I got this book just yesterday from the author as one of the winner of the giveaway in one blog. This story is really really short, just need 30 minut...moreI got this book just yesterday from the author as one of the winner of the giveaway in one blog. This story is really really short, just need 30 minutes or less to finish it.
Well, I kinda like the idea of this story, but it's just too short. The story about an 18 year old boy, his name is Edward. One day he woke up and found out that his closest friend Little Will, which is a hamster was dead. With his experience in magic, he tried to bring his hamster back to life. And with some help of the a purple stone that he found and a magic spell, Little Will live again. At the same time, a police officer came because the death of his neighbour, Mrs. Brown. She was murdered. So, Edward had an idea to resurrect Mrs.Brown just like his hamster. And he did it, even the result wasn't like he'd expected, Mrs.Brown bit him. And then he'd back home and he saw himself in the mirror wasn't really like him. And then he passed out. He woke up again and realized it was just a dream. But then he found out the same thing, his Little Will was dead. And the story ends.
Just like I said, I like the idea, but 32 pages wasn't enough. I need something more. I don't know how to describe it, but after I read it, my first reaction was, that's it? It was really a dream? Well, I guess the author let us reader to decide.(less)
Well, finished reading this book with mixed feelings. I want to say, what??!! How can this be? A 15 years old girl with a teacher more twice that her...moreWell, finished reading this book with mixed feelings. I want to say, what??!! How can this be? A 15 years old girl with a teacher more twice that her age. That's disgusting! And I should give maybe only 1 or 2 stars for a story like this. But then....I ended gave 4 stars for this book, because undeniable I liked it. I like this book. Usually, this is not the kind of story that I like, but have to admit this story somehow touched and captivating me. Eva Marquez is a good writer.
This is a memoar of Isabel Cruz. At early 90's, around 1993, Isabel is a 15 years old girl who's got a huge crush to her swim coach and teacher, Tom Stevens. Tom is in his late 30's, maybe around 38 or 39 I assume, which means more twice than Isabel's age, and he has a wife and 2 children. This crush become more than just a crush when Tom finally confessed that he has the same feeling with Isabel. They're secretly dating about a year before Isabel moving to Chile with her family.
While in Chile, Isabel's friend, Sarah told the police about Tom and Isabel relationship and the police interogated Tom and Isabel. But they denied everything. Back to US, Isabel renewed her relationship with Tom and they finally slept together. After almost 3 years and about a week before Isabel graduation, Tom's wife found out about them. Isabel realized that she didn't want become Tom secret's lover anymore, she wants Tom choose between her or his wife. When Tom hardly choose, Isabel left Tom to the college even Tom begging her not to leave.
About a year later, Isabel cameback as an adult and heard gossip that Tom had "another friendly relationship" with a student. This news broke her heart. She couldn't believe that Tom already moved on with another student when he said that Isabel is the only one. Was it true? or just a stupid gossip? And can they be finally together?
Why I said I have a mixed feelings about this book? In one hand, I do really want them together. Obviously they love each other and they really sincere about their feelings. But in the other hand, I'm thinking about Tom's wife. How about her feelings? Tom said that he and his wife just like a roomate, he doesn't love her. But hey, he has two kids with her. And because Isabel always not sure about having sex because she doesn't want pregnant at young age, Tom then doing a vasectomy. Wow!! That's huge. But, I remember reading the preface and it's written that this story is about her mother and I assumed that she's Isabel and Tom's daughter, because her name is Claire Stevens. Well, Tom already had a vasectomy but still having a daughter? Well, I'm not sure about this, but is it possible? Did a vasectomy and then having a kid later? Well, I'm just curious about this.
Overall, I enjoyed this book and I would love to read the 2nd book, Tainted Love. Still about Isabel and Tom's love journey.(less)