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message 1: by Tammy (new)

Tammy Walton Grant Great review, Buggy. I was looking at reviews of the book and of the movie when it came out and after reading about (view spoiler) decided to skip it.

Did you know about that part when you started reading it?


message 2: by Buggy (last edited Sep 21, 2011 08:05PM) (new)

Buggy No I had no idea about that, so yeah I was super surprised. The thing is though I love a tragedy. To me the best romances are tragedies.

THis was also just such a great coming of age story, especially if your around the 40 mark now

I had a super hard time picturing whats-er-name (escapes me now)-Academy awards, Devil wears Prada- as the lead though. I can't see how she could pull this off, especially the British accent. I wish I hadn't had her face in my brain while reading this, otherwise it was perfect.


message 3: by Tammy (new)

Tammy Walton Grant I read somewhere that what happened to her had to in order for the story to go where it needed to (good grief, don't think I can get any vaguer than that, but I don't want to spoil). I suppose also that the way the book went is much truer to the way life works - arbitrary and unfair lots of times.

I was 21 in 1988 so this would be a nostalgia read for me as well. I'm not sure about the crying part, though. Last sad book I read was Tuesdays with Morrie and I literally sobbed every time I picked the book up. I'm afraid to read anything sad nowadays, I'd probably have to be hospitalized, lol.

You're review is making me want to read it, so I'll send you the bill for all the kleenex if I do. :D


message 4: by Buggy (last edited Sep 21, 2011 08:24PM) (new)

Buggy I would have to agree that this is very much about how real life is. Unfair and not going where you imagine its going to. I don't know that it was necessary for the story but it made it more poignant.

Its very bittersweet because you see how full of hope they are at the beginning and I remember feeling that way. The world was my oyster. Now the world is some old piece of seaweed. LMAO.

I highly recommend it if for nothing else the writing is absolutely beautiful as well as very witty and I can't tell you how many "OMG thats exactly how I felt/feel" moments I had. Its very clever. Especially since you're the right age.

Remember when you never thought you'd be 40- thats ancient. I think they have that conversation on page 2, but then they are


message 5: by Lotus (new)

Lotus 5 stars, awesome! I can't wait to read this Buggy, I saw an interview with Anne and the concept behind the book sounded fascinating.


message 6: by Quinn (new)

Quinn Excellent review as always, Buggy! It sounds like I'm of the same vintage so this is probably one I'll get a kick out of, too. On the pile it goes. :)


message 7: by Nicole (new)

Nicole Glad you liked it Buggy . . . I don't like tragedy so I was heartbroken at the end . . . :(


message 8: by Buggy (new)

Buggy Thanks so much Lotus, Quinn and Nicole.

I've always loved a tragedy so this really worked for me but I know lots of people need their HEA. I also adored the writing style


message 9: by Jennifer (new)

Jennifer Lane Wow, you really made me want to read this! Excellent review. What a satisfied feeling after finishing an amazing read.


message 10: by Buggy (new)

Buggy Thanks Jennifer, I think you would really like this one. I'm still struggling to find something to read in the aftermath


UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish This sounds so good! Great review, Buggy. I might even be willing to leave my cage and read it. Of course, Sawyer would have to come with me.


message 12: by Tammy (new)

Tammy Walton Grant Oh GOODIE!!! More Sawyer cage pics??? ;P


message 13: by Buggy (last edited Oct 01, 2011 06:27PM) (new)

Buggy Thanks U-ITC, This was SO good. I recommend you leave your cage for several reasons. One so you can read this book but mostly so I can sneak in and get a little Sawyer time!!!


UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish LOL!! Okay, BuggyBNBad! I'm watching you!!


message 15: by Buggy (new)

Buggy You, my friend are a pervert!!


UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


message 17: by Tonya (last edited Oct 09, 2011 10:56AM) (new)

Tonya Just finished reading this book. I like to wait until after I've finished to look at the reviews. I hadn't read any spoilers so I was completely torn apart while reading. This book grabbed onto me and wouldn't let go. I started yesterday, slept a few hours last night and finished just now. I was bawling way before the great tragedy. I think I started when Dex and Em were in the maze at Tilly's wedding. Needless to say, my eyes are red and swollen and I have a bit of a headache (and my family thinks I've lost my mind). It was just such a REAL journey of their lives that we only got snapshots of. The author was brilliant to have been able to pull off such little glimpses into 20 years of life and make me feel as if these people were my best friends who I love dearly.

Your review summed up my feelings perfectly. I, too, wanted to turn to the beginning and read it all again when I read that last line.


message 18: by Buggy (last edited Oct 09, 2011 08:50PM) (new)

Buggy Hi Tonya, I always wait before reading reviews too. Wasn't this just the greatest book. I agree the author was brilliant. I also liked trying to figure ut what had happened in the year since we last saw them. What about that letter that Evan wrote (early on) that got lost in Em's book? Gah that killed me. Yup this made me cry too and I had a tough time trying to find something to read that compared on any level afterwards. I wonder how the movie will compare?


message 19: by Tonya (last edited Oct 10, 2011 01:42PM) (new)

Tonya Dex's letter - I know! I kept waiting for it to show up later because the book actually had Emma's old London (I think) address in it. But, of course, it never did. He finally put it all out there and his horndog ADD kicked in and he probably never thought of it again.

I finished it early in the day and I actually didn't start another book yesterday. I just couldn't do it. One of the quotes on my profile page is:

“A great book should leave you with many experiences, and slightly exhausted at the end. You live several lives while reading.”
― William Styron

That's how I felt. Exhausted!

I read somewhere yesterday that David Nicholls actually wrote the screenplay for the movie. That makes it sound promising to me. Maybe it will actually follow the book pretty closely. We can only hope.


message 20: by KOMET (new)

KOMET Buggy,

You are so right! I nodded my head so many times while reading your review, because I felt the same way when I read this book last summer. AMEN!!!


message 21: by Buggy (new)

Buggy Thanks so much Komet. This is one of those books that has stuck with me, even now 6 months later. Glad you liked the review.


message 22: by Blue Eyed Vixen (new)

Blue Eyed Vixen Fab review. I'll be looking out for this one. Thanks, Vix


message 23: by Buggy (new)

Buggy Thanks Vix, this was fantastic. Still haven't seen the movie but I will definetly be reading this again.


message 24: by Stacy (new)

Stacy Eastman Such great memories thinking of this book. Just finished it a couple of weeks ago. I bawled, I mean, Bawled, while reading it. The movie was good too, but come on, just can't beat the book. I bawled at the movie too, more so just thinking of the book. Great review, I agree, just one of those books that stay with you!


message 25: by Buggy (new)

Buggy Thanks Stacy, Yeah wasn't this a great story. I'm looking forward to reading it again and discovering things I missed the first time through


message 26: by Stephen (new)

Stephen Howells I could have written the same review (if I were a girl!). No seriously, it strikes a chord with us and no doubt many others. The point where the tragedy happens left me numb for a bit and I liked the understqted ending. Sentimental nonsense? Why not!


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