It is where the first coral reefs formed. It was once home to some of the world's largest elephants. And it played a vital role in the evolution of our own species. When the first modern humans arrived in Europe 40, years ago, they began to exert an astonishing influence on the continent's flora and fauna, and now, Europeans lead the way in wildlife restoration - there are more wolves in Europe today than in the USA.
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This enthralling ecological history is more than the story of Europe and the Europeans, it will change our understanding of life itself. An enlightening and uplifting view of the future. Wonderfully thought provoking Well informed and sobering. This book doesn't just wow the reader with nifty ideas; Flannery explains how they actually work, with his signature fluency and clarity. If there's a better way to learn about the last million years on earth, I haven't found one. In his latest book, Europe, he also turns time-traveller, invoking HG Wells' fictional invention as he first sets the dials to whizz back million years, before the continent had begun to emerge as a separate entity.
Tim Flannery is a paleontologist, explorer and conservationist. He is a leading writer on climate change and the Australian of the Year. He is currently chief councillor of the Climate Council. Help Centre. My Wishlist Sign In Join. Write a review. It's filled with nicknames: "Garlos," "Sunshine," "CC," "pretty girl. It was awkward. Every time one was used I cringed so hard. Adults and high school students will likely find this cheesy and lame. I can see middle school students finding it romantic.
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Additionally, I am not a fan of teenagers with adult-sized confidence. It reads as inauthentic. Justin is so full of himself I'm surprised he even needs food to survive. Peyton is suddenly so full of confidence upon hanging out with Justin that she has the wherewithal to initiate hand holding and not die of embarrassment when her friend spills the beans to Justin that she has a crush.
A high school girl would have been mortified by her friend's gaffe. High school crushes are scary and exciting and teenagers break out into a cold sweat at the thought of initiating a hand hold with a new love interest.
They do the "does he like me? They read into everything and experience crippling anxiety over what's going to happen and whether or not they embarrassed themselves without realizing it. This component of the novel is beyond unbelievable and to be honest something I was not able to move past. Peyton fails to become a fully developed character despite all of the uniqueness the author attempts to write her with.
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She lives on a ranch, she has Guinean-Barre, she was home-schooled, she knows baseball, she and her siblings are named after professional athletes her middle name is Manning! Her narration is totally average and never pulled me in and signed me up to the team. For someone who is supposed to be so interesting, I was never at all interested. Peyton and Justin are visiting Peyton's family ranch where we're subjected to pages and pages of minutia and filler.
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I'm aware that the author is attempting to do the "characters get to know each other and bond" thing, but it's done poorly in the form of one massive info dump of a visit. The author seems to want to bypass any real character and relationship building by using this one visit at the farm to cover all the bases. Justin has met everyone Peyton knows while waxing poetic about his own crappy home life. The reader is supposed to download all of this background story at once so we can get on with the main event.
It really turned me off. In summary: this book is the definition of the poor execution of a good idea. The author doesn't write like she's ever met a teenager or even ever actually been one. The book never feels authentic. Lazy writing and plot devices will likely annoy any readers over the age of 13 into putting this book down and never finishing. Mar 29, Claire - The Coffeeholic Bookworm rated it really liked it. Freshman year, Peyton Williams caught Fairfield High's notorious playboy and he couldn't take his eyes off her. The two got to know each other and developed feelings either one couldn't hide anymore.
But their relationship was kept secret from their respective families and friends. A secret that bore another secret. Until disaster struck and separated them. Senior year, after three years of no communication between ex lovers, suddenly they found themselves paired to each other for a parenting pr Freshman year, Peyton Williams caught Fairfield High's notorious playboy and he couldn't take his eyes off her.
Senior year, after three years of no communication between ex lovers, suddenly they found themselves paired to each other for a parenting project. Peyton's world was in shambles when they broke up.
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Now that they had to see each other again, the feelings of the past seems to be catching up on her.. But things weren't the same now. Peyton got Cade, her besstfriend turned boyfriend.
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And Justin had dated a lot since then. I didn't know this is book 2 from one of Rachel Harris' best seliing books. I haven't read The Fine Art of Pretending, which, according to past reviews, also involved Justin Carter and was thought to be a real player in the book. Too bad, I didn't get to know him then. And he clearly had changed ways, especially after he met Peyton.
I love how their love story developed. While I am not a believer of "first love never dies" trust me, it does die LOL , I gave Justin and Peyton a chance to prove to me that theirs is a love worth fighting for, even after three years. Teenage raging hormones aside, I think the way they cling to each other was their way of showing that they care and they got each other's back.
Justin's family was dysfunctional, Peyton's spirit was broken due to an illness. And when they got to spend more time together again after three long years, they became more mature and more in tune with each other. I liked Peyton more when she overcame her health issues and conquered her fear when she got back to riding horses. Cade, the BFF, was another matter though. I thought the love triangle was a cliche. I wasn't sold to Cade's romantic feelings for Peyton. Nuh uh.. I did, however, enjoyed this cute love story.
My only regret was not being able to read the first book. The Natural History of Us is an easy read, smile inducing and sigh releasing. The first time I read a Harris' book a year ago, I was smitten. Three books later, I am still swooning over Miss Harris' beautiful writing. And I can't wait to read more! I received this book from Spencer Hill Press via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. View 2 comments. I was in complete awe of him and knew that I was not good enough for him. I thought he was too good to be true and that one day he would decide he didn't want to be with me.