I was pleasently surprised by this book. I went in expecting nothing. I have put down a lot of duds the past 2 years. I came out feeling a love for the book and the characters.
There was no Hollywood sense to the book. No need to be made into a movie easily. It stands out from other chick lit that way.
This is a must read. My only complaint was the in your face sex. But then again at 36 I'm not the target audience.
What every human is looking for in life--their soulmate-- I bawled like a baby reading this
Through the first quarter of the book I was in love with every aspect of this book. I completely identified with the main character Beatrice, and even though Jacob seemed WAY too good to be true, I still loved their relationship and didn't think the whole thing too sweet. It seemed to work. Where I started having a hard time with the book is when Beatrice first gets mad at Jacob for meeting up with a new girlfriend. It seemed WAY overboard. After that the characters started to annoy me. Then Jacob's weird moodiness...I know book characters aren't supposed to be perfect, but something seemed off to me as a reader. I guess I couldn't fully understand the characters and I didnt find the writing to be in such a way where the reader shouldn't understand...I just felt a disconnect. I think because I fell so in love with the chracters in the beginning then quickly found them annoying I couldn't completely fall in love with this book. I also didnt find the ending as sad as it probably should have been for me. I do give the author credit for excellent writing and story telling. As far as writing I was pleased with this book. Something just happened in the middle to throw me off from completely loving it.
This is one of my all time favorites. such a beautiful story! Debartolo's second novel How to Kill a Rock Star, is wonderful as well. I suggest you keep a box of tissues handy, though!
Awesome book. I cried buckets at the end.
This book was borderline chick lit-ish for me, not my usual. The writing is decent, story interesting enough. If you like this sort of book, my guess is that you'll enjoy this.
Moving and heart breaking, wonderful characters and an incredible story arc.
Read this book years ago, before I had any real life experience (and before I'd been to Los Angeles for any real length of time). Back then, it felt like one of those cool, avant-garde, free-spirited, artsy girl books, where you meet a cool guy, but there's a bit of spiritual tragedy involved?
Well, now that I'm older, wiser, have seen and done a few things, and can laugh at life (and myself), this book strikes me as not-so-well written in too many places. Sadly, Bea and Jacob, along with too many other characters, come off as stock personalities, which is funny considering Bea spends a great deal of her life putting people down, eating sushi, and generally acting like she's too cool for school at the worldly-wise age of twenty-seven.
I'd have to say the most realistic characters (and "best adults") in the book are Joanna (Jacob's mother), Pete and Sara, and Gopal. Also, Gopal didn't get enough page time. I would've liked to learn more about him.
The stuff about Los Angeles is sadly spot-on. I laughed the hardest at those descriptions. Never change, L.A., you crazy town.
Sad but kinda heartwarming ending. This generations Love Story!
One of the best books I've ever had the pleasure to read. And read again. And read again. And again.
Great condition. Never read