Who Do You Want To Be?

When we first met Lissy Ryder in Jen Lancaster's novel Here I Go Again, she didn't know who she wanted to be. She was still focused on who she had been. Her high school days has been her glory days, so why should she want to be any different than she was in her teens? During the course of the novel she learns that if you stay who you were, you'll never become who you are supposed to be....more
In high school I was totally focused on myself.  I wanted a career in a big city with an awesome ... more

Do We Ever Really Leave High School?

Lissy Ryder, the main character in Jen Lancaster's new novel, Here I Go Again, never really left high school. She hit her peak during those four years and stopped growing and reaching. When she discovered there is life after high school it was a complete and total shock. While we may not all be like Lissy, I still see references every week online to things being just like high school....more
I think people who don't leave high school are sad.  True, it defines you for a period of time ... more

Would You Like To Go Back In Time?

In Jen Lancaster's new novel, Here I Go Again, Lissy Ryder is given a potion that can help her right all her wrongs. Being the person she is, Lissy doesn't approach it cautiously. No, she throws it back like it's an espresso shot. When she wakes up and realizes she's back in the past -- back in high school -- she's elated. That would not be my reaction. ...more
Maybe if I could transplant my whole family and life into another time period, maybe like the ... more

Music Tells Your Story

One of the things I probably identified the most with in Jen Lancaster's Here I Go Again were the discussions between Lissy and Brian about music. When you are teenager, few things feel bigger than the music you listen to in high school. It becomes the soundtrack for that part of your life, and you carry it with you going forward....more
I was never a huge fan of any one band, but when I hear the songs from the early nineties they ... more

Who Do You Trust?

It seems only appropriate to talk about trust when discussing Linwood Barclay's Trust Your Eyes. The characters in the book not only have to decide whether or not they can believe what they see on the internet, but also who they can trust with that information. Who will believe them? ...more
Definitely my mom and my husband.  And I have a group of friends who I do a Bible study with ... more

Would You Report an Internet Crime?

A lot of time is spent in Linwood Barclay's Trust Your Eyes in deciding whether or not to report what appears to be a crime. The question as to whether or not there even was a crime loomed large. While Thomas is convinced that there was a crime, Ray is not so sure. If he's not sure, how can he make anyone else believe them? ...more
I'm not sure I would have.  I guess I would've thought that even if it was something that I ... more

Do You Look Up?

In Linwood Barclay's Trust Your Eyes lives are charged by the simple decision to look up. Had Thomas not looked up from the street view in the online map, they never would have discovered a crime. Had Ray looked up at a window when they were teenagers, Thomas's life may have been very different. ...more
I think I'm like you, always watching where I'm walking and trying not to trip!  I do look up ... more

Do You Travel By Map?

When Linwood Barclay's Trust Your Eyes opens, we meet a man who is exploring New York City street by street. He wants to see the whole city, or at least as much of it as possible, before he has to move on to the next city. What we discover is that he's not in the city at all. He's exploring it by using the street-level option of a mapping website. I found this absolutely fascinating. ...more
I have to admit to doing a bit of stalking of friends homes on Google Earth. :)  Just to see ... more

Far Too Many People Have Been Hurt by Good Intentions

They say there's no such thing as a dumb question, but that's not true. There is such a thing as a dumb question. "When are you guys going to start your family?" "Are you going to try for a girl?" "Are you pregnant yet?" "Shouldn't you be working on baby number two by now?" They're all dumb questions. Unless you know the story, it's really none of your business. You shouldn't ask....more
I don't find it offensive at all when people ask me if we are going to have more kids.  I think ... more

The Keepers of Family Histories

As we discussed in our interview with Kim Edwards, The Lake of Dreams is about a whole lot of different things. I think it mostly about family and how finding out something new about our family can change everything. ...more
I just found out recently that my grandpa had step brothers! I swear he had never mentioned ... more