Friday, July 16, 2010

Review---Promises to Keep (Jane Green)

Promises to Keep: A Novel

Warning: Before reading this book, make sure you have the time to give to this book and at least one if not two boxes of tissues handy!

Jane Green did it again and this book was phenomenal! Wow, it didn't even take me 24 hours with this book. It was impossible to put down. It was a book that you knew how it was going to end, but you were so praying that it wouldn't end that way! 

From Goodreads : Callie Perry is a successful family photographer living in upstate New York. She adores her two daughters, has great friends, and actually doesn't mind that her workaholic husband gets home at 9 p.m. every night-that is, when he's not traveling six months out of the year. 

Callie's younger sister, Steff, on the other hand, has never grown up. She's a free spirit, living in downtown Manhattan and bouncing between jobs and boyfriends. Lately, she's been working as a vegan chef, even though she can't cook. 

Lila Grossman is Callie's best friend and has finally met the man of her dreams. Eddie has two wonderful children, but also a drama queen ex-wife who hates Lila. And then there are Callie and Steff's parents, Walter Cutler and Honor Pitman. Divorced for thirty years, they rarely speak to each other. 

The lives of these colorful characters intersect when they each receive a shocking note that summons them together for one extraordinary summer in Maine and changes their lives forever. This novel is about the hard choices we have to face, about having to be your parents' child long after you've grown up, and about the enduring nature of love.

This book gets 5 stars all the way. All i can say is wow, i cried, i laughed, i felt the emotion. It was a great book. I followed Jane Green on Twitter while she wrote this, and i now understand so many of her tweets.  You must go out right now and buy this book. If you have dealt with any type of lose, which we all have, it will hit close to home.

Yes, before reading this, you must know, death is dealt with in this book. It is always something that is hard to deal with and even read about. So just know going into this book, you will be taken on an emotional roller coaster ride.

1 comment:

Shan said...

I didn't know going into this that she had drawn from real life events to write this book. I think she did an amazing job with this and really got right the emotions people feel around death and loss.

And I agree with you, that i was hoping it wasn't going to end the way you could see it was going to end. But the best writing is the one that faces it head on rather than putting in a twist at the end to make everything all better again.