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Hello Beautiful | Ann Napolitano
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Couldn‘t you just visualize Cecelia‘s murals?! It would have been amazing to have illustrations! 🎨

Let‘s discuss the 3 R‘s! Give us your rating, a book that you think would be a readalike, and would you recommend this novel?!

Final thoughts?! 💭

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Cupcake12 A slow burning read that picked up speed in the second half. I was torn between 3 or 4 star so went with 3.5🌟 I couldn‘t think of a readalike! This book isn‘t well known in the Uk, none of the libraries near me had it. I brought a copy and so glad that I was introduced to this writer through Litsy and look forward to next months read. Thanks you @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks ❤️ 1d
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Cupcake12 thanks so much for participating Kerry 💗 I have heard that her book “Dear Edward” is really good! 23h
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Cupcake12 I agree with you! The second half was much better. Things started coming together! I‘m going to rate it 4 stars ⭐️ The first half was a struggle, but the second half made up for it. I‘ve had a little difficulty not thinking about these characters since I finished it. Hopefully I won‘t have a book hangover! I would recommend it to readers who love a slow burn! I‘m thinking about a readalike… 23h
REPollock I gave it a pick because i found it structurally engaging—the way in which the author crafted the book was fun and fascinating to read. I would recommend it to writers who seek examples of books with unusual structure beyond the Aristotelian arc—great for readers of 17h
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William is not in Alice‘s life but she ends up looking more like him—even has his similar height. And her personality seems to align a bit more with William as well as she does struggle a bit socially. How did the absence of family impact both Alice and Julia?

How will Sylvie‘s passing change the family for good?

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Cupcake12 Lack of family network impacted on both Julia and Alice immensely. Julia had to work hard to be everything for Alice which took its toll. I felt for Alice as she had no family growing up except for a yearly visit to her grandma in Florida. I‘d like to think that the passing of Sylvie would help them realise that family is important and that they begin to spend more time together to heal the rifts caused by their choices. A movie - yes! 1d
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Cupcake12 yes… it‘s so sad that Alice had all of these family members and had no idea 😪 definitely a movie! 🎥 16h
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There are several romantic relationships. Which relationship do you think was the most ideal in terms of love and connection? Which were the most challenging?

How do you see these characters 5 years from now? Would you like to see this novel adapted to film? 🎥

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Cupcake12 The two most challenging were Julia/William did to control issues and William never fully be his true self with his first wife. Emeline/Josie were the couple who had the strongest relationship. Even though with a devout catholic upbringing they defied society and Rose, and ended up being the happiest. 1d
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Cupcake12 I totally agree! They had a great relationship! 16h
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Discuss the title. What did these words mean to the sisters? What do they mean to you?

Is there a quote from this novel that stuck with you?

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Cupcake12 Charlie wasn‘t in the book much but was referred to through out. I‘d like to think the ‘Hello Beautiful‘ quote shows that no matter what the sisters did, Charlie would have stood by them. 1d
REPollock “Anyone that dresses and does their hair as carefully as your mom does every single day is unhappy on the inside.” 17h
REPollock “Sylvie cared too much and lived too much in her head. She would be branded a slut and eventually marry a good-looking loser because he stared at Sylvie in a way that reminded her of Heathcliff.” 17h
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REPollock “Witnessing this endless merry-go-round of books was what had ultimately put her off trying to publish her own.” 17h
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks “You‘re depressed, not crazy. It‘s not insane to be depressed in this world. It‘s more sane than being happy. I never trust those upbeat individuals who grin no matter what‘s going on. Those are the ones with a screw loose, if you ask me.” 16h
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks “When an old person dies,” Kent said, “even if that person is wonderful, he or she is still somewhat ready, and so are the people who loved them. They‘re like old trees, whose roots have loosened in the ground. They fall gently. But when someone like your aunt Sylvie dies—before her time—her roots get pulled out and the ground is ripped up. Everyone nearby is in danger of being knocked over.” 16h
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Discuss what happened with William, Julia, and Sylvie. Did you feel that Julia was justified in her actions toward her family when she found out about William and Sylvie? What would you have done in this situation?

How did you feel about the mother daughter relationships in this book? As a parent could you cut off your child?

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JessieKB I don‘t have all the words for this one. As one that was blessed with an amazing Mom and good relationship with her, the mother daughter relationship with the girls was hard for me. I did understand Julia creating the separation. She experienced some of the worst hurt from her closest people which caused unrest to her true nature and self. 💔🖤 (edited) 1d
Cupcake12 I could understand Rose and her reactions but could never do it myself. There were so many complicated relationships in this story which made for some great reading. Julia had no right to tell Alice her father was dead, her decision to do this ate away at her and falling out with Sylvie had detrimental effects on her life and this was demonstrated with her control issues and interactions with Alice. 1d
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I didn‘t have a good relationship with my mother unfortunately. As a mom I could never cut off my children. No matter what they do. Julia had a right to be upset about the relationship, but took it too far. As Sylvie and William‘s relationship unfolded I was screaming noooo!!! Don‘t do it!! 16h
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Why do you think the author focused on William in the beginning? Whose story is this? What is your favorite memorable scene?

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JessieKB There were so many strong main characters. To me, William was “the one”…his story. At the end of the day, the progression of their family unit and their individual lives was at a minimum influenced by him…in some cases directly changed because of him. Between this and him personally coming full circle, it had to start and end there. (edited) 1d
Cupcake12 Great answer @JessieKB, I thought the book was going to be about William (I didn‘t read the blurb) but was surprised to find it centred around the sisters. In a sense, he was protected by the sisters due to his childhood experiences and he was one of my favourite characters. 1d
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I agree. So many strong characters! Cecelia was probably my favorite character. I wish there had been a bit more to her story and I was hoping she would find her love ❤️ 16h
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Sylvie imagines her life as full as “third doors,” or unexpected opportunities and decisions that challenge societal expectations. What “third doors” have you experienced in your life?

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Which of the four Padavano girls did you most enjoy and/or relate to?

Friendships were vital in this story. Do you have or have you had a friend like Kent or Carrie?

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Cupcake12 At first, when Sylvie and William showed feelings for one another I couldn‘t understand how she could as it was her sisters ex-husband but the writer made me understand how and why they were made for each other, even if I didn‘t agree with what they had done. I didn‘t like Julia from the beginning as I just thought control issues, taking Alice‘s father out of the equation really riled me up! A great set of characters though! 1d
REPollock I couldn‘t relate to any of them—they all had integral traits I found baffling or off-putting. I recognized my preteen/adolescent self in Sylvie‘s romanticism but she kept it into adulthood and that‘s foreign to me now. 18h
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I didn‘t care for Julia. Her control issues were insane!! 16h
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Mental health is a significant theme throughout this book. How did the characters experiences with depression and anxiety impact their relationships and personal growth?

What did you think of Rose‘s decision to move to FL? What about her reaction to Cecelia‘s pregnancy, Emeline‘s sexuality, Julia‘s divorce, and Sylvie marrying William?

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Cupcake12 Depression was a huge theme throughout and I liked how the author tackled it. Julia, obviously had her own mental health issues but hid away from them too. I‘m surprised Rose moved away as I thought she would be in the story more but her reaction to her daughter‘s life choices was commonplace at that time, especially with her religious beliefs. 1d
REPollock Rose struck me as the most realistic character—performative devout mothers disowning and abandoning their adult children for self-righteous moralizing abound among my own friends and family. 18h
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Cupcake12 I thought Rose would have been in the story more too. I was really shocked that she moved away! 16h
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“Hello Beautiful “ is described as a homage to “Little Women.” What parallels do you see between these novels? How does the author both honor and diverge from the classic?

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Cupcake12 Definitely the complicated yet loving relationship between the sisters. Each sister identified with a Little Women sister but obviously life happened and the roles changed. There were definitely 4 strong women in their own right. 1d
REPollock Honestly it‘s been like 40 years since I read Little Women as a tween, and my main recollections are that I was excited to read a “classic” with so many female characters and that I found them all unrelatable and irritating, which mirrors my feelings about the Padovano sisters. 18h
Bklover I loved this book, but I didn‘t see any connection to Little Women other than the number of sisters. Loved their relationships with each other 12h
Read4life If the characters hadn‘t commented on which Little Women character they were, were meant to be or wanted to be I wouldn‘t have thought of Little Women at all. I enjoyed this one. 22m
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