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Greyhound of a Girl Hardcover – September 1, 2011
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I also found virtually no grammatical errors, which I love to see! It makes me more secure when I read a book to trust the author when he/she uses grammar correctly, if that makes sense. I also thought the "chapter markers," or whatever they are called, were beautiful illustrations and added to the beauty of the story in a way you could actually see. I think my favorite thing about this book was not only the humor in it, but the suspense at the end, and how touching it was. I don't cry with many stories, and although I still didn't cry with this one, the story made me yearn to see my grandmother, which the thought of did make me start to tear up.
There were a few quotes I highlighted that I really enjoyed, especially one that proves my theory that all ages are meant to enjoy it. I will wait until the book is actually released, however, before I spout out what the author might decide at the last minute to remove.
Even though the story is aimed at children and YA, and even though one of my favorite characters from the story just so happened to be a ghost, I truly believe this is a book that all ages will enjoy. Like the four generations of women who came together in the story, different generations can come together to read this book.
This was a very interesting novel. I wasn't sure what I was expecting, but it wasn't this(not in a bad way). It was quite neat though. Mary was a snarky girl and all her female family members were quite interesting. I really liked them all. This novel was a bit too short for me though, but realistic I suppose. You can't have the tragic decline last for too long, otherwise it's not as dramatic, it's just drawn-out. I don't know anyone from Ireland--but the author is--and the dialogue seems to be realistic, if a bit strange. There was a bit of a surprise in the book which was nice to have a little mystery in such a short novel. I just really wanted more with these characters. I did love diving into the past while the characters reminisced about life on the farm. That was a big part of the story. I think the largest part was just the relationship between the four women characters. How all their actions led to things being the way they were and how they all got to be at this point. This was a quick, touching and slightly quirky novel that I recommend you check out.
"She hated the hospital."
"Although, now, you threw your sandwich at a seagull."
Disclaimer: I was sent this item to review. This does not influence my opinion.
This is a ghost story, without being scary. Yet 12-year-old Mary and her mother Scarlett don't seem to be wary or worried that ghost's are real or that one has turned up on their doorstep - they just took it in their stride, which struck me as rather odd. After stealing Mary's dying grandmother from the hospital, they take a trip to the farm she grew up.
Doyle has made this book fun and serious all at the same time, I even found myself reading with a (horrible) Irish accent!
This book would be perfect for understanding death and the importance of family for a younger child - but adults would love it as well.
I own a book or two by Roddy Doyle, but this is the first I've read by him. I don't know what I was expecting – but this wasn't it. Maggie, Scarlett, Emer, and Tansey are vibrant and individual, and believable: Maggie is a precocious 12-year-old, and somewhat obnoxious; Scarlett, her mother, is bouncy and inextinguishable (no matter how hard Maggie tries); Emer, <i>her</i> mother, is on her deathbed, but the glimpses into her heart and her past show her to be tough and pragmatic; Tansey is a little of the best of all of this, loving and gently regretful that she never had the chance to raise Emer and she frightens Scarlett a little and she can't feel Maggie's hand in hers. I can't say I liked all of them all of the time; I never warmed to Maggie at all, I'm sorry to say. Emer's toughness was not lovable to me, and neither were Scarlett's !!!'s. I loved Tansey, though, and that made up for it all.
Taken all in all, I was moved by this story; I recommend it for anyone facing impending loss, or recent loss. Or for anyone with strong women in their life. Or – need I say? – for anyone with Irish blood. It's a lovely, silly, stirring thing, and I'm glad I broke the ice with it.
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This was very charming. An enjoyable, quick read. I especially liked the relationships between the women.Published 23 months ago by Michelle Freno
The book is suitable for young and older readers. It makes you love ghosts.I highly recommend it Very well writen,Published on May 12, 2014 by P. O'rourke
I have loved the Roddy Doyle books I've read in the past. "Greyhound" was a fast read, and not unenjoyable, but not much substance.Published on April 17, 2014 by carolyn hannan
Roddy Doyle has such a quirky sense of humor which can be at times dark and other times just quirky. Read morePublished on March 13, 2014 by Nancy K. Miles
I go to Ireland in less than a month! It's going to be fabulous! I can't wait for September! And how am I progressing on my goal of reading all those Irish middle grade and... Read morePublished on August 26, 2013 by Cecelia Larsen
I was disappointed in this book and when I found out that it is a prizewinning author, I was very surprised. The characters were not developed at all. Quite shallow. Read morePublished on November 20, 2012 by Kathleen Wright