By Ann Brashares
Side Note: I read a lot. Reading is basically one of my only hobbies– which I ain’t even mad because I love reading. For a while I have been wanting to post some book reviews. That way maybe I will have more of a clear memory about some past books I have read. I read so much that some times, I can’t remember if I am ercalling a memory, a dream or a story from a book.
So, lets see — I will keep this one short and sweet… I finished this book a couple weeks ago. It had it’s ups and downs.
The story is about a blended family. The basic conflict in the book starts that the parents have gotten a divorced and haven’t spoken since. You read on to find out what happened for there to be so much animosity between the pair and how the children go on to deal with the issue.
The author takes turns telling the story from the different perspectives of the children in the book. It starts off slow and at times it can get a little bit confusing because there are 5 different kids. The fact that it is told from 5 different perspectives though, gives you at least one character to relate with.
The book is aimed more towards a young adult demographic. At times some of the thoughts and ideas in the book seem juvenile but then again if you have ever had to deal with a confusing family (full of secrets and grudges, known or unknown) then you will find something that resonates with your life story.
Once into the meat of the book a couple young love stories forms, a tragedy strikes, secrets are revealed and wounds are healed. I won’t go into it much more than that. I don’t want to give too much away. It is a book I will recommend to maybe someone I know who has had similar events occur in their life.
I rate this book 7/10.
I want to share my favorite quote from the book…
Real tragedies didn’t happen gradually. They didn’t build you up with foreshadowing like in books and movies. They didn’t culminate with lessons learned or rebalance the moral ledger.
Real tragedies happen in five seconds, in five words. They waited until you were getting herded into the stupid Midtown Tunnel and smashed you in the head. They took what you loved away and left you with nothing.
One of my favorite things about reading is when the author puts my unruly thoughts into words. I often can’t find the right words to convey my message about events that have happened in my own life journey. This here is a beautiful quote about what tragedy is actually like outside of the media and entertainment industry. Thank you Ms. Brashares for the words.