Yep, I gave in to the hype and media frenzy and read a book soon to be released into a movie. I am sorry to say, I will not be watching said movie after reading this book. Ugh, don't you hate it when that happens?
Book Description: With the end of summer
closing in and a steamy Labor Day weekend looming in the town of Holton
Mills, New Hampshire, thirteen-year-old Henry—lonely, friendless, not
too good at sports—spends most of his time watching television, reading,
and daydreaming about the soft skin and budding bodies of his female
classmates. For company Henry has his long-divorced mother, Adele—a
onetime dancer whose summer project was to teach him how to foxtrot; his
hamster, Joe; and awkward Saturday-night outings to Friendly's with his
estranged father and new stepfamily. As much as he tries, Henry knows
that even with his jokes and his "Husband for a Day" coupon, he still
can't make his emotionally fragile mother happy. Adele has a secret that
makes it hard for her to leave their house, and seems to possess an
irreparably broken heart.
But all that changes on the Thursday
before Labor Day, when a mysterious bleeding man named Frank approaches
Henry and asks for a hand. Over the next five days, Henry will learn
some of life's most valuable lessons: how to throw a baseball, the
secret to perfect piecrust, the breathless pain of jealousy, the power
of betrayal, and the importance of putting others—especially those we
love—above ourselves. And the knowledge that real love is worth waiting
In a manner evoking Ian McEwan's Atonement and Nick Hornby's
About a Boy, acclaimed author Joyce Maynard weaves a beautiful,
poignant tale of love, sex, adolescence, and devastating treachery as
seen through the eyes of a young teenage boy—and the man he later
becomes—looking back at an unexpected encounter that begins one single
long, hot, life-altering weekend.
My Review: Poorly
written - I did not like no quotation marks - felt it was very queerly
designed on the page. Very predictable. Quite unbelievable to me. I
truly did not enjoy it - glad I didn't try to see the movie.
(An addendum - apparently I wrote this one out very quickly. I truly did not believe any of this. I rarely find a book with no redeeming qualities, but this is one of those rarities. I did not enjoy the characters at all. I thought she was odd at best. Nothing about this story made me sigh with the evidence of love, nor did it make me feel anything but sadness for the boy. Very disappointing)
I only gave it one star on Goodreads - sorry if I offend anyone. But this book offered nothing to me at all.
Well off to read in the sunshine at the park. Hopefully the next one will be a good one.