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This Book Will NOT Save Your Life

this book will save your life

Trading stocks and shares out of his beautiful LA homes, Richard Novak (Yeah, the third protagonist named Richard of books I read this year), divorced, sees no one except his trainer, housekeeper and nutritionist, who delivers regular supplier of macrobiotic, low carb food. He is so out of touch with his feelings that his life has slowed almost to a standstill. Following an attack of inexplicable and excruciating pain that lands him in the emergency room, Richard befriends Anhil, a doughnut shop owner, who offers him free doughnut if he could borrow Richard’s Mercedes for a test drive. 

He called his brother, and spoke to his son and his indifferent ex-wife. His housekeeper is going for a hip replacement. He paid for a free spa and yogic retreat to a crying woman he met at the grocery store, Cynthia, who is tired of waiting hand and feet to her needy family members. He and his movie star neighbour helped rescued a horse from a sinking hole. He had to move out from his house as the sinking hole is threatening to make his home uninhabitable. Discovered his insurance wouldn’t cover his home. He visited his brother and discovers how much he had missed the growing up years of his son, Ben. 

His solitary routine broken, and his diet sabotaged by sugary baked goods, Richard’s dramatic emotional thaw begins ….… 

The book flap says: A sharp and wildly about new beginning, transformation and the weirdness of LA, reveals what can happen if you are willing to open to the world around you. 

Half way through the book, I didn’t care what Richard did anymore. The book read like a bad joke. You sort of trudge along with Richard’s mundane and pathetic existence. I don’t really care if he ended up being his old self, have a good time with his son or became a lover of doughnuts and sabotages his diet. By then I have trashed the book. 

I’m giving it a 2. A waste of paper. This book will not save your life.

About JoV

A bookaholic that went out of control.... I eat, sleep and breathe books. Well, lately I do other stuff.


8 thoughts on “This Book Will NOT Save Your Life

  1. Sounds awful…sorry you had a crappy experience but thanks for saving me from it 🙂

    Posted by bernadetteinoz | September 7, 2009, 11:53 am
    • Not sure if you experience it before. I tried to give the book a couple of chance to see if it’s just my mood swing who made me hate it. If you don’t care about the character, you just don’t care. Can’t force love, that’s what I say. 🙂

      Posted by jovenus | September 8, 2009, 6:57 am
  2. Low crab food? Is that the latest LA fad? lol

    I keep seeing this book in charity shops, I think I must be drawn in by all the doughnuts on the cover! Thanks for putting my mind at rest, and I don’t need to buy it.

    Posted by sherby57 | September 13, 2009, 11:10 am
    • If I have a lot more people like you who serves as a spell checker, maybe I’ll make less spelling mistakes! 😀 thanks.

      Don’t get swayed by the doughnuts, get the real ones if you have to satisfy your cravings!

      Posted by jovenus | September 14, 2009, 7:43 am
  3. Hmmm good call, if it’s a choice between a book with doughnuts on the cover and a bag of doughnuts, I know which one to choose!

    Posted by sherby57 | September 14, 2009, 12:34 pm


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Ratings Defined

0 = Abandon the book after first chapter

1 = Waste of paper, we will see what the environmentalist say about this!

2 = Skip it, read the book if you have got nothing better to do

2.5 = An average book, easily forgettable.

3 = A good read.

3.5 = A good entertaining read, a page-turner

4 = So glad that I read the book, a book with substance and invaluable for future reference

4.5 = So glad that I read the book, would pester everyone to read it, invaluable, I would want to own it and wouldn't mind a second read (something that I seldom do)

5 = The book is so good that I feel like I am on scale 4 and 4.5, and more, it blew me away and lingers on my head for weeks!

Books Read

JoV's bookshelf: read
Hold Tight
The Fault in Our Stars
The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon
The Thief
Catching Fire
A Tale for the Time Being
Into the Darkest Corner
The Liars' Gospel
Goat Mountain
Strange Weather In Tokyo
Strange Shores
And the Mountains Echoed
Ten White Geese
One Step Too Far
The Innocents
The General: The ordinary man who became one of the bravest prisoners in Guantanamo
White Dog Fell from the Sky
A Virtual Love
The Fall of the Stone City

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Reading, after a certain age, diverts the mind too much from its creative pursuits. Any man who reads too much and uses his own brain too little falls into lazy habits of thinking. - Albert Einstein (1879 - 1955)

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