Life Through Lasagna Eyes: The Recipes for Life
By Samantha Kendall
Available through Amazon in paperback and Kindle editions. You can find it at other online and offline book sellers, as well.
Summary of Life Through Lasagna Eyes:
Ostensibly, this is a book about one woman’s journey from loss to fulfillment. Using lasagna as a metaphor for life, Kendall tells stories from her life and shares life lessons she’s learned along the way. But it ends up being a rambling, often incoherent, string of ideas and stories with nothing that truly ties them together but the binding of the book.
What I liked about it:
The concept is cool. The idea of the lasagna metaphor is unique and intriguing. The author’s weaving of advice and stories from her life was promising. However …
What I didn’t like about it:
This is an example of a great idea poorly executed.
- The stories are short and superficial — you get no real idea of the emotional impact it is clear they had.
- There are grammatical errors and improper word usage throughout (e.g. “ice cycles” instead of “icicles” and “manner” instead of “matter”).
- There is a preponderance of exclamation points! I’m sorry, but many of those statements really didn’t need to be said that emphatically. The exclamation point lost its power.
- The concept is disorganized. Sometimes the noodle layer is one thing. Sometimes it’s the opposite. So what is the noodle layer exactly? The same thing happened for each layer.
- At least a third of the writing is so inarticulate I couldn’t make heads nor tails of what Kendall was trying to say.
What this book needs is a good substantive editor, someone who can help focus Kendall’s thoughts, organize them and pump up the details in the stories so readers can feel what she went through. Kendall has a good idea. She has interesting life experiences that help communicate her message. But she needs to get her thoughts into a logical order and have them written in coherent English and with emotional impact.
Until she re-writes this book, I can’t, in good conscience, recommend wading through it to piece out the good bits.
NOTE: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. If you’ve read past book reviews, you’ll know that I don’t pull my punches when I believe they are warranted. I also try to provide balanced information so you can make your own decision to read or not read the book, even if you disagree with my opinion.