Olivier Moreno Moreno itibaren Murki, Karnataka, Hindistan
Maybe it's because the lyrical prose was so welcomed after those last two disaster books - but whatever it is, I loved reading this book. It touches on a lot of what interests me - conflicts of identity in being 'caught between two shores', the American dream and its inherent fallacy, treatment of immigrants post 9/11 ... and the writing was so captivating, I kept thinking the story was true. My only gripe, and it almost cost the book a star, was that it was written in that annoying, contrived, one sided conversation way so that you feel like you're eavesdropping but all you really feel is the forced nature of the narrative - later it makes sense why he's doing that, but still. It got annoying. Still, the story really got to me and I thought some of the turns of phrase were just beautiful. A pleasurable read.
Looking for something quick to read? David Levithan’s The Lover’s Dictionary, is an affecting tale of a modern day romance set up in a dictionary format. Each page features one entry, which, ultimately, paints the picture of a failed relationship, for example: obstinate, adj. Sometimes it becomes a contest: Which is more stubborn, the love or the two arguing people caught within it? Sometimes poetic, often illuminating, readers will identify with so very many of the snippets reflective of modern dating.