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Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?
I would recommend the book for the pleasure of Alice Barden's narration. She plays a multitude of characters of both sexes and from age eight to senior citizens. She brings a unique voice, pace, and cadence to each character. Her rich, intelligent performance elevated not just the core scenes of drama and passion, but more mundane scenes, some of which advanced the story, and some that, book in hand, I most likely would have just skimmed or skipped. I look forward to more great work from her.
How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?
Tighten the plot. Also--mild spoiler alert--while from her web site, I know the author is a home schooling advocate, having the characters decide to home school a social, well-adjusted, achieving child as a partial solution to their romantic dilemma struck me as jarringly idiosyncratic.
Which scene was your favorite?
The first one where Flynn comes home for his father's funeral and reflects on their relationship and on his first encounter with Ali.
Did The First One inspire you to do anything?
Reflect on the need for communication in important relationships.