Oh man, what a ride! OK, I guess I'm the right demographic for this book: I love rock and I grew up in the 70s. So I wanted to like it...instead, I loved it! Yes, it's "sex, drugs, and rock n roll." But it's also got wonderfully complex characters that I cared about even if I didn't like how they acted. It's a peek into the formation of a band, how the music is made, the struggles of addiction and clashing personalities, and ultimately, love. The story is compiled of pieces of interviews with the band and those connected to them -- a very effective technique that made the pages turn even faster. Taylor Jenkins Read's "Daisy Jones and the Six" is one of my favorite books of the year!
This is tough stuff, but so well written and unblinkingly honest. And it's a debut novel! Valentine is one of my favorite books of the year and I can't wait to read more by Elizabeth Wetmore.
I just love "Dear Edward." It is uplifting, beautiful, and full of hope. And, yes, it's a story about the sole survivor of a commercian plane crash.
Ann Napolitano has written a very special story about how a twelve-year-old boy lives after losing everything that is dear to him. Edward is an extraordinary character, and I was so moved by his struggles and his strength as he progressed on his journey to physical and mental recovery. Edward, and the rest of the characters, will stay with me for a long time.
This book is a jewel. I loved the characters in all their fragility and strength. Sarah Winman's prose is gorgeous...so spare but powerful and rich, too. She expertly leads us forward and back in time to reveal bit by bit a beautiful story of love, friendship, and loss. I didn't want to put the book down and I didn't want it to end.
This is a very sweet, touching story about a young Japanese man, Satoru, and his cat, Nana. Satoru must find a new home for Nana, so they go on a journey to see old school friends who might take Nana in. Nana is a wise and knowing cat, so has ideas of his own about this plan. A charming, quick read. A lovely gift for anyone who loves... and is loved by...a cat.