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What I loved the most about this novel was Essie and Roarke's friendship. It was powerful. I feel like a lot of male/female friendships are either resorted to falling in love or one being the traditional gay best friend, but Roarke and Essie were friends that loved each other. The type of love that stems from friendship is so valid and valuable, and I really felt that in Weir's writing. This book was beautiful, and brought me to tears. The notion of Essie living happily ever after with her child was more satisfying than any other ending. Grateful I had the opportunity to read this book.
Did anyone else feel cheated by the ending? I felt that the entire book was building to this one moment -- for Caleb and the other responsible family to get what they deserved, and for Essie to be free. But then it happened so fast and you only got to see what happened to everyone after in a brief flashback. I wish the fallout had actually been a bigger part of the narrative. Or, was that the point? That in the end, it didn't matter what happened to the family -- Essie was finally happy and free?
I was very disappointed. This book was entirely unoriginal and just a mishmash of current events and reality tv families rolled into a novel. I didn’t feel like the book was very well written and it almost seemed as if it should have been labeled as young adult.
I was disappointed by the fact that this was not really about religion at all. I thought it would be an interesting moral struggle between abortion and religion and fame and reputation, but it was hardly any of those things. I felt mislead.
After "the big reveal", the book ended pretty quickly and I would have liked more information about what happened after everyone knew about the rape. Also, did anyone else find it odd that Caleb's wife Noami KNEW about the rape and was okay with it? This part of the storyline was never fully explored and I would have liked to know more - did she really know? Was Caleb simply lying? What would motivate her to keep such a secret hidden? Overall, this was a quick read and perfect for days at the beach.
I am loving this book so far...!! Anybody else ???