Book Reviews of The True and Outstanding Adventures of the Hunt Sisters

The True and Outstanding Adventures of the Hunt Sisters
The True and Outstanding Adventures of the Hunt Sisters
Author: Elisabeth Robinson
ISBN-13: 9780316735025
ISBN-10: 0316735027
Pages: 336
Rating:
  • Currently 3.4/5 Stars.
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3.4 stars, based on 95 ratings
Publisher: Little, Brown
Book Type: Hardcover
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Helpful Score: 18
I loved this book. Told as an epistolary novel, this is the poignant story of one sister's attempt to cope with her sister's leukemia. Funny, hopeful and yes, sad, it looks at family, love and career and the stresses and struggles that accompany them. Peopled both with fictional and real life characters (Robin Williams, for example), this book appeals because of the author's grasp of life's small pleasures as much as its larger plights. Highly recommended.
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Helpful Score: 17
Told entirely through letters, this is the story of two very strong, yet very different sisters, Olivia and Madeline, as they deal with Madeline's fight against leukemia. Olivia is a cynical Hollywood producer whose love for her family is often at odds with her high pressured job; Maddie is the younger, traditional midwestern optimist who stayed behind to marry her true love. Sounds corny as I write this, but it wasn't at all; it's a book that I absolutely loved. I stayed up until 1AM reading it, and then got up and read until I completed it. I loved all the characters and didn't want the story to end. It was funny and heartwarming and heartbreaking all at the same time. One of my all time favorites.
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Helpful Score: 14
Excellent book. As a family member of a cancer "survivor" I felt I could relate to the lead. I was moved to tears and laughter upon multiple occasions.
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Helpful Score: 11
A wonderful story of how you can love tour sister, even if she drives you crazy. Funny, poingnant, and a great read.
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Helpful Score: 9
A great read! The story of a woman who is a hollywood producer and her family back home. I loved how the story was told entirely through letters.
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Helpful Score: 7
love this book! story of sisters Olivia and Maddie...told from Olivia's perspective through letters to different people in her life...if you have a sister or even a close girl friend you should read this book...it's a wonderful read.
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Helpful Score: 6
The story of two sisters told entirely in the form of letters from one sister to the other. An ok read.
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Helpful Score: 6
interesting and entertaining book altho the main character is a bit crude.
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Helpful Score: 3
Fun weekend read--your life won't be changed by having read this book, but it will hold your attention. It's one of those books that explores relationships in their varied forms.
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Helpful Score: 3
This is a compilation of "letters" written by Olivia Hunt to various people. The story itself is both funny (the movie bits) and touching (the sister/family bits) but I had trouble enjoying it because of the writing style.
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Helpful Score: 3
This is a great quick read. Funny and heartbreaking at the same time. A wonderful story about sisters.
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Helpful Score: 3
All told in letters -- SO engrossing!
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Helpful Score: 2
A book about family and the dynamics that occur only between two sisters.
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Helpful Score: 2
There are some really great and accurate reviews for this book on the paperback link. This is the Mass market link. This book is written in letter form all the way through. I was hooked by letter 2. It bogged down some in the middle, but it picked back up towards the end. The letters vary from deep, to angry, to funny, to sad. Olivia is the only one writing the letters, you dont get any letters from others. The author knew how to make this work, so you didnt need a letter from the other characters. I wanted to add that the author wrote this book because her sister did die from Leukemia and she had a pile of letter from her sister. The author also really did work as a producer and movie exec in CA. So although this is a work of fiction, she drew her story from her real life experiences. I think you will find the connection between our main character trying to produce a movie based Don Quixote, and her sister being sick with Leukemia. The author note also state that our author is working on book 2, but I didnt find another book by her, and that is a disappointment.
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Helpful Score: 2
good chick lit...a little slow in the beginning, but was hooked by the end.
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Helpful Score: 2
Wonderful book but bring the tissues!
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Helpful Score: 2
Outstanding read. I laughed and cried. It deals with the quirks of families but the enduring, loving connection.
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Helpful Score: 2
I really like the writing style of this book - it was all in letter fromat. The book got better, the further along, and I couldn't put it down!
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Helpful Score: 2
The story of 2 sisters told in letter form. A fun summer read.
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Helpful Score: 2
Good book--told in rather unique style through letters, faxes, and e-mails. Can be both sad and funny at times.
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Helpful Score: 2
I loved this book. It is in the form of letters between a woman and the people most important in her life. It is both funny and sad. I can't wait to read more books by this author.
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Helpful Score: 1
Interesting book- story is told in the form of Olivia Hunt's correspondence as she tries to juggle supporting a sister with cancer, her sagging career as a film producer, and a failed romantic relationship.
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Helpful Score: 1
This book was WONDERFUL !!!
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Helpful Score: 1
Nice, heartfelt story.
I dont have a sister, and i feel a little left out after reading this.
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Helpful Score: 1
Really enjoyed this book ~ one of those that makes you laugh and cry, sometimes at the same time! Looking forward to something else by Ms. Robinson!
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Helpful Score: 1
Over the course of about 200 letters (and a few e-mails), Robinson succinctly shows the full range of Olivia's emotions and relationships, from the optimism she tries to instill in her shocked family to the admiration she holds for Maddie's spouse. She poignantly portrays the frustration of trying to sustain a relationship while engaged in a consuming profession. Edward Nawotka
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Helpful Score: 1
I gave this book 4 out of 5 stars because the story is one that you will not soon forget. The writing style is a little different, as it is told through letters written by the main character to various other characters. It is a really good weekend read.
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Helpful Score: 1
Great story...I loved that the format was different being letters. It almost seemed liked I was reading someone's journal I stumbled upon and was trying to put all the pieces together.
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Helpful Score: 1
This book was fantastic! I don't have a sister but still could relate. The relationships and the pull Olivia felt between career and her sister's health were so real, you felt like you were there. I actually listened to this book on tape during one of my many work-related trips and was glad I did. Since then I have purchased the book and plan to read it as well. I definitely recommend this book to others. For sisters it is a must read but don't count this book out if you don't have a sister because you can still connect. Sisters thru friendship are equal to those of us without sisters by blood. Happy reading.
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Helpful Score: 1
Loved this story. Well written. Interesting. Great read!
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Helpful Score: 1
Touching story about two sisters, sort of my My Sister's Keeper. I recommend it.
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Helpful Score: 1
funny - about sisters, one is sick
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Helpful Score: 1
I absolutely loved this one makes you laugh and cry and laugh.
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Helpful Score: 1
Absolutely wonderful!! Was a hard one to put down.
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Helpful Score: 1
Good book. I hope to read more by her. This is about two sisters, one of whom is ill. All told in letters and e-mails.
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Helpful Score: 1
I Just couldn't get into this book
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Helpful Score: 1
A fun, quick read! Told in correspondence format.
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Helpful Score: 1
Great story! The letter format makes a quick read. Our book club enjoyed it!
Lindy
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Helpful Score: 1
Good quick read.
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I listened to this one during my commute to and from work. I thought it was a perfect "car book". It's all written in the form of lettters, emails, and faxes written by the older Hunt sister, Olivia. The first letter is one written by child Olivia to her yet unborn sister, Madeline, and it goes from there. Throughout the course of the story, Olivia chronicles the woes of her job as a burgeoning Hollywood film producer, her screwed up love life, and Madeline's battle with cancer and how it affects the entire family.

I really enjoyed listening this one!!
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Very heartfelt story. Had a hard time at first getting into the writing style, but once I was in, I enjoyed it very much.
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I really had a hard time posting this book. Its one of the most honest and touching discriptions of struggle and greif. I think everyone should read this one. Funny, engaging, and it stays with you.
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Read this on a plane ride and found myself smiling. If you have a sister you should read this one. It made me miss mine. A nice light-reading kind of book.
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This was fun reading. I like mystery, PI novels, this was a nice change.
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Really great feel good family story I luved it, Highly recommend giving it a read.
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Loved this book. Funny, touching, unique.
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A wonderful story about love between sisters, the aches and sadness of terminal illness, the struggles to fulfill one's goals and dreams. Her writing style moved me, while I was laughing out loud
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I really loved this book story every sister needs to read!
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Good read, at times both sad and funny.
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Although the overall rating is only three stars, I disagree. I think it should be somewhat higher. I love the way Ms. Robinson used the letter writing twist in telling this story.

I felt as she told in such a way it was easy to follow and that you had enough detail to understand who she was writing or replying to.

Give it a go... it is a great read!
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I absolutely loved this book. It was the first time I paid full retail price for a book in a looong time, but it was so worth it. I'm only letting this copy go because I got a hardcover one at The Book Thing of Baltimore (www.bookthing.org).
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This book was told by one of the sisters so the format is different but I enjoyed the book.
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A must read if you have sisters
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"Olivia Hunt's Hollywood life has come to a grinding halt. A hotshot producer accustomed to first-class amenities, Olivia has just been unceremoniously fired after her last movie tanked. Her boyfriend, Michael, has dumped her. And she's not the blonde she used to be: dark roots are coming in at an alarming rate. Her next project is a well-crafted suicide note." "Then she finds out what real trouble is. Olivia's beloved sister, Maddie, is seriously ill. Maddie is living the life Olivia ran like hell from - she's happily married to her high school sweetheart and still living in the small town where they grew up. Stunned and bewildered, Olivia catches the next plane back home." Maddie's idealism and optimism have always driven Olivia crazy. Even now, when the odds aren't good, Maddie never doubts she'll beat them. But Olivia wonders, is hope just a way of kidding yourself? As if to answer that question, Maddie challenges Olivia to produce her dream film, the impossible-to-make Don Quixote. Olivia's life then becomes a tangle of movie sets, IV drips, and letters to Michael asking him what went wrong and if they might try again. When Maddie takes a turn for the worse, Olivia has to face the hardest choices life can offer. How can one person's heart so truly be in three places at once?
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The best letters are the ones that tell you everything. Not just the big, important stuff, but the little details of life. The True and Outstanding Adventures of the Hunt Sisters is a one-sided epistolary novel. We get to read all the letters written by Olivia Hunt, erstwhile film producer, over the year she learns her sister Maddie has cancer. Olivia scuttles between her hometown in Ohio, where Maddie still lives, and Los Angeles, where she's trying to get a film version of Don Quixote off the ground. Along the way, she writes newsy letters to her best friend Tina, crabby mash notes to her ex-boyfriend Michael, worried missives to her parents, breezy memos to (real-life) entertainment honchos, and cheery entertainments to Maddie herself. These epistles are crammed full of the asides and rambling descriptions that make for good letters, and good books. She writes, for instance, "I went down to the cafeteria. Judy, the cashier, told me her daughter passed the Bar exam, so that was nice to hear. She said I looked tired. I ate some iceberg lettuce with orange dressing in the empty cafeteria. And two chocolate chip cookies." It's not poetry, but the orange dressing and the chatty cashier go a long way toward capturing hospital life. It also helps that first-time author Elisabeth Robinson is a producer and screenwriter who worked on Braveheart (among others); she's just as detailed and knowing when she describes the seemingly Herculean task of producing a film. She includes gentle send-ups of Robin Williams and John Cleese, who star in the fictional picture, and terrifying glimpses of executive tantrums. (A Hollywood background has its downsides: the book occasionally strays into formula.) In the end, Robinson's hard work with all those details ultimately results in a believable, lovable heroine
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Liked this a lot - not the format I had expected but it worked and was a good story. Would recommend
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From Publishers Weekly
Hollywood and leukemia are the two unlikely poles of this wrenching, tragicomic first novel by independent producer and screenwriter Robinson. Pouring out her troubles in epistolary form, 34-year-old Olivia Hunt, a struggling film producer, chronicles a year of dizzying highs and devastating lows. As the novel begins, she receives news that her younger sister, Madeline, recently married and happily settled in the sisters' Ohio hometown, has been diagnosed with leukemia. Olivia herself is at loose ends, trying to jump-start her career by putting together a big-budget production of Don Quixote. Impatient, ambitious and often caustic, Olivia is very different from her big-hearted, big-haired sister, and as she flies back and forth between California and Ohio, she reflects on the choices she has made in long, searching letters to friends and family. Though she and her ex-boyfriend Michael, a painter living in New Mexico, are still in love with each other, they are both too devoted to their careers to settle down together. Just as it seems things might be patched up between them, Don Quixote swings into high gear and Olivia heads off to film in Spain. Her Hollywood adventures are pitch-perfect and hilarious, with Robin Williams ("like a beaver in a sweatshirt and jeans") and Jerry Bruckheimer, among others, making cameos. No less impressive is Robinson's unsentimental chronicling of the progress of Maddie's illness and the alternately heroic and selfish reactions of those around her, including the sisters' mother, an anxious children's book writer, and their father, a retired attorney and alcoholic. Olivia's cynicism, compassion and loyalty come through as funny, real and inspiring, and the novel's epistolary format is smoothly employed. Moving but never maudlin, this is an accomplished debut.
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"Hollywood and leukemia are the two unlikely poles of this wrenching, tragicomic first novel by independent producer and screenwriter Robinson. Pouring out her troubles in epistolary form, 34-year-old Olivia Hunt, a struggling film producer, chronicles a year of dizzying highs and devastating lows. As the novel begins, she receives news that her younger sister, Madeline, recently married and happily settled in the sisters' Ohio hometown, has been diagnosed with leukemia. Olivia herself is at loose ends, trying to jump-start her career by putting together a big-budget production of Don Quixote. Impatient, ambitious and often caustic, Olivia is very different from her big-hearted, big-haired sister, and as she flies back and forth between California and Ohio, she reflects on the choices she has made in long, searching letters to friends and family."---Publishers Weekly