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Although first person present is my very least favourite PoV/tense combination, Ms Garver's skill is such that it hoodwinked me into her world, only snagging me out on a few occasions.
I have to disagree with the reviewer who complained about the religious content. I found it a natural, complementary and fundamental part of the story. Although organised religion is anathema to me, I felt the majority of these passages resonated with the kind of vibrant spirituality dear to my heart.
As a Brit, I have to confess to a couple of snags: the whole US obsession with our bad teeth and the sheep, for example; and here in the midlands we would leave the rubbish out for the bin-men. Subtle, I know, but it snagged.
Overall, the standard of writing and research was pretty awesome - a definite 9 out of 10.
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The characters were real and fun. I loved Theo. Even the secondary characters grabbed me, especially Hugh.
Finally, I appreciated the honest way Ms. Garver dealt with loss, anger, doubt, and faith. She never took any shortcuts or easy answers. I'd definitely recommend it!
I found the story compelling, though I have not been a teenager for decades :) Though it is hard to imagine a relationship that was as broken as that between Dani and her mother being transformed in almost the blink of an eye, the discoveries that Dani makes are so dramatic that they could potentially turn the heart of a sensitive teenager. All in all, I really enjoyed watching the story unfold. The author kept me guessing!
Main character Danielle "Dani" has just lost her father in a horrible car accident. His body's been cremated, and she and his remains are being shipped off to England to stay with her paternal grandparents while her mother stays in the U.S. for work. The problem is Dani keeps seeing her dad.
Her memories and her desperate longing to catch him, which leads to some risky behavior choices, will have readers in tears. But also, her strained relationship with her mother, and all the things Dani discovers about her family just peel away like layers of the most delicious cake. And the ending with Theo, and what he writes on her cast... (*swoon*)
Only a few times I was a little confused or concerned with how situations were handled, but it didn't hinder my enjoyment. There's a good dose of theology in the book courtesy Dani's grandfather, who's a clergyman. But also Theo, Dani's love interest is struggling with his own spirituality. I don't mind such things. And the English setting is the perfect backdrop for all the good stuff inside.
Highly recommend this impressive debut!