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Siracusa
Siracusa | Delia Ephron
An electrifying novel about marriage and deceit from bestselling author Delia Ephron that follows two couples on vacation in Siracusa, a town on the coast of Sicily, where the secrets they have hidden from each other are exposed and relationships are unraveled. New Yorkers Michael, a famous writer, and Lizzie, a journalist, travel to Italy with their friends from Maine Finn, his wife Taylor, and their daughter Snow. From the beginning, says Taylor, it was a conspiracy for Lizzie and Finn to be together. Told Rashomon-style in alternating points of view, the characters expose and stumble upon lies and infidelities past and present. Snow, ten years old and precociously drawn into a far more adult drama, becomes the catalyst for catastrophe as the novel explores collusion and betrayal in marriage.With her inimitable psychological astuteness, and uncanny understanding of the human heart, Ephron delivers a powerful meditation on marriage, friendship, and the meaning of travel. Set on the sun-drenched coast of the Ionian Sea, "Siracusa" unfolds with the pacing of a psychological thriller and delivers an unexpected final act that none can see coming."
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Reynosa8701
Siracusa | Delia Ephron
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Alfrazier21 I‘ve read The Other Woman and The Last Flight, but any of the others sound good! 7mo
sharread I'm open to any they all sound good to me. I can't wait for us to start. 👏 7mo
magyklyXdelish The only one I‘ve read is the last flight. I‘m good with any of the others! Great picks 🤗 7mo
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Hestapleton
Siracusa | Delia Ephron
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Panpan

A beautiful setting full of horrible people! I hated every single one of these characters. 🙈 When two couples (plus one couple‘s daughter) go on vacation together to Europe, they expect a fun, relaxing time. But in the small town of Siracusa, everything begins to fall apart.
I just hard a really hard time connecting with this book. The characters were deeply unlikeable and the plot was a little slow and introspective for me. ⭐️⭐️

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swishandflick
Siracusa | Delia Ephron
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Pickpick

This book tempted me back when it was a #BOTM pick, so when I came across it in the ship's library it felt like kismet. I enjoyed this domestic noir about two couples and their (interesting, shall we say?) vacation in Italy. Nothing particularly shocking and no one is likable, but I was glued to the pages start to finish.

Reviewsbylola I LOVED this one. I had no idea it would be so great! 2y
Cinfhen I loved this one too!!!! 2y
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Reviewsbylola
Siracusa | Delia Ephron
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I just recommended this book to @AnnieD so it‘s fresh in my mind. I absolutely loved this one. What was meant to be an idyllic vacation to Sicily turned out to be anything but. #laislabonita #MOvember

Megabooks I always meant to read this. Thanks for reminding me! 2y
Cinfhen Loved this one too!! And it‘s a little deeper than I anticipated. I can‘t believe you missed this #BOTM @Megabooks 2y
L_auren @Cinfhen @Megabooks I Endorse x3!! 2y
emilyhaldi I loved this too!!!! 2y
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Clwojick
Siracusa | Delia Ephron
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Pickpick

Just finished this on audio while I reorganize my clothes. I‘d say it‘s time for my biannual closet purge! Thanks to my love of all things thrifted or on sale, I end up with way too much clothing. Although I refuse to ever say I have too many books ♥️

This book was brilliant! I throughly enjoyed it!

Leftcoastzen I really enjoyed this book as well. 2y
Crazeedi This sounds really good!! And auiobooking while purging closet, perfect, I'm taking your advice since I desperately need to do! 2y
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Clwojick
Siracusa | Delia Ephron
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🔸#UglyLocationChallenge : Still Walmart 😂

Cailey_Mac That table (?) is super cute thou 3y
Clwojick @Cailey_Mac I know! If it wasn‘t $70 I would‘ve probably brought it home with me. 3y
emilyhaldi Love that book! 3y
BooknerdsLife Love that table!!! 😍😍 3y
Cailey_Mac @Clwojick oh no😅😭 2y
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meowmeowd
Siracusa | Delia Ephron
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Mehso-so

I think this was probably a better audiobook than book. The four main characters were narrated by four separate actors including #JohnSlattery from Mad Men. Two terrible couples on vacation in Italy. The travel references were very nice—felt like I was on vacation.

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MrBook
Siracusa | Delia Ephron
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Part 8/9 of the home-library tour continues. ☺️

Sorry for the lighting on the next few pics, lol. 🙈

Do you own any of these? Have you read any?

#MrBooksBooks

cobwebmoth I discovered that I have an ebook of 3y
Rachbb3 Just finished up Batman today. Loved it! 3y
daena Before the fall is excellent! 3y
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KarouBlue Was an easy, quick read 3y
Ashley85 Agreed! @daena 3y
KarenUK Loved! 3y
BookwormAHN @daena @Ashley85 definitely agree 3y
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derr.liz
Siracusa | Delia Ephron
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This was a ticking time bomb of drama. 💣

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BkClubCare
Siracusa | Delia Ephron
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The Lil‘ Whale Bakery is making . . . pies.
#iLovePie #PieLit #BooksandPie

BkClubCare Did I like this book? I think so yes. Three to 3 & 1/2? It will make one squirm - it is uncomfortable and has slimey conflicted characters. And the kid was the worst of all very closely followed by the mother. That probably isn‘t a spoiler, is it? 3y
Velvetfur No I wouldn't consider that a spoiler! 😊 3y
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BkClubCare
Siracusa | Delia Ephron
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“... all the signs did say Siracusa, but honestly do we call Rome Roma? No, we do not.”
#OandERoadtrip

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BkClubCare
Siracusa | Delia Ephron
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Book club book. Not really into it but I will try to push through. #EstherIsabellaSunshine assisting. #DogsofLitsy #WHPG

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Hooked_on_books
Siracusa | Delia Ephron
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Pickpick

A novel following 2 couples on a trip to Italy and unveiling their secrets, Siracusa is full of despicable characters. It‘s a fast read that‘s similar to a train wreck in the sense that you don‘t want to look away. I feel like I need to thoroughly wash after reading this yet I appreciate the book.

#dogsofLitsy #Bindi

Mdargusch Your review is spot on! 🐶❤️ 4y
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Dragon
Siracusa | Delia Ephron
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Mehso-so

A couple from New York and a couple from Portland, Maine decide to vacation together in Italy. Lizzie and Finn are ex-lovers who have an on again off again email flirtation. Their spouses don‘t know . I didn‘t really like anyone in this book. But I couldn‘t stop reading. I had my suspicions ( I was right) This is a fast easy read about some seriously dysfunctional relationships. Between a pick and a so-so.

Soubhiville Beautiful garden! 4y
Dragon Thanks @Soubhiville it‘s a photo I took at Butchart Gardens this spring. 4y
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Dragon
Siracusa | Delia Ephron
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Just started this one- but the characters are not likeable- not sure about this book.

akckitty It is always kind of a bummer when that happens. Do you finish books even if you don‘t enjoy the characters or story? I‘m curious as I have a hard time leaving any book unfinished, myself! 4y
Dragon Thanks @Akckitty I‘m a bailer and will drop a book and may or may not pick it up later. So far I‘m intrigued and still reading Siracusa. 😀🐉 4y
akckitty @Dragon sounds good! I will keep my eye out for an update on your final thoughts on the book! ☺️ 4y
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Reggie @Akckitty I think there‘s a fine line. There are some books with very unlikable characters that are train wrecks that you can‘t look away from. I enjoy those very much. But then there was Eileen and I nearly gouged my eyes out as I made myself finish it. Lol 4y
akckitty @Reggie oh I completely agree!! I feel that way right now with my current read where I want to bail but I mentally get blocked on thinking MAYBE I‘ll enjoy it eventually so to keep going? Even though it‘s painful lol. I wish I had @Dragon ability to bail when it‘s appropriate to! 4y
Dragon Thanks @Akckitty @Reggie I have to admit the relationships in this book are so bad it was hard to put down the book. It‘s written in four different points of view and all the narrators are hinting something awful happens. I had to know! I still don‘t like anyone in the book 😂 4y
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Purplerosiepage
Siracusa | Delia Ephron
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Mehso-so

Hmmm. Not exactly thrilling and the characters were all just awful, but the structure was interesting, and I blew through this in a day. I didn‘t hate it, but didn‘t love it either.

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Purplerosiepage
Siracusa | Delia Ephron
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Weird.... these people are weird.

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Branwen
Siracusa | Delia Ephron
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My library does this thing where you can buy a little plastic bag for $4 and fill it with books from their sale section. I saw that little bag and thought, CHALLENGE ACCEPTED! 😁📚 This was what I was able to fit in there! The bag broke when I got to my car, but hey, at least I got it that far! 🤣 #bookhaul #librarylove

DivineDiana Great haul! 👏🏻📚👏🏻 4y
emilyhaldi Ha! I loved Siracusa ❤️❤️ 4y
Zelma Great haul! 👍 4y
Mdargusch Great job! 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 4y
Branwen @emilyhaldi I'm excited for that one! It looks really good! @Zelma @Mdargusch @DivineDiana Thanks guys! 😃💞 4y
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wrenaymuhree
Siracusa | Delia Ephron
Mehso-so

The novel's greatest strength lies in the compelling characterization that doesn't falter once from start to finish. The plot is reasonably unbelievable & enticing. Honestly, this book is worth a read just for the absolutely startling characters & the hilarity that is their unraveling throughout the plot.The story does some weaving between past/present which can get a bit confusing & I had a pretty good idea about where things were going. 3.5⭐️

wrenaymuhree Full review on my blog —> linked in profile. I really had to pare down my thoughts here! 🙃 4y
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squirrelbrain
Siracusa | Delia Ephron
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Pickpick

Only a short read and a little confusing to start with, due to the different perspectives. However I didn‘t see the twist at the end....

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Ellen
Siracusa | Delia Ephron
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Reading Siracusa in #Siracusa - I love reading books set in places I vacation. Any tips for #Rome based fiction? We are there next. #vacationreads

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SarahRotenberry
Siracusa | Delia Ephron
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You like books with unreliable narrators? This one has 4!

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MPL
Siracusa | Delia Ephron
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Pickpick

A fast-paced #vacationread about a couples trip (+ shy/quiet/odd daughter trip?) to Italy. Secrets. Will. Be. Revealed.

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haileybean
Siracusa | Delia Ephron
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Mehso-so

I feel like the ending was rushed. I enjoyed it but I'm not sure if it's one I'd read again. I vote: get it from your library and if you enjoy it then buy it.

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haileybean
Siracusa | Delia Ephron
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Just realized the bookmark I chose for the book. It's only been in there for 133 pages 🤦‍♀️😂

britt_brooke 😁👏🏻 5y
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peaknit
Siracusa | Delia Ephron
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#getawaysgonewrong #sizzlinsummerbooks I missed yesterday's bookish photo prompt, but this book was pretty god but these people😝

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Cinfhen
Siracusa | Delia Ephron
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I know I've posted this book before...but it's soooo good!!! This definitely works for #GetawaysGoneWrong and I loved it! @Tiffy_Reads #sizzlinsummerreads

Reviewsbylola It really is. ❤️ Siracusa. 5y
BibliophileMomma I've been meaning to get to this one. 5y
KarenUK Love it! 👍💗😍 5y
emilyhaldi Love love LOVE this book!!! 5y
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Jessclay10
Siracusa | Delia Ephron
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Pickpick

Perfect summer read!

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CaroFiuza
Siracusa | Delia Ephron
Mehso-so

Totally disappointed. I expected so much more... it is not quite a thriller but not quite a drama....would not recommend

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Ashley_Nicoletto
Siracusa | Delia Ephron
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My shelves are growing out of control in my tiny one bedroom apartment. Decided that after work today I would get rid of some of the things I've read before and don't plan to read again. Where to start?

I have a subtle feeling I'll regret this later when I've made a bigger mess than I started with. 😂🤷🏻‍♀️🤦🏻‍♀️

TheLondonBookworm I had the same regrets when I decided to alphabetise my collection 😂😂😂 5y
Ashley_Nicoletto @TheLondonBookworm It's the same as deciding to clean out your closet. 😂😂 Definitely an idea to let marinate for a few days. 5y
CouronneDhiver Do you have a little free library nearby? That would be a cool spot to leave the "extras" 5y
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Riveted_Reader_Melissa Maybe try just one shelf at a time, with a handy empty box around. Three piles, the must keep back on the shelf, the nopes in the box, and a huge piles of maybes. Usually for the maybes, I go back through after I'm finished and see how much space is left for them. And yes, it always makes a bigger mess for days until I'm done. 5y
Tnovo Good luck! 5y
Ashley_Nicoletto @CouronneDhiver Yes! There's 5-10 of them and that was my plan. I promised my mom first dibs but I plan to spread the rest of them out among other sources. 5y
Melissa_J The struggle is totally real. I often re-arrange my shelves with the intention of removing books I don't think are keepers. But I have difficulty parting with books even if I'll never read them again. Good luck! 5y
LiteraryinLawrence You can do it! 5y
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BookswithB
Siracusa | Delia Ephron
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Mehso-so

Have had this ARC since last year, just finished. I have to admit, I was hoping for more. Review will be on the blog this week. 3⭐️
#siracusa

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Tex2Flo
Siracusa | Delia Ephron
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Daddy-themed for Fathers Day #daddyissues

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Reviewsbylola
Siracusa | Delia Ephron
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One of my favorite books of 2016 certainly fits the prompt for #taintedlove. The setting of the book, on the Ionian Sea, is idyllic, and the two couples vacationing together seem to be your average, every day married couples. Appearances can be deceiving though, and the trip seems to bring out all the cracks in the two relationships. This is the perfect summer beach read. If you've read any other books by this author, tell me! #junetunz

Cinfhen Ooooh, good one! I REALLY loved this novel 💕 5y
Reviewsbylola I skipped it the month it was a BOTM choice because the litsy reviews were so mediocre but I thought about it for weeks after that and added it to my next box. So glad I went with my gut! @Cinfhen 5y
KarenUK 🙌🙌🙌... love it! 💗 5y
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Alytrue Just finished this last week for my IRL book club and I can't wait to talk about it. Loved the alternating pov chapters. 5y
ReadingEnvy Oh I thought this was her first novel, that otherwise she had done screen plays like her sister but I might be wronf 5y
Reviewsbylola She's got a ton of stuff listed if you search her name on Litsy but I've never heard of her prior to Siracusa. @ReadingEnvy 5y
emilyhaldi Love love love!! 5y
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GuiltyFeat
Siracusa | Delia Ephron
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Panpan

I hated this book. It was smug, pointless and a waste of my time for every minute it stole from me.

Talky, mawky and New Yorky, this was every kind of wrong. Everything about this book felt written, composed, scripted. I couldn't wait for it to finish and couldn't have been less surprised by the denouement.

This was a novel utterly unburdened by any ambition. Weightless and gutless. Ugh.

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BraveNewBooks
Siracusa | Delia Ephron
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Black and white book, black and white sheets.

What, like you've never matched your bedtime reading to your bed? I thought everyone did that. 😉

Reviewsbylola LOVE this book and love your sheets too 5y
BraveNewBooks @Reviewsbylola Yay, thank you! Kate Spade basically owns my soul at this point. 5y
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BookswithB
Siracusa | Delia Ephron
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Started this ARC before we left for our vacay...one of my main goals is to read all of the ARCs that I accumulated last year. #siracusa #arc #domestictheiller

Reviewsbylola One of my favorite books of 2016! 5y
BookswithB @Reviewsbylola nice! Now I'm even more excited to get back to it! 👏🏾 5y
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KarenUK
Siracusa | Delia Ephron
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#day14 #maybookflowers Some of my recent reads have had some particularly questionable mothering skills on display!!! 😳😳😳#booksaboutmothers

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Serenity_Within86
Siracusa | Delia Ephron
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One of my guilt pleasures in reading is bad marriage. I don't know if that's good or bad thing haha.

emilyhaldi Such a fun book! 👍🏻 5y
Serenity_Within86 @emilyhaldi I'm really enjoying it so far. 5y
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OffTheBeatenShelf.com
Siracusa | Delia Ephron
Mehso-so

Not bad, but not great. Several of the characters annoyed the ever living shit out of me, so I would recommend reading it in print, not audio like I did.

It's kind of hard to put my finger on exactly why I didn't like it, but it was just meh to me. I think I wanted more of everything: more plot, more action, more details of the setting. Idk. Just meh.

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OffTheBeatenShelf.com
Siracusa | Delia Ephron

Good lord, Taylor is such an insufferable character! Ephron rendered her character really well because I seriously want to punch her for being THAT snobby and annoying and breathing down her teen daughter's neck while treating her like a toddler. Ugh! 🖕🏼😤👊🏼👊🏼👊🏼👊🏼👊🏼👊🏼👊🏼😂

LauraBeth I didn't like any of these characters! 5y
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OffTheBeatenShelf.com
Siracusa | Delia Ephron

Just in from the library! It sounds great, but I've seen some negative reviews. I'm willing to give it a chance. 💁🏻

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Cinfhen
Siracusa | Delia Ephron
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#RockinMay Day 5 Everybody knows the story about "Brenda & Eddie" well this novel is about Lizzie & Finn! It's delicious, sinister,hipster and just enough snarkiness to keep the readers on edge. It's the perfect beach read and features #scencesFromanItalianRestaurant which will leave you laughing and cringing! If you like, unlikeable characters and have a thing for precocious 10 year olds, this is a must read!!!

LornaDH My top favourite song! 💜 5y
Cinfhen I ❤️Billy Joel ~~ the ultimate #Entertainer 🙌🏻 @LornaDH 5y
KarenUK Love this pick! And the 10 yr old's Mum is pretty awful too! 😉 5y
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christineandbooks Such a great song... 5y
Reviewsbylola Yessssss! Loved this book! 5y
minkyb Well done! 5y
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Velvetsun
Siracusa | Delia Ephron
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Another polarizing book. It finally became available through my library, so I jumped all over it. #deweysreadathon #springcleaningreadathon #readathon

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Ashley_Morgan
Siracusa | Delia Ephron
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Mehso-so

So I had really high hopes for this book, but ultimately I felt pretty lukewarm about it when I finished. The first half of the book dragged along, and the jump from character to character felt more repetitive than compelling. The last half of the book was much better, but right when it got interesting the book ended! 😩

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OffTheBeatenShelf.com
Siracusa | Delia Ephron
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That feeling when you're the next person in line on a library hold and you're like OH C'MON ALREADY.
😂😇🤓
#libraryproblems

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LisaJo
Siracusa | Delia Ephron
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Mehso-so

Nice audio book. Enjoyed the four different characters read by different actors. Big plus!!!! Talia Balsam and John Slattery (IRL husband and wife) portraying one of the couples. The story was enjoyable, but not my favorite. The reading of the audiobook, I really really enjoyed that.

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PandaPanda
Siracusa | Delia Ephron
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Recently read this wierd haunting tale about a #holiday gone wrong. Now it's the first thing I think of when I think of Italy. #LyricalApril @Cinfhen

Photo credit from the Siracusa tourism page.

Cinfhen I LOVED this novel so much 5y
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Cinfhen
Siracusa | Delia Ephron
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The sun is out & shining here too!!! This was one of my favorite reads this past year and it's a sunny warm setting☀️#bigyellowball @Liberty

Reviewsbylola Such a fantastic book! 5y
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