Pages for You
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Beautifully written, Pages for You could have been quite a brutally realistic romance crafted with the omniscient fluidity of Brownrigg's writing; sadly, it wasn't for me. Though given a charming narrative with particularly gorgeous scenes, I couldn't shake the fact that I absolutely hated the ending. It wasn't the fact that Anne ended up with the surprisingly perfecto Jasper who we learn 'had a place' in Anne all along that could not be filled by Flannery o ...more
It's divided into three sections - essentially 1) the build-up to the romance 2) the romance and 3) the decline of the romance. There were cer ...more
Oh, where do I even start? This book is utterly amazing. Dare I even say that it's a masterpiece? I just love Brownrigg's style of writing, meticulous use of language and how she brings the sensuality of her words alive in this book. It's simply so refreshing to read. The plot, characters and pace were perfect (maybe partly because I can relate to Flannery and her feelings). I want to talk about them passionately, in more detail but I know that if I do, I won't stop, especially if I start with A...more
I didn't find myself savoring it, nor aching to read more. I knew going into it fro ...more
I hadn’t heard of this book prior to the publication of its sequel, Pages for Her, and was surprised to find out that more than 15 years passed between the two novels. Since I was curious to read the recently released one, having loved Call Me by Your Name, with which they have similar plot points, I thought I’d start at the beginning. And, sadly, end there!
Pretentiously written with a rather retro vibe, as if from the 70s, where even the most lovely, tender moments are overblown by em ...more
It did. In the most glorious way.
I seldom read romance novels but this one really exceeded my expectations. Brownrigg narrated it in such a poetic manner and in such a rich prose. Narrated from the point of view of a young Flannery, showing us a different side of relationships and allows us to reminisce on our firsts. Every word and item symbolizes something deeper than it original ...more
It's not a trashy romance novel, although it could've been one if not Browning's unmistakable talent. It's like a slow jazz composition, that makes your thoughts wander to your own first infatuations. And yes in parts it is heartbreaking, but you know for sure that it's the way it's supposed to be cause first love is ain't fore ...more
So it's gorgeous but be forewarned. You may want to stab yourself in the face after reading.
The main character Flannery, fresh from the high school to the university, falls into the greenish eyes of the most beautiful woman she first saw at the diner without knowing sh ...more
Even though I knew the relationship was doomed, I still felt the impending dread as the book went on. My chest got tighter and tighter until the awful heart wrenching breakup scene. And the more I think about it, the more I hate the prologue(even though it's beautifully written like the re ...more
This book follows Flannery Jansen, who at the start of her University life at the age of 17, falls in love at first sight with another woman and thus begins a very whirlwind romance.
I saw so much of myself in Flannery and therefore really enjoyed this. I read through this book in around 24 ...more
I wish, too, that I hadn't read any reviews immediately before starting the book, because I also wonder whether I might have taken things differently had I not had an ...more
All in all, an interesting, although flawed, book.
I really enjoyed watching Flannery’s initial obsession with Anne. And I also loved watching them become a couple and fall in love. But I did feel some disconnection with them as characters, and I wasn’t sure why until I read another someone else’s review. I would’ve been much more invested in Flannery, had this been told in first person POV.
With this particular style of prose, and not much of a plot, it was too long. There was a point in the middle of their relationship where I found i ...more
It is a commonplace of student life to arrive at university and fall in love (something which is at least partly due to the new sense of freedom which comes from relative independence). In Brownrigg's novel, the main character Flannery Jansen is rather surprised to find that the passion she develops is for another woman, a graduate teacher of critical theory in the university. The courtship is the best part of the novel, a clumsy and embarrassed d ...more
Sylvia's work has been included on the NY Times Notable list and the LA Times Best Books of the Year. Her reviews have appeared in the NY Times, The Guardian, and the TLS, ...more