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Pages for You

(Pages for You #1)

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  7,495 ratings  ·  314 reviews
In a steam-filled diner in a college town, Flannery Jansen catches sight of something more beautiful than she's ever seen: a graduate student, reading. The seventeen-year-old, new to everything around her—college, the East Coast, bodies of literature, and the sexual flurries of student life—is shocked by her desire to follow this wherever it will take her. When Flannery fi ...more
Paperback, 274 pages
Published April 6th 2002 by Picador (first published April 18th 2001)
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Robert Blumenthal Well, you could get some books, open them up, and read them. If you mean wanting to read more written by Sylvia Brownrigg, there is a sequel to Pages…moreWell, you could get some books, open them up, and read them. If you mean wanting to read more written by Sylvia Brownrigg, there is a sequel to Pages for You called Pages for Her. I haven't read it yet but hear it is just as good.(less)
Robert Blumenthal If I read a book that showed my mistakes in life, it would more be the length of War and Peace rather than this relatively slim, wonderful novel.

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Dec 28, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: romance
One word: lukewarm.

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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
Julie Ehlers
Sep 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: literary-fiction
Sometimes I really want to write poetry, but I can't because I don't know anything about poetry. And then I think, "Maybe I should just write it as prose. You know, just not break it up into little short lines." As I was reading Pages for You it occurred to me that Sylvia Brownrigg had done something similar with this novel. The chapters are quite short, usually only about a page and a half; each chapter clearly has its own theme, and they make liberal use of metaphor, description, and idiom, ye ...more
Corporate Slave
Oct 30, 2017 rated it it was ok
Very good style of writing. The ending ruined it all. The end.
Mar 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Although the subject matter is like most romance novels, the writing fools you and leaves you feeling breathless. It's like you are Flannery, falling in love with Tuesday Anne. Absolutely beautiful.
Dec 27, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Alsha by: Helen
The writing is pretentious and tries too hard to impress - I'm putting that out there from the start. But I also finished it over two evenings of reading, so there was a compelling pull to the underlying story as well. It probably says more about me than the book that I would have preferred a point of view from the 28 year old rather than the 17 year old.

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
Sep 10, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

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

Jan 23, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, glbt
A taste of love with a swift kick in the ass of reality.
Jessica Sullivan
I never felt fully immersed or deeply moved by this book, and I think I can pinpoint exactly why: the third-person narration kept me at a distance the whole time. How I wish I could have been deeper inside 17-year-old Flannery's head as she experienced first love with the poised and sophisticated Anne. Third-person narration just seemed like such a strange choice for this topic, and the intensity it was going for.

I didn't find myself savoring it, nor aching to read more. I knew going into it fro
DNF @ 53%

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
Mar 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
I’ve heard buzz about this book all over the place, good reviews at that, and feedback that it would “ruin my life.”

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
Dec 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: queer-reads, adult
I can't wait to read more of this beautiful writing! The fact that you can build your words around such a simple story and to evoke so many feelings by it is astounishing!

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
Anna  (Bananas!)
Sep 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: f-f, depressing-af
The writing is eloquent and lyrical but god this book was depressing. Not sure if it was the best thing for me to read right now.

So it's gorgeous but be forewarned. You may want to stab yourself in the face after reading.
Jessi Rose
May 30, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone who loves love stories
Shelves: favorites
To me, this book was very powerful. It was a wonderful book. I found it really sad. I cried at the end of this book. I never do that. It's your typical tragic love story. Anyone who's a sucker for a good love story should read this! It's one of my favourite books!
Feb 08, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018-reads
The book concerns the convincing love affair between two women (the main character has been shrunk by the word Lesbian, and I agree) overshadowed by the coming-of-age and the coined word: "education" in terms of the university atmosphere and the education a woman could gain from the relationship, both falling in and out.

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
Apr 24, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lgbtq
This is the story of someone who fell in love, not only with another human being, but also with herself. This is a self-discovery journey, a journey that teaches that with wonder comes loss, and that with sadness comes happiness. There are ups and downs, there are smiles and tears. In the end? It will be worth it. No matter how much it seems to hurt at the beginning, there will come a time in life when you will sit and smile at the memories from the moments that broke you into thousands of diffe ...more
Mar 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
This book killed me. I loved it, but it killed me. You knew from the beginning the relationship would not last. Hell, you knew by reading the prologue for crying out loud! So I don't see how this is a spoiler.

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
Charlotte Coldwell
Jul 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
It was perfect and now my heart is heavy.
Aug 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
I've got a new project on the go where I reorganized the TBR books on my shelf in a random order onto my shelves and I'm reading them in order. This was the next book to pop up, and I am so happy that it did.

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
Anna Baillie-Karas
Feb 07, 2018 rated it liked it
Flannery, a university student, falls in love with Anne, 10 yrs her senior. This starts beautifully & the language is poetic & sensual throughout. Flannery & Anne are interesting, each strong in their own way, & the dynamics of a relationship wonderfully observed. But I didn’t share Flannery’s absorption in her new love. She was like a precocious uni student; it didn’t quite hold my interest. Saved by the lyrical writing.
Jan 06, 2017 rated it liked it
I wish I'd read this ten years ago—not because I think I particularly needed it ten years ago, but because there are ten years between Anne and Flannery, and I wonder whether I might have taken the book differently if I'd read it when I was at Flannery's age (seventeen, then eighteen) rather than Anne's (twenty-eight, as I am now).

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
Jul 08, 2010 rated it it was amazing
This book is admittedly pretentious, unrealistically centered around two characters, and it loses its momentum about three quarters the way through, but I liked it anyway. There were many sentences, or merely phrases, that were heart-stoppingly beautiful. And although I would label this strictly as literary fiction, it had a suspenseful quality to it that kept me spellbound.

All in all, an interesting, although flawed, book.
Aug 25, 2009 rated it liked it
This book came highly recommended. It was one of those books that leaves you with an inexplicable feeling rather than a set of characters and plot. More like a soothing jazz ensemble, this book is a book for those who want to discover or relive the first taste of infatuation.
Jul 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
My new favourite life-ruiner.
Natasha (Diarist) Holme
3.5 stars. Beautifully written, haunting love story. A little drawn out. Found the name 'Flannery' endlessly irritating, but it encompasses the name 'Anne,' you see.
Jul 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cindy Wilkerson
Jul 03, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
3.25 stars

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
Simon Mcleish
Jan 29, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
Originally published on my blog here in May 2003.

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
Oct 17, 2012 rated it it was ok
When I got this book I expected so much from it. The plot sounded really good. A forbidden lesbian love between an older teacher and student. How could I pass that up? But honestly, I wouldn't care if I had. When I first began reading this I got into it but as I kept reading it just dragged on and on. I found myself wanting to finish it already so I could move on. The ending was anticlimactic but really the entire thing was. The writer could have toyed with the idea of it being between a teacher ...more
Apr 07, 2012 rated it it was ok
I read this book in two sittings, only to be abruptly disappointed in the last third of the book by the cliche and offensive ending. Blah blah blah blah. Brownrigg could at least have written more descriptive sex scenes to remedy the pain of the predictable plot. The only good thing about this book is that it does poignantly capture new, "young" love...or lust. You will have to decide on that one...
Rabbit {Paint me like one of your 19th century gothic heroines!}
This book was delicious. The love scenes were not erotic per se but you would get right up there and cuts off right at the porn, but the writer did it right, it add to the erotic nature instead of taking away. The ending was heartbreaking and tragic and I cried. Yup this book made me slightly emotional at times.
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Sylvia Brownrigg is the author of six books of fiction, including the novels Pages for You and The Delivery Room. Her most recent novel, Pages for Her, was published in July 2017 by Counterpoint in the US and Picador in the UK.

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,

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