She didn't develop the characters as well as I would have liked. Why did Mrs. Edwards hate her so much? You can read into the fact that she and M...more
The thing that interested me the most, almost, was figuring out that the beach house in this book is the same one in The Pilot's Wife, Fortune's Rock and Sea Glass. In fact, I think the folks in this story were the owners directly after the pilot's wif...more
I've read several Anita Shreve books (Fortune's Rocks, Pilot's Wife, The Last Time They Met) none of which I call stellar but all much better than this one.
Sydner Sklar finds herself once widowed and once divorced in her late twenties. She drops out of grad school and takes a summer job as a live in tutor for the Edwards family who live on the idyllic New Hampshire shore. (And who live in the same house that pops up in many Shreve...more
During the summer of 2002 she takes on the job as tutor to Julie, the teenage daughter of Mr and Mrs Edwards. The family and Sydney are staying at their oceanfront cottage until September which is ideal as this enables Sydney to escape her former life in Boston...more
Sydney, in the wake of her second husband’s death, has signed on as the private tutor of a rich family’s only daughter. On the same New Hampshire shore and in the same beachside house that was central to the settings of three other books (Fortune’s Rocks, The Pilot’s Wife, Sea Glass), Sydney will experience renewal, heartbreak, and rediscovery. While she has her own emotional baggage after two marriages cut short by divorce and tragedy, the E...more
Body Surfing is the story of Sydney, a once-divorced, once-widowed woman who comes to live on the New Hampshire coast to tutor the beautiful but intellectually challenged Julie, young...more
I had many issues with it - the first being that there was wayyy to much about the authors political views showing through...I really hate it when I start to read a book and there is a section complaining about a certain section or person in the government...it seemed obvious that she also hadn't done a lot of resea...more
Although Sydney is only twenty-nine years old, she has been both divorced and widowed. When she vacations with a prominent family at their beach-house in New Hampshire to tutor their daughter with slow learning problems named Julie, Sydney finds herself as the love interest torn between two brothers. Body Surfingis the tale of the classic lov...more
A fab book, deeper than some of Shreve's recent work. She's back in the same house on the New England coast that has featured in several of her other novels. This is good if you've read them. If you haven't the exposition about the house's history is probably a bit incestuous and certainly extraneous to the story here.
Sydney Sklar, only about 28 years old or so I think, has already weathered two marriages: divorcing an aviator who was likely to kill himself and being widowed by a doctor who, wel...more
This book re...more
Anita Shreve has fairly good reviews on her books and her name came up when I googled similar authors to Jodi Picoult. I can say that this book was nothing in comparison to a Picoult novel. I did not like it and will most likely not read another book by Shreve by choice. It was short, which isn’t that big of a deal, but I felt the characters were not well-developed, nor was the story. I wasn’t really sure...more
This book has an ending that I felt I got hit by a bus. I didn't anticipate the ending at all. Sydney is tutoring a beautiful 18 year old who is handicapped. Sydney sees that she is willing to study and do everthing Sydney suggests but she will never be accepted at the Ivy League colleges her mother is planning for her future. She is the youngest child out of three and the only girl. Her mother, Mrs Edwards had her at a...more
Sydney becomes part of the family - older sister to the girl she's tutoring, friend to the father, and an object of interest and competition for the two brothers. The tale that unfolds is sad - difficult to watch people undo themselves, yet still surprising because the exact way they behave s...more
The passive voice is not avoided by Anita Shreve. I kept getting irritated at that, as well as her continuo...more
The novel takes place in an oceanfront cottage in New Hampshire. A well to do family has gathered for their summer vacation and Sydney is hired as a tutor to their 18 year old daughter who has special needs. A love triangle emerges as two older brothers in the family compete for Sydney's love and attention. There are a number of twists and turns in the story which m...more
One thing I noticed about this novel was that...there was not one typo. At least as far as I know (like, there could have been a typo in some American town name I don't know the proper spelling of or something. hehe). I've been reading epic fantasy novels lately by the same author/s, and they're RIDDLED with typos! So it was a nice change to read a book that was perfect.
***SPOILERS*** Anita Shreve is one of those authors who I just always have to read her books. Some of them are so powerfully written, like The Pilot's Wife and The Weight of Water, and some of them are just okay, quick reads to pass the time. This happened to be one of those books. The writing was broken up into small, sporadic paragraphs which made for a very quick read, and I found the first part of the book to be very well developed. I loved the relationship between Sydney and Julie, and Syd...more