Monday, February 20, 2012
If you've seen an Audrey Tatou movie, especially Amelie, that will give you an idea of the writing style. It's not a very dramatic story, it's more mundane, but it's quirky and cute and full of little pieces of everyday life that the reader can identify with. In an early chapter the author says that if the book were a movie, the main character, Natalie, would be played by Audrey Tatou, which is a spot-on comparison (and funny since she winds up playing Natalie in the movie version). It's just that kind of lighthearted, quirky look at the everyday aspects of grief and falling in love.
I think it's a book that will require a certain type of reader to really enjoy it. It's very...French...and very quirky and unique. I'd compare it to an independant film. People who appreciate the author's quirky sense of humor and enjoy short chapters interspersed with random information will enjoy it. Those looking for a more traditional romance probably won't. I've also seen comparison's the Nick Hornby's writing style and I'd agree with those. If you enjoyed About A Boy, I think this would be a good one to try.
I really liked it. It matched my sense of humor and the characters were realistic and likable. It's a fairly short read and not too heavy. Definitely worth giving it a try.
Thanks to TLC for including me on the tour for this one. You can see the list of others participating in the tour here.
Posted by Julie G at 2:24 PM