Eva in the Box: Remembering a Beautiful Young Woman.
Even though the story is sad at times, I still felt hope. Although the story isn't terribly original and there was at least one secondary plotline that I felt was unnecessary, there was still so much to love about this book.
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If you're looking for an emotional contemporary novel, try this one out. Oct 27, Kim rated it did not like it. I read this book, and recommended it to my book club, based on the stellar reviews. Unfortunately I will be the one bad review in this sea of happiness, as I absolutely hated this book. The writing style or absolute lack of it, actually sealed it for me from the beginning, but I finished it because I had recommended it and felt I owed it to my fellow book clubbers.
I didn't feel anything for any of these cha I read this book, and recommended it to my book club, based on the stellar reviews. I didn't feel anything for any of these characters, not one iota, since they were so cliche. Not even for the woman dying of cancer, which is pretty sad. The word that kept coming to me was "cardboard. Horrible writing, that's how.
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Never made me sad, all the stories were so contrived and the people so badly fleshed out. Oy, time I will never get back. If you want to read a sad book about a cancer patient and the lives they touch try "The Fault In Our Stars" and see what real writing looks like.
The "funeral while I'm alive" idea was even copied from that book, one of the most touching scenes in a million touching scenes. Not saying "Fault" was perfect, but it was compelling, something this book was not. Annie has been dealt a really hard hand in life. She has lost her only child to cot death, and then her husband to her best friend. She has completely given up on life, spending her days wandering between her unfulfilling job to her lonely, shared apartment where she dines on ready meals for one in front of the TV. One day, while visiting her mother, who has dementia, in hospital, she meets Polly, an upbeat, eccentric and charismatic young woman who has been diagnosed with cancer and given three Annie has been dealt a really hard hand in life.
One day, while visiting her mother, who has dementia, in hospital, she meets Polly, an upbeat, eccentric and charismatic young woman who has been diagnosed with cancer and given three months to live. Polly, hoping to make a difference in the lives of those she touches before she meets her end, challenges Annie to begin living her life again. Based on the social media-influenced project, Days of Happiness, Polly encourages Annie to do things every day to reawaken her soul, from mending old wounds, making amends and facing her past, to taking up new hobbies, getting a makeover and opening herself up to things that frighten her.
As Annie slowly starts to open up to Polly, she learns that not all lives are equal or fair, but they should still be lived. How To Be Happy is a very sweet book. It's what I call 'popcorn for the brain' in that it's an easy but enjoyable read that would be best inhaled at the edge of a pool or curled up in front of the fire on a winter break. Calling it a 'vacation read' isn't a bad thing. Sure, the language or dialogue, at times, is a little simplistic and unnatural in places, and sometime it falls into the realm of being overly sympathetic.
But overall it is a charming story that is wholly uplifting and positive, reminding us all to live each day to the fullest and, despite the darkness, to still look for the streaks of colour in the world. Sidenote: There is one part in this book that did make me question it. In a scene where Annie is upset and hysterically crying, Dr. Max responds to her by saying, "Only dogs can hear you now", which is a line lifted straight out of Friends. Maybe only us millennials will notice it, those of us who grew up witnessing Ross and Rachel's drawn-out romantic drama, but it made me question the authenticity of the author's words.
Not a huge deal, and not one that should deter anyone from reading this book, but I thought I would note it here. View all 3 comments. Nov 17, Megan C.
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Hot bath on a cold day. Cool drink in the sun. It's a story about Annie, a woman who has literally lost it all, and Polly, who is is determined to help Annie find joy again, even as she herself battles a tragic circumstance. I needed this one, y'all. She was later featured in several independent films. She branched out into television in with a recurring role as the vain Jessica in three episodes of the Nickelodeon comedy series The Secret World of Alex Mack. Her big break came when James Cameron picked Alba from a pool of over one thousand candidates for the role of the genetically engineered super-soldier, Max Guevara , on the FOX sci-fi television series Dark Angel.
Writing for the University of Melbourne , Bronwen Auty considered Max to be the "archetypal modern feminist hero —a young woman empowered to use her body actively to achieve goals", citing Max's refusal to use firearms and instead using martial arts and knowledge as weapons as contributing to this status. Alba next played exotic dancer Nancy Callahan , as part of a long ensemble cast , in the neo-noir crime anthology film Sin City , written, produced, and directed by Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller.
It is based on Miller's graphic novel of the same name. Her last film was the thriller Into the Blue , in which Alba portrayed, opposite Paul Walker , one half of a couple who find themselves in trouble with a drug lord after they come upon the illicit cargo of a sunken airplane. According to Alba, Tim Story 's direction during an emotional scene almost made her quit acting. It looks too painful. Can you be prettier when you cry?
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Cry pretty, Jessica. Just make it flat. We can CGI the tears in. Are my instincts and my emotions not good enough? Do people hate them so much that they don't want me to be a person? Am I not allowed to be a person in my work? And so I just said, 'Fuck it. I don't care about this business anymore. In Good Luck Chuck also , Alba portrayed the love interest of a womanizer dentist.
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While Alba did not have any film release in , five high-profile films released throughout featured her in significant roles. Her first role in the year was that of a prostitute in The Killer Inside Me , an adaption of the book of the same name, opposite Kate Hudson and Casey Affleck , which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival , to polarized reactions from critics.
In it, she portrayed a painfully withdrawn young woman. In , Alba worked for the third time with Robert Rodriguez in the film Spy Kids: All the Time in the World , portraying a retired spy who is called back into action, and to bond with her new step-children, she invites them along. Alba worked once again with director Rodriguez for two film sequels.
She reprised her role of an Immigration Officer, in an uncredited cameo appearance, in Machete Kills , which flopped with critics and audiences,  and her much larger role of stripper Nancy Callahan, seeking to avenge her late protector, in Sin City: A Dame to Kill For , which was released in August , on 2D and 3D. Variety felt it was a "late, limp attempt to turn Alba's character from an exploited figure into an empowered one". In the action film Mechanic: Resurrection , alongside Jason Statham , Alba played the girlfriend of a retired hitman.
She did Krav Maga to get into shape for the film,  and was drawn to the strength her character exhibited, remarking: "I think for these types of movies you don't often get to see the female romantic lead kind of kick butt. I mean it's usually she's being saved by the guy and so it's nice that I got to come to the table with a toughness, and a real heart". In January , Alba and business partner Christopher Gavigan launched The Honest Company , a collection of household goods, diapers, and body care products.
In October , Alba launched a collection of skin care and beauty products called Honest Beauty. Alba posed for a bondage -themed print advertising campaign by Declare Yourself , a campaign encouraging voter registration among youth for the United States presidential election. The ads photographed by Mark Liddell,   which feature Alba wrapped in and gagged with black tape, drew national media attention.
In June , while filming The Killer Inside Me in Oklahoma City , Alba was involved in a controversy with residents when she pasted posters of sharks around town. Media outlets speculated that Alba would be pursued and charged with vandalism. In , Alba participated in a two-day lobbying effort in Washington D. She tweeted " equality love".
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Alba was included in Maxim Magazine's Hot list multiple times from Alba was named among Playboy's "25 Sexiest Celebrities" in and appeared on the cover of the magazine that year. However, she later dropped the lawsuit after receiving a personal apology from Playboy owner Hugh Hefner , who agreed to make donations to two charities that Alba has supported.
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Campari printed 9, copies of the calendar. In , reports surfaced that a year-old Chinese girl was seeking plastic surgery to resemble Alba in order to win back an ex-boyfriend; the star spoke out against the perceived need to change one's appearance for love. Alba has commented on her fears of being typecast as a sex kitten based on the bulk of parts offered to her. Spooked, she took off like a speeding bullet and caught up to the kid.
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