True and Outstanding Adventures of the Hunt Sisters
An outpouring of cheers, tears, and applause propelled this tender and hilarious first novel onto national bestseller lists immediately upon publication. Telling the story of two sisters-Olivia, a hotshot Hollywood producer whose life is unraveling, and Maddie, an unflaggingly optimistic, seriously ill midwesterner whose idealism has always driven Olivia crazy-The True and...more
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This novel counterbalances the falseness and fecklessness of Hollywood with the intensely weighted reality of dealing with cancer in small town middle America. Even more, it blended them into the tapestry of one life, revealing that the frivolity of the one and the despair of the other are intrinsic in every life. Through ...more
This book is so thought-provoking--a story of two sisters, both of them whose lives are falling apart, but in completely different ways. One loses her health, but has loving family intact. The other loses her love and her career, while health is intact. Both resent t ...more
I loved the letters and e-mails and by the backhanded delivery the conversations either in person or via the telephone - ...more
Amidst the chaos of the Hollywood life, Olivia learns her younger sister Maddie has leukemia and now Olivia is split between Hollywood and the small midwestern town she comes from.
Through her correspondence we get a ...more
Perhaps I'm being too critical because this is the first time in a while that I gave back to back books only three stars. This one was even tougher to get through then The Fault In Our Stars. I was disappointed to because it was written all in letters and I love that ...more
The writing was easy and entertaining in an intelligent way unlike many fun reads out there. There are all kinds of pokes at Hollywood and even an interesting connection to Don Quixote woven in.
The best part for m ...more
In any book that takes a long look at someone suffering from leukemia, one difficulty is to avoid things becoming maudlin or too melancholy. Congratulations to Ms. Robinson for avoiding these pitfalls brilliantly. She threw in offsetting humor or just ...more
When an shockingly well-read man such as my father calls you up and says "I've got a book recommendation...but I never would have read it if I'd seen the cover!", you know you've got to sit up and take notice. Indeed.
The True and Outstanding Advenures of the Hunt Sisters, by Elisabeth Robinson is much more than the chick-lit light its cover suggests. Similar to The Wedding Season, by Darcy Cosper, which I recommended last year, people who avoid it due to its "labeling" are missing o ...more
But then the story swept me away, and I got to know the main character, Olivia, by reading her letters to her sick sister, Maddie, her on-again, off-again boyfriend, Michael, and other people in her life. I learned how she'd risen to where she was in he ...more
I didn't have a problem with the basic plot- contrasting the shallow life of Hollywood with the painful and confusing reality of facing her sister's cancer- but would have preferred it not to be so myopic, as seen only through the eyes and voice of one person.
After reading (and loving) Love, Rosie by Cecilia Ahern, which was written in the same format, I felt ...more
I stand by it. Olivia Hunt and her various epistles simply glowed with a light of their own, brigh ...more
It is not what I usually read. And, honestly, I only started because of the Hollywood part of the story - not the cancer part. Most certainly not for the language used (it wasn't that bad, but I prefer none at all). And I am glad that my mother had told me the end before I even started reading.
I a ...more
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