Publisher: Harper Perennial
Buy the Book: Amazon
Goodreads: A young woman tries to save three people she loves in this elegant and remarkably insightful coming-of-age debut.
Afraid of losing her parents at a young age--her father with his weak heart, her deeply depressed mother--Naomi Feinstein prepared single-mindedly for a prestigious future as a doctor. An outcast at school, Naomi loses herself in books, and daydreams of Wellesley College. But when Teddy, her confidant and only friend, abruptly departs from her life, it's the first devastating loss from which Naomi is not sure she can ever recover, even after her long-awaited acceptance letter to Wellesley arrives.
Naomi soon learns that college isn't the bastion of solidarity and security she had imagined. Amid hundreds of other young women, she is consumed by loneliness--until the day she sees a girl fall into the freezing waters of a lake.
Kritters Thoughts: A hook in the synopsis that involves a girl as she heads off to college and gets involved with a secret Shakespearean society and drama should ensue. As the book started, I was confused as to the amount of pages that were devoted to her early childhood; towards the end I understood why that took such a precedence but I was lost and wanting to get to the college years.
Finally our main character heads to college, leaving quite a bit of drama behind at home in hopes of pursuing the career that she has been eyeing for quite awhile. At this point, I was so excited to get to the drama and she met a lot of girls and it took a few pages to get them all straight. Drama ensued, but not to the level that I was anticipating, I wanted more than was there. I felt like she went off to college and it kind of plateaued for a bit and then right at the end it all came together, but the middle part left me hanging just a bit.
If you are a fan of the college years and a lot of character development, then this would be the book for you.
Rating: enjoyable, but didn't leave me wanting more
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one copy of this book free of charge from TLC Book Tours. I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for receipt of the book; rather, the opinions expressed in this review are my own.
The tour schedule:
Wednesday, January 9th: Oh! Paper Pages
Thursday, January 10th: nomadreader
Monday, January 14th: 5 Minutes for Books
Tuesday, January 15th: Bibliosue
Wednesday, January 16th: Dreaming in Books
Thursday, January 17th: The Feminist Texican [Reads]
Monday, January 21st: Peppermint Ph.D.
Tuesday, January 22nd: Book Hooked Blog
Wednesday, January 23rd: Ted Lehmann’s Bluegrass, Books, and Brainstorms
Thursday, January 24th: Great Imaginations
Friday, January 25th: Kritters Ramblings