Loved this just as much as I had expected to, but without giving too much away, I think it would be a very hard read for somebody struggling with infe...moreLoved this just as much as I had expected to, but without giving too much away, I think it would be a very hard read for somebody struggling with infertility.
But to me, it was still a comfort book. Debora Geary writes love so well, and I'm looking very much forward to seeing where she takes this new development in future books. I do wish there had been more focus on the solstice gifts though. As far as I recall we never heard what all of them were... and I think that would have made for some awesome scenes!
I love Trinity, and am glad to see that she's been adopted by Witch Central as well.
I did have one issue with the beginning of the book. I don't think it would qualify as a spoiler, but I'll hide it anyway, just in case. (view spoiler)[Why did Nat take a pregnancy test every single month?! I can understand taking one if she was late, but there's no mention of that at all. Why not just wait until her period was supposed to start (and with her, I'd expect them to be regular) and then only take it if she was late? That puzzled me a lot more than it probably ought to have done. (hide spoiler)]["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
East Coast Elizabeth and West Coast Lauren are both starting the same college after the summer vacation, so when they receive information that they'll...moreEast Coast Elizabeth and West Coast Lauren are both starting the same college after the summer vacation, so when they receive information that they'll be roommates, they start to exchange emails, in order to get to know each other before actually moving in together.
Though hesitant at first, both Elizabeth and Lauren quickly discover the "safe" intimacy that comes from baring your soul over the internet, to a person you've never met. And as the summer draws to a close, they start to believe that they may be meeting a friend, rather than a stranger, on that first day of college.
As a "geek" who grew up with email, and who's had e-mail friends since the age of 13, I could instantly relate to Elizabeth and Lauren. There's something about the anonymity of email correspondence that leads to greater intimacy than face-to-face communication. It's "safe" to vent about family and friends, because they'll never meet those people, and therefore only have your side of things.
Lauren and Elizabeth discover the same thing, and in a summer of lasts (and firsts!) end up sharing more with each other, than with their 'real life' best friends.
I found the book extremely sweet and poignant, and closed it with tears in my eyes - not because it was sad, but because it had an element of truth to it that touched my heart. I loved getting to know Lauren and Elizabeth as well as their friends and (for Elizabeth at least) families.
A lovely book. I'm grateful for the chance to read it.(less)
Written by the same author who wrote The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared, and it shows - definitely the same writing style, the same humour and even the same general concept. Fortunately I absolutely loved "The Hundred-Year-Old...", so I was thrilled to read this second novel by him. It was laugh-out-loud funny in places and I was very well entertained by it.
I do think I liked "The Hundred-Year-Old..." a tiny bit better though - but this may just have been because I read that one first and therefore didn't know what to expect.(less)