Once Upon a Time, There Was You [With Earbuds]

Once Upon a Time, There Was You [With Earbuds]

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by Elizabeth Berg, Gabrielle De Cuir
     
 

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ISBN-13:
9781617073106
Publisher:
Random House Adult Trade Publishing Group
Publication date:
04/28/2011
Series:
Playaway Adult Fiction Series
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 7.30(h) x 1.00(d)

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Once upon a Time, There Was You 2.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 42 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The quality of writing in this novel suffers in comparison to Ms. Berg's earlier work. It almost seems like the book was written by several different people and then poorly stitched together by an impatient editor. There are verb tense inconsistencies, poor pronoun identification, and a failure of plot consistency. Transitions are poor and clumsy and sometimes confusing. Reminiscences are poorly integrated into present situations, leaving the reader puzzled about time and setting. A traumatic event occurs to one of the characters, but is left largely unresolved and treated unrealistically and only partially explained.....and barely referenced afterward. The characters are poorly defined and their voices are indistinct from each other. I could not form a connection or bond with any of them. Odd wording ( ex: the cat's death was "nigh"; he "made love quite adroitly") and even odder inconsistencies (ex: it is August, yet a character is shivering and wishing for hot chocolate; the mother is somehow able to support herself and her daughter with a part time catering job in San Fransisco; someone eats a BLT with a fork) made this book very frustrating. I understand the concept of literary license, but Berg pushes the premise past credulity. Ms. Berg is a better writer than this. Talk Before Sleep, Joy School, and Durable Goods are written with clarity and compassion and should not be missed.
wowcon More than 1 year ago
This book is not ready for publication. I wonder if there are chapters missing, because the transitions are disjointed, the character development is shallow, and the ending feels like the middle. I have always liked Berg's books, so this one really frustrated and disappointed! Is it possible that the ebook version is abridged?
slrrn101 More than 1 year ago
i really enjoyed this book. I have read all of her books and this one does not disappoint!!
thewanderingjew More than 1 year ago
This is not the usual type of book I read. It is more of a fast page turning novel for a plane flight, a beach day, a vacation, but it is a poignant, even tender tale that covers many of life's ups and downs, pitfalls and horizons. It is almost a fairy tale, and it is a love story, among other things. To my surprise, it was very well written and much better than I thought it would be, since it is not the type of book I would have picked up to read if I had not won it. When you get about 80 pages into the paperback, the book begins to tackle some very serious life issues, and it meets the challenge of presenting a very traumatic event which almost made me close the book and put it on a shelf, by dealing expertly with it, implying what had to be implied but not overdoing the ordeal that followed or overloading the story with gory details. The suggestion of what was possibly going to happen was enough to entice the reader to read further without being scared off. It is a very good book for anyone liking the romance genre, and it contains no gratuitous sex. So many everyday issues that we all could face in marriage, parenting and our day to day life, are discussed in a comfortable, conversational style. I feel certain that anyone reading the book will know someone who can probably identify with some issue these families are dealing with; someone who could be having the same types of conversations with their child or spouse, but hopefully, not someone who will identify with the near tragedy that almost occurred. The characters are very well developed, even the minor ones, and although sometimes the dialogue seemed a little unnecessary and trite, the reader can easily imagine a situation where it might actually take place. Each particular issue seems to fit in with the telling of the tale at the time it was brought up. At times, though, it felt as if almost too many issues were covered: extramarital sex, unrequited love, homosexuality, divorce, suicide, parenting, rebellion, deception, illness in young and old, lying, and widowhood. Even though she does it well, it was overwhelming, at times. This book is a love story for the old and young. It is a story about the damage secrets can do and how in some instances they can protect. It is a story about the things that can happen to anyone when they least expect it. It is a story about love gone bad, teenage mistakes and parental "helicoptering". One day all is right with the world and the next, there is a life-changing event from out of nowhere. We all develop different coping skills and how we face and handle our problems is a huge message of the book as well as the need to learn to love, to give it and receive it. It is a story that could be dissected and because of all the themes, it would be great for a book club.
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I had trouble getting in to the story and the times that I did become engrossed didn't last long.
justlovebooks More than 1 year ago
This book was very disappointing. I kept waiting for it to improve but it didn't. I've read Elizabeth Berg before and this book does not come close to the quality of writing she has done in the past.
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I have read most of her books and this one is a big dissapointment-her summary at the end was true to her but not true of the story- i doubt i will buy her again
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kasi More than 1 year ago
I agree with the other reviewers on line. This was so disjointed, confusing and poorly written. I couldn't believe it was Elizabeth Berg writing it.. The Daughter who is allowed to go on a phony rock-climbing trip doesn't give her mother any details or any names of friends going. She is gone for three days before the mother is concerned. She is kidnapped and they just let it go with no consequences. Everything in the plot happens too fast and none of the characters behave normally.
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Crappiegirl More than 1 year ago
I was not so sure about this book when I started reading it.....but I always keep thinking a book will get better and this one did. Very seldom am I disappointed in a book. The pieces of the story finally started fitting together and it turned out to be a pretty decent read. Nothing fantastic but good idea for a story never the less. If you have every read a book about a woman discovering her real feelings and how those feelings came to be, then this will bring back memories!
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