This is a truly engrossing novel, one which I was at pains to put down. The characters are not just compelling - but the kind that make you want to seek them out. You want to see them in the world, and find them in their quiet moments. The story starts out seemingly the way many others have, the story of a failed marriage, a disappointed woman, a philandering man, and the child who suffers at the hands of their failure. But the story quickly evolves into something quite different, and you can't wait to find out what happens to these people.
This is a seriously creepy book, which seems to suggest that the cure for deep depression, agoraphobia, and early-pubertal ennui is to pick up an escaped convict at the local WalMart and take him home for a long weekend of passionate sex before the cops come and take him away. Ick. Just ick.
This is a lovely book with a trio of characters that will eventually lodge in your heart. The words "if only" kept recurring to me as the book progressed, especially when my initial suspicion of the escaped convict changed to respect. I loved the gentle ending, which I read through my tears. I will remember the message conveyed in this book, and surely that is the reason we read.
I could hardly put this book down! At the end of chapter 2, a divorced mother and her young son have picked up a bleeding man at the store and are taking him home with them. The story just gets better and better. This book made me laugh and made me cry and above all, shows the power of love and how important it is to pay attention to your children.
NOT MY CUP OF TEA! I do not like sad stories. This one "tried" to have a happy ending. SPOILER
ALERT************* Also, not very plausible. What sort of dumba** escapes prison when he only has eighteen months left till parole? Wasted my time reading this one.
This book was interesting but very boring at times. I found myself skipping over some parts and it didn't seem to hold my interest as much as I thought it would have. It took me longer to read then it should have but still it was as I said interesting at times.
This was a truly original novel about a young teenage boy living with his reclusive, divorced mother and their chance encounter one Labor Day weekend with a man named Frank Chambers. They form an idyllic family unit that fulfills Henry's need for mentoring and Adele's need for love and romance. As this tender story unfolds, the reader learns the painful reasons behind Adele's strange behavior as well as Frank's story. Labor Day weekend comes to an end, but its effects are everlasting.
I believe the entire reason I made it past page 100 to the end was so I could write a poor review. There is not one person in this book to root for, the writing in my opinion is not unique, nor the storyline. I have read better "sad-sack" stories in the past and really after this one, will try to stay away from these types of books. I am not sure that I can truly articulate the despair in this book and the fact that the despair is transferred to the reader.
Sometimes I find it difficult to understand why so many people request a pallid book like this. I have put off writing comments hoping that something would gel that would make it easier to write. Nothing did so here are my thoughts.
This is not a memorable book nor worth putting on one's WL unless one is a fan of this author. In many spots it's not only slow but just plain plodding. The story line is ok but many books have chosen the same plot so choose your read based on authors you enjoy.
Reminiscent of Atonement, with a somewhat happier ending, this is a beautifully told story of love lost, friendships gained, mistakes made, and true love that never fades, no matter how much distance or time has passed.
At the beginning of the book, I found myself frustrated with the mother. The main character, a teenage boy, was so lonely and I just felt so sad for him. As the story unfolds and you come to understand the reason for the mother's reclusive behavior, then your attitude changes about these characters. I shed a few tears at the end, and I am sad that the book is over. That hasn't happened for me in a while.http://www.facebook.com/PaperBackSwap?sk=app_4949752878
It was like my fingers were stuck to the pages and I couldn't shake the book loose. There was no coming up for air until the end!! Bizarre, creepy, strange, oh no she didn't, wonderfully engrossing, unforgettable story. I might have to read it again!!! It drained me...in a good way.
I really enjoyed this book, especially the fact that it was told from the boy's point of view. I found the plot to be interesting and thought provoking. It made me wonder what I would do had I been in Adele's position.