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Lovely, Dark and Deep Hardcover – October 16, 2012
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“In achingly beautiful prose, Amy McNamara has written a story of grief and bravery and hope that has the power to both haunt and heal. LOVELY, DARK AND DEEP is a masterful debut.” (Nina LaCour, author of Hold Still and The Disenchantments)
“LOVELY, DARK AND DEEP earns each one of its title’s adjectives. Wren is one of the most compelling narrators I've ever come across. Her heart is large, her voice is convincing, and her journey matters...I'll keep this book on my shelf, and return to its riches again and again.” (Laura Kasischke, winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for Space, in Chains)
"Wren’s quiet emergence from despair rings true." (Kirkus Reviews)
"This first novel, like the poem alluded to in the title, finds beauty, wonder, trepidation, and
determination quietly and in small moments." (Booklist)
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Top Customer Reviews
Wren is strong, even when she feels like hiding away from the world, but she knows that her misery is something that's physically and mentally holding her back. Characters that are, at least, partially aware of themselves in such a manner are fascinating to read about. Wren walks herself towards moving on from a tragic accident, though not without help, but she pushes readers toward encouraging her, backtracks toward pitying her, then comes full circle to hopefulness that she'll finally make real progress. Cal Owens flows into the novel like a knight in shining armor, almost. He has his own story that I wish McNamara could have explained in more detail, because I wasn't too familiar with the source of his troubles, but overall he added to the path of hope Wren could choose to ignore or follow. Wren and Cal are drawn together by their similarities and differences when it comes to dealing with grief.Read more ›
The writing was so, so, SO stunning. I think it's because McNara decided to use present tense, unlike most books which use past. Personally, I love it when people use present terms. "The snow falls softly" sounds more...poetic, I guess than "The snow fell softly". And I just love how the words seem to flow more like that. So seeing that this was in present tense? Well my expectations went a bit higher and I was a bit worried that it wouldn't quite reach my expectations.
I loved the characters. they weren't necessarily far from perfect, but they had feelings that you could fell with them. They had the reactions some of us would have. Wren was such a real character, you guys. She went through so much, and even though she could be considered " self-centered", everyone has to admit, we'd probably do the same or at least something similar. And that's what I loved! the author captured these emotions, these actions, so perfectly, in my opinion. And that was...that was wonderful, for lack of a better word.
Cal, was, on the other hand, not perfect, per say, but very very close. He did react like some people would too, but...he's like, a mix of all the kind reactions. Nothing he did was ever really mean or even slightly annoying. He was just a character you had to fall in love with, sweet and so understanding, so I guess I can't complain there!
The romance was something I was iffy about.Read more ›
Only reason I started to read this book because is about a girl named Wren. I'm always interested in books about Wrens. I always like comparing myself to her/him and figuring out what we have in common.
I was surprised by this haunting book. It was quite good. I felt a connection to Wren. I felt like she was me in a way.
I liked her transformation. It was slow and steady. It changed in subtle ways.
The romance wasn't something I liked necessarily. I felt like it was uncalled for and rushed. Not that Cal wasn't interesting or anything.
And the plot was a bit dull. It was slow for sure. And nothing really happened.
This book stunned me. I didn't expect to like it as much as I did.
But the one thing I got from this book was this: there is always hope.
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As I went through this book, I felt a connection to her. To Wren. I am her. And she is me. In a way. We are both creators. She takes photographs. I write. We make things. We make beautiful things seem haunting. We make haunting things seem beautiful. We make the world look different. (Or so I hope.)
I knew that I would grieve like she did. I felt like I would cut myself off from the world if I had a loved one die. I would stop speaking. I would mope and listen to music and read. I felt like our reactions would be the same.
It wasn't just ours names. Sure, that probably helped my feeling of connection. It wasn't just that people called us Wren even if that wasn't our legal birth name. It was her emotions. Her reactions. I saw myself in her shoes. (Not that I'd get a boyfriend at all. I mean...I'm still me. She's still her.) There was just something about her. Her vulnerability. Her quiet. I wanted to hold her close and protect her.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The perfect book to read on a cold winter's night, you'll get caught up in the setting and the mood. Read morePublished 1 month ago by LaurenM
It's beautiful!! Totally like new and I'm so happy cuz it's one of my most favorite, well poetic written books.Published 7 months ago by Nina
Loved this book. Heartbreaking, stressful, and definitely relatable. I sympathized so much for the main character. The fact that she loved poetry just made me love her even more. Read morePublished 8 months ago by The Ultimate Book Geek
I picked this book up by random at my local Half Price Book Store. I really wanted something YA to read and I was feeling a bit romantic, so it seemed like a perfect fit. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Evelyn Shepherd
Utterly beautiful novel. Not only was the plotline exciting and heart wrenching, the characters were relatable and real. Read morePublished 15 months ago by The Bookworm
Books like this is one of the many reasons why I love to read. Because they are filled with so many emotions and written so well that the words and the story make me feel... Read morePublished 21 months ago by Britt @ Britt's Book and Life Blog
Lovely, Dark and Deep was a good book. It was a very emotional book though, so be prepared when you read it. It might make you cry or see life differently. Read morePublished 22 months ago by NatalieM