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Willow Tree And Olive

3.81  ·  Rating Details ·  70 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
Enough waterwave taffeta for a lifetime of weddings, always in apricot, with matching shoes and a sugared almond under your pillow so you can dream of the man you love. Olive always seems to be at weddings, christenings or some other family celebrations.
She laughs wildly and counts the restaurant's Wedgewood plates as they hit the wall. But she can't hide her desperate str
Paperback, 260 pages
Published March 1st 2001 by Hachette Australia
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Jan 25, 2012 Evie rated it it was amazing
This is my fourth read through. I absolutely LOVE this book. The story is beautiful and while being very deep it's easy to read. Not only is the plot and language excellent, but the actual style of it really draws the reader in. The occasional piece of poetry, the different fonts, the change of formats to reflect where she's at, what she's doing and her state of mental deterioration, these all give incredibly powerful effects on the way the reader takes the book in, not to mention making it very ...more
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Jun 29, 2014 Ellen Aiken rated it it was amazing
Shelves: for-lending
This was one of my favourite books when I was in High School and still has a very special place in my heart. Olive's quirky endearing and strong sense of self appealed to me as a 17 year old and I identified strongly with her love of drama and Greece, and even more so with the feeling of not quite fitting in. This book is so beautifully and hauntingly written, so beautifully fragmented. Seeing Olive break and then rebuild herself is heartbreaking and powerfully uplifting. Honestly, I cannot ...more
Apr 17, 2012 Discoverylover added it
Recommends it for: people who enjoyed Private Peaceful or Peel The Onion
Recommended to Discoverylover by: Ellen
The beginning of this book reminded me of Private Peaceful, that slow build up to tension, but not knowing what's going to happen. And when "it" did happen, it was horrifying, and I felt like I should cry but couldn't.

I guess extremely gripping would be a good way to describe it, and the end was fantastic and really makes me want to go to Greece!
Rosie M
Dec 13, 2007 Rosie M rated it it was amazing
This book... wow! I've really gotten into what I call wog lit, not because I'm racist, it's just books about people who are Italian/Greek/Spanish (I know I wish I was). I really liked this. The style was good, and the plot was brilliant!
Aug 05, 2011 Louisa rated it liked it
A great story written in a great style. I especially liked Olive's healing journey in Greece. Her sense of feeling fractured and not properly belonging to either her Australian or Greek worlds really resonated with me.
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Apr 22, 2016 Bridget Ivanovic rated it liked it
1st half a bit slow but once the focus point is revealed it gets better and the main character (olive )shines .
Jul 20, 2016 Thea rated it it was amazing
Oh gosh I was obsessed with this book in my teens and a decade on I still adore the main character. The subject matter may be a bit intense for younger YA readers but it's not explicit
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