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Cherry Red Summer (Emely and Elyas) Paperback – June 24, 2014
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About the Author
Carina Bartsch was born in 1985 in Erlangen, Germany, in the Franconia region of Bavaria. Her love of writing came late, but intensely. After searching since childhood for something she would really enjoy doing, at age twenty she finally wrote her first short story. Instantly, she realized: this is it. Four years later, after she had won several writing competitions, Bartsch published her debut novel, Cherry Red Summer. For more on the author, please visit www.carinabartsch.de.
Erik J. Macki worked as a cherry-orchard tour guide, copyeditor, web developer, and German and French teacher before settling into his translation career. A former resident of Cologne and Münster, Germany, and of Tours, France, he did his graduate work in Germanics and comparative syntax. He now translates books for adults and children full-time and has translated works by Kerstin Gier, Mirjam Pressler, Jutta Profijt, and Sara Blædel, among others. He works from his home in Seattle, where he lives with his family and their black Lab, Zephyr.
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Top Customer Reviews
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I’d seen some mixed reviews so wasn’t sure I'd enjoy this book, but the description sounded interesting and I decided to give it a chance. I’m so glad I did, it’s a great read. A very different sort of romance to what I’ve found lately, one focussed on the magic of the journey into a relationship and the emotions and feelings of the characters. There’s no insta-love between Emely and Elyas, rather its the opposite, a reaction from their high school time seven years ago.
Emely – I liked her. I understand her in so many ways, she’s a lot like I was at that age, socially awkward, incredibly self conscious and mentally inept, taking apart conversations for a long time after trying to see where she could have done better, or what exactly someone meant. Add in the Klutziness ( I still have that!) and I could see just why her high school years where she had an unrequited love for Elyas, which he abused, were such a torment. Sometimes though in the current time she’s a bit OTT, almost offensive in the way she reacts, although I can see its her method of self protection. It’s a brittle shell of protection, she doesn’t want to go through that heartbreak a second time – she won’t recover. What I was desperate to know though is what did happen between her and Elyas? It clearly had a very long effect on her if she still can’t be OK with him, even though they were close in childhood and his sister remains her best friend.
Then there’s Elyas – what we see of him he’s a nice guy, he’s a hunk, and a charmer but then at his age most guys would take advantage of having an attraction for women.Read more ›
I give compliments to the book on the fact that I found it engaging enough to finish the entire book. The main character had a sharp tongue of witty insults throughout the book which were entertaining. The characters were predictable as was the plot.
I felt the book could have been half as long without losing anything in the storyline. The characters were not particularly likeable, but I did find myself rooting for a happy ending. The author did a good job of capturing the human essence and emotions of making mistakes, misreading others, and having an attraction.
I recommend this book as a light read to pass the time on a vacation.
The fact that it ends on such a severe cliff-hanger if you can even call it that,its more like it just cuts off. I doubt Ill be reading the second book to the story Im pretty sure I know what happens.
Would I recommend the book? No
Would I read this author again? maybe
*I received my copy from NetGalley.com in exchange for an honest review.
Then I get to the cliffhanger end and there was no mention of another book. I want to cry right now. PLEASE tell me it's coming soon!!!! Is there another one???
One thing that I don't get...The title doesn't match the book. That usually bugs me ALOT, but I didn't mind it this time...Well, maybe a little. Still enjoyed it in spite of my pet peeve.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very fun reading bood. Lots of memories bringing back of my school/ college years. Loved it.Published 8 months ago by zhanna
Found it repetitive. Characters never grew. Simply written. Only finished reading it because I thought it surely has to improve. Won't be reading any more by Carina Bartsch.Published 19 months ago by Marydee Snogles
I enjoyed this book. It was humorous and made me laugh. I am looking forward to reading the second and last book in the series.Published 22 months ago by Amazon Customer
I very much enjoyed the book but the "surprise ending" left me wanting more.Published 24 months ago by Amazon Customer