Posts Published by Christa

The Girl on the Train

The highlight of Rachel’s day is this little hiccup-length stall in her commute that happens within plain view of Jess and Jason’s home, where sometimes she sips coffee on the porch and he stands behind…

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Boyle will be Boyle

As soon as I realized the situation of this particular T.C. Boyle, I groaned and flipped through the pages and wondered if I wanted to commit to this same old, same old. I haven’t read…

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Unbecoming

Sometimes this thrillseeker reads the book’s plot summary, trips over a couple of turn-off words, wrinkles her face and decides, “Aw, hell. Why not?” Dives into something that falls quite a few paces from her…

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Love Me Back

I don’t like books like this anymore, books where your protagonist should know better but doesn’t and so she goes around and around making the same shitty decisions and banging 30 coworkers or restaurant patrons…

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After Birth

At the sweet spot of this book, a relatively new mom is allowed a reprieve from the daily anger that surrounds the birth of her son — though she won’t use the word “birth” because…

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The first bad book

Typically when I don’t like a buzz book I delight in mocking word choices and flimsy chapters or the thin line separating the novel’s plot and the author’s bio. The book becomes a contender for…

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All that jazz

In the signature scene of Rainey Royal, the titular teen-aged temptress, smelling purposefully of tea oil (rubbed between her toes, actually), and her best friend Tina Dial are trailing one of those couples-in-love, all linked…

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Cronenberg being Cronenberg

In one corner, we have a tech obsessed, globetrotting freelance reporter who likes the big splashy headline stories like the one she’s currently chasing about a high-falooting couple, French fetish-wrecked philosophers at the center of…

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