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The Exceptions Hardcover – August 7, 2012
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"Dazzlingly moving, and written in knife-sharp prose, THE EXCEPTIONS shows us how faith can be a weapon against fate, identity can be fluid, and love can be a choice that might save us. THE EXCEPTIONS isn't just exceptional; it's a knockout."
--Caroline Leavitt, New York Times bestselling author of Pictures of You
"Starts with a bang...a nice twist on the standard Mob thriller."
"Unique premise, empathetic characters, believable villains, all beautifully played out as a tale of the limits of love and loyalty."―Kirkus Reviews
--New York Times Book Review
"Intense...the emotions of a woman caught in Melody's unlikely scenario ring deliciously, scarily true."
"Intense, romantic debut...Cristofano's mad love scenario sizzles like garlic in hot olive oil."
--Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"This is a compulsively readable, skillfully constructed first novel with well-drawn characters and a plot that twists and turns to what seems the best possible conclusion, marking Cristofano as a writer to watch!"
About the Author
THE EXCEPTIONS is his second novel.
Top Customer Reviews
I want to say it is about the mafia, but it really is more about family. I want to say it is about a man that hates violence, yet his dark soul side makes that not true. The statement that is factual and makes it such a great read is the running theme about loving someone so much that you are willing to make the ultimate decision of giving up yourself to save them. The underlying love story that slowly plays out chapter after chapter makes you realize that love may not conquer all but it does help you achieve.
Mr. Cristofano does not exploit the characters feelings as much as he reveals them in the darkest of places while showing that there might be some light in there. It is clearly explained what the men running the mafia are made of, their goals, aspirations, and how their actions affect every single member of society whether you realize it or not. You get the sense everything is black or white in this world, grudges never go away, and vendettas must be carried out.
The violence, while gruesome in detail, is required to make it clear how psychopathic this group is, the depth of their greed and manipulation. There is only one goal set regardless of whom it affects and obtaining it is the only means to a successful end.
The Girl She Used to Be:
At age six, Melody Grace McCartney witnessed a violent crime, and after her parents testified against an infamous mafia family, they were sent into Witness Protection. Now twenty-six, and all alone in this world, Melody is sick of being invisible, sick of having no emotional attachment to another soul. She's been countless other names and identities, but the person she longs to be is Melody again. When a stranger shows up one night, calling her by her real name and offering a way out, she takes it. Except this man just happens to be one of the members of the crime family her parents risked everything to put away.
I'm not typically a big fan of first-person, but there's no other way to do a book like this and have the same punch. I also have to give the author a lot of credit as a man writing in the female psyche. This story takes you so much deeper than a high-action mystery with other Witness Protection books. This puts you right in that person's shoes, feeling every lonely night, every fear of recognition, and the desperate existence left after doing the right thing. This story takes you to tears, laughter, numbing hopelessness, and daring for happiness in the course of 241 pages. Mostly literature with romantic elements, this is an emotional must read.
Jonathon Bovaro grew up the black sheep in a powerful mafia family.Read more ›
*I was given a free ARC of this book by NetGallery
Others have done a good job describing what this book is about. So I will just add that this is not a mafia story with a romantic element. It is a love story, an achingly real and honest look at two flawed people who find each other, and a love that will stay with you long after the final page is turned.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Love this book because of the twists in the story! I listened to the audio book and I think the reader's voice added so much to the story. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Michelle M
10 out of 5 stars!!!!
There is no possible way to review this book with a couple sentences so please bear with me and read it all.
This book means the world to me! Read more
I little bit harder to get into than his first book but once it got going it was not a disappointment!Published 16 months ago by blue2
I checked this book out at the library the first time i read it. I loved it so much I turned around and baught it because I knew I would reread it. Read morePublished 23 months ago by H. Thompson
The book is a sequel to one I had read and I found it on Amazon. It mailed in a few days and is like brand new. Enjoying the book!Published on July 4, 2014 by Lazetta
This book is full of clichés and stereotypes and the whole story is simply not credible. I only made it through the first chapter and decided to move on to something... Read morePublished on March 7, 2014 by Suncoast Sheila
The story line was very different. It kept you interested. Have passed it on to other friends. Hip Hip Hurrrah! !Published on February 4, 2014 by Lois Holtz
When I completed 'The Girl She Used to Be' I felt so melancholic because the protagonists were forced to go their separate ways. Read morePublished on January 22, 2014 by Marcy18
4.5 stars. I really loved Cristofano's "The Girl She Used to Be," so I just had to read "The Exceptions" to get Jonathan's side of the story. Read morePublished on December 10, 2013 by Amazon Customer