As I headed out for Weekend of Awesome I packed these two books to read, and I devoured them both. One on the flight down, the other on the return flight.
On the Jellicoe Road or Jellicoe Road as it's called here in the US (I keep asking myself why they shortened the name for our market. It doesn't make any sense to me).
I've had this in my TBR pile forever. I knew it would be good. I knew I liked the author, because I enjoyed The Piper's Son so much. Still, I couldn't make myself pick it up.
Isn't it funny how mood can impact what you take from the TBR pile and start reading?
With Jellicoe, I started it weeks ago, but had trouble getting into it. I started it over and was instantly mesmerized.
It was SO good that I was weeping at the airport as I tried to finish it. People sat near me, and then not-so-subtly cleared the area as I turned into an ugly-cry mess.
It is extraordinary and I can't recommend it enough. It's The Sky is Everywhere good, if you get my meaning.
It's "send this to your best friend for her birthday" level if that helps.
I loved it. The characters are heartbreaking in the best way. The story is complex but realistic, fascinating and keeps you on the edge of your seat. The love story (there are a few, but I mean the main one) is a doozy. I've been thinking about it for days after.
I think what sticks with me is how the main character changes and grows before your eyes. This book is beautifully crafted.
I recommend it.
Beatle meets Destiny was completely different, and utterly charming. A more 'traditional' contemporary love story, with lots of twists, great characters, and a comedy of errors that will keep you hopping. The characters were fun and funny, and you were rooting for a romance that seemed impossible but you knew would be great.
I recommend it wholeheartedly.
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