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Okay... not something I would read again.
posted by 7LakesReader on March 20, 2013Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 18, 2013
Rationally I understand that childhood friendships often spring
Rationally I understand that childhood friendships often spring up spontaneously: an unlikely alliance, a shared neighborhood - but I think at fourteen, when Alex and Rebecca meet, there should be something more concrete expressed, especially since they are complete polar opposites. I was craving some sort of episode in the beginning of the novel - before we fast-forward 4-5 years and start seeing the cracks - that would really cement this friendship as plausible, aside from Alex randomly picking Rebecca the second she enters the classroom as a new student. Some perilous episode, perhaps, as perilous as high school dramas could be, where we see Alex's humanity and what attracts her and Rebecca to each other aside from the glamorous diva/sounding board dynamic.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
The novel does come to life later on, and I was interested in what happens to Rebecca, how she relates to the "history happening around her", how her opinions change. I thought one of the most interesting and vividly portrayed characters was her mother. But I could never quite feel the weight of the friendship between Rebecca and Alex, which was supposed to have influenced Rebecca's life so profoundly. To repeat myself, I guess, I wanted to have see Alex really sticking up for Rebecca in the beginning and at some moments throughout, so that their estrangement would feel more painful and visceral. It is was: I missed nothing about their friendship because I'd really seen nothing of it. When they reunited, it also felt jarring.
In addition, motivations of both of the main characters were hard to see - they seemed to have given up on their dreams way too easily. The supporting cast was pretty flat.
Rebecca's voice, however, is engaging, and the descriptions of the era and well-written and interesting. Ultimately, I think this book fell way short of its premise and potential.
Posted June 24, 2013
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