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Most Helpful Favorable Review

4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

Amazing!

Finished it the other night...still can't get it out of my mind. Would definately recommend. I read alot but rarely find a book that sticks with me like this one. I stayed up late a couple nights, I just didn't want to put it down! I can't wait for more from this autho...
Finished it the other night...still can't get it out of my mind. Would definately recommend. I read alot but rarely find a book that sticks with me like this one. I stayed up late a couple nights, I just didn't want to put it down! I can't wait for more from this author!

posted by lkiser on May 30, 2014

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Most Helpful Critical Review

3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

Slow Page Turner

There is certainly plenty of mystery throughout the book with odd happenings and interactions among the characters to keep the pages turning on this nearly 400 page book. Interestingly, not all the mysteries were hashed out at the end of the book, leaving some open ques...
There is certainly plenty of mystery throughout the book with odd happenings and interactions among the characters to keep the pages turning on this nearly 400 page book. Interestingly, not all the mysteries were hashed out at the end of the book, leaving some open questions in my mind. It is not a book that left secrets open because there is a sequel coming - the epilogue pretty much assured that. It left me feeling slightly unsatisfied. Throughout the book, you spend your time trying to decide who's lying, but there's also the question of whether you care that they're lying, which is almost a bigger issue.

posted by JodyJ on June 8, 2014

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  • Posted June 25, 2014

    Bittersweet: an extremely well written, unique, intriguing, myst

    Bittersweet: an extremely well written, unique, intriguing, mysterious tale about family, wealth, corruption, evil, and love. When reading Bittersweet, I never knew quite what was coming next. When I formed expectations, I was often surprised by what actually happened. The one word that flashed through my mind over and over again when reading Bittersweet was ‘classic.’ I honestly feel like this book could be an American classic. It reminded me of The Great Gatsby early on, but it’s much more than a tale about wealth and greed. Bittersweet is at once unbelievable and believable–both unrealistic and realistic. It wasn’t at all what I expected, and I loved and hated it. Beverly-Whittemore’s characters are complex yet accessible. I rooted for Mabel, but I also despised her at times. Ev is very much Daisy Buchanan in my mind–I want to love her,  but she makes it difficult. I very much enjoyed this book, and it’s one that I will keep on my bookshelf forever. The cover is gorgeous, and the story still has my mind reeling [weeks later!]. Bittersweet may be a bit out of your comfort zone [as it was mine], but I urge you to read it. I’m sure it will leave an impression! [And isn't that what we want from literature?]




    If you like reading classics and stories about family greed and outsiders, this book is definitely for you. However, I would also recommend this book to anyone who enjoys good fiction. Bittersweet is intriguing, well written, and unexpected. Don’t miss it!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 28, 2014

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    Bittersweet, the word, is a taste, an emotion, a plant, and in t

    Bittersweet, the word, is a taste, an emotion, a plant, and in the case of this novel,
    a cottage on a family estate, near the shores of a Vermont lake. Bittersweet,
    the novel, is also many different things wrapped up together.

    I received a free copy of this novel via Netgalley in exchange for an honest
    review.

    Mabel, the narrator, is a pudgy, asthmatic scholarship student with a troubled
    past, who finds a loathing-to-loving (think "Wicked," the stage play) college
    friendship with her roommate: slender, wealthy, privileged, Ev (Genevra)
    Winslow, of THE Winslows. New bestie Mabel is invited to spend the summer
    with Ev at Winloch, a huge private family estate where cellphones and
    e-devices are banned, but dogs are welcome (and abundant).

    Because of the absence of computers and the like, the Winloch scenes are
    almost dreamlike, with a this-could-be-any-era feeling, with cleaning the
    cottage, family dinners, swimming, and socializing the main activities. In the
    beginning, what Mabel wants (does she want Ev as a friend, or lover? Or does
    she want to BECOME Ev?) feels muddy, and the pacing feels slow, despite
    some hints that's all's-not-well-in-Paradise with the installation of multiple
    deadbolts on the Bittersweet cottage doors. Mabel is soon drawn into various
    family mysteries, and discovers some ugly family secrets, that someone -
    perhaps the entire clan - is willing to kill to protect. 

    There are sex scenes, explicit but not particularly erotic, IMO, and discussion
    of rape, incest, suicide... These all fit the story, and didn't bother me, but
    readers who find these issues triggering might want to avoid. The feel is
    summerlike and sleepy, AND Gothic and brooding, and whether Mabel will
    escape or be sucked into becoming one of THEM is not revealed until the very
    end.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 6, 2014

    very good

    This book is a very good read. It's just different enough to be interesting.

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