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Amy is an aspiring writer. To live she accepts a teaching job at the university. Her writing passion shines as she teaches her students the finer points of writing. Unfortunately she is amassing a stack of rejection letters for her own writing. Feelings of happiness and jealousy rage as her friend and roommate Zoe gets an article published in a national magazine. Then Zoe lets a friend move in with them until he can find a job. Amy is attracted to Eli Moretti. He is everything that she has never wanted in a man. Eli is a tattooed, scruffy looking, an artist that lives life more freely than Amy has ever dared. It is exactly this type of man that helps put things in perspective for Amy. He causes her to question things.
There was so much I could identify to in this story. I like Amy make lists and have stacks of post it notes. My family teases me about my lists for my lists. I often feel I do a better job inspiring my students in their writing than I do in my own. I loved the way the author showed the human side of Amy. Things like jealousy, dealing with death, and family issues were handled in such a realistic way that anyone reading this could find something to relate to. This was the first book I had read by this author and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I will definitely recommend it to my friends both Christian and non-Christian.
I cannot imagine what processes the editors put this document through to get things so garbled, but it really was a mess. Words - split or hyphenated in the middle for absolutely no reason. The word "it" - belonging on the line below it, yet transposed on the line above it. Lower case i's with no dots above them (making words where the i's were proceeded by lower case l's look like h's and requiring the reader to study the word at length to figure out what it really was). And last, but certainly not least, the hundreds of sentences that were joined to the next sentence. Period.Capital letter.No space between.
It was very, very disconcerting to try to read this book with so many formatting errors. Every one of them took me out of the moment and made it difficult to enjoy the book. The author, Bethany Pierce, is too good of a writer, however, for me to allow any of these problems to effect the rating I've given the book. I am giving it four stars, just like I would even if it had been free of typos and errors. I would, however, highly recommend that you make sure they've cleaned it up before purchasing your own version. I see that no one else has mentioned this as a problem, so perhaps it was a temporary glitch.
All that being said, it was a pretty good read. As I mentioned, the author is a good writer and I like her style and way with words. The only thing I didn't like about it was the lack of action. The most dramatic thing going on in the book was Amy's roommate's mother's battle with cancer (not the main character Amy's mother, her roommate's mother). It was not a book with any exciting plot twists or suspense, but was, instead, a very introspective look at a year in the life of a writer (and is a great book for writers because of this).
I liked that the characters were flawed and not perfect. It was edgier than I expected (which I appreciated, but more conservative readers may not). The word "underwear", for example, was mentioned a surprising number of times.
While I was not inspired by most of the main character's revelations and felt this book was much more about the romance (which was a long time coming) than about anyone growing closer to God, I did get a lot out of the "sermon" that Amy listened to at her church. (While I'm on that subject, the book was not preachy at all, so if that is a concern of yours, put it out of your mind.)
Overall, if you want a relaxing read that allows you to get into the main character's mind and escape for a while, this would be a good one, particularly if you're a writer.