- File Size: 1808 KB
- Print Length: 358 pages
- Publisher: Bluefields (August 22, 2015)
- Publication Date: August 22, 2015
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00YDSK0J6
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #148,273 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I cannot fully explain all the emotions I had for this book. THE. FEELS. GUYS. The tears were just flowing during the last three chapters, which I think is the best part because I’m such a huge fan of perfect endings. I have loved this book from beginning to end. It was unique and uplifting. I will admit that it has been a long time since a book has made me feel smiley and giddy and all the feels of just wanting to read the book but hug it at the same time. I wanted to simultaneously finish it and make it last forever, which I guess I can by re-reading it in the future.
Kelly Oram has always been a favorite author of mine. I’ve literally read and re-read all of her released books, and she now has 10 under her belt and more coming, including this one. But I expected this one to be different. She said it herself. Also, she wrote it with her husband, which was pretty cool. And it didn’t even feel like it was written by two people because the whole tone of the book was consistent throughout. I guess their marriage is beautiful both in relationship and authorship. I haven’t read anything from Jonathan Harrow, but I do believe that they should collaborate more often.
Like I said, this book is different from Kelly Oram’s previous books, and it is a really good different. I still felt like I was reading from her, but it just felt so much more. It was funny and quirky with an interesting and entertaining set of characters. It pulls on the heartstrings with love, grief, and everything in between. It’s kind of strange and beautiful that your happy and hurting in one chapter or a couple. Joni, Underway was just book magic.
Now, I was debating whether I should say anything about the characters or the plot, but I feel like those should be left as surprises. I’m a big believer in going in blind, and I swear that this book would be so much better with it. The cover and synopsis are there anyway so I guess you already have an idea what it’s all about. I know that the synopsis might feel like this is something that has written before, but believe me, because I have read a lot of contemporaries and maybe some similar concepts, it is extraordinary.
Well, simply Joni, Underway is one of those books that left me... touched, in wonderment and awe- and possibly somewhat changed.
It's no secret that I am a fan of Oram's books... But this one is not just hers. This is co-authored with her husband Jonathan Harrow. I never read any of his works - an oversight I shall correct soon. And here comes the reason why I was telling you the latter- I can not imagine how people co-write books! I am fascinated by it. Many collaborations work with dual or multiple POV- makes sense. But see- this one was written from just Joni's POV.. So how I have been wondering do you do that? It's a far cry from my imagination of how authors work- which is alone with their laptop at all hours of the day... Kelly Oram kindly gave us a glimpse on how she and Harrow did it. I shall not fangirl about any longer and get to my review:
The writing style is more somber than I was used to by Oram. But the content is more somber as well. I kinda expected cute and lighthearted romance- though I don't know why retrospectively. And I got something much deeper instead. Its had plenty of Oram's wonderful humor and sass - and to my delight it had wonderful descriptions, beautiful moments and such depths it touched me somewhere deep inside my stone cold heart.
I honestly can't tell you how much I loved the prose in this- because I find it impossible to dissect this novel- it became way to personal.
At the beginning I was kinda taken aback by how much I actually disliked Joni. I found her selfish, self-involved and melodramatic. I couldn't believe the self-pity party. This huge thing happened and she sat there just feeling sorry for herself. The way she was with her family? Atrocious at best! And then she embarks on her journey... and EVERYTHING changes.
The journey was beyond wonderful. I have no words to describe the trip, the characters and all the things that happen. I just gulped it up and wanted more!
What I can say is, that being someone who met her husband on her travels and has traveled all over the world for several years with said guy, Joni, Underway got it right. The traveling bits- amazing! The changes one goes through, the bonding, the heart all of it is there. And that's why I can't be objective nor make a decent review.. because this is one of the most beautiful and most touching books I have ever read...
Now don't misunderstand me.. It's not mooshy or uber-emo. It simply spoke to me. It is well written and has an interesting storyline. But mostly it has fantastic character building. I fell in love with each and every quirk of the cast. It was amazing to see them bond and to slowly see different sides to each one of them.
The romance is slow and extremely sweet, heartfelt and well swoon-worthy in a very subtle way. Reid -sighs- is a dream, with his faults and all. Joni and Reid are magic.
My only little thing that I found a bit disappointing: the end. Well not the end as such, but it all suddenly just worked out and was sorted.. It felt a wee bit rushed. But it's a teeny little thing and frankly it did not take away the happy cloud I was on.
Joni, Underway left me unable to read anything - I was still stuck in that world and all I wanted is grab my guy and go travel the world again.
Incredibly beautiful book! Possibly the best release in 2015 but definitely one of my favorite books ever.
This isn't a light, feel-good read, but it's perfect. Oram has peopled this book with people, not just characters. They feel like real people, perfectly balanced in all their depth and shallowness. It's a book definitely worth revisiting a few times at least.