I have never read a book by Sherry Thomas before. You can now bet your sweet patooties I will be snatching up as many of her books I can find.
You want...moreI have never read a book by Sherry Thomas before. You can now bet your sweet patooties I will be snatching up as many of her books I can find.
You want a smart, realistic, and willing to sacrifice for her family but NOT martyr herself heroine?
You want a closed off, hidden, Ideal Gentleman, with a delicious sense of humor hero?
You want a non-forced storyline of two people navigating personal issues involving trust, love, and learning to reveal and grow together?
From the banter that was intelligent, engaging, push/pull, and sexual (Oh my dearies, the sexual banter;) to the emotional strife of fear and of revealing love and oneself, Felix and Louisa never failed to make me smile, heat me up, and produce watery eyes.
The one disappointment was the very abrupt ending. I could have read epilogue after epilogue about this couple.
A very delightful historical.
(Elicited the same feelings I had while reading Connie Brockway's "The Bridal Favor". I did find Brockway's to have more emotional punch and storyline however, and rated it 5stars) (less)
Oh, you wanted a review on this? Too bad, I'm too busy feeling horribly depressed, lost, and sad.
Why depressed? Because holy hell, talk about two indi...moreOh, you wanted a review on this? Too bad, I'm too busy feeling horribly depressed, lost, and sad.
Why depressed? Because holy hell, talk about two individuals who are star-crossed. Cat is one wayward(?), disoriented(?), and absent(?) character. There seems to be a disconnect between her inner world and the outer. Finn, at first, doesn't have the ability to connect. Cat tries to force this connection, or maybe it was forced on her. Which is where my lost feelings come from.
Why lost? Like I said, I can't figure out if Cat is complacent or at fault for this relationship with Finn. I kept thinking back to a line from The Time-traveler's Wife where Clare says to Henry "I never had a choice." She says this because she met Henry as a very young girl and had him in her life from then on. The same is true of Finn and Cat. It is so hard to write about Finn, I want to say not only was Cat growing up and learning adult emotions but also Finn. But is this true? The author inserts things here and there, like his eyes vibrating, when it seems he starts to feel or "question", but it's stated it is impossible for him until Cat's father overrides some programing and implements a "feelings" program. Which leads me to why I feel sad.
Why sad? Because Cat and Finn's relationship is so contrived, forced, and created. However, the emotions feel and read REAL. Is Finn the choice for Cat because she has grown to love him, he is all she has ever known, or she is comfortable around him because she has problems with her own emotions and human interaction because she grew up with a robot? I'm circling myself. Ugh, I just don't know. There is also a non-ending that adds to the sadness as you wonder what the culmination can be for these two. (If there is ever an epilogue or mini-sequel about Cat's death and Finn living through it, I will SAD-read the ever loving hell out of it)
I guess this was the point of the book, to make you question the human experience and can it be "created". So yeah, read if you feel like a dystopian, what does it mean to be human, how do we connect with each other, is this healthy, and want to feel sad when you're done reading and questioning everything.(less)