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Alice Bliss
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November 1, 2011
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December 31, 2011

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Jan 18, 2012 Alison rated it it was amazing
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I ADORED this book. It was so engaging from the first page, and I'm not afraid to admit that I cried on and off (mostly on) for the whole second half of the book. It was so well written and believable. All of the characters were well fleshed out, and they each bought their own emotions to the story. At times I wanted to shake Alice (or her mother), or scream at Henry (or John), and on and on. My only real complaint about the book is that at times the dialogue felt a little to mature and sophisti ...more
This book had such potential ... the premise sounded so wonderful. And I understand why so many seem to love it. But, I just didn't love it that way. I liked it. It was a solid read but it didn't capture me the way that I'd imagined it would. I think the story is very contemporary and that it's an important one to be told but the flaws kept what could be great from actually being great.

The characters were very well written. I found them all to be complex, interesting and compelling. The relation
Aug 17, 2011 Elizabeth☮ rated it really liked it
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Alice's father is sent to Iraq to fight in the war. She is left behind with a mother struggling to make it through each day and a younger sister that regresses to sucking her thumb and wetting her bed.

As Alice tries to mature into young adult hood, she's faced with the possibility she may not have her father's guidance for the rest of her life.

Well written. I would have liked angie's character to be a bit more developed, but the relationship between mother and daughter reflects the reality of
Nov 21, 2011 Jen rated it liked it
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I liked this book but I didn't love it. The story itself is very timely, and very compelling, but I actually thought there were two plots that didn't always weave together very well.

One is a coming of age story with Alice growing up and becoming a young adult. The second plot is Alice dealing with her father going off to war, while is becoming a young adult. There were times where the stories came together well, but most of the book I thought they just obscured each other.
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Oct 20, 2011 Elizabeth (NC) marked it as to-read
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Aug 22, 2011 Jodi marked it as to-read
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Aug 16, 2011 Vicki marked it as to-read
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Jun 24, 2011 Amanda A marked it as check-out-from-library  ·  review of another edition
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