The characters were my favourite part of the book, especially Alma. I could really believe her naivety and need to know. In fact, despite knowing very little about Jewish customs I found the characters to be very believable. I think this added to the need to know more after the book finished, I was just so invested in the characters that the end just didn’t do them justice.
As much as I desperately wanted to give this book a great review, I know it’s going to end up mixed and I apologise for that to anyone who adored this book because I know they are out there from the other reviews I’ve read.
On the surface this book was beautifully written, almost poetically. It was divided up into different narrators or parts and unlike some books i’ve read, this was easy to follow. It was well written throughout and it really did touch me. There was a part I even had a little cry which usually is the making of a good book but at the end of it, there was just something missing…
I felt although it had a sweet ending, it just didn’t tie everything up as I would of liked. There were different off stories that just seemed to fall away and we didn’t know what happened with them, like with Alma’s younger brother Bird. We also never knew who the man was that asked her mother to translate the book. Maybe some people wouldn’t care since they weren’t the main story but in my opinion all ends need to be tied up (unless it’s a series of course). Because of this, after I finished the book and put it back onto my shelf I just felt a sense that it wasn’t finished and it didn’t feel good. Again this could of just been me. Maybe because I really enjoyed the smaller stories that added to the main one, I was especially disappointed not to have found out what happened with Misha.
I’ll stop there, I don’t want to give too much away nor do I want to put anyone off reading this because it was still good, I just felt it could of been better.
My favourite quote from the book was
“Once upon a time there was a boy who loved a girl, and her laughter was a question he wanted to spend his whole life answering.”
But there were so many others I could of picked, this one just happened to be my favourite, the beauty and romance of this line summed up my other feelings about the book, it was written in such a lovely way that I did enjoy reading it, just not the ending.
Now reading… The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon