I read quite a bit and sometimes get pitched to do book reviews for my blog. About 95% of these books I turn down because I don’t think I’ll like them. I’m a picky reader and I usually either REALLY like a book or REALLY don’t. Then I read what booklist had to say for Cara Hoffman’s new book So Much Pretty:
“A mixture of The Lovely Bones and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo..”
Curious I read the synopsis:
“So Much Pretty is a novel about family, community, and storytelling.
The Pipers are a family built on optimism. On deeply felt ideals and commitment to their community. Claire and Gene moved with their precocious, beguiling daughter Alice to Haeden, New York for a fresh start, to give Alice the freedom and opportunity they always wanted for themselves. In doing so, they unwittingly re-write the story of her life.
Wendy White has strong roots in Haeden, a late-blooming young woman just striking out on her own, but mindful of family and home. Her story has a beginning and an end, but is missing the most important piece—the middle. What happened to Wendy White?
Stacey Flynn is a reporter, both a seeker and a teller of stories. It is gritty, relentless and ultimately reckless Flynn who will chronicle Wendy White’s existence from all the fragments she can find, and forge a path toward the end.
But only we will ever know the whole story.”
I started reading it on the way back home from Florida. I finished it by the time we hit the Tennessee border. I could not put it down. It was engaging. Thought provoking. Every time I thought I had the story figured out it went so far off that it left me SHOCKED. I can’t say much about the book without giving it away, but if you want a book that will make you feel so many emotions at one time this book is for you. No matter what your political or world views is this book will leave you thinking about it when you put it down. If you have already read the book then feel free to shoot me an email and tell me what you thought!
***I received a copy of the book to review as compensation ***