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Lovely, Dark and Deep

McNamara, Amy

Book - 2012
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Lovely, Dark and Deep
In the aftermath of a car accident that kills her boyfriend and throws her carefully planned future into complete upheaval, high school senior Wren retreats to the deep woods of Maine to live with the artist father she barely knows and meets a boy who threatens to pull her from her safe, hard-won exile.

Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2012
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 1442434376
Characteristics: 342 p.,22 cm


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Nov 09, 2014
  • puppylove28 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This book was very deep , in a good way . And it wasn't like a cheesy love story . It was deep and very heartwarming . It made me cry . Most books don't make me cry . This was worth reading

Feb 20, 2013
  • kktrotter rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

FIRST IMPRESSION: The writing is worth reading. Not a whole lot happens at the start and you can tell that's going to be the atmosphere of the book -- Wren thinking about how depressed she is and possibly not doing anything about it. But the writing, the skill McNamara has, is worth reading regardless.
THE PLOT: There's not one. Aside from Wren being wrecked and trying to unravel herself and get better. There's not a lot of forward motion. There's a lot of lamenting, of hitting a wall and not being able to get around it, and just ... depression. High moments. Low moments. The plot isn't why you'd read this book. It took about a 100 pages for me to really get into something aside from the writing. By around page 150, I thought the story could wrap up nicely. The book is around 350 pages, so it doesn't. It just keeps going. There a lulls were the writing is all that kept the book in my hands, then there's action that makes me actually interested in the outcome. The story dragged near the end. I thought there were parts that could have been cut altogether to make it tighter and more ... eventful. THE CHARACTERS: They make the book worth while. WREN is the main character, she's fragile, broken, and self-centered. She's not the most original character. I can think of a few other MCs just like her -- Claire from EMILY'S DRESS & OTHER MISSING THINGS or What's-her-name (I want to say ... Anne?) from REVOLUTION by Donnelly. They were both whirling from a lose, by mega-sad. CAL is probably my favorite character in the story. He's unique, special, and always interesting. I felt for him and respected his strength. MARY is my other favorite. She's such a unique, weird, artistic character that can drag even gloomy Wren out of herself. I was so sad when she left the story. WREN'S DAD was someone I had a like-loath relationship with. Sometimes he was awesome, other times he'd say things that weren't so awesome -- borderline sexist remarks. Over all, I liked him. WREN'S MOM was a bitch. I couldn't stand her. I was just hoping someone would punch her. MEREDITH was ... ughhhhh inducing. Even if I didn't like the characters, the fact that McNamara could make me feel so extreme about them was great. THE ROMANCE: This was another reason to read the story. Wren and Cal's weird little dance. I felt it more from Cal's side, and wanted it to work out for his sake. I knew that it was probably Wren's only chance of becoming someone again. Plus, it was a tragic romance and I love those. There's some hope that somehow everything will magically work out but ... with his sickness, you know it can't last forever. THE WRITING Completely and utterly the biggest reason I read this book. It was powerful and beautiful all at once. It made an otherwise already-been-there-done-that story different and lovely. Just like the title says, the writing is lovely, dark, and deep. McNamara has a talent for describing depression without being blatant about what it all means. How one moment Wren can have so much energy and the next she can't get herself out of bed. CONCLUSION: This book is going to stick with me.


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