This was my first experience with a Joshilyn Jackson novel and after listening to this one I immediately bought another one!
I'm southern and normally find a lot of these "southern novels" laughable, and this one was laughable - the difference was I was laughing with it instead of at it. A nice fresh story that I thought I knew where it was going, only to find out that it's where it *wanted* me to go and instead had a whole another layer to the story.
I really love Joshilyn Jackson's books. They capture the sount so very well. Her characters are full of life and the plot entertaining. I'd highly recommend her books.
Yes, she did. The female voices rang for each character..
The protagonist, Arlene. Arlene's personality was painful on many levels. She possessed nearly every quirk and foible often portrayed by a 'loony' southern girl and I found her portrayal to be over the top and nearly down the other side. Southern quirkiness can be appreciated, but to pile so many gross generalizations onto one character, in such a short book, is tedious at best.
No, the need to cut Arlene from the story sums up my personal view.
I was surprised by this book. I thought it would be funny or sweet and making fun of southern ways, but I quickly found myself invested in the characters, their back stories and cheering and jeering for many. Aunt Florence wins hands down for best character.
Amazing, captivating story. I love "Southern" books.so the setting was great. I enjoyed the relationship dynamic of the characters.
Burr, what a catch!
I don't get the music incorporated into the audiobook. It felt like I was listening to a really bad radio soap opera from the 30s. The music really took away from the whole experience.
This book ranks right up there with "The Help" in my eyes. I remember reading it 10 years ago and how it made me cry, and so when it was my turn to choose a "Book Club" book, I chose this one. There wasn't a single person in Book Club who didn't love it. I am now listening my way through everyone of Joshilyn Jackson's books. They're GREAT!
The heroin, of course.
I've loved every single Joshilyn Jackson book I've heard and this was no exception. What WAS different was that Joshilyn did not narrate this one and for some unexplainable reason whoever created the audiobook added a soundtrack at what they obviously felt were the parts that needed music???? The narrator was good, but Joshilyn is 1000x better and her stories stand alone, no need for rinky dink soundtracks, the "mood" is built into the already well crafted storyline.
I have purchased over 400 books. I have high standards for writing and content, but indulge in "travel trash" or fairly good entertainment.
I was intrigued by the initial description on the must "read" email, and bought the book without great expectation, but I was surprised by the complexity of the development. I found the contrast of the humorous and lighthearted narrative with the emotional depth to be a sophisticated balance. Describing this to my friends, my comment is -Legally Blond meets Tennessee Williams. I don't often find a "sleeper" that is so satisfying. I highly recommend this book and would be thrilled to find more that could be this entertaining. I also liked the narration and found that it was a positive compliment to the story line. I would say the "casting" was five star.