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Mixed with this incredible story of love is witty and fast-paced dialogue from the cast of characters of The Album. Ashley Pullo's style of writing is phenomenal, and one that leaves me thinking about the characters long after the final scene.
I really loved all the life observations and how they were linked to music and television shows that were popular when I was growing up. Adam's toast below is just one of many cool observations that season this wonderful ensemble novel.
"Sometimes life can make you pause without warning – a crossroad of choices, a brush of fate, or a dose of reality. But in the end, it’s simply a journey. And if we’re lucky, one to be shared with friends and family.” Adam
I did think it was a tiny bit weird when Nat played peeping Tom on her cousin Chloe and Adam when they shared a suite in Vegas. I was relieved when she quickly gave them their privacy.
If this book were a movie would you go see it?
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
I seriously laughed so hysterically that I had a coughing fit and a Facebook laughter sticker war with my live buddy reading partner, Beth Simkanin, when I read the below scene, one of many, many funny moments.
“You haven’t been Naughty Nat this enter trip. It’s like you’re avoiding sex – you wouldn’t even let me eat you out last night.”
“That’s not true! I’d f@#k you in the bathroom right now if I wasn’t wearing pants. It’s just that, well, my period can start at any minute – which explains all this hormonal behavior. Ugh, now you think I’m gross.”
“Nat, I watched our daughter bloom from your flower garden – nothing about you is gross.”
“Ew, that’s gross!”
Chris shakes his head and laughs. “And, I’m pretty certain you had your period two weeks ago.”
“You know my cycle? Creep.”
“I’m creepy because I can add?Read more ›
I thought Ms. Pullo was speaking to me in the first book, The Album. Little did I know, she could capture another stage of my life so eloquently with her latest release, The Ballad.
"I, Chloe Ford, am the target audience for wrinkle cream, weight loss, and poorly written romance novels. I might as well prepare for my move to one of those Adult Retirement Communities…spending my golden years in rayon pantsuits and bragging about my collection of tiny porcelain frogs."
"And that’s when I realize – thirty-five is ten years better than twenty-five."
The Ballad opens with Chloe, about to celebrate her thirty-fifth birthday. She really takes a look around her to inventory her life in the here and now. She has two beautiful children, a successful husband, and an understanding that while she may not be the young, hip girl she once was, she has underwent an evolution to become a different person, one whose life choices have made her the person she is. She couldn’t be the person she is today had she not experienced all of the challenges life has thrown her way. All of those decisions have influenced her relationships with others and each birthday becomes a celebration of those changes, rather than a chance to mourn the loss of youth.
"Closing the door, I step on a g--damn Lego for the hundredth time."
"And there’s my gift, the red, bulls-eye Mecca for every woman in her thirties…Target!"
What can I say? Every parent knows that feeling and Pullo’s use of the familiar again lends an air of authenticity to the book. The characters are real.Read more ›
So, I was thrilled with the recent release of The Ballad. This is a companion novel to The Album sharing stories and vignettes from the lives and loves of many of the same characters in The Album. The Ballad is like going to a reunion, but only seeing/spending time with your most favorite people! This book is an opportunity to slip back into their stories and get a deeper look at some of the most significant moments.
You'll be a guest at Chloe and Adam's wedding, have a ring-side-seat at the births of babies, experience career changes and even a Vegas vacation. In many cases, it expands on the epic narratives started in The Album or tells new ones that you'll love to read. The unique format and writing for The Ballad is one of the things I love most about the book. It's like getting little glimpses into the lives of the characters over several years and learning about their thoughts and all the things that make them tick. The characters are so well developed, parts are LOL-funny, there is lots of romance and a little steam. Through everything: cousins Chloe and Natalie are the heart of the story, their friendship is the very best love story told and music makes the memories! A 4.5 rated read on BFF Book Blog.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I loved loved LOVED being able to see deeper into the lives of Chloe, Adam, Natalie, & Chris. After I read The Album I was eager and curious to see what else happened in their... Read morePublished 14 days ago by Laura
This was an excellent follow-up to The Album. Once again the writing was superb and the story was captivating. I actually ended up really liking the reverse timeline concept. Read morePublished 26 days ago by laubid
"Sometimes life can make you pause without warning- a crossroad of choices, a brush of fate, or a dose of reality. But in the end, it's simply a journey. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Melissa Jones
As I began this book, I was slightly concerned. What if it is redundant? I loved The Album SO MUCH! What if this book somehow diminished or tarnished my opinion? Ridiculous, I am! Read morePublished 5 months ago by Amy M. Pope
Once again Ashley Pullo did an amazing job! This books takes us on the journey of life and all of the ups and downs that coming along with it. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Kami L Hemphill
The Ballad is the heartwarming follow up to The Album which tells the tale of four friends and their journey towards happily ever after. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Patricia at A Literary Perusal
Wow, what an emotional roller coaster in the best way possible. Such real life and love combined to make a masterpiece! The bond between each of these characters is amazing. Read morePublished 14 months ago by heisalways
A re-read of a 2014 favourite, back when it was called The Bridge. This wonderful story has since had a prologue, extra chapters, and an epilogue added, which ties it in... Read morePublished 18 months ago by rebecca wheeler
Book I've read in a very long time. (Besides her first one)
Thank you for these two books, Ashley Pullo. Truly.
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