This book, I knew, like everyone else that a happy ending for everyone would not be possible. I laughed, I smiled, I loved the characters. The trouble with this book is that I could identify with everyone. I could absolutely understand Izzy doing what she did, as horrible as it was. I could relate to Tom and his wanting to set things right. Hannah - I couldn't imagine the pain from thinking your baby was dead and it wasn't, but I wanted her to be happy too. I liked that I couldn't guess the ending, I kept changing which character I supported throughout reading it. I wanted them all to be happy, but of course they couldn't be. And it made me so.freaking.sad. Like, my heart is hurting for these people who aren't real. I didn't cry until the last couple chapters or so, but when I did it was as if it was happening to me.
Bonus about this book is that it is set in Australia. I loved, loved, loved LOVED reading all the Australia-isms. Very well written, very true, and made me very homesick.
While I will say this was a good book, and I did enjoy it, I really need to go read something light and fluffy now because I need a break from the crying and the sad.
All in all, I would definitely recommend this book. But, I wouldn't recommend it as much as I have recommended books in the past because I just felt like it was unnecessarily sad.
|bon's book club|
+ Who is your favorite character in the novel and why?
I honestly don't know - I think I liked Tom and Izzy the most. I felt like, even though I absolutely have not been in this position, that I could really identify with Izzy. And of course I loved Lucy.
+ What about the main romantic relationship (Tom and Izzy) did you like or not like?
I really love how Tom loved Izzy. If that makes sense. He really loved her, and I feel like the author really portrayed that and it made me love her even more than I already did.
+ Did you like the writing style? Why or why not?
I think the book did take a bit to get me hooked, but it picked up eventually. I loved reading about Australia and about war from a perspective I had not read before.
If you have read this far - look, no gifs! - thank you! I know books and reviews aren't everyone's cuppa, so I appreciate it. I really am not sure which book to read next - something off the challenge list, or something quick, fluffy and easy.