Rosie and Alex are classmates and the best of friends since they were 5 years old. They love to hang out with each other, tell each other everything and have decided they will be best friends for life. They don’t seem to need other good friends to spend time with or anyone else they can pour their hearts out to. All up to the age of 17 when Alex has to move to the U.S. because his father got a job there. Hence, distance comes between them as best friends and possible romantic interests for now, but not before making a pact to apply to colleges in the same city of Boston together. Until Rosie gets pregnant at 18 and everything changes.
‘Everybody likes everything these days. The whole world is a nerd.’
‘Are you mad because other people like Star Wars? Are you mad because people like me like Star Wars?’
If you broke Elena’s heart, Star Wars would spill out. So when she decides to queue outside her local cinema to see the new movie, she’s expecting a celebration with crowds of people who love Han, Luke and Leia just as much as she does. What she’s not expecting is to be last in a line of only three people; to have to pee into a collectible Star Wars soda cup behind a dumpster or to meet that unlikely someone who just might truly understand the way she feels.
There’s nothing unusual about the Brockets. Normal, respectable, and proud of it, they turn up their noses at anyone strange or different. But from the moment Barnaby Brocket comes into the world, it’s clear he’s anything but ordinary. To his parents’ horror, Barnaby defies the laws of gravity – and floats.
I read The Time Traveller’s Wife (TTW) a few years ago and it wowed me. I couldn’t stop thinking about the book for days. The love story, Sci-Fi elements, characters and well-told story lived in my memories as I slowly absorbed it into my psyche. That’s one thing I loved about Audrey Niffenegger’s writing. It was always unexpected, with twists and turns, and through the pages you begin to know each character deeper and deeper and love them deeply.
Disclaimer: An unexpected side effect of being in KLBAC book discussions and hanging out with the likes of literary critiques is my own change in rating books. I have become more critical (harder to please?) and though I must admit the book has great entertainment value, I expected more from Graeme Simsion’s sequel. Read the following with a pinch of salt and do make your own judgments… To each their own!