Delightfully magical, in Sarah Addison Allen's usual way, but I think it's more than that. This is especially true in light of knowing about her recen...moreDelightfully magical, in Sarah Addison Allen's usual way, but I think it's more than that. This is especially true in light of knowing about her recent struggle with (and recovery from!) breast cancer. This is a book about hope and second chances that can reignite that shy, fluttery flame in the heart that you kinda assumed was dead. This is a bit of a ghost story, and it's a bit about lost childhoods and the chance to find pieces of them. It's a lot of characters all thrown together without hope, and then between them they manage to start growing a tiny garden plot of hope that in turn revitalizes your own.(less)
I'm biased because the author and I have a lot in common, but I think this has been one of the most enjoyable books I've read this year! She's approac...moreI'm biased because the author and I have a lot in common, but I think this has been one of the most enjoyable books I've read this year! She's approachable and her prose are a pleasure to read. I love the unusual flavor combinations she has for her recipes. There are quite a few recipes of hers I want to test out in my own kitchen. This is what a foodoir is supposed to be, in my opinion: snippets of your life, funny or touching little stories, and the recipes that went with them. It's a way of giving people a (forgive the pun) taste of your life.(less)
This is a book everyone should read. Read it whenever you are unhappy or complicated or worried about something. Read it when you need to cry, but hav...moreThis is a book everyone should read. Read it whenever you are unhappy or complicated or worried about something. Read it when you need to cry, but have forgotten how. Read it when you're lonely and feel like you just can't do it anymore. Read it over and over again until your copy is dogeared and lovingly worn. Underline things. Circle things. Write tiny bits that made your heart pound on the bathroom mirror so you see them every day. Get the meaningful parts tattooed on you. Let this book under your skin, even if you haven't let anyone or anything under your skin for a year, five years, a decade, ever.
Dear Sugar will break you completely in the best emotional ways and then build you up again. Keep a box of tissues next to you It will break you while she shows you just how much you are loved and needed in this world. She will show you how much you are worth.
I started reading this last night around 10 p.m. My usual routine is to read for about an hour, then go to bed. 11 p.m. came and went. Then midnight, 1 a.m., 2 a.m. I wasn't tired yet, though I should've been. I felt the humanity of their stories, of Sugar's responses, and I felt like I couldn't leave until I knew them. I had to keep reading. So I did. I finished all 370 pages in a single evening and it was a fantastic reason to only get two hours of sleep (as worth it as good sex).
I'm crying as I'm writing this, remembering how this book is still stuck in my head this morning, even though I have started my next book because I am an unabashed book slut. But Sugar still has me crying and feeling and able to believe in love. This book will change your life and though it will be painful, it is worth it. Please. Try.
As soon as I finish this review, I am going to buy three copies of this book [at my local independent excellent bookstore]. The plan is to give two to people I know and love who need to read it, and leave one in a coffee shop for someone who needs it but doesn't know it yet. <3 This book is love.(less)
Picked it up and could not put it down (despite it being finals week). This is a beautifully crafted story that is infectious. It's like The Prestige...morePicked it up and could not put it down (despite it being finals week). This is a beautifully crafted story that is infectious. It's like The Prestige (the movie) and something by Francesca Lia Block had a baby. It's charming in its' magic, secretive almost all the way through, and is a very Romeo-and-Juliet love story. I am SO glad I read this before 2013, though I should've read it a year ago when Jamie first recommended it to me (moral of the story: always trust the best friend).
It's such a beautifully secretive magical book that I don't actually know what else I can say about it. I could compliment Morgenstern on her ability to create such vivid settings that I long to be in, or the way she manages to make everyone sincere, or how the jumping-back-and-forth style of the book still makes me want to read it. It's also a little bit like Catherynne Valente's "Palimpsest", in that it's a world of dreams. And at the end, you're never sure where reality is exactly. This is a book for dreamers and anyone who appreciates unexpected beauty that is sometimes mixed with something terrible.(less)
This is a beautiful book. It's a book to read with tea, perhaps a slice of dense not-too-sweet cake, in the winter when you want to be reminded of sum...moreThis is a beautiful book. It's a book to read with tea, perhaps a slice of dense not-too-sweet cake, in the winter when you want to be reminded of summer. It's another of the "plotless" genre, meaning that if you're waiting for something to happen, stop. Focus on the women's stories, on the beauty of the words, the choice phrases that you should savor like pieces of stolen candy. It's deep scarlet and passionate in its' phrasing. The language style is reminiscent of Francesca Lia Block, though Horniman's prose are more grounded and flesh out her characters more thoroughly.(less)