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The Most Beautiful Thing by [Robyn, Satya]
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4.3 out of 5 stars 128 customer reviews

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 684 KB
  • Print Length: 322 pages
  • Publisher: Woodsmoke Press (16 Jan. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007LNVZLM
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 128 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #103,344 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The Most Beautiful Thing is did not sweep me away. The narrative voice was not convincing and the characterisation of main character never resonated fully. As I read through it felt like I was getting a lot of unnecessary details about the characters that did not engage me and I considered giving up. In the second section it becomes clearer why Robyn has given this detail but it is not satisfying. When Nell's voice comes to us directly through her letters I did cringe a bit. It did not convince and while it passed the time I would not recommend it.
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I really enjoyed reading The Most Beautiful Thing, my first by Fiona Robyn. I particularly relished how you got to know the characters as the story unfolded and didn't have them thrust upon you. They were easy to connect with emotionally, and to even understand and identify with Joe's dysfunctional family. The author dealt with the issue of mental health in a compassionate and caring manner, which I found impacted on my own opinions on this subject. A beautifully descriptive book that draws you into the world of a 14 year old boy who perhaps views the world in a different way to most people, and then when you revisit Amsterdam with him as a man in his twenties it is even more pleasurable. I can thoroughly recommend this book, and I for one will miss reading about Joe tonight.
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I read this in one sitting, staying up through the night to finish it. Initially, as I realised that I was going to read this in great big chunks, I imagined I would read Part One and leave Part Two to another day, but Fiona Robyn's gentle observations of the world inside Joe's head, and her compelling storytelling meant I couldn't just walk away from this tale. I found myself awake between 3 and 5am longing to know how Joe works through some extremely challenging situations.

Though it is not specified, Joe appears to have high level autism and Robyn has captured perfectly the strains and difficulties of Joe's experiences in the everyday world. However, her light touch also encapsulates the beauty that Joe finds as he explores Amsterdam, and reading this book is like seeing the wonder of the world through the eyes of a child, with the analysis of an intelligent adult. Fiona Robyn's descriptions of Amsterdam, of the art world and of the strains within family relationships are also spot on. All in all, an excellent read and I am delighted that Robyn's work has been opened up to me. More please!
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I'm not sure that I found The most beautiful thing in this book. I wanted to like it, it has had good critical review, but the cast of characters did not engage me as much as I wanted. Worth reading but don't put it at the top of your wish list.
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I had just finished reading a book that had a bit impact on me; it wasn't a great book it just made me think of things in my own life. It left me feeling that I would leave off reading for a while for fear of my next book being weak in comparison, you must know the feeling. Little did I know that `The Most Beautiful Thing' would be so very absorbing, it wasn't that I couldn't put it down, I just couldn't get away from it. The tale just pulls you in, you are watching a life and you want to know what happens, it is important to you to know. The central character is so unbelievably real in your mind as you read, that it is like observing a family member. You go to work but you still think about them, how they are coping, what they are doing. A real gem of a book; storytelling at the peak of the craft. If I could write like this, I would be a very happy man.
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This is a rather lovely book, which I read in a single day (though I did have the advantage of being on holiday and spending most of that day on the beach!). I keep finding these books - like 600 Hours of Edward and The 10PM Question - which are hard to categorise but joys to read.

At 14, Joe is struggling to make sense of the world. His erratic mother and ineffective father constantly frustrate him, his friend Podge is becoming increasingly irritating, and girls are a mystery. He isn't interested in trainers or films, but seeks solace in books (no fiction, only facts) and expanding his knowledge of birds and meteorology. When we first meet him, he is on a plane, having been sent by his parents to spend a summer with his quirky, unpredictable aunt Nel in Amsterdam.

After an awkward first couple of days, Joe and Nel fall into an easy pattern of living together. She listens to him, doesn't judge him, and addresses things that are concerning him. In return, he dedicates himself to understanding why Nel is unhappy and finding ways to improve her love life. Along the way, he also makes a new friend in Emmie - the first girl he's really been able to connect with - and learns a bit of Dutch too. But his parents continue to frustrate him, even from across international borders, and Joe finds himself increasingly angry with adults keeping secrets from him - and unable to deal with those feelings of anger.

Part two jumps ahead 15 years. Joe is 29 and still struggling with life. All his teenage research hasn't prepared him for his dream job quite as well as expected, his parents are separated and distant, and he's been signed off work with depression.
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