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GIRL TALK: LETTERS BETWEEN FRIENDS by [Hinze, Vicki]
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Length: 211 pages Word Wise: Enabled

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"Fans of Elizabeth Berg's TALK BEFRORE SLEEP will enjoy GIRL TALK. This novella is sassy and funny, fiercely honest and heartbreaking. Told by letters exchanged through the years, the story captures the highs and lows of four friends as they move from girlhood to maturity. Every woman who cherishes her friends should read GIRL TALK." ~Peggy Webb, USA Today Bestselling Author

"This novella is beautifully written, humorous and heartbreaking in turns. Letter writing itself is a lost art but Girl Talk: Letters Between Friends is a lovely reminder of the inherent value of writing - and staying connected - to those who matter most." ~Regan Black, USA Today Bestselling Author

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Product Details

  • File Size: 3234 KB
  • Print Length: 211 pages
  • Publisher: Magnolia Leaf Press; 2 edition (March 14, 2012)
  • Publication Date: March 14, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007KLJTSG
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,388,592 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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What a wonderful accounting of four young girls as they grow into dynamic women! Initially connected by a writing assignment they grudgingly completed, four young girls become friends and eventually pillars of support as only true girlfriends can be to each other. It takes a deft hand to reveal such depth of character and plot through just the exchange of letters as the girls face challenges and celebrate successes, but Vicki Hinze nailed it! This novella is beautifully written, humorous and heartbreaking in turns. Letter writing itself is a lost art but Girl Talk: Letters Between Friends is a lovely reminder of the inherent value of writing - and staying connected - to those who matter most.
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Fans of Elizabeth Berg's TALK BEFRORE SLEEP will enjoy GIRL TALK. This novella is sassy and funny, fiercely honest and heartbreaking. Told by letters exchanged through the years, the story captures the highs and lows of four friends as they move from girlhood to maturity. Every woman who cherishes her friends should read GIRL TALK.
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I must confess to having strong feelings about the very good and the not-so-good aspects of this story.

On one hand, Girl Talk: Letters Between Friends grabbed hold of my emotions right away, so I really cared what happened to Meg, Victoria, Patrice, and Jackie. All four women, as well as the minor characters in the story, had clearly defined personalities and everyone seemed to be three-dimensional. Also, the imagery was vivid and realistic and the women were all likable. I could identify with bits and pieces of each one of them. I would have loved to be part of their group.

On the other hand, the women -- especially Victoria and Jackie -- seemed to be archetypes of women in opposing roles rather than actual women who were struggling to make sense of their changing places in society. Another thing that I didn't like was that the passing years and the changing events were not only so random as to be confusing, but they didn't actually match up to one timeline. I finally just stopped trying to match the definitely given years (in the beginning of each chapter) with corresponding events in the women's lives. Many of the chapters ended too abruptly and sometimes left questions that were never answered.

Overall, reading this story was a very positive experience and I would recommend it to a friend with some qualifications.
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By Dawn on March 20, 2012
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What a great escape into the lives of 4 girls who evolve into women. This book has something for everyone. The author pulls you into the lives of these young girls and guides you throughout the ups and downs of their childhood into adulthood. Keeping points of important historical events and there timelines was just another way to keep you wanting more......Thanks for the good read!
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Who would've thought that you could so closely follow the lives of four young girls, all the way to adulthood, through something as simple as letters to each other?

This book is very well written. By reading the letters they write to each other, you get to experience their lives, happiness, sadness, triumphs and failures, and truly come to care for them all.

This book shows what we are missing today, with letter writing becoming such a dying art. It truly makes me want to sit down with a pad of paper and pen and start writing to everyone I know.

Absolutely wonderful story.
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I have to admit that this book started out a bit rough for me, but I'm glad I stuck with it! "Girl Talk" tells the story of a group of girls who grow up together, each leading their separate lives. I really enjoyed the way author Vickie Hinze wove together the stories through letters sent back and forth. As each year passed the characters were more developed and became more real. The struggles each face were heartbreaking, yet the bond between the women was unbreakable. Thank you, Ms. Hinze, for some great lunch breaks at work while I was reading this book!
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I just read this in about 2 hours in its entirety. Although the item is free, and so the content could be worse, I feel that it was rather unremarkable. It did not strike me as realistic, and I questioned the authenticity of the speech and types of phrases used by the characters. It is more suited to young people who do not know much about the history of the second half of the 20th century, and, even though I am but a 21 year-old college student, I found the writing not only lacking nuance, but positively melodramatic. I was interested enough to see what would happen, only to find out if certain cliches were to be used, and if what I expected to happen was going to happen. Often, it did. I was happy to see it did not completely devote itself to one-note representations of these young women, and all are seen as redeemable and deserving of happiness even after they make mistakes.

I can easily understand the appeal of this set of letters. It is a unique and efficient way to tell a story, but the highs and lows were not earned with a certain depth of characterization that would have made it a bit more interesting and compelling. If you are a reader who enjoys in-depth characterization and nuance as opposed to large-scale brief summations of entire lifetimes, I would be cautious with this book. It by no means is a complete waste of time, but I found any impact I it had on me to be rather disappointing. I rather regret being so cynical, critical, and skeptical of works of fiction, but it did not appeal to me even in spite of all that.
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