Book Reviews of Black and Blue

Black and Blue
Black and Blue
Author: Anna Quindlen
ISBN-13: 9780385333139
ISBN-10: 0385333137
Publication Date: 8/25/2000
Pages: 288
Rating:
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.
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3.7 stars, based on 215 ratings
Publisher: Delta
Book Type: Paperback
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Helpful Score: 4
Compelling story by one of my favorite authors. Written with a great flair for understanding the human soul and vulnerabilities of women.
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Helpful Score: 4
A story that will have you feeling all kinds of emotions from love to rage, from passion to violence, but never letting you put it down, a real page turner!
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Helpful Score: 3
reading this book was like watching a car accident; you want to look away but you can't. Very moving.
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Helpful Score: 1
Excellent story, very well written.
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Excellent, very moving.
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Wonderful read. Love,marriage,rage, passion and heartbreak
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Another wonderful book by Anna Quindlen!
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Great book, disappointing ending though.
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This is an awesome book with an honest turn. Very sad in many ways, but shows the depth of a woman's love for her son. Great author with an easy to read and understand style.
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Great BOOK!
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This is another great book from Anna Quinlen.It was very disturbing and moving. I really enjoyed this book. I was surprised at the end, which I really love in a book.
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TALE OF PASSION AND VIOLENCE... With black and blue, Quindlen unravavels the mysteries of loyal and lies, faith and fear, rage and regret.
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Awesome book! Really got into the characters.
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Very good book, also very sad.
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This was a good book about a woman getting out of an abusive relationship. I had trouble throughout the book with some of the wording and the abrupt change in scene. However, if you can follow it, it is a VERY good book.
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One of my favorite books. Terribly tragic and beautifully written. I am a true Anna Quindlen fan because of this book.
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I read this a couple of years ago and remember it being very well-written and incredibly difficult to read. It's a story about domestic abuse and how it spirals into ever more awful horrors. I had nightmares after I read it...consider yourself forewarned.
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depressing but real
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"Heartbreaking" is the first word that comes to mind to describe this book. It's beautifully written but SUCH a sad story... :(
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Excellent and quick reading. A fictional look at domestic abuse. The author seems to have drawn her characters from many victims of abuse. It held my interest up to the very last page and opened my eyes to much I had never known nor considered about domestic violence.
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Very compelling!! You will race through this book. This is the story of Fran Bennedetto, on the outside she is an accomplished ER nurse with a wonderful 8-year old son. Her husband, Bobby, is a police officer with a violent side that he takes out on her...but only where it won't show. She finally has the courage to disappear with her son and this story explores the difficulty of starting over under a new identity. You will admire her courage in adapting to her new life. And you will wait in terror, as she does, until her husband eventually finds her!
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This book was really good.
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Really good book. I couldn't put it down.
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This riveting story is about Fran and Bobby Benedetto. They fell in love when they were young, and before they were even married Bobby started to show his violent nature. "The first time my husband hit me I was nineteen years old," begins Fran Benedetto. A heartbreaking story of how the years of abuse accumulated. Fran didn't want to leave Bobby because of their son, Robert. Plus, as Bobby said, What was she going to do? Call the cops? Bobby was a police officer. She finally had a home with friends, and she enjoyed her job at the local hospital as a nurse. But one day, Fran decides to leave Bobby with the help of a secret agency.

The agency relocates her to Florida, and tentatively she begins to rebuild her life. Robert starts a new school, she a new job, and they begin to make new friends. She is still fearful of the shadows, what lurks behind every corner, but she is trying. She really misses her sister Grace though. They spoke on the phone every day and when she left, she didn't tell anyone where she was going.

The story escalates to a heartbreaking ending, but one with hope. This being the first Anna Quindlen book I've read, I have to say I wasn't disappointed. The characters were emotional and the story gut-wrenching. Definitely will be looking for more from this author in the future.
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A story about Fran who stayed with her huband for years, just so her some could have a father. One day she had enough and moved to a city far away. She had a different name, different everything. She created a whole new life for her and her son. Bobby, her husband she couldn't escape from him..ever and Fran is sure that Bobby fininding her is just a matter of time.
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The ending wasn't what I expected at all. And the suspense actually kept me going. I didn't expect to like it this much after all the bad reviews I heard but it was a great book
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good read, as a mom, heartbreaking story
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Loved this book. Very intense and oh so true...highly recommend!
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Sort of like a Lifetime movie yet realistic and good
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Very well written and a little disturbing to someone who's been there.
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I honestly never read this book, it was my mothers but she really seemed to enjoy it. And hey, so did Oprah.
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I haven't read this yet, but it has been highly recommended to me. I received a hard copy as a gift so don't need this one.