I Loved You All: A Novel

I Loved You All: A Novel

by Paula Sharp
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I Loved You All 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the best novel I've read in a long time -- it's hilarious, and the characters are so full of life. I Loved You All is also a great book for anyone who wants to understand more about the right-to-life movement. I think the book gives a very sympathetic portrait of a right-to-lifer, although it's pretty clear that the author is pro-choice. I love the main character, Isabel Flood, who is fanatical, but also very kind and likeable, but all of the characters really stay with you, especially the character F.X., the narrator's uncle. F.X. is a recently fired journalist who was once blind, and he always has a novel perspective on everything that he's eager to communicate to whomever he can ruffle. He writes really funny letters to right-to-lifer Isabel that he pretends are written by an embryo named 'Fetus Elegante.' In these letters, F.E. tells Isabel that what fetuses really want is not to be born at all, but instead to stay in the womb forever and avoid the harshness of the 'Birthworld.' The narrator -- a hyperactive 8-year-old named Penny who is continually in trouble -- is somehow perfect for this book. She never preaches; instead she just describes things as they are, whether she's following around a fanatical right-to-lifer or taking in her mother's explanation of why abortion should be legal. Somehow in the end, you like everyone in the book, no matter what side they're on, whether they're the the juvenile delinquent teenager, Nicky Groot; the anti-social organic farmer, Mark Coker; the religious fanatic Isabel; or Penny's stiff-necked sister, Mahalia. Read this book and pass it on to a friend!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Sharp's writing style drew me right into the characters and their family dynamic. Told from young Penny's perspective, it's a meaningful yet surprisingly easy read. I'm eager to read more by this author.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A beautiful poignant story written from the point of view of an eight year old child. Has dysfunctional family themes without the whining and angst. Instead, you come away with hope, strength, and acceptance.