- File Size: 3507 KB
- Print Length: 236 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Can Write Will Write; 2 edition (June 15, 2013)
- Publication Date: June 15, 2013
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00AD2MO0Y
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Not Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,827,281 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
I Love You, America Kindle Edition
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The book then takes a dive into the narrator's past, into childhood when these `tics' first became a problem. In a very entertaining and often humorous manner, Greg narrates his experiences in school, with his teachers and his peers, and at home, with his parents and his neighbors, as everyone tries to understand and come to terms with these peculiarities of his.
Greg later finds solace in a pen-pal, a beautiful girl in the States whose picture has him entranced the moment he first sees it. He writes to her obsessively and fantasizes about her constantly.
The characters are really well thought out, the story is expertly written and plotted (with a nice rounded finish as we return to "adult Greg") and the knowledge of the illnesses involved is spot on -- I have personal experience with both TS and OCD.
It's been a long time since I've read a book where I felt so much for the main character. I was with him all the way, cheering him on and cringing when he did anything stupid, and not just because I could relate to him and see myself in him, but because he is so intricately and beautiful fleshed out.
I couldn't recommended this book highly enough. It is easily the best book I have read in a long time.
I had thought it would be entirely about Tourette's but in fact it's a wonderful love story. It's hard to believe this is Richard Louden's first novel; he has clearly done heaps of research and it shows. It's such intelligent writing and the story is attention grabbing and revealing. The characterisation is bang on and I could really empathise with Greg. I found that aspect very interesting as I had no idea that Tourette's also encompassed OCD behaviours. Of further interest for me were other unexpected traits I would have associated with Asperger's/autism (I have many Aspie tendencies, some of which impede me but most I consider a benefit and gratefully embrace with much appreciation).
Throughout the book the author sustains interest very skilfully and creates extra momentum as we approach the last few chapters and the `will she, won't she' element of the final pages. I laughed a lot as well - there was everything in there. Totally absorbing!
I need to read it again. Like any good story, you don't grasp it all the first time and the writing is so clever that it's worthy of a second read from that aspect alone.
I can't wait for the next one. Get a move on, Richard Louden!
The characters in this book are quirky and perfectly combined with the story to make it a pleasurable read. I love the dialogue in this book and can't see how it could possibly be better. As you grow with the main character throughout this book, you find yourself wondering what it would be like if you were to be in the same predicament. This book is a very human story about love, life and the quest to find what is important to you regardless of the obstacles life puts in the way. I loved it.
He eventually manages to overcome his lack of confidence in his debility and sets out to find Ellen on a journey which takes him from Glasgow Scotland to Grand Central Station in New York having overcome many emotional and sexual hurdles on the way. This story is intertwined with sensitivity and good humour, with romance and disappointment and keeps the reader fascinated to the very last word.
I look forward to further works from this author who certainly deserves acclaim for this his first novel. It certainly captivated me from the first page to the lastThe Girl with the Haunting Smile
I was not disappointed. This is one of the funniest, touching, most insightful books I've read for ages. It covers the life of Greg Harris from his eighth year when he realises he is suffering from various tics, growls and behavioural patterns he doesn't quite understand. A dip into his family history makes him realise he may have inherited these awkward habits, which curse his social, family and school life for years. Visits to the cringingly awful doctor who lives next door and sundry pointless treatments do not help and it is not until he spots an attractive female doctor he feels he might be able to talk to that he gets a diagnosis.
From an early age, Greg has been fascinated by the photograph of his Jewish grandfather's best friend's grand-daughter in the US. He falls permanently in love with her enigmatic smile and not even his youthful forays into sex with another Tourettes sufferer shake his faith in Ellen - not even when she disappears for years. Spurred on by his dream of making Ellen his, he eventually travels to the US and begins his search for her.
Richard Louden's writing is superb. He take the reader through the trials of growing up with a seriously embarrassing syndrome with a light, humourous touch that brings a lump to the throat even while the reader smiles at unfolding events.
Some sections of this book are long drawn out, but for me it didn't affect the pleasure I got from reading.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book is a wonderful read. It is a love story but with a real difference. Greg the main character has Tourette's Syndrome, and he is delightful. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Antonia Gerrard
I read this when it was called 'The Girl with the Haunting Smile'. I was almost put off by the cover, which did no justice to the content. Read morePublished on June 25, 2013 by Amazon Customer
I knew what this book was mostly about within 4 pages. We raised a son (no spoiler alert) with the same syndrome, and it is heart-rending. Read morePublished on June 17, 2013 by Amazon Customer
I enjoyed reading this book. It didn't take long to read but easy to pick up and I looked forward to seeing how it would end.Published on May 14, 2013 by Heather Kearins
But good. New insight on disabilities. Different take on romance story let's you laugh with him and at times at him.Published on April 30, 2013 by Elaine
I've never written a review before even though I'm an avid reader. I just had to write one this time because this book knocked my socks off. Seriously, it was stunning. Read morePublished on March 21, 2013 by Amazon Customer
I thoroughly enjoyed reading Richard,s book. The illness of the main character was so well researched and very sympathetically displayed. Read morePublished on March 6, 2013 by Rosebud 17
This remarkable novel tells the story of Greg Harris, a young man from Glasgow who has Tourette's, and how he struggles with its challenges. Read morePublished on February 17, 2013 by Strawberry Fields
A marvellous portrayal of the trials and tribulations of someone afflicted with Tourette's syndrome. Read morePublished on February 9, 2013 by Scotty