Hello again, blog lovers! To recap from my last post, I got 2/4 predictions right on my Oscars blog! Honestly, that’s two more than I thought I’d get right, so I’m happy with it. I might give myself half credit on one more, since Spike Lee did (FINALLY) win his Oscar, but not in the category I predicted. Oh well, can’t win them all. Onto this week’s topic!
As you guys know, I’m an HGTV fan and have probably seen at least a few episodes of every program they have. One of the biggest shows of the last few years has been Property Brothers, hosted by Jonathan and Drew Scott. It’s a renovation show where Drew sells and stages the houses and Jonathan is the contractor. The show has had a huge amount of success, so much so that this is actually the second book the brothers wrote together. This is, however, the first book on their personal lives and how they came to be where they are today.
I’ll start with the positives here. The writing itself is fun and casual, which is great for books like this. The brothers take turns writing different sections of the book, while the other interjects with little thought bubbles or scribbles in the margins. They both have a good sense of humor and it the love they have for each other and for their family comes across. They also told some great stories that I didn’t know about, like the fact that their roles on the show were originally supposed to be switched.
However, the structuring of this book let me down. While it was important for both brothers to tell their individual stories, the timelines kept jumping around. This made it difficult to follow. Not only was the narrative switching back and forth, but the narratives kept taking place at all different times. It would go from childhood to adulthood and back again with no real transition. While I enjoyed the stories overall, the formatting was weird and, had I been the editor, I would have suggested a more chronological approach so that it would be easier to follow.
Between you, me, and the ghostlight, this book is great for HGTV lovers, but not so great for those with a heavy editorial eye. The writing is great, but the timeline prevented me from fully enjoying the book. However, if that’s not a problem for you, pick it up for some great stories from HGTV’s most popular brothers! Until next time, blog lovers!