Getting Away With It Paperback – 17 Mar 2011
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A warm and heartbreaking novel from the bestselling author of Richard and Judy Book Club pick Dear Thing.
About the Author
Julie Cohen studied at Brown University, earning a summa cum laude degree with honours in English. She moved to the UK to pursue a postgraduate degree in English Literature at the University of Reading and this was followed by a career teaching English at secondary level. She has written twenty books, including the Richard and Judy Book Club pick Dear Thing. She lives with her husband, a guitar tech for rock bands, and their son in Berkshire, where she writes full time.
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The story is about Liza and Lee Haven. Twins who conformed to the typical good twin, bad twin format. Lee Haven has stayed her whole life in their hometown in Stoneguard, Wiltshire, looking after their mother who is deteriorating with Alzeimers and taking full control of the family ice cream business, Ice Cream Heaven. Whilst 'bad' twin Liza has flown the nest to LA to have her career as a stunt woman. After a near-fatal accident, Liza finds herself going home to recuperate, but not telling her family why she is returning as she does not want the 'I told you so's'.
When Liza returns, she finds that Lee has disappeared without trace and her mother's illness is a lot worse than Lee was admitting to her. Lee gets in contact with Liza and asks her to hold the fort whilst she is away and Liza takes it quite literally and ends up living the next three weeks as 'good' twin Lee. She fools Lee's friends and work colleagues and even her on/off boyfriend Will. But Liza then begins to realise how much she wants the life here in Stoneguard that her sister has and begins to question her own identity.
The story ends really nicely, although I wont say how; you will have to read it to find out!
Julie unravel's the characters wonderfully and really enables you to identify with Liza. The way she describes the daily struggle both with someone who suffers with Alzeimers and the struggle of the surrounding friends and family members was both sensitive and extremely well done.
I look forward to reading more from this author.
The story focuses mainly on Liza Haven as she returns to Stoneguard but we do gradually get to know Lee too as the odd chapter details what she is up to while Liza is trying to juggle everything and fool everyone into thinking she is her perfect twin sister. It seems that both sisters are running away from certain things and the book deals with what they are afraid of and whether the answer to their problems is to simply return home.
it was really interesting to see Liza pretending to be her sister, she learns more about herself and the person she wants to be by stepping into her twin sister's shoes. The only person that Liza can't fool is her mother who has appeared to favour Lee over Liza for their whole lives. Liza's mother has Alzheimers and I think that Julie Cohen dealt with this issue so well. The author describes the day to day struggles and challenges of caring for somebody with this condition.
There is an element of romance to this book too, Liza finds herself attracted to Will Naughton, the local aristocrat but she tries to keep her distance as she knows that it would be the ultimate betrayal to steal her sister's boyfriend, but he is very persistent...
Julie Cohen has written a lovely book, Getting Away With It questions what you are running away from in life and to consider that everyone has struggles no matter how calm and content they appear.
Getting Away With It is a huge chunk of a book, coming in at just over 500 pages and with such a large book there's always a worry it might be overly long but I didn't have such a worry with Getting Away With It. I got stuck into the book almost immediately and I could barely put it down. The book is completely engaging and the book begins by Liza, a stunt woman, having her big accident that will eventually lead to her heading back home to Stonegate after many years away. I found the opening very intriguing, and I found it very interesting how it came about that Liza ended up impersonating her twin sister Lee. Liza has always been known as the `bad' twin whereas sister Lee is the `good' twin, so to see the switch between the two of them was fascinating as Liza suddenly finds herself being the good twin and ends up enjoying it whereas Lee, always known for being the dependable twin suddenly does a 180 and does some Liza-like things.
I thoroughly enjoyed Liza's twin switch and how she suddenly began acting like Lee because it was easier than being thought of as the bad twin. I've never read anything like it, and I found it astounding how nobody, bar the twins' mother, knew Liza was actually Liza and not Lee. Liza managed to fool everybody, even Lee's boyfriend Will. The book not only focuses on Liza's attempts to be Lee, but we also every once in a while learn what the real Lee is up to as she has her mini breakdown. I thought those chapters added a lot to the book and it was nice to learn a bit more about the real Lee. The book also deals with the terrible disease Alzheimers, which Lee and Liza's mum suffers from. It was very touching how Cohen portrayed the disease and it was interesting to see her in her more lucid moments but it was also heartbreaking when she had her more difficult moments. But what was most interesting was the way Liza dealt with her mum's disease. At times she was a bit cruel, but she eventually `got' what having Alzheimers meant.
The majority of the book is set in the town of Stoneguard and although the town sounded a bit suffocating it also sounded as if the people of the town would do anything for one of their own and I liked the community feel. And as Liza spends more time there, she, too, learns that Stoneguard might not be as terrible as she remembers it. Yes Ma Gamble was a nosy parker, but the majority of those who live in the town were really great. I particularly loved those who worked at Ice Cream Haven, the ice-cream company the Haven family built up. My biggest worry for the book would be how it all ended - how can a person impersonating another person really come out of it OK? - but I was impressed with the ending. It wasn't rushed and it didn't seem convenient, and I liked that. I loved how the book was about finding yourself but more importantly finding your way home. Cohen has hit a total winner with her novel and I can't wait to see what comes next!
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