What are you reading Wednesday: Letters for Scarlet by Julie C. Gardner
Here’s what I’ve been reading:
Get ready to be seduced by smart prose and fab observations. This is what I love about reading–discovering an author whose voice is funny, never clichéd, and has…that elusive wow factor. Julie C. Gardner’s prose zips along at breakneck speed and you find yourself devouring this book in record time. There’s something about how she captures the zeitgeist feel of the end of high school, and that fear of who-am-I? that can hit as 30 looms. This novel speaks to all that plus more.
“No rest for anyone on this couch.” His small laugh is reassuring. Henry Callaghan likes to joke. “It should be against the law,” he says. “Or at least a health code violation.”
“That’s funny,” I tell him. A little, I think.
The main characters here are Corie and Scarlet, ex-best friends, now estranged 10 years on, equally obsessed with their past mistakes and hoping to avoid future regrets. We switch between these two – with Corie narrating in first person present, and Scarlet in close third person simple past. Something bad, very bad, happened 10 years ago to bust up this duo’s lifelong friendship and we quickly need to know what happened.
I think female friendships can go badly awry and wreck lives for a while. We don’t mean to but sometimes we are so intense that when something blows, well, it’s a little bit like guys blowing up stuff or playing Minecraft, we can get pal-obsessed and slide into an inability to function without our sidekick and prop. Our other half of our personality. Then when it goes wrong you are left limbless and half blind. For a while.
I totally got it wrong with my guesswork 50% through, but that’s why I’m doing the “I’m currently reading” part of these weekly reviews, to see how books feel halfway through. The second half of this book really took off. The characters do stay with you afterwards like it says right up there on the blurb by Robin Bielman; for me, Corie more than Scarlet. This would be a great book club read to discuss who you identified (or not) with. I hope Julie C. Gardner is busy writing another novel!
And what I’m currently reading:
Lacey Luzzi: Sprinkled by Gina LaMamma. I’m 13% through. I discovered this author through a BookBub featured deal for Sprinkled, it must have been free because I can’t buy the $0.99 or $1.99 deals at reduced rate since I live in Sweden. I am making an concerted effort to read everything on my Kindle, folks. A lot are free books – hence the #readyourfreebooks hashtag. I think there are going to be some gems in there and some new favorite authors to discover. I’m on Chapter 6 of Sprinkled and Lacey has met a drop-dead-gorgeous Italian guy in her job of working for her Mafia nonno (grandfather), Carlos. It’s a humorous cozy mystery just like it says on the subtitle and I’m eager to see if Lacey gets up to some funny mischief.
I am also reading Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris for my book club here in Stockholm. Love his every word. I’m at 62%. I’ve read many of his essays in The New Yorker and some of his other collections – in this book I am loving his depictions of living in France. LOL’ing my way through this one.
Oh, and I’m still redesigning this blog – what do you think of it so far?
What are you reading on this chilly Wednesday?