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message 1: by Hannah (last edited Aug 19, 2010 06:37AM) (new)

Hannah I keep picking this one up and putting it back down. Something about the "letter" format gets to me. Never been much of a fan of that style.

Look forward to reading your review.

message 2: by Tatiana (new)

Tatiana I know very little about this book, but the letter format is one of my favorite, so we shall see.

message 3: by Flannery (new)

Flannery That about sums it up. I remember being in the mood for something cute and harmless and enjoying it--but anyone who is looking for depth will NOT find it here.

I think I 4-starred it because I was so fascinated with Guernsey history and read all about it after finishing. Nerd alert.

message 4: by Tatiana (new)

Tatiana I do see its appeal, but... Well, you know how it is. I needed more drama!

message 5: by Morgan (new)

Morgan F Yeah, I liked it, but I thought it was kind of superficial. But cute, in an old lady kind of way.

message 6: by Hannah (new)

Hannah Based upon what I know of your reading tastes, as well as my own, I'd probably like this. However, I just don't like books written in the "letter" format, so I don't think it will be on my TBR pile for now.

message 7: by Jami (new)

Jami Interesting . . . I liked hearing your take on this novel after reading so many other friends' reviews who loved it. I hadn't made up my mind whether I wanted to read it or not, but it is on my to-read list. What do you think? Is it worth the read?

message 8: by Tatiana (last edited Jan 16, 2011 04:58PM) (new)

Tatiana My approach is - when in doubt, but curious, give it a go. After all, you can always drop it if it's not up to your taste.

So yes, it's worth checking out IMO. A lot of people enjoyed it. You might be one of them.

message 9: by Jami (new)

Jami Good point. I'll probably try it out at some point, but it's not really on my top priority list. I am about to start Saving Francesca, though, and I'm really excited to read another of Melina Marchetta's books -- especially one you rank so highly!

message 10: by Tatiana (new)

Tatiana Great! Hope I didn't overhype it:)

message 11: by Kat Kennedy (new)

Kat Kennedy My grandma gave me this book to read. Still sittin' on my shelf...

Don't think I'll get around to it any time soon.

message 12: by Annalisa (new)

Annalisa I thought the characters got annoying too, but nobody I know seemed to think so.

message 13: by [deleted user] (new)

Tatiana wrote: "I know very little about this book, but the letter format is one of my favorite, so we shall see."

T, are you into diary format? I recently read A Brief History of Montmaray and think you'd like it.

message 14: by Tatiana (new)

Tatiana I very much like diary, letter, etc. format. I'll add your suggestion to my TBR.

message 15: by [deleted user] (last edited Jan 17, 2011 06:16AM) (new)

Great. I really liked it. I heard the second book (it's a trilogy) is even better.

message 16: by (new)

★ I definitely agree with your review! it was nice and cute, though there was very little depth, and I soon tired of the islanders niceness as well.

message 17: by Olivia (new)

Olivia My sentiments exactly!

message 18: by Manleen (new)

Manleen The letter format is dissatisfying at times, as one tends to lose the plot sometimes. I had to keep turning back the pages in some parts to recall who had said what in which letter of theirs. But overall the stories held my interest and even the small experiences during the Occupation in Guernsey seemed very real and interesting. Juliet's character is a fascinating one and the humor and depth in writings are both relatable.

message 19: by Janet (new)

Janet I think some of the things you mention bothering you are the point of the story. I am not yet done reading it, but I can see the non-sentimental way the people discuss the war might seem unreal. When I talk to elderly people about the depression and WWII, I hear the same. It is a part of their lives, but now over; no need to despair over it any long. Time to get on. I also know that people can be really nice. I live in a very small town; people are polite, helpful, an nice. Young people hold doors for others, folks wave to strangers driving down the street, that stuff.

message 20: by Junebug388 (new)

Junebug388 you get to know these characters through the letters , it is not meant to be direct or complete. The way people looked at things in a matter a fact way is not hokey but the reality of people having to make really important decisions with no access to information. It is very genuine and reminds me a great deal of my mother's memory of this time .... as she was a young adult during the war.

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