My rating: 4 of 5 stars
MY EXPERIENCE WITH THE BOOK:
This is definitely on my list for book of the year! It was easily a favourite, for more reasons than I can express! I loved that it was Australian, romantic, and tragic. It is such a powerful read, I highly recommend this novel!
If you love books that have characters who love books: READ THIS NOW!!!
(Alice is like a mini-Matilda). Her saving grace is the library, and the librarian Sally.
Alice is completely pure and there is nothing wrong with her. You’re bound to like her and her curiosity. She has great intuition and an exciting life to follow!
aka the most backstabbing, Gossip Girls meets Pretty Little Liars, grandma to ever exist.
And I loved it.
Her secrets run deeper than anyone thinks. Except for Alice– she has a great sense of character, even for her own family.
Dylan’s character was the most heartbreaking. When I read the blurb, I assumed Dylan would be her white-knight… He turns out to be everything bad in men from Big Little Lies. It’s disappointing (for my hopes) but makes Alice’s story much more cathartic at the end.
This book follows the complete life of Alice Hart.
It’s traumatising, it’s thrilling, and it’ll definitely make you cry.
We see through the lens of Alice at ages; 5-6, 9, 19, 26-7. You’d be surprised how much (death) can happen in one-quarter of one’s life.
– Domestic Violence (I’m beginning to think whoever purchases the library audiobooks is recovering from something… every audiobook I encounter has to do with DV).
– Child Abuse
– Flowers (metaphorically of course)
– Duty and Legacy
– Long-lost Family
– First Love
– Toxic Love
– Outback Australia
Cathartic: BUT I WANT MORE. I have grown so attached to these characters. I felt like I eventually was Alice. The remaining ‘family’ Alice will melt your heart, and make you feel they’re real people, believing in you.
I want to reread this again and again. I want to cling this to my chest and never stop hugging it!