Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Brand New Human Being review and giveaway!

Logan is a guy on a mission...he's just not quite sure what his mission is. His father recently died, his 4-year-old has begun acting like a baby again, and he walked in on his wife with another man. Not cool. Logan has reached the end of his rope and he begins his new mission by taking his son and driving to a cabin in Montana, where his stepmother (a woman only 4 years his senior) now lives, hoping his questions about his past and his future just might be answered.

As a reader, it's hard sometimes to watch the main character of a story make mistake after mistake, digging himself a bigger and bigger hole that he just may never come out of. However, Logan Pyle is the kind of character that I could totally understand WHY he was making the mistakes he was and also see the hope in his decisions. He is most definitely a flawed character, but one I was rooting for the entire book. 

Several times I found myself reading a passage about something awful he had done, but I would give a little sigh, because I understood him and the desperation for love and goodness in his life. A whole lot of changing takes place in the story, as we explore what love, family, fatherhood, and marriage all mean to Logan Pyle. And Julie...ohhh Julie. I just wanted to smack her sometimes. So much for being passive.

I'm now a fan of Emily Miller and I'm hoping you will be too. I have one copy of Brand New Human Being to give to one of you! Please leave a comment believe telling me one thing you're loving about summer. Comment by Sunday night and I'll pick a winner Monday morning. U.S. or Canada only please!

Brand New Human Being
Emily Jeanne Miller
272 pages
Adult Fiction
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
TLC Blog Tours


Susan said...

Sounds like an interesting read, Amanda. Not my usual kind of thing, but I'd definitely give it a try!

What I'm loving about summer? Sleeping in! During the school year, I get up at 6 a.m. or earlier; during the summer, I get to sleep, sleep, sleep. I didn't crawl out of bed until after 9 this morning! I'll definitely miss that when the kids go back to school in 3 weeks.

Linda said...

This does sound interesting - flawed people making mistakes...sounds like life as I know it! What I am loving about summer is all the things that are blooming, in spite of the monstrous heat and drought! Hugs to you and the family...especially Elliott!

A Novel Review- Laura Kay said...

I'm loving spending the time with the kids. They are getting big and one will be in full day kindergarten this fall and the other will be going to preschool three days a week. The house is gonna seem so quiet and I know once they start school they grow so's a little bittersweet. So I'm loving every moment of this summer home with them.

jessmonster said...

Sounds like an interesting book! One of my favorite things about summer is going blueberry picking - they're best straight off the bush, but it's always fun to bake with them, too. I'm planning to make my first trip of the year tomorrow.

Kailana said...

I am glad you liked this!! I have read a few other reviews and that seems to be the general opinion.

No need to enter me!

Lynne Watts said...

I'm loving spending time at the beach on a girl's trip this summer. It's over tomorrow though! Back to the grind. No more sleeping in, shopping till you drop, walking on the beach and snoozing by the pool.

heathertlc said...

I'm so glad you enjoyed this one! Thanks for being on the tour.