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"Neverworld Wake" by Marisha Pessl
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"We were superglued to the pages of this book, and you'll be hooked too...this sexy, gritty tale is Sarra Manning's first novel and she's nailed it. *****" * Heat magazine * --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
SARRA MANNING started her writing career on the music paper, Melody Maker, than spent five years working on the legendary UK teen mag, J17, first as a writer, then as Entertainment Editor. Subsequently she edited teen fashion bible Ellegirl UK and the BBC's What to Wear magazine. Sarra now writes for ELLE, Grazia, Red, InStyle, the Guardian, the Mail On Sunday's You magazine, Harper's Bazaar, Stylist and the Sunday Telegraph's Stella. Her YA novels, which include Guitar Girl, Let's Get Lost, the Diary of a Crush trilogy and Nobody's Girl have been translated into numerous languages. Her first grown-up novel, Unsticky, was published in 2009, You Don't Have to Say You Love Me in 2011 and Nine Uses for an Ex-Boyfriend in 2012. Sarra lives in North London. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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I also loved the character of the male lead, Vaughn. Often successful men can be arrogant bullies, and he was. Yet the author made him likable. Loving a difficult man is a great theme, because many good men are!
Unlike some other reviewers, I think the two main characters are more than 'flawed'. We get to know Grace a lot better than Vaughn, so it is perhaps no wonder I started to have motherly feelings towards her and was completely devastated that she bumped into this Vaughn character. I hoped for a while that she would leave him/hand in her notice, but she never really did. Vaughn called the shots while she was rather passive, letting other people use her. Which was, by the way, realistic and her character was well-written - heartrendingly so. Grace had so much going for her but she never received any nurturing love while growing up. I think the fact that Vaughn was almost 20 years older made it even more palpable as he was in some sort of parental situation, an adult who should know better.
The theme that stood out most to me is the responsibility of adults to nurture the young and in how many ways today's young people have been let down by their elders. Grace working hard at a job that is not enough for food and shelter is contrasted with her 'spoiled rich girl' best friend Elizabeth; Grace facilitating million-pound deals for Vaughn and getting a measly amount of the earnings while Vaughn also callously uses her body and at one point forces her to work while she has high temperature reminded me of the terrible working conditions, child labour and sweatshops, the exploitation of the young, poor and defenseless by the unfeeling and detached rich.
This is not a romantic story to me, although it probably has what can be construed as a happy ending. All considered, I realised by the end of the story that Vaughn actually had done more for Grace than anybody else in Grace's life - he did pay off her debts when he found out about them. Still, I found the ending somewhat lacking. I didn't feel Grace got sufficiently empowered but it's difficult to say.
All in all, an intelligent, nuanced portrayal of social inequalities in our times, a modern version of Elizabeth Gaskell's North and South or Emile Zola's The Ladies' Delight.
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This book made me cry. Perhaps it's because I understand where Grace is coming from: the shopping, the self-deprecating thoughts, the need...Read more