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- File size : 748 KB
- Publication date : August 9, 2015
- Print length : 340 pages
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Publisher : Hannah Ellis; 2nd edition (August 9, 2015)
- ASIN : B013P97EDS
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Language: : English
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #32,784 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Friendships come in a variety of ways and how we become friends is often inexplainable. That is what Marie had to discover about her friends especially when her friends, and what type of people they are, was questioned.
With the book being set in England, I also enjoyed the touches of British life. I might look into reading other books by this author....wonder if she returns to this group as it would be entirely possible.
For the grammar but in me, I did catch some typos, but I managed to keep in reading.
She actually cares about peoples feelings and does.not let age differences stand in.the way of friendships. I liked her, admired her, appreciated her boyfriend and almost grew to like her mother. :)
This is a wonderful read for the beach or a rainy day. It just gives u such a good feeling that there are still nice people in the world, and Marie does not disappoint!
Quirky, unusually humorous sense of humor and a bit of sarcasm to beat the band.
"Try it, you'll like it!!" I surely did!!
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I suppose this could be classed as quirky; if quirky is an euphemism for unbelievable situations populated with disparate characters that never really manage to struggle to full life. As a debut novel it shows promise and I have read one of Ms Ellis's later tomes and that showed that she can write believable characters in peculiar circumstances very well so I know she is better than this.
Marie is "troubled", she doesn't really have a large social group and when her Best Friend gets offered a job in New York she decides that she needs to expand her friend group. Unfortunately, she wants "trendy" friends and the group she tries to insert herself in to are stereotypically horrendous (the noughties version of Hooray Henries). Contrast these with the people that eventually become her friendship group who are all Salt Of The Earth types. Throw in the perfect boyfriend that she just can't see for what he is and the rogue of an ex-boyfriend. As you can see it is all more than a tad formulaic with no sheen to gloss over it's shortcomings.
However, the scene setting and plot development is, on the whole, accomplished. Even if the plot is overwrought and pretty much unbelievable in places. There is also a dry, gentle humour to the writing and quite a lot of the dialogue has a ring of authenticity to it - I often find dialogue to be the cringiest bit.
I didn't race to finish it but neither was I tempted to give up on it. The moral of the story is a bit heavy handed (especially relating to Marie's relationship with her eccentric mother) and Marie generally needed a good slap throughout most of the book. It passed the time and was, mostly, inoffensive. I was shocked to see there are 2 more books following on from this one - somehow I don't think I'll bother. However, if you do like this genre then I can recommend Beyond The Lens by the author and I wouldn't hesitate to read another of her later works.
There were some funny parts to this, though Marie was beginning to get on my nerves a little, which didn't help matters. You're really supposed to like the heroine of the story, aren't you, and cheer her along, yet I found her pretty rude and dismissive of people meaning no harm whatsoever and that did not endear me to her in the least.
She lost the apostrophe in tree-huggers eyes and this sentence lost to, "......or at least any that were likely turn up needing a place to crash," takeaway is usually one word or has a hyphen and Cheddar needed capitalising but bear in mind I hadn't got 20% in as yet !!
She writes with promise but perhaps this would appeal more to teens or those more prepared than I am to suspend belief a little.
Loved the way the author holds a mirror to Marie's face and shows her what sort of person she is, but in a nice way. The main character's vulnerability shone through and although she grows and develops throughout the course of the story, Maria never truly loses that.
I particularly liked the idea that we don't chose our friends - they chose us. And that friendship can be found in the unlikeliest of places.