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A Girl Named Dara Kindle Edition
"The writing lands somewhere between waking dream and polaroid glimpse into post-adolescence." - Jonas Ball, Writer, Director of "WALNUTS, the Movie."
When Jeff Newcastle meets Dara, a beautiful Belarusian girl, on the first day of poetry class at UCLA, he imagines he’s stumbled onto the perfect college romance. Unfortunately, his fixation on Dara’s beauty prevents him from seeing the truth about her tragic life.
Doubting a normal relationship could ever be possible, Dara pulls some mysterious strings to redirect Jeff’s affection toward Carey, a sweet and kindhearted coed in Jeff’s circle of friends.
Jeff’s romance with Carey blossoms steadily until he’s awakened by a late-night phone call and summoned by a man’s voice to a large estate in the Hollywood Hills. It is here where Jeff finds that a bruised and bloodied Dara has locked herself in an upstairs bathroom.
Jeff does his best to pull Dara immediately out of danger, but he soon realizes it is only the beginning of his problems. Jeff must find a way to save Dara without falling deeper into her chaotic world or sacrificing his budding relationship with Carey.
- ASIN : B09CM5GH14
- Language : English
- File size : 1767 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 414 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : B09H96TV9Y
- Best Sellers Rank: #244,212 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
Top reviews from India
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Author: Tom Flynn
"A Girl Named Dara" penned by Tom Flynn revolves around the central character Dara, a beautiful Belarusian girl, which is quite obvious from the cover and the title itself. The story takes us through the college hustle-bustle of Jeff Newcastle, who falls in love with Dara, after seeing her in the first class of Poetry. Somewhere deep down Dara knew that she won't be able to carry a normal relationship with Jeff. So she always keeps running from him and she tried to set him up with a sweet girl Carey, a friend of Naomi, girlfriend of Jeff's roommate, Dylan. No matter how hard Jeff tried, he just can't get over Dara, he can't see Carey in the same light as he sees Dara, he can't connect with Carey as he connects with Dara.
Firstly talking about the cover, the cover itself arose much curiosity, in the reader's mind when the eyes fall on this mysterious blue-eyed girl shown on the top of the cover. When I started reading the novel, my excitement was getting multiplied as I was finishing the chapters to dwell more in the life of Dara, to know more about her. When in the end, I came to know the reality of the quiet, composed and reserve girl Dara, it shook me from inside. The blunt truth of her life broke my heart.
Talking about the language and the narration style, the language and narration style is lucid and easy to comprehend. Kudos to the author! He was successful in arousing the curiosity in the reader's mind only by the cover of the book and he has multiplied the curiosity as the novel progresses till the end. I would recommend this book to those who love reading mysterious stories. Do read to know about the life of this mysterious, blue-eyed girl, Dara and to know what happened with Jeff and Carey.
On the other hand, Jeff is unable to see Carey as he wishes to see Dara with him. The story holds many layers which hook the readers till end. Thus, without revealing much about the plot. This book will make you compel to read till the last page of the book. The language of the book is amazing and narration is really crisp through out the book. I would recommend this book to everyone.
But Dara keeps pushing him away. What does Dara fear? Why does she not want to start a relationship with Jeff? Well the book not only has their love story but also Dara's story.
When I read about her truth I was shocked, so sad and it broke my heart. To know more please pick up this book asap. You will love it for sure.
And I want to talk about that gorgeous cover as well. I couldn't resist myself from reading a book which has such beautiful cover.
I think this book is a masterpiece for a debut author. He did such an amazing job i really want to appreciate his narration too. I must say I simply loved this book. Recommended to everyone.
What each and every single of these books have in common between them is an iconic or an archetypal scene where someone experiences love at first sight.
‘A Girl Named Dara’ by Tom Flynn is one such book where in we see the quintessential falling in love at first glance, however that is the only similarity which this shares with the other contemporaries of such genre. Because the way the story took turn after that first meeting was something which we never expect, thereby making it unique and quite exclusive.
In the beginning stage, the book revolves around the college days. Jeff newcastle falls in love with dara, after seeing her in the poetry class.
Dara, in the other hand, always keeps running from jeff and tried to set him with an another girl named carey but jeff wants dara only, he can't get over her.
Why is dara doing that? Does she ever fell for jeff or it is just jeff only? Why is she keep running from him? What do you think?
Top reviews from other countries
Each character is lovingly drawn, with enough detail and uniqueness that they leap off the page, as if where they really belonged was on a movie screen! Also, whenever the story seems to be following an "ordinary" path, it takes an unexpected turn into extraordinary territory due to Jeff's poetic imagination. What I loved most about this book is how the protagonist walks through life with one foot in grey-and-white reality, while his other foot skates through colorful worlds of imaginary fancy. This tension between reality and fantasy drives the story forward to a surprising resolution at the book's end (no spoilers here!)
I fully recommend reading this delightful novel, and I also recommend keeping YouTube handy while reading, so that you can listen along whenever Jeff Newcastle plays his music. After all, every good movie deserves a great soundtrack!
While Dara is at the heart of the story, it revolves around Jeff, or--more accurately--Jeff's world revolves around Dara. From Belarus, Dara has seen and done things that put her lightyears ahead of Jeff when it comes to cynicism, pain, and survival. Although she is very clear about not wanting a relationship, Jeff, a naive college student, yearns for her and is unable to get her out of his system. It's a toxic non-relationship that slowly spins him out of control where he jeopardizes healthier relationships.
One of the best coming-of-age stories I've read in a long time... and oh my gosh, the ending! I did NOT see that coming and had to read it a couple of times to actually let it sink in where I could believe it ended the way it did. Brilliance! The long and the short of it is, you need to read this book! One caution: if you're an emotional person (as I am) you might want to grab a tissue or two before you settle in for one of the better reads of the year.
I have to say, Tom Flynn, you have a new fan! I'll be watching for your next book!
To the authors credit, as I read the book, it was almost as if I became involved, if not invested, in the outcome of the story, which I knew would not end well for Jeff unless he realized what he was doing. I wanted to take Jeff aside and force him to come to his senses. I felt that I needed to make him recognize what he was doing, obsessing over Dara simply because she was beautiful. I wanted him to quit brooding over someone who didn’t care about him and to quit calling her or going by her apartment. The author, Flyn, expertly provided me just enough of Dara’s personality to make her unlikable and for me to realize that she was someone Jeff should stay away from‒qualities that he found mysterious.
I was relieved when Jeff’s friend, Tom, tries to warn him with a golf club analogy to forget about Dara and accept the fact that Carey was better for him. And even though it appeared that Jeff had come to his senses and actually started to see Carey for the good person she was, all that Dara had to do was call and Jeff once again abandoned all sense of reality.
The story is tragic. A story about pursuing something that is unattainable, while ignoring what you have right in front of you.
My favorite passage came early on in the book. It was a profound insight into how Jeff viewed beauty as a gift for the fortunate.
“I suppose everyone has a gift tucked away in them somewhere. Sometimes it bubbles right to the surface and the world both recognizes it and appreciates it immediately without reservation. Life for these people can be very fulfilling…For others, their gift may be hidden or locked away under layer so doubt, confusion, difficulty, laziness, or other circumstances. These folks are no less worthy than the others, but their journey is significantly different. Neither better nor worse, but markedly different. Sadly, for this group, their lives may resemble tragedy if they choose to secretly dislike themselves for not being one of the beautiful or fortunate ones.”
A Girl Named Dara is very good read, and I highly recommend it.