Saturday, March 30, 2013

Review: All the Summer Girls by Meg Donohue

Title: All the Summer Girls

Author: Meg Donohue

Pub date: 5/21/2013

Publisher: William Morrow & Company

Source: Edelweiss

Summary from Goodreads:

In Philadelphia, good girl Kate is dumped by her fiance the day she learns she is pregnant with his child. In New York City, beautiful stay-at-home mom Vanessa is obsessively searching the Internet for news of an old flame. And in San Francisco, Dani, the aspiring writer who can't seem to put down a book--or a cocktail--long enough to open her laptop, has just been fired...again.

In an effort to regroup, Kate, Vanessa, and Dani retreat to the New Jersey beach town where they once spent their summers. Emboldened by the seductive cadences of the shore, the women being to realize how much their lives, and friendships, have been shaped by the choices they made one fateful night on the beach eight years earlier--and the secrets that only now threaten to surface.

My thoughts/review:

I loved this story. I was sucked into this story from the first page. Kate, Vanessa, and Dani are best friends who met in school. Kate is the friend that's a perfectionist. She gets dumped by Peter even though she thought her relationship was perfect. Vanessa is a stay at home mom who met her husband while working at an art gallery, but now she wonders what if she would have stayed with her old boyfriend. Dani is a novelist who hasn't finished her book yet. She is portrayed as the party-er of the friends. They all have secrets about an incident involving Kate's brother . They all feel responsible for what happened. This was a page turner. It would be fitting to read this book about the beach on the beach. This book showed how friends can still come together while each of them having to deal with their own dramas. This story has affairs, friendships, betrayals and new love. I wonder what happens next for the three friends.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Review: The Beauty Detox Foods by Kimberly Snyder

Title: The Beauty Detox Foods

Author: Kimberly Snyder

Publisher: MIRA

Pub date: 3/26/2013

Source: NetGalley

Summary from Amazon:

In her bestselling book, The Beauty Detox Solution, Kimberly Snyder—one of Hollywood's top celebrity nutritionists and beauty experts—shared the groundbreaking program that keeps her A-list clientele in red-carpet shape. Now you can get the star treatment with this guide to the top 50 beauty foods that will make you more beautiful from the inside out. Stop wasting your money on fancy, expensive beauty products and get real results, while spending less at your neighborhood grocery.
– Enjoy avocados and sweet potatoes for youthful, glowing skin
– Snack on pumpkin seeds for lustrous hair
– Eat bananas and celery to diminish under-eye circles
With over 85 recipes that taste as good as they make you look, you can finally take charge of your health and beauty—one delicious bite at a time.
My thoughts/review:

This book is a more in depth look into the first book The Beauty Detox Solution. She tells you all about the fifty beauty detox foods. Kimberly tells which vitamins and minerals that are in the beauty foods. She explains how the foods work in your body and how they can help in making you even more beautiful than you already are. I eat a lot of these foods already. Some of my favorite beauty foods are: bananas, garlic, kale, carrots, sweet potatoes, avocados, and blueberries. One thing I like about the book are the vibrant pictures. I still haven't tried a glowing green smoothie, yet, but its on my list of recipes to try from this book. I recommend this book to people who want to try a new way of eating or if you want to incorporate more fruits and vegetables into your diet. Also, have you seen Ms Kimberly? I mean, she is gorgeous. I also follow Kimberly on her blog: