19 March 2009

Love or Something Like It; Deidre Shaw

Love or Something Like It: A Novel Love or Something Like It: A Novel by Deirdre Shaw

My review

rating: 4 of 5 stars

Maybe I wasn't in a terribly discriminating mood, but I really liked this semi-coming-of-age story. I say "semi" because a woman in her 20s-30s is, for all intents and purposes, already Of Age. Lacey's journey from childhood (divorced parents, runaway scapegrace brother) to marriage (to a Peter Pan type) to living on her own and finally being ok with that resonated. Not because I've had similar experiences, but because the archetypes felt real - I understood her journey.

One major quibble: impactful is NOT a word.

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  1. If a community of English speakers actually employs the word "impactful" (i.e., "full of impact or full of a strong effect on something else"), then it IS indeed a word (http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=impactful). Don't be such a language Nazi.

  2. "Impactful" is not a word, Urban Dictionary is not an authority, and name-calling ("Nazi") is not civilized discourse.

  3. Urban Dictionary says "A non-existent word coined by corporate advertising, marketing and business drones to make their work sound far more useful, exciting and beneficial to humanity than it really is. This term is most frequently used in "team building" seminars and conferences in which said drones discuss the most effective ways to convince consumer zombies to purchase crap they clearly do not need or even want."

    Non-existant=not a real word. I'm voting w/Lazygal.