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Forgive Me by Amanda Eyre Ward
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** spoiler alert ** I liked this one a lot... and yet...
I teetered between 3 & 4 stars finally landing on 3. I was disappointed in the story's characters. Nadine is interesting, but not very sympathetic a person. I had no idea why she was so awful to her dad and her stepmother who were RIDICULOUS caricatures instead of well developed characters. Her behaviour later with her doctor/boyfriend was also odd... I agree with other reviewers, it was hard to know who these people were. I could not figure out how or why her best friend was sticking with her after she was not very compassionate to her. I guess that relationship was the most irritating to me, because as a stay at home mom I'm rather sick of the idea that we just sit around the dirty house getting spit up on while our single friends are out saving the world when really our experience is a little less one-dimentional than that.
But the story! That's the juicy and good part. I still think about the woman who had a mango ice cream and was walking down the street only to be punched in the gut by a white man for no reason. The story is haunting, one of those "I-can't-believe-humans-have-the-capacity-for-awfulness-like-that" types of stories. That's what kept me going, but it definitely needed more room for character development.
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Ingrid Thanks alot. So you don't think I'm out curing cancer, engendering world peace, and generally leaping tall building is a single bound. Oh well, you can still be my friend.


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