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The Transformation of Things: A Novel

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 24, 2013

    Amazing!!

    Read this book in one sitting.....One of the best books I've read in a long time! Going nook shipping right now to buy another title by this author. No spoilers coming from me, but I do want to say that I honestly have an appreciation for my husband and son that I have been taking for granted.... Don't miss this one!!!

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  • Posted January 9, 2011

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    A bit of fantasy, a bit of reality, and a bit of soul searching

    "The Transformation Of Things" is a haunting account of ordinary lives and the things that make us see them in a new light. Some Chick Lit novels are obvious to read. Not this one. The way that Jillian Cantor left me hanging every chapter was astounding. Real relationships are never as clean cut and definite as when they are portrayed in novels. However, throughout this novel I could never decide on the outcome of the main character's relationship. Despite this, the ending left me blind sighted even though it was set up from the beginning.

    Jennifer Levenworth is an incredibly relatable heroine, as all good Chick Lit characters should be. Her husband is distant and never around. She fills her life with "meaningful things", but has incredible loneliness and against. What sets Jen apart from the usual Chick Lit heroine are her perceptions. She is unhappy with the facade of her life and sets off to sort it out. But the answers are never clear or easy. Her process is natural and often reminded me of the way that I face similar difficulties in my life. The way she faced and resolved her problems was both satisfying and rewarding.

    I particularly like how Jillian Cantor used dreams as a way to illustrate fantasy without making the book twinge on science fiction. Reality is only an illusion in life and in this plot.

    My only complaint is that the last few chapters buttoned up the story too neatly. Since the messy, realistic way the characters handled themselves appealed to me, having everything explained off was a little too pretty. This is not to detract from how amazing the unanticipated ending is.

    Conclusion:
    A bit of fantasy, a bit of reality, and a bit of soul searching, "The Transformation Of Things" is definitely a page-turner. Jillian Cantor's elegant writing and witty story weaving will leave you wondering what will happen next. This is definitely a Chick Lit novel not to be missed!

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  • Posted January 7, 2011

    more from this reviewer

    A haunting account of ordinary lives and the things that make us see them in a new light.

    "The Transformation Of Things" is a haunting account of ordinary lives and the things that make us see them in a new light. Some Chick Lit novels are obvious to read. Not this one. The way that Jillian Cantor left me hanging every chapter was astounding. Real relationships are never as clean cut and definite as when they are portrayed in novels. However, throughout this novel I could never decide on the outcome of the main character's relationship. Despite this, the ending left me blind sighted even though it was set up from the beginning.

    Jennifer Levenworth is an incredibly relatable heroine, as all good Chick Lit characters should be. Her husband is distant and never around. She fills her life with "meaningful things", but has incredible loneliness and against. What sets Jen apart from the usual Chick Lit heroine are her perceptions. She is unhappy with the facade of her life and sets off to sort it out. But the answers are never clear or easy. Her process is natural and often reminded me of the way that I face similar difficulties in my life. The way she faced and resolved her problems was both satisfying and rewarding.

    I particularly like how Jillian Cantor used dreams as a way to illustrate fantasy without making the book twinge on science fiction. Reality is only an illusion in life and in this plot.

    My only complaint is that the last few chapters buttoned up the story too neatly. Since the messy, realistic way the characters handled themselves appealed to me, having everything explained off was a little too pretty. This is not to detract from how amazing the unanticipated ending is.

    Conclusion:
    A bit of fantasy, a bit of reality, and a bit of soul searching, "The Transformation Of Things" is definitely a page-turner. Jillian Cantor's elegant writing and witty story weaving will leave you wondering what will happen next. This is definitely a Chick Lit novel not to be missed!

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  • Posted December 8, 2010

    Amazing book!

    My book club chose this book for December. It's a fast-paced read. I read the whole thing in one night. This book looks at whether other people's lives are really what we think they are, and I am still thinking about this question.

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    Posted June 9, 2011

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