Shine Shine Shine

Shine Shine Shine Sunny Mann has masterminded a life for herself and her family in a quiet Virginia town Her house and her friends are picture perfect Even her husband has been trained to pass for normal But when a fen

  • Title: Shine Shine Shine
  • Author: Lydia Netzer
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 383
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Sunny Mann has masterminded a life for herself and her family in a quiet Virginia town Her house and her friends are picture perfect Even her husband has been trained to pass for normal But when a fender bender on an average day sends her coiffed blonde wig sailing out the window, her secret is exposed Not only is she bald, Sunny is nothing like the Stepford wife she sSunny Mann has masterminded a life for herself and her family in a quiet Virginia town Her house and her friends are picture perfect Even her husband has been trained to pass for normal But when a fender bender on an average day sends her coiffed blonde wig sailing out the window, her secret is exposed Not only is she bald, Sunny is nothing like the Stepford wife she s trying to be As her facade begins to unravel, we discover the singular world of Sunny, an everywoman searching for the perfect life on earth, and her husband Maxon, an astronaut on his way to colonize the moon.

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    1. Well, I must be showing my age. I just don't see this as a 4-5 star book. Since I finished it, I gave it 2 stars. But it was close. It is full of the most quirky, not to say damaged, characters I have ever read. No one in the book - mother(s), fathers, daughters, sons, babies, neighbors, you name it are just average people. It is one thing to read a book with a few characters that stand out as unique and captivating. But for every single person to be their own soap opera?? Come on. The baldness [...]

    2. Robots in Space: A Love Story“Shine Shine Shine” deftly explores the dichotomy between fulfilling your own destiny vs. living to please others. It also explores the nature of illness. What constitutes individuality vs. the pressure of conformity and the need to be part of the group? When does uniqueness spill into mental illness?As I read I kept trying to define the tone of this book. Quirky? Somewhat but the tone is beyond that. Whimsical? Yes it is that but not in a childlike way. Fanciful [...]

    3. This novel is reminiscent of one of my favorite books of all time, John Irving's World According to Garp. I fell in love with the flawed and vibrant characters of Sonny, Maxon, Emma and Bubber, whose everyday lives are tinged with heartache and whimsy. I read once that we are our most beautiful selves when we are most who we are. That is one of the big takeaways from this book for me. However, I think each person will discover something poignant and resonant in Shine Shine Shine.

    4. Netzer has a strange clipped style which lures you into assuming it's very precise and terse, yet the more I read the more disappointing it is: it actually hardly ever hits the mark, always just a bit off till you're not really sure what she's saying. Her imagery is similarly often more weird than clear; more often than not you're not at all sure what that imagery is supposed to mean. To my mind there is enough ambiguity in the world without the author adding to it . More importantly,I can stoma [...]

    5. I wasn't sure about this in the beginning, but I ended up really enjoying this book. Born totally hairless in Burma, Sunny spends her married life in wigs, false eyelashes, and eyebrows. Her husband, Maxon, a genius working for NASA with few natural social skills, is the only person in Sunny's life besides her mother, Emma, and son, Bubber, who know. Through a series of flashbacks, we see how Sunny lost her father, fled Burma to come to Pennsylvania, grew up, and fell in love. Now pregnant for t [...]

    6. She felt she had been living under clouds, underwater, hearing at low volume, seeing at a distance. Without the wig, what she saw was all very awful. Yes, the whole world. There just wasn't any point in pretending that it was fine.Probably more of a 3.5 star rating, but because of it being different than anything else I've ever read, I'm upping it to a full 4 stars. Shine, Shine, Shine is weird - so weird that I almost gave up on it at the 20% mark, but I persisted, and I'm so happy I did. It to [...]

    7. This is such a strange book. It's incredibly ambitious, one that has been well-reviewed and one that I didn't connect with at all.I love the idea behind it, the way that everyone is trying their best to be normal, even though they all have their very obvious impediments against normalcy. Maxon and Bubber are both autistic (although Maxon wasn't diagnosed) and Sunny is bald. From the moment Sunny and Maxon decided to have a baby, Sunny begins a huge campaign for normalcy. She starts wearing a wig [...]

    8. A beautiful story of love, loss, space, the mind, childhood, marriage, birth, and the American dream. A pre-utopia that ends on a beautiful note, thrusting us all at once far into the future. Is it all in the mind or is it what really happens? Lydia Netzer is too good a writer to let us know. Instead, the whole thing hovers like a constellation. Gorgeous. All of it.

    9. 3 ½ starsThis was an odd little book, an ambitious little book and for the most part the author pulled it off.I loved the idea behind the story. The way that everyone tries to be normal perfect even though they all have secrets they hide, but secrets that make them human, not flawed.The story is told from the viewpoint of Sunny, the perfect suburban housewife, not a hair out of place nor a speck of dust in her house. She was not always the picture of perfection, in fact she was born as bald as [...]

    10. 3 stars - It was good.So what do you get when you combine a girl that has hypotrichosis (no hair growth) in love with a boy that is a savant with Asperger's? Well, you get a very strange and original novel. I can't even begin to give you a synopsis for or describe this novel as it is about everything all at once. At times I was very engaged and saw glimmers of brilliance, but other times it felt too repetitive and in need of an aggressive editing or simply over the top with the bizarreness. A mi [...]

    11. You've probably heard by now that the main characters, Sunny, Maxon and their son, Bubber, are eccentric, in the sense of being smart and weird simultaneously. But this story is more about the normal part of eccentricity, how people with unusual backgrounds or super-charged minds are nevertheless beautifully and painfully human. Sunny, Maxon and Bubber are not larger than life; their emotions and desires are the same size as those of the rest of us.And yet their story is a special one, made spec [...]

    12. What a great surprise. The first 50 pages in I really wasn't feeling this book. I was confused to why there were robots in it and why everything was in the 3rd person. 150 pages in I was hooked and didn't want to put it down. This book is a love story, a bizarre, twisted love story about how to love others but most importantly yourself. While that may sound ridiculously cheesy in execution it really wasn't.The mechanical husband Maxom is going to the moon with robots to help prepare for human co [...]

    13. Shine Shine Shine is not a book that can be easily tucked into a neat category. In fact, when my husband asked, "What's it about?", I told him that my description would fall short and also sound slightly crazy. But that is exactly what makes this book remarkable, and unforgettable. It is a story of marriage, of motherhood, of self-image and selfishness, but also a tale of humor, family and loss. I'm not even going to bother to write the plot synopsis, other to say again that it fails mere works [...]

    14. "This is the story of an astronaut who was lost in space, and the wife he left behind. Or this is the story of a brave man who survived the wreck of the first rocket sent into space with the intent to colonize the moon This is the story of a bulge, a bud, the way the human race tried to subdivide, the bud it formed outside the universe, and what happened to that bud, and what happened to the Earth, too, the mother Earth, after the bud was burst." page 2And with this introduction, Lydia Netzer in [...]

    15. I just can't go on. I'm quitting. I'm sorry, but this is a festering turd of a book. Don't get me wrong, I love to read-- I was an English major in college, so I can appreciate books I don't necessarily like. Not this one, though. I just don't understand all the glowing reviews for this novel. All of the characters are weird, so much so that I don't give a damn what happens to any of them. The plot is weird and many of the things that happen either don't make sense or aren't realistic. The writi [...]

    16. Won a copy from Shelf Awareness on NetGalley.Cannot decide between 3 and 4 stars. 3.5Such a creative and unique storyline. Different than anything else I've ever read.I kept asking myself, as I was reading this romance? sci-fi? general fiction?It was a little taste of each.I admired Sunny's strength. Coming out with her baldness, after the accident, doing her best for Bubby, her son, who is autistic, her dying mother,being very pregnant and having her husband's rocket have an accident while in s [...]

    17. Shine, Shine, Shine started off good got really good had me tweeting the author to ask if Maxom lives GREAT! Loved the whole book! The ending was a little weird for me I wanted less of the neighbors and more of the husband. But I'm ultimately happy to have discovered Lydia Netzer (Thanks to Joshlyn Jackson)! I can't wait to see what Ms Netzer comes up with next!

    18. I got this book from the library because Joshilyn Jackson (author of “A Grown Up Kind of Pretty”) recommended it highly on her website. After hearing so many good things about it, I really wanted to like this book. In the end, I thought it was ok, but I’m glad I borrowed a copy instead of shelling out my money for the hardback version.The main character of the book is Sunny. At the start of the story, Sunny is pregnant with her second child, and her big secret is that she was born with a c [...]

    19. I am a fast reader the way other people are fast eaters: if it’s good, I read it as fast as possible. Thankfully, I found myself slowing down and savoring Shine Shine Shine by Lydia Netzer. I not only didn’t want to finish it, I wanted to hold it in my mouth for as long as I could – every word, every sentence. And when I was finished, I felt full. Satisfied. Shine Shine Shine is the story of a husband and wife, Maxon and Sunny, who are both notably ‘different’; Sunny because she is (an [...]

    20. I’m not sure, but I think serendipitous forces were at work as I read Lydia Netzer’s debut. It’s no secret that robots play a huge role in this novel – and it just so happened that as I was wrapping up SHINE SHINE SHINE, I also was wrapping up the last story in a freelance writing project that involved an interview with an engineer who yes is researching human-robot teaming.Which leads me to one of the most outstanding things about this book: the mathematical metaphors. Netzer convinces [...]

    21. Sunny is your typical suburban housewife: perfect home, perfect neighbors, toddler Bubber with a new baby girl on the way But the cracks in that "perfect" world Sunny has constructed for herself quickly make themselves apparent in Shine Shine Shine, from Bubber's autism (and Sunny's internal struggle with whether his medicine and treatments are actually helping him) to Maxon, Sunny's brilliant but incredibly odd husband, to Sunny's own secrets that she's so desperate to hide from all of her frie [...]

    22. Book Info: Genre: Literary Science Fiction Reading Level: Adult Disclosure: I received a free eBook galley from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.Synopsis: Sunny Mann has masterminded a life for herself and her family in a quiet Virginia town. Her house and her friends are picture-perfect. Even her genius husband, Maxon, has been trained to pass for normal. But when a fender bender on an average day sends her coiffed blonde wig sailing out the window, her secret is exposed. Not only is [...]

    23. SHINE SHINE SHINE is the kind of love story that can get under the skin of even an ultra-cynic like myself. Sunny is the ultimate suburban housewife, well-coifed, drives a mini-van, consoles her friends, leads neighborhood craft shows, and always makes sure that her autistic son is wearing his helmet and gets his medicine on time. Her genius husband Maxon makes the $18,000 dollar rug in the dining room a possibility, even if his job is destined to take him out of their sphere - literally.Sunny's [...]

    24. I am not sure what to make of this novel. While the author has some interesting ideas and the story is quite unique, I found it to be a tad odd (in the unique way) and there was also a lot of unnecessary rambling and unnecessary descriptions (a bit too much in some cases) which made me drop my rating of this novel. The uniqueness of it is what kept me drawn to finishing the entire book. Written in 3rd person, it's the story of Sunny, a bald woman who is married to Maxon, a robotical type man (ev [...]

    25. I received an early review copy of SHINE SHINE SHINE from NetGalley, though I've since purchased the book. Weeks after turning the last page, I'm still thinking about the characters and situations in this remarkable debut from Lydia Netzer. I wondered how I would eventually feel about Sunny and Maxon as they began telling their stories in their oddly detached voices, but by the end of the book, I found myself genuinely emotional and desperate to know whether they would be okay, as individuals an [...]

    26. This is one of the most original novels I have read in a very long time and with the amount that I read that is really saying something. Strange but brilliant, this novel and Sunny just grabbed me and didn't let go. Trying to be perfect and fit in is her goal when she becomes a mother for the first time, her son Bubber is autistic, and her family is so very different. Loved all the angles, the writing and the details of the backgrounds that formed each of these characters. They are all so very f [...]

    27. What a GREAT READ! The characters are unique, the writing is fantastic, and the story is beautiful. I laughed, I cried, I related (I mean, we all have those moments where we just want to FIT IN!). I loved the structure of the story, the author kept it moving forward, but also went back to fill in the gaps. Not only that, I would wonder about a piece of Maxon and Sunny's story and the next segment would answer the question beautifully. I just loved it!And for some reason, I keep thinking of The T [...]

    28. So you know when you read a book, and that book feels like the it was written just for you… Yeah that just happened! It wasn't so much that the characters reflected my life. No, more like the book was tailored, fashioned just for me. Now I miss the characters so much. I miss Sunny.

    29. Wonderfully unusual characters. Contemporary fiction. Autism. Love. Acceptance of self and others. Family issues. Astronauts. One of my favorites this year.

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