I’m not sure what to think of this novel. The story sounded interesting. But, I had a really hard time getting into the story – the characters didn’t grab me at all – I never really understood their motivations. The timeline was somewhat disjointed and hard to follow at times. I kept waiting for something to happen, but nothing ever did.
As I read, the picture in my mind of the setting was always foggy and in black and white – I think that’s reflective of my lack of interest in the story. If I hadn’t been reading this for the Library Thing Early Reviewers program, I probably would not have finished this book. Honestly, I’m relieved it’s over.
Reviewed for the Library Thing Early Reviewers program. Advanced Reading Copy provided courtesy of Penguin Group USA.
This book was tough to get through. The plot was weak and confusing, and the characters annoying. No one spoke to one another, spending all their time assuming the worst and feeling sorry for themselves. The family secret was a joke. I pretty much spent the entire novel waiting for something to actually happen, and it never did.
This book could also have used a more thorough edit, as I kept encountering inconsistencies in the story (example: one character checks into a one-story motel, yet when he goes back to his room that night, he “went up the metal stairs to his room”) that were really annoying.
Reviewed for the Library Thing Early Reviewers program. Advanced Reading Copy provided courtesy of HarperCollins Publishers.
When I received this ARC in the mail, and realized it was written in poetic verse, my first thought was “Ugh, I really do NOT like poetry. I’m probably not going to read this.” I had never read any of Ellen Hopkins YA novels.
So I was a more than a little shocked when I picked the book up around 11pm to just read the first few pages, and found myself completely sucked into the story of these 3 middle-aged women and the intersecting twists and turns of their relationships. 5 hours later, it was 4am, and I had just finished this 500+ page novel. As a full-time working mom of three school-age boys, it has been a VERY LONG time since I’ve stayed up all night to read a book all in one sitting.
I identified with some parts of each of these women, which kept me interested in the story way beyond when I should have gone to bed. And while nothing was really much of a surprise (it was easy to see things coming, and the ending, while somewhat sad, was inevitable), the style and ease of the author’s prose propels you along. A highly recommended read.
For some reason, the cover of the book made me think it was another “vampire/Twilight” story. I could not have been more wrong. Just goes to prove you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover!
And finally, a word of warning: This is definitely an adult novel, with detailed descriptions of graphic sexual situations – the author’s YA fans should NOT read this novel.
Advanced Reading Copy provided courtesy of Atria Books.
I enjoyed this book. It was a little slow to start, but once I got into it, I was hooked. The point of view switches between current day England and turn-of-the-century America, and both plot lines feature a secret that eventually twines together at the end. It was these secrets that kept me reading, despite the fact that I figured it all out about 2/3rds of the way through the book.
Not a bad start for a debut author. I look forward to her next book.
Wow, what a great book! This is not your usual chick lit fare. This book was smart, funny, suspenseful, and made me think about how I act in my own life.
When Alice forgets the last 10 years of her life after a head injury, she’s faced with the shocking truth that she’s divorcing her husband, but doesn’t know why. She can’t remember her 3 children. And her interactions with her family and friends brings her to the realization that her 40 year old self is not the same person she thought she was at 30.
I loved how details about Alice’s life were slowly unfolded throughout the story, with teasers that kept you reading to find out more. Who is Gina? Why are her and Nick separated? Why is her sister so frosty?
The ending was satisfying, and like a previous reviewer stated, actually made me stop to think about how I treat my own family and friends, and the impact that will have on my life 10 years from now.
I highly recommend this book! Go, read this now! 🙂
This book started out slow for me, and I had a hard time getting into it. But once I got about 100 pages in, I couldn’t put it down. Anthony and Ameila, the two teens who have been caught sexting, are likeable characters, and not the snotty teens they could easily have been. This was a compelling novel – I was very much involved in the story, and couldn’t wait to find out what would happen next. I could really sympathize with Anthony’s mom, and I wanted to slap Amelia’s dad, he was such a jerk. The legal aspects of this novel were especially interesting, and brought to light how insane some of our laws really are.
I only gave this 4 stars, as I thought the ending was somewhat weak and contrived. I’m still not really sure why Anthony did what he did at the end, and I had a hard time believing the actions of Amelia’s dad.
But overall, this was a good read, and I’d definitely recommend it!
This was an interesting read. I generally enjoy stories about nannies and their realationships with their employers and the children they care for. This was no exception. I liked that this was told from the point-of-view of an immigrant from Trinidad – a nice change from the many books about young white nannies in their twenties. It was an interesting look into the West Indian nanny community.
I was somewhat confused about who was who in the first half of the book – keeping the many characters and their relationships with each other straight was a challenge. There were several past events that were never explained in full, and while that was frustrating (you never do learn what happened), it also kept me reading.
The only real problem I had with this book was the dialog. It was VERY difficult to figure out what was being said when the dialog was written with a heavy Jamaician or Trinidian accent, and this slowed down my reading and impacted my enjoyment of the story. I still haven’t figured out what “lime” means – I’m pretty sure it’s not the fruit!
Overall, I’d recommend this book – it’s typical chick lit turned on its head and twisted around.