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Body Surfing
Body Surfing
Author: Anita Shreve
"Always readable-sometimes compulsively so-Shreve's novels are typically emotionally resonant, nicely paced, and populated by memorable characters." -People — At the age of 29, Sydney has already been once divorced and once widowed. Trying to regain her footing, she has signed on to tutor the teenage daughter of a well-to-do couple as they spend ...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780316067331
ISBN-10: 0316067334
Publication Date: 1/7/2008
Pages: 336
  • Currently 3.6/5 Stars.

3.6 stars, based on 259 ratings
Publisher: Back Bay Books
Book Type: Paperback
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Helpful Score: 4
I LOVE this book!!! What a great story. Anita Shreve never ceases to amaze me by creating love/life stories that are so complex, yet so authentic. Sydney is a main character of such a set of circumastances! She is human, not saintly, genuine, and indeed relative to many women. The Edwards family...ahhh, many of us have met a Mrs. Edwards...Ben and Jeff are intriguing to say the least...Julie and Mr. E are endearing. It's a great tale set in the same house that was featured in The Pilot's Wife, Fortune's Rocks, and Sea Glass. Anita Shreve is remarkable in creating tales that stem from the same geographical and in this case, architectural setting, occurring in different time periods. This is why I have chosen to read so many of Ms. Shreve's works. Many express dissatisfaction with the endings of Ms. Shreve's novels. I choose to consider them to be thought provoking and signature to Ms. Shreve. This one follows suit with that!

Wow! I simply LOVED this book!
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Helpful Score: 4
I bought this book at an airport newsstand and devoured it on the plane, and again when I had any free time during my trip. It wasn't a Noble Prize winner, and at times choices made by the main character annoyed me, but it nonetheless kept me interested overall in the lives of these characters. The author also effectively moved the plot forward, so the story didn't drag out.
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Helpful Score: 2
Another good read by Anita Shreve.

All of her books (that I have read so far) take place in the same house on the shore, but they're always different characters, different time periods, and different stories. I enjoy the tie in from prior novels... It's sort of fun to follow the history of this house.

This book, like her other novels, takes some unexpected twists and turns. It's an interesting piece, but not my favorite.
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Helpful Score: 1
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I usually like Anita Shreve's books, and was a little disappointed in the beginning when it seemed a very predictable sort of story. However, the twists and turns came along and I ended up feeling it was up to Shreve's usual high standards.
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One of the best books I've read in a long time. I'm surprised by some of the other reviews listed here because I thoroughly enjoyed this book from the first page to the last. The story drew me in quickly, and I was annoyed anytime I was interrupted from reading it.
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As Anita Shreve's books tend to do, this one "grabs" the reader at the very beginning. Characters are real-life people; setting is beautifully described in much detail.
A great beach read.
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I wasn't a big fan of The Pilot's Wife, and I'm not sure I liked this book much better. It was an interesting story and well developed, but not really a captivating story.
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Beautiful story ... one of my favorites! This is one I looked forward to the opportunity to read more. I love, love, love the characters and thoroughly enjoyed this read!