Review: I watched the movie adaption of this many years ago, and despite the horrid reviews, enjoyed it. It’s a sappy, sentimental, sometimes gritty, story rife with warm-fuzzies and heartbreak. There is an edge of intelligence to it, as the characters, particular Forney Hull, quote authors well-known and not. And the overarching idea that some lies changes the entire course of our life. Billed as a Young Adults novel, it must be stated that it contains subjects, like rape and death, which must be considered before choosing to read this. These things have a place in the story, and aren’t gratuitous or for shock value, thankfully, and do enhance the story in some ways, if only to give the story a bite and a dose of reality that prevents it from just being sappy. While it won’t win any literary awards, it a pleasant read, saccharine, and yet, just gritty enough that one doesn’t toss it aside for sugar shock. Worth reading.
Bookmarks: 4 of 5
Awards: Does Oprah's Book Club count?
Year Published: 1995
Date Finished: 1-11-2016