The book follows Shelby, who makes a mistake when she's just 17 and tries to punish herself for it for the rest of her life. Hoffman's writing instantly sucks you into shelby's life, pitying her, agreeing with her, sometimes mentally yelling to tell her how wrong she is. This is a touching story of someone who thinks is unworthy of even being alive to actually realizing life is far more than a tiny moment or an accident that happened long ago.
𝐇𝐚𝐩𝐩𝐲 𝐅𝐫𝐢𝐝𝐚𝐲!... did anyone else have an unnecessarily large book mail stack this week thanks to 𝘴𝘢𝘭𝘦𝘴 at B&N, Target, Amazon and/or BetterWorldBooks? 😬📚📬
I think I can safely say that I hated this book. It is not a book I would have chosen but I received it as part of the #bookhivebookclub so I felt compelled to finish it. This book could have been so much better, but instead, the author tried to write a 250 page version of a book that would have had to have been much longer to do justice to everything she attempted. Too much tragedy, not enough reality, no logic or explanation.
This was another beautifully awful Alice Hoffman story. I always feel like I received a life affirmation after reading her books.
A big bonus for me was that this one also has dogs. In fact, Alice named her real life dog after the main character, who I also follow on Instagram (mizindependentshelby).
It takes a moment before Shelby realizes she is the little girl in the picture. Her mother‘s handwriting is on the back. Shelby at five. She‘s wearing a sun hat and there‘s a huge smile on her face. She is surrounded by stalks of dahlias, orange and yellow and pale red, with leaves so big you could write your life story on each one. She looks like a flower in the garden, just like her mother said.
Hoffman's writing is a living thing. Her stories breathe and grow and as the reader, you transcend. Her characters are layered and complex, her writing is rich and incredibly moving, it is fluid. I missed the magical realism associated with Hoffman~I don't think this novel had enough of it other than the reference of an angel. While this story was by no means my favourite, it was indeed a page-turner and I'm so glad I got to read it.
Complete disconnect between the cover & novel inside but never mind...I didn‘t much like the book at the outset primarily, I think, because the main character Shelby Richmond didn‘t much like herself. Mired in guilt, Shelby has to navigate life after a tragedy that changes everything. It takes time, & numerous bad choices, but eventually Shelby finds reasons to live, really live, & love again & by the end of the book I liked it & her. Recommended
My Alice Hoffman stack! I will be ready to read these soon. Any suggestions on which to start first?
How does a young woman overcome feeling like she stole her best friend‘s life after a tragic car accident? Alice Hoffman does a nice job of addressing grief, heartbreak, loyalty, friendship and love. This story just pulls you along until the very end. 4⭐️s
Alice Hoffman amazes me at how different each book she writes is but also how fantastic she is as a storyteller. This is somewhat of a coming of age story of a young girl who is involved in a car accident as a teen that leaves her best friend with brain damage. Very good.
Spending my Thursday night with this novel. I‘m on page 93 and impressed. 😊
Read this last year and whilst it‘s not a bad book it‘s not the greatest. I didn‘t care for the end and I think Hoffman tried to do too much.
Each one thanks her lucky stars she is not Helene, even though Helene was the beautiful girl who could do as she pleased, the one every boy wanted to date and every girl wanted to be like. But that was then. Now even the outcasts—the fat, the unattractive, the lonely, the sorrowful, the lost—are grateful to be who they are, at least for a single evening.
I just finished this audiobook so many emotions and feels while listening. Not very easy subject matter but the story & character development was wonderfully done. Loved how NYC sort of central character in the book bonus book & writter references in the story added to the characters as well. The plot had some twist & turns i did not know where the book was taking me but it was a great journey the whole way through.💗💗👍👍🎧📚
On my way to work today I chatted to this lovely guy who was reading a #homemade 'faith' book. What a beautiful way to spend time during your #subway ride. Over the last six months, I've spotted quite a few people reading religious book. Who else does that? He explained to me that this book was pretty special and has all type of prayers. #NYC #subway #commute #spotareader #thebookcam #faith
Ok, here are a couple of books that I picked up in their bargain section. And btw, they had a huge used book section that I could have gone nuts in, but I held myself back because I had already gone nuts in a different section.... that‘ll be the next post. 😉
An excellent and compelling story of guilt, loss, love, and forgiveness. It resonates with anyone who has stumbled and had to find their way through difficult emotions while moving forward in life. A great vacation read! "What is behind you is gone, what is in front of you awaits"
I'll be joining @offtheshelfofficial on their Facebook page tonight at 6pm EDT for their first live book club. They'll be discussing FAITHFUL by Alice Hoffman.
Also if you tune in, there will be a giveaway for a few copies of Alice Hoffman's new book, THE RULES OF MAGIC. If you loved PRACTICAL MAGIC (the movie is one of my favorites), then you'll enjoy this prequel!
#otsreads #offtheshelf #bookclub #faithful #alicehoffman #offtheshelfbookclub
#blameitonlitsy I'm so glad I read this emotionally powerful book. I loved this story about the personal growth the MC went through following a tragic accident when she was a teenager. A great reminder that we are often our own worst critics and hold ourselves hostage.
I tried. Really hard. Because this is a book club book. But! 1) the 3rd person omniscient head-hopping distanced me. 2) Being in Shelby's head wasn't enjoyable. I don't need perfect characters, but typically, we as readers pick up on some quality that hooks us in spite of the facade the character puts up. Something about this character just didn't work. I wasn't invested. I'm not the norm, however. So this is likely just a preference thing.
Wow. I'm not very far into this book club pick, but I'm already struggling. 1) So much telling. 2) I did not expect such a depressing read. I'm going to try to stick it out, because this is my first Alice Hoffman.