Yes to all of this book. Every time I thought I knew what kind of book this was, it totally changed -- in the best way possible. I can't wait to forget a lot of it so I get to re-read it.
I guess maybe I just didn't realize before this that I hate romance novels. It's not that I hated this book -- there were moments where I actually enjoyed it -- but it's that it falls kind of flat in the more romance-y sections.
Instead of diving into the character development throughout the book, it becomes more about the love connection. And yes, that love connection is necessary to the character development! But there is so much else going on, and I felt like their relationship was just flat.
Now I know: skip the romance novels and stick to the more character-centric Philip Roth, John Irving, etc.
Yeah! The characters are sticky -- they're still springing to mind weeks and books later after finishing this book -- and the plot is unique. It's a story worth reading.
I could relate so well to Piper: a loving family, all life's advantages, an excellent education... I really felt like if my life had been just a little different for me, I could have ended up in her shoes.
It's hard to say. She does such an amazing job of bringing each character -- with all the unique back stories, accents, and quirks -- to life.
It's a little slow at times, which is why I only give the story 4 stars. Maybe boring you to death is part of prison and therefore difficult to keep out of a narrative about time in prison, but there were moments where I lost interest.
These were few and far between, though, so it's still definitely worth reading.
I am not sure I have ever read a book that is told in such a way that each chapter follows a different character. The rotating voices and their respective excellent performances in this audiobook helped bring that to life.
Typical of Hosseini, the characters are engaging, and the plot is complex and fully fleshed out -- you just can't see the full picture until you're done.
Another wonderful book. I can't wait to see what he writes next!
Get over the apparent cheesiness and read this book with an open mind. Thankfully I didn't read any of the bitter, unenlightened reviews before buying this audiobook!
The only way to really know if you will like something new is to suspend your preconceived notions about it while you try it out. I can't believe I have to spell this out for adults here, but there you have it.
I found the theory expounded in this book to be well thought out, well elaborated, and well worth reading.
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