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5.0 out of 5 stars Light and dark - and some shades in between
Zuzu's cover is a bit of a mystery and fits the text like a glove fits a foot. If you are looking for a frothy read in frilly pink, this isn't your book. If you are looking for something that you want to keep reading and makes you ask yourself some serious questions, you will not be disappointed.

Zuzu's Petals brings together sadness and comedy in equal...
Published on 14 Aug. 2008 by Katie Strachey

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2.0 out of 5 stars Largely a matter of taste
I struggled greatly with <i>Zuzu’s Petals</i> – it portrays a narrow worldly view, but on the whole the writing doesn’t carry it along. I would not have persisted with it but for reviewing it; although if had abandoned it I would have missed the strongest writing in the book: the treatment of the main character’s father’s death. This...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Light and dark - and some shades in between, 14 Aug. 2008
This review is from: Zuzu's Petals (Paperback)
Zuzu's cover is a bit of a mystery and fits the text like a glove fits a foot. If you are looking for a frothy read in frilly pink, this isn't your book. If you are looking for something that you want to keep reading and makes you ask yourself some serious questions, you will not be disappointed.

Zuzu's Petals brings together sadness and comedy in equal measure. Sue Hepworth handles serious questions of life, love and death with a deft and insightful ease which makes this book easy reading and thought-provoking.

While the book has a more serious heart than her first book, there are plenty of laughs and some very funny exchanges. Sue Hepworth has a good ear for dialogue and some of the conversations she catches are laugh-out-loud funny.

She is also alive to the issues surrounding the death of a much-loved parent, and picks up universal themes with skill and sensitivity. This book will make you laugh and cry and leave you wondering which you enjoyed the more.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars From Plotting to Petals, 8 Aug. 2008
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This review is from: Zuzu's Petals (Paperback)
`Zuzu's Petals'

For those readers who enjoyed `Plotting for Beginners' Sue Hepworth's first `go it alone novel' will be a real treat.
Her light touch approach to the human condition can be described as romantic comedy but this label detracts. Her characters are rounded and real and in `Petals' unlike `Plotting' there is a darker side which makes the novel much more than a holiday read. `Plotting for Beginners' was in many ways a fun read- `Zuzu's Petals' takes the reader to places beyond the comedic. It is still a comedy of manners but it challenges the reader with a reality which take it beyond a light hearted romp towatds a happy ending which the 'Chick Lit' image on the cover suggests.
It was an emotionally harder, more challenging read than 'Plotting for Beginners'; but that is because there is a maturity not only of style but of theme which makes one wonder what will come next from this writer.
I felt a sense of bereavement at the end; I had become quite attached to the characters and wanted to know more - the childlike need for 'and then what happened next?' is strong in many of us still.
The sense of place created especially of Sheffield and Wensleydale strikes a blow for the north.
Ephemera such as how to cook trout with bacon are the little quirks which make reading this kind of novel - however it is badged - such a gentle pleasure.
Looking forward to novel number three Sue Hepworth. Please don't let your fans down and dear potential reader do not judge the book by its cover- there's more to this novelist than the cutesy cover implies.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Largely a matter of taste, 1 Oct. 2014
This review is from: Zuzu's Petals (Hardcover)
I struggled greatly with <i>Zuzu’s Petals</i> – it portrays a narrow worldly view, but on the whole the writing doesn’t carry it along. I would not have persisted with it but for reviewing it; although if had abandoned it I would have missed the strongest writing in the book: the treatment of the main character’s father’s death. This is well done and convincingly told – it is something people experiencing bereavement will probably relate to and be moved by.
Full review at: http://stevek1889.blogspot.co.uk/2014/06/sheffield-novels.html
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great!, 2 July 2014
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