The whole book was great but I could barely get through the middle. It brought out such strong emotions that I wasn't sure I could finish it. I'm so glad I did!
I have become a huge fan of Kristin Hannah but this book was a huge disappointment. It was tolerable but not nearly as good as others. The mother character is central to every part which is much of the problem. She is controlling and overbearing. The daughter is unbalanced as far as I'm concerned. The father is so uninvolved it's not funny. As the kids go through typical teenage trials, the consequences are typical and almost boring. The second half is drawn out in continuing predictability until BOOM! everything gets better. Like, really? Everyone was so dysfunctional but instantaneously no problems anymore. The narration is typically over dramatized and awful. Truly, read Firefly Lane or Winter Garden before this book.
that all I list to is audio don't have time for print.
good question I have to get back to you on that.
not at this time.
I don't know if it was the narrater or the content of this book, but i cryed several times while listening to it. i hope to get some more books by this author
the compasion in her vioce was really intense and i loved it
the birth of her baby
The friendship between Lexi and Mia. Unfortunately it came to a end and Lexi never gave up proving her loyalty to Mia and Zach and the love she had for her child.
Good ending.they live happily ever after.
Most memorable was when Lexi was giving birth. It was so sad
This book made me so sad! Death, incarceration, loss, anger...whew I need to listen to a happy book next!
I really enjoyed this book and highly recommend it. The storyline was enthralling and depicted the true misery that a family experiences in this type of situation. The love story between Lexi and Zack took me back to teenage love - ah, there's nothing like it!
I liked her soothing voice that did a great job of switching between characters.
The most memorable character was, of course, the mother. I became quite annoyed with her changing drastically from the perfect mom to such a selfish and vindictive person. I feel the author carried that part of the story out for way too long. She put her long-suffering husband who obviously truly loved her through hell, and it didn't quite ring true because if you're a kind, loving person to begin with you don't become the person she became. There is some insight to this, though, when you find out more about her own mother.
That being said, I must add that I don't think any of us truly know how we would respond to losing a child. I feel like I would have to "check out" for a while, but not for six years... but, again, how could I know? This one is a tear-jerker, but at the end it is quite uplifting.
This book is such a great book for all generations to read and particularly pertinent for todays readers. It made me laugh and cry equally and I would recommend it to all. In fact Ive just purchased a hard copy to give to a friend as a gift!
It is not a "blood and guts" book but the story is so true that Im sure all who read it can apply the same situation to someone in their own family. If it was a movie I would give it a G15 years and over rating.
This is my granddaughter's picture! She is my love.
You will love the friendship between these characters. Even the teen's mother is wonderful! But when their mother breaks a promise the lives of her children and the girl everyone took into their lives suddenly changes. Heartbreak lasting for many years caused by a single night's bad choice.
The narration ruined this for me. There was no life to her voice at all even in happy situations. Kind of a downer to to listen to.
When I listened to this book it made me feel very sad. The narration, the storyline etc. It actually made me feel blue.