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"Rebound" by Kwame Alexander
Don't miss best-selling author Kwame Alexander's "Rebound," a new companion novel to his Newbery Award-winner, "The Crossover,"" illustrated with striking graphic novel panels. Pre-order today
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I was not, however, too upset with the ending (spoiler) ... I 'm glad Jamie wasn't going to make it to the bunker. I'm ambivalent about Kate. She started out a principled woman who turned into exactly what she hated.
I'm sure my personal experiences colored my non-appreciation of the "love story". I found Jamie's attitude towards his marriage from the very beginning to be dishonest and deplorable. I found no redeeming qualities in him, no matter how much he professed he loved his kids.
I did read all the way to the end, and I'm glad I did. There was a smug sense of satisfaction on my part that Jamie was going to be consumed by the tsunami. I'm definitely going to find other stories by Norma. Like I said, I may not have liked the subject but I did like the author.
It's the story of Jamie Randall, who is in a loveless marriage, more for his financial gain, then for love. He finds himself trapped in the marriage because his wife gets pregnant. But, when his twin sons are born, he loves them more than anything.
Until he becomes trapped in the underground parking lot of the hotel he owns in Rome. With his leg broken, and trapped, a woman with firey red hair and green eyes, Kate, who saves him from a possible death. He falls in love with her immediately, feeling more for this woman that he just met, then for the woman who was his wife and the mother of his sons.
They spend years loving one another, right up until the very last page. This book will make you laugh, cry and fall in love with Jamie and Kate.
Jamie Randall has to make a decision in the hours leading up to the apocalypse: Retreat to a secretly built bunker, where he might survive to continue his loveless marriage, or seek out the woman he’s loved for the last fourteen years and die with her? We soon know his decision – the story is about why he made it, and as we wait to know his fate the story flashes back to the events that led him there.
It turns out Jamie is – let’s face it – a jerk, although as we learn more about his history we get to know why. He married his wife to get ahead, to get revenge over those who once had power over him. The events that keep him in the marriage are believable, if tragic.
He’s rescued in every way when Kate appears, quite literally saving his life. The rest of the book is a love story, as Jamie woos Kate but is stymied again and again in his attempts to make her more than “the other woman”.
The truth is, Jamie probably doesn’t deserve either of the women at first, and by the time he starts trying to do the right thing he’s dug himself into a hole deeper than the one the asteroid’s going to make. Kate is practically a saint, while Jamie’s wife is trapped just as much as he is, and I kept rooting for a way for them to all get away happy.
That says something about the story – that we want to know how it all comes out, even though we already know it from the very beginning.
Forced to choose between his own happiness and the happiness of those he cares about, Jamie spends most of the book torn between the woman he loves and the woman he needs. His wife, the mother of his sons, was able to give Jamie everything he thought he wanted out of life, but when a free-spirited photographer named Kate saves his life, he begins to realize that maybe his priorities were wrong all along, and it's time to start living the way he now knows he needs to.
Despite some bad choices all of the characters make, they really are what makes the story golden. Everyone makes bad choices, and these characters are all willing to face up to their mistakes, which makes them all the more admirable. They're doing what they think is right in the current situation, and that's really what sets them apart. The story really makes you think about life and love, and what it really means to be alive. And most importantly, when everything is stripped away, what truly is important enough for us to spend our final hours doing?
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