide, anything goes, even a brawl at the the dinner!

Berg has weaved an entertaining novel with their lives intertwined, romance rekindled and past misgivings forgiven. It is an enjoyable read!

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest by Stieg Larsson

Although I loved the first two books in the trilogy, The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest was a bit of a disappointment. Lisbeth Salandar is in the hospital recovering from the bullet wounds she suffered in the previous book, and her friends are all working to clear her name. Meanwhile, her vicious father still wants her dead and her homicidal brother is on the loose.

The story bogs down while Larsson explains Swedish constitutional law and politics, and there's a whole unnecessary side plot involving Erica Berger. Still, it's a must read for fans of the first two books.

Stieg Larsson passed away before this book was published. I will miss Lisbeth Salandar!