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.
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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.
Bless your heart
Burr - because he was the voice of reason and always kept his cool even when confronted by the craziness of his girlfriend's relatives and their convictions.
I believe I have heard her before. She did a great job in this book with the accents. Really enjoyed it.
I could see this happening in real life. This poor girl carried this around with her for all those years. Poor silly teenager.
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.
I had been listening to a few classics and was looking for some easier listening, so I got this book. Boy, was that a mistake. I really didn't like this book. I made myself finish it because it was short and because I hate not finishing a book. I didn't like the writing. I didn't care about the characters. I thought the story contrived and unrealistic. I didn't like the narrator; there were times when she was reading a conversation that I had no idea which character was speaking. I thought the music was distracting and creepy. I am obviously in the minority because so many people liked it, but I would not recommend it!
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.