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Holier Than Thou by Laura Buzo
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Aug 07, 12

bookshelves: aussie-books, read-2012, reviews-with-music, adult
Read from July 20 to 23, 2012

Another Aussie Hit! Are you surprised? =]

My first experience with Laura Buzo’s writing was when I read her debut novel Good Oil. I fell hard for that book, so I was all sorts of excited when I heard she was coming out with another contemporary.

When I was done reading Holier Than Thou what I was left with was a ton of notes written down that included scattered thoughts, music choices, character details and all sorts of musings. It’s something I find I do quite often for books that have an impact on me. The notes are all over the place, but one thing is for certain… it was nothing short of a profound and fulfilling journey having traveled with these characters for a small moment of time.

There were parts of the narration that I struggled with a bit because it would jump from time frame to time frame, and I’d be left not knowing where I was to go next with Holly. However, I soon realized that was the whole point. She was a bit lost herself and had so much on her mind and in her heart to share through her narration that the only way she could achieve telling her story with the truest sense of honesty was to give the reader a VIP pass into her organized chaos in the most revealing way possible.

I find that’s a signature move with Aussie contemporaries. The characters hold nothing back and you learn about every aspect of their lives and to not feel a connection or some sort of sympathy is to miss the magic of these stories.

Nicholarse and Holier Than Thou left me with a small pang regret, and there was a part of me that wanted these characters to achieve their own sort of happy ending, but in the end… Holly did the right thing. She made a choice that spoke volumes to her integrity, and she earned a ton of respect from me as a character.

Holly was fierce, strong and worthy of her title Woman of Steel. She goes down in my book as a character I won’t soon forget and would drop my afternoon responsibilities for a chat and cup of tea with her. She shared her struggle and pain of losing her father and later her fear of losing her close friendships as they grow older and have to deal with real life. This story felt honest and oh so very real.

It was very character driven with constant shifts in time frames, which made it hard at times to gain my bearings, but in the end it’s earned a spot in my heart for its realism and impact. Overall, another Aussie contemporary that shouldn’t be missed.

Song Choice: With Me - Sum 41

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message 1: by ~Tina~ (new)

~Tina~ Loved Good Oil! I still need to read this! Great review babe!


Arlene Loved Good Oil too. I still want the sequel. Well the sequel I have planned in my head, where they meet up 3 to 4 years later. Wouldn't that be cool?

Thanks Tina! :)


message 3: by ♥Rachel♥ (new)

♥Rachel♥ I've heard mixed things on this but if you liked it, I'm sure I will. Wonderful review Arlene. :)


message 4: by Arlene (last edited Aug 09, 2012 11:22AM) (new) - rated it 4 stars

Arlene Thank you Rachel. :D I hope you like it if you decide to read it. :)


message 5: by Crystal (new) - added it

Crystal Great review! I can't wait to read this one!


Arlene Thanks twinie! I hope you like it when you get a chance to read it. :)


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