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The title refers to a well-known phrase by Tennyson and this story indeed prompts one to contemplate the truth of the maxim. Julie’s travels are intriguingly described by the author, particularly the laid-back psychedelic culture of San Francisco’s Haight Ashbury, and one gets a glimpse of multiple countries throughout the story. I am not a big fan of flashbacks and it was disconcerting to me to shift between Kirsten and Julie’s stories, plus I was a bit puzzled about the church Julie worked with and how and why it was so pervasive and needed a publicity department. It was disappointing to me that there was not more depth to most of the other characters as the majority of the story is in Julie's point of view. There are several particularly heart-wrenching events that are covered, and one has to admire Julie’s courage in living her life as she pleased but I was not impressed by Paul, despite the ultimate outcome of their relationship.
Learning that the story is a homage to the author’s parents and that there are distinctly autobiographical elements to the tale makes it a little uncomfortable to critique these characters but I can truly say that I admire the courage and tenacity displayed by both Julie and Kirsten and salute their real-life models for being willing to share their story with the world. I think this story will be appreciated by those who enjoy memoirs as well as those who would like to read about an intrepid woman who was not afraid to open up her heart to others and experience new cultures and new and sometimes risky adventures.
A copy of this title was provided to me for review
Better to have Loved was my introduction to Christy Nicholas’s writing and I couldn’t have asked for a better one. She uses multiple POVs to tell her story, which is always a favorite of mine. Her development of the story and characters is excellent as well. I enjoy nonlinear narratives so I didn’t mind going back and forth between Julie’s and Kirsten’s stories even though they span thirty years.
This is one of those books that stick with you after you finish reading it. I consider that an excellent quality in any book, by the way. I guess you keep thinking about Julie’s and Kirsten’s because they deal with things we all have experienced or still do. Better to Have Loved is about love, relationships, family, but above all about looking for that missing part that makes us whole. I’m dead set against spoilers, so I won’t say much more than what you can read in the blurb: Kirsten goes looking for her job. However, I can give you a riddle. The consequences of her quest reminded me of something that happens in the movie Letter to Juliet but I won’t say no more. LOL
Finally, I’m a sucker for true stories so finding out that the book is based on Christy’s and her mom’s journeys made it even more special to me.
I highly recommend it.
It's a really enjoyable read, a novel rich of good feelings and humor. It's really well written and engaging, once you started it keeps you glued to the pages and it's hard to put it down. This is the first chance I have had to read anything by Christy Nicholas Jackson. It most certainly will not be my last.
This is the story of Kirsten and Julie. Kirsten is a girl of 80 years, has never had a father, she lives with her mother and grandparents. This seems normal lives but in kindergarten she discovers how fathers are important. As soon as she gets a chance, she goes look for him in around half of Europe. In her research perhaps she finds true love. Julie lives in the '60s, she got pregnant but has to grow her daughter alone. Her life will be really hard.
I really loved the two protagonists and their stories. The author was very good to alternate the two points of view and not to create confusion. has only made the story much more intriguing.
Better to have loved is one of those books you pick up and read in one sitting. It is amazing and I loved every page. There are some parts very funny and others moving, there is humor, love, friendship, family, solidarity, culture, social movements.
I received an advanced readers copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.
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