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Jukebox Paperback – November 16, 2010
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These are the types of profound life events this novel leads you through, and prompts you to remember. It's full of life and living, drama, textured characters and emotions, angst and love. The careful, yet lovely, vibrant prose paints a picture of depth and authenticity that was an absolute pleasure to read.
Even though no two people really live the exact same life, there is something so genuine about how the characters Harper and Grace--growing up together as privileged debutantes in Arizona, with all the pressures and expectations that go along with it--unselfconsciously form a deep bond that they never label or question. It just is. Until they are forced to decide, suddenly as individuals, what their relationship truly means to them as adults.
Not heavy or graphic on the sex, though it's certainly there. Not as fluffy as some beach books, but neither is there a tragic ending, or too much angst that would keep me from reading it on vacation. The emotions often seem to have more weight or realism than you typically find in a book you're reading for pure escapism, but I definitely wouldn't let that put you off if you're looking for a fine book to spend time with.
Brilliant emotional and sensory journey. Satisfying conclusion.
Daggett had the courage to write a book that is sometimes difficult to read. Most romance fans want the story to progress in a certain way and Daggett doesn't conform to that formula. She rips her lovers apart with no certainty of reunification. She also reveals a significant amount about the emotions people go through as they discover they are gay, try to reorient themselves to what that means and deal with the stresses that come from family and community. The fact that the book starts in the 1980s shows that, contrary to some opinions, that is still very much an ongoing struggle.
Readers looking for a traditional romance won't find it here. It is a well written book though and the story is good enough to hold the reader's interest. It may also trigger some memories, both happy and painful. The ending is a bit of a cliché, but that doesn't mean the reader won't be entertained.
This is Harper's story--her story of meeting Grace for the first time in 1984 during tennis camp and of going to private school in Arizona, raised more by her grandparents than her world-traveling parents. Her world revolves around Grace and most of the time Grace doesn't even realize it. Harper knows she loves Grace, and as they pursue college and summer trips together, they finally admit their love for each other. Yet it is a love in denial: of course they love each other, of course they are intimate, but that doesn't mean they are lesbians!
Or does it? As Harper slowly comes into her own identity, she finally admits the truth of her love. Can she and Grace take that final step to truly be together, or will their own privileged circumstances keep them apart?
Sometimes when a story features rich kid characters, it is hard to get in the mood. The privilege of Grace and Harper's early years really sets the tone of most of the story. The money, the private school, the lack of financial issues in college, the summer trips abroad. It both scrapes at my nerves with the sense of entitlement that all the characters seem to have from the beginning and makes the story that much more believable when conflicts arise with Grace's mother and boyfriend, and surrounding Grace's trust fund.Read more ›
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Grace has a big trust fund life when she moves to Arizona from London in 1984. Read more
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