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Of Love and Secrets by Margaret Lynette Sharp
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it was amazing

I think that, in order truly to become invested in a novel, you need a character to love or to hate. Jenny, the protagonist of Sharp's latest and best work, is extraordinarily likeable.

You'll hate Jenny's mother. It takes some considerable measure of literary skill to conjure up a character you'll so much want to loathe -- whom you'll so much enjoy detesting -- and Sharp, who has matured from a writer of delicately poetic vignettes into a thoroughly engaging (and even more eloquent) novelist, unquestionably has it.

Jenny's and Richard's romance is tentative, then intense, then (to Jenny's perception) sporadic and unreliable, but throughout, it's clear to the reader that it's all authentic, and when Richard wants to commit and move with her to forge a very promising life in a distant city -- the promise not only of love and a life, but oxygen to a young woman literally asphyxiated in the nest of her mother's making (past the point of normal separation), then the question is whether she'll take the offer. Or suffocate. You'll be captivated by the story, strongly involved with the characters (and Jenny is particularly endearing), and swept to the conclusion, which also offers a revelation and a twist. But no further spoilers here. The book will appeal both to a YA romance and a more general literary audience. Five stars.
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December 16, 2014 – Shelved

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