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By Swallowtail on 04-07-17
Serious Whimsy--or Whimsical Seriousness
This novel, at least as read by Elizabeth Cottle, is a deceptively light-hearted take on issues that we've all had to deal with when embarking on (or already in) relationships with others: How much compromising is too much? Are some friendships made to last while others should just be allowed to run their course? What's the difference between loving someone and being IN LOVE with that person? Must we sacrifice and suffer for the things we want in life? How can we be sure what it is we really want and that we will remain satisfied if we get it?
I really enjoyed listening to this book. The characters are quirky but remain likable, Cottle's narrative voice is perfect for them, and Zoey Peterson's story-telling style is delightfully innovative. For example, at the end of several of the phone conversations, Peterson poses a series of questions that could have/should have been asked but were not--usually because one or both of the conversants was too self-conscious to ask or was attempting to sound less insecure/more emotionally evolved than (s)he felt. I think it's safe to say that we learn at least as much about these characters from what they don't say as from what they do.
One more comment about Peterson's writing: For the first time ever in reviewing a book for Audible, I was wishing there were four categories, i.e., that writing could be separated from story. If I'd had that option, writing definitely would have gotten five stars.
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