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The Dive from Clausen's Pier
The Dive from Clausen's Pier
Author: Ann Packer
How much do we owe the people we love? Is it a sign of strength or weakness to walk away from someone in need? These questions lie at the heart of Ann Packer's intimate and emotionally thrilling new novel, which has won its author comparisons with Jane Hamilton and Sue Miller. — At the age of twenty-three Carrie Bell has spent her entire life in ...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780375727139
ISBN-10: 0375727132
Publication Date: 4/8/2003
Pages: 432
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.

3.5 stars, based on 506 ratings
Publisher: Vintage
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio Cassette
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reviewed The Dive from Clausen's Pier on + 3 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 22
Hidden somewhere in this novel is a good novella. This story starts out strong, but stumbles mid-way, where nothing, nothing, nothing happens for a long time, and never quite regains its feet. I get that the narrator doesn't know what to do and being the exceptionally passive-aggressive type, she does nothing. Unfortunately, having her not progress in any way for pages and pages made the story fall flat for me.

It's a great premise and rich material, but it lacked a bit in execution.
reviewed The Dive from Clausen's Pier on + 113 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 21
I loved this book, loved it from the beginning and could not put down. An overall dark storyline, but makes you think about your relationships. What are you willing to do for the one you love? I wish I had more books to read like this, would absolutely recommend. Fascinating read.
reviewed The Dive from Clausen's Pier on + 42 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 17
What a wonderful book. The author just pulls you in deeper and deeper into these people's lives until you're so involved you have to stay up all night and find out how everything turns out.

A young couple, having problems, goes on a picnic and the guy breaks his neck jumping off of a pier. The story is about the aftermath and how the fiancee handles it and how friends and family members react. Very involving. Wonderful.
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Helpful Score: 11
About a girl who has a big decision to make when her fiance ends up with a traumatic brain injury and all its aftermath. Does she stick by his side and give up what she thinks she wants in life or forget him all together. She goes through a rollercoaster of emotions and actually makes several decisions in the end, kind of coming full circle while growing up a lot in the process. I really enjoyed this book. It's a quick but rewarding read in my opinion.
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Helpful Score: 7
Story about a woman who is planning to leave her boyfriend and life behind, when her boyfriend is paralyzed in a diving accident. The story is of the woman's dilemma, whether to stay or go.
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reviewed The Dive from Clausen's Pier on + 116 more book reviews
The premise was promising, but the execution failed for me. The protagonist, Carrie Bell, is totally passive regarding decisions in her life. I found her aggravating.
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The storyline to this book had so much promise. And even with what became apparent as a poorly written story and a SLOW read, I stuck with it because I did want to know what happened, I have finished the book and I am still interested in what happened. This book falls flat at every angle, from characters that are poorly developed, a storyline that does not reach its potential, it is a must miss in every category.
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I never really bonded with the characters in this book. The ones that I found interesting were only given minor parts. I thoroughly enjoyed the chapters that took place in NY, but was bored by everything else. I will say that the only part of the story besides NY that drew me, was the sewing. It made me go on a major sewing streak. It was probably a good read to make you think about what you would do in a similar situation, but my interest ended there.

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