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Bee Bookish, January 2, 2010 (view all comments by Bee Bookish)
Never have I felt so drawn into the hearts of two characters as I did April and Oliver. Tess Callahan's writing is immediate and ethereal. You feel the characters every step of the way. A dark, very modern Romeo and Juliet for the 21st century.
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I read this book in two days. It's compelling and heartbreaking, but ultimately very satisfying.
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Callahan, Tess
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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "In this memorable debut, Callahan offers a uniquely funereal love story that focuses on a stagnant friendship-turned-untenable romance between unlikely life-long friends. To deal with the death of her immediate family, as well as the scars of childhood abuse, April assumes the role of the jaded wild child; Oliver, her once-inseparable childhood companion, has become her polar opposite, an engaged law student poised for success. Estranged during Oliver's college years, the two reconnect with troubling results. Callahan's descriptions are vivid, and often paired with charming flashbacks to more innocent times, providing stark contrast to the tumultuous course of April and Oliver's young-adult lives. Callahan's narrative takes some supporting-character detours from the principles' love-hate relationship, including an abusive boyfriend; a manipulative and dangerous family friend, and April's strong-but-slipping Nana. Callahan's poetic style and grasp of emotion gives proper weight to April's loss and Oliver's secrets, and is sure to engage, sadden, and enthrall readers, especially in a bittersweet, somewhat surprising finale." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "The opening chapters of this emotional whirlpool of a debut novel are gripping, owing to Callahan's sharp, savvy storytelling. Callahan spins a dark, gritty tale of love, yearning, and choices while presenting engaging characters and substantial action that packs more than a few punches. Wise beyond words."
"Review" by , "In a first novel suffused with grief and longing, childhood soul mates reconnect in the aftermath of a death."
"Review" by , "The urgency of Callahan's narrative and its volatile juxtapositions...make it impossible not to care deeply for these characters and their thwarted yearning and their heart-wrenching stories."
"Review" by , "Grappling fates are the DNA of suspense, and Tess Callahan braids loss, longing, romance and violence into a tense, gratifying narrative."
"Synopsis" by , A devastating tragedy serves to reunite two friends from childhood, in this emotionally compelling and sexually charged first novel from an exciting new voice in fiction. 336 p.
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