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The story itself wasn’t very good in my opinion but amazon delivery and the purchasing experience was a good one. To me, it felt so slow even though the book is quite short. At a certain point for me it started to feel creepy and to be honest it is a little bit... 2 people who have never met but are pretty much step siblings communicate through notes they leave at a house they both live in at different times of the year... it was very weird and quite boring.
Fall in love with the most complicated family around and learn some truths about life along with them. Such a beautiful story centered around utterly believable and appealing young adults. Whether you at the age of the kids or the age of their parents or grandparents, you will love the wise and also romantic story.
Perfectly Ann Brashares. I swallowed it whole in one afternoon and enjoyed it. Feels a little infused with a David-Levithan-style of near misses and perfectly contrived connections. Strong, honest female characters.
I love every book she writes. The characters in this book are absolutely fantastic but I feel like the ending was very rushed. I wish it had come to a better conclusion. My name is memory and the sisterhood books are definitely better but this was definitely enjoyable and as always very meaningful.
Here were some quotes I loved. The first one made me laugh so hard. It's just so real in such a sad way.
"Why did parents ever make their kids watch them get re-married? Ray imagined a coffee table book suited to a photographer like maybe Diane Arbus for publication around Halloween: Children Watching Their Parents Marry People Who Aren't Their Parents."
And these ones are the reasons I love to read Ann's books:
"Her cheap, stunted, nonmystical religion required that she offer up her happiness in return for a little less disappointment, a little less fear. Suffering was how you put money in the karmic bank. There were always more bills to be paid. No joy was allowed to come out of this. But Quinn had a different religion. A brave and expansive one. Don't be scared of the pain, she would have said. Don't avoid the ways you feel. Don't bargain away your happiness. Let joy come out of this."
"So how about this for an idea: we are complimentary rather than opposing, my friend. As contrary forces, we don't cancel each other out, we give rise to each other."