Pictures of You (Center Point Premier Fiction (Large Print)) Hardcover – Large Print, 1 Apr 2011
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'A magically written, heartbreakingly honest snapshot of the people we leave behind and those we can't let go; a portrait of the full spectrum of the human heart. Caroline Leavitt is one of those fabulous, incisive writers you read and then ask yourself, Where has she been all my life?' Jodi Picoult. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
Caroline Leavitt is the award-winning author of nine novels, a book reviewer for the Boston Globe and People magazine, and a writing instructor at UCLA. She lives in Hoboken, New Jersey. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top Customer Reviews
"Pictures of You" follows the lives of Sam, Charlie and Isabelle as they pick up the pieces after the crash and look for answers to make sense of it all.
I don't want to give away any more about the storyline. It is well written and I found the characters totally believable and likable. I became immersed in their experiences which covered a range of emotions - sad, difficult, happy,angry, guilt ridden... All in all, a thoroughly enjoyable and moving story which I have no hesitation in recommending.
The moral dilemma is simplified for the reader as we learn more about April, and why she was on the road that day. The wife and mother Charlie had hoped she was gradually gets broken down to a lonely, damaged woman who handled her life the only way she knew how.
The book is a modern love story, of falling in love as a family when you're a single parent, and the three way balance required to make a relationship work when there is a child involved. The book balances the love story with exploring individual characters wants and desires, and how ultimately those wants lead to a great misunderstanding.
I really enjoyed this story, it is skilfully written with loveable but human characters. The author is adept at painting a clear and easily understandable narrative, with scenes which jump off the page.
The message this book left me with is that you should never leave something unsaid for fear of being embarrassed, as it just might be a mistake you don't even know you should regret. The ending seemed sad to me, and while I know in real life nothing ever wraps up neatly, I do like my fiction to do so.
I thought the book was well written and flowed through so well I didn't want to put it down. As a result I read this book quite quickly. I agree with one reviewer who referred to some loose ends, but nothing which spoiled the overall novel. I have to say though I was really disappointed with the last few chapters of the book and particularly the ending, it just seemed to fade and left me feeling a bit cheated.
Having said that, if you want a book to read on the beach, or on a rainy afternoon, this will fit the bill. It's easy, predictable in places, but definitely worthy a read.
Can thoroughly recommend this and will definitely read more from this author.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Interesting storyline with quality writing. Could have easily dropped into a predictive ending but happily steered away from this. I enjoyed it and would happily recommend it.Published 13 months ago by LizM