The Reunion by Amy Silver, a Review

cover35722-smallGive me an “ensemble” style book that reunites a group of old friends who have been divided by a “terrible” event in the past, and I am SO there. Unfortunately, my passion for these “Secret History” / “Topics in Calamity Physics” style novels, often leads me to be disappointed… such as in the case of Amy Silver’s “The Reunion.”

As a fan of this “genre”, I typically can overlook the predictability of the characters (the rebel, the goody-two-shoes, the creative), and it’s what often draws me to these titles. However, while the group dynamic starts out interestingly, it quickly became too “Circle of Friends” for my likes. Where was the twist?

Silver does a good job of creating alternating narratives and deftly weaves in email correspondence inbetween each chapter, and I think she nicely handles the transitions between past/present. Her writing is good, and the book reads well, except for the extremely predictable plot.

Overall, a nice vacation read but not nearly exciting enough for me. Get this one from the library đŸ™‚

That said, I just realized this book is currently only in print in the UK– more info to come around a US release date!

xo The Book Bird 

Disclaimer: A copy of this book was provided to me via NetGalley for a fair and honest review by the publisher.

“After Her” by Joyce Maynard Reviewed

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A solid coming of age story with a few flaws, I enjoyed “After Her.” The novel tells the story of two sisters growing up outside of San Francisco whose formative years coincide with a serial killer’s rampage in the hills behind their home. Maynard does a wonderful job painting vivid, believable characters, and what I enjoyed most about the book was the way she gracefully captured the narrative of her teenage protagonist then and now. (Side note: I forgot how rough it is to be a teenage girl, BTW.)

While not as heart-pounding as some of the summer’s other thrillers, “After Her” is a nice mix of character study and mystery. The few flaws I found in the book most related to the awkward re-telling of some anecdotes that seemed to be out of order. ex. A favorite restaurant is mentioned and then given more of a description/context later as if it is the first time you are going there. A little annoying and confusing, I was surprised with the inconsistencies.

Overall, a solid recommended read that is the right length for a weekend!

Available from the New York Public Library or for purchase from Amazon.com.

xo The Book Bird