This is a long book. Not in page number, though it has delightful heft, but the density was amazing. I would read a few pages, put it down to digest -laughing or sniffling, and sometimes in equal measure at the same time- and come back an hour later for another hit.
Sophie is so real, and crystal perhaps even more so in her own abrasive, slightly damaged way. I loved Ethan's progression in Sophie's mind, from the personification of loss, to a saint, and then gradually toward the end, back to a real person who she still loves.
I'd be very interesting to reread it in a decade or so, and see if I have the same impressions. I get the feeling it'll be a bit different.
This book was an up and down read. A read that was very real, and hard to look at with some of the issues it addresses, but it has its happy moments to. This book is very real. You can see the emotions, feel them, think that it could happen to you. A very good read, a fast read despite the feelings it evokes. Because you want to flip to the next page and see what happens next. I really did over all enjoy this book.I think its probably the best one I have read so far this year. Emotional, Funny, Sad, but most of all a heart warming tale of life. And how to live after loss.
I'm torn - on one hand, this book made me cry and hug my husband a lot. He is still trying to figure that one out LOL. On the other, I did find the last few chapters kind of rushed and almost too 'easy' compared to the rest of the story. It seemed like one person wrote the first half (great) and the second half (ehh).
Delightful! A very real look at the life of a young widow seeking a sense of peace (and self) following the death of her husband. How Sophie deals with the grief process is at turns heartbreaking and hilarious as she tries to make a new life for herself, diving headlong into a new hometown, a new career, and a new love life.
A wondeful first novel...funny, touching, poignant. A look at how one woman deals with her grief following the death of her husband. Fantastic!