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Praise for THE GIRL YOU LEFT BEHIND:
"Vibrant and gripping.”
"Jojo Moyes expertly weaves a bittersweet tale in this irresistible novel, taking careful interest in the dark corners that exist within great love stories, and the trickiness of simple happy endings. A-"
“Moyes writes delicious plots, with characters so clearly imagined they leap off the pages in high-definition prose.”
—USA Today (3 1/2 stars)
"Jojo Moyes builds on her strengths in this moving and accomplished new novel. As she did in the best-selling Me Before You, she asks readers to think in fresh ways about a morally complex issue. . . . The Girl You Left Behind is strong, provocative, satisfying fiction.
—The Washington Post
"'In this moving paean to daring, determination and perspicacity, Moyes keeps the reader guessing down to the last hankie."
—Los Angeles Times
—New York Daily News
"In her latest heart tugger, Jojo Moyes deftly weaves the story of newlyweds in WWI France with that of a young widow in today’s London."
"Lovely and wry, Moyes’s newest is captivating and bittersweet."
—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"Moyes (Me Before You) has created a riveting depiction of a wartime occupation that has mostly faded from memory. Liv and Sophie are so real in their faults, passion, and bravery that the reader is swept along right to the end. This one is hard to put down!"
—Library Journal (starred review)
"Moyes (Me Before You, 2012) writes with such clarity that one can almost see the eponymous 100-year-old painting at the center of her wonderful new novel. . . . an uncommonly good love story."
About the Author
Jojo Moyes is the internationally bestselling author of Me Before You, The Girl You Left Behind, The Last Letter from Your Lover, Silver Bay, and The Ship of Brides. She is married to Charles Arthur, technology editor of The Guardian, and lives with their three children on a farm in Essex, England.See all Product Description
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First, that cover is terrible. Awful. It makes me think of sketchy 1970s books, the kind that hint at scandalous sexual conduct or that get very cerebral or that are just plain awful.
This book is none of those things. Instead, it's a charming, heartwrenching tale of a modern family trying to find its legs in an unforgiving world. The Thomas family is headed by Jess, a woman in her mid-twenties, whose husband has left her to deal with his bout of depression. She has a daughter, Tanzie, who's a math genius, and a step-son, Nicky, from one of her husband's previous relationships. Nicky's a little different from the 'norm' (a concept that this book puts pressure on - what *is* normal?), wearing make-up, dressing in black and nicknamed 'Gothboy' by his non-creative father. He's frequently bullied by the small town's resident troublemakers, the Fishers, who cast a gloom over much of the story as a manifestation of the monsters that live under the bed. Monsters who do far more than call out 'boo' in the middle of the night.
Anyways, these three family members, plus Ed Nicholls, a successful software CEO who recently made a very bad decision and is now facing some legal trouble, provide us with the different perspectives in the novel.
I loved each and every one of them!
Jess is optimistic - more out of necessity than any sense that her little family has ever had a round of good luck - and hard-working. Like any parent, she realizes that she has to roll with everything that comes her way to protect and provide for her children, and how she does that is a lot of the forward thrust of this book.Read more ›
I wasn't emotionally invested in the characters. They were an interesting bunch of misfits to be sure and generally had an authentic feel to them (with the goth son being my favourite) but my connection just wasn't there with Jess and Ed. I get that Moyes was going for the old 'opposites attract' thang but the reasons why these people were thrown together (or why they agreed to be thrown together) just didn't ring true for me. Plus some of the decisions that Jess and Ed made (particularly how he got himself into the mess he was in and how she dealt with her ex) just didn't right true for me and I couldn't imagine smart people making those silly decisions when they had so much at stake.
Those reasons aside, this book did have heart as well as some funny moments with quirky, unique characters. It also has a good message of perseverance and that family comes in all forms.
My Rating: 3/5 stars
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Premise: Wealthy, loner guy (34) and single mom (27) who is struggling, but optimistic, (think "About a Boy" with Hugh Grant and Toni Collette) are thrown together on a road trip with a cute little girl who has some place to be and an awkward teen (think "Little Miss Sunshine" with Steve Carell and Toni Collette minus the crazy grandfather.) I'm not saying Moyes borrowed ideas, but there are a number of comparisons to both of these films.
Like other reviewers, I liked the quirkiness and situational humour, but there were some bad decisions (insider trading being one) that made it harder to rally behind the main characters 100%. It was an easy, breezy read that you could get through in a weekend - and I'm a slow reader. True chick lit fans will probably not be disappointed.
I must admit, I was not as crazy about this book when I started it. Neither Ed or Jess captured my sympathy, until their relationship blossomed.Their developing love, and the relationship between Ed and the children tugged at both my funny bone as well as my heart. Jojo Moyes knows how to hook a reader and keep them turning pages. Her books are a refreshing delightful read. I loved this book. It's a keeper.
Most recent customer reviews
Interesting story and characters....cheering for them all the way through!Published 7 days ago by Amazon Customer
Decent book with interesting story and good character development. Not nearly as good as Me Before You. Nonetheless an entertaining read.Published 1 month ago by Kerri Rudnicki
This book captured my attention from the very start and kept it.
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I had trouble putting this book down. I loved the characters. And I loved Norman! It is a gift to be able to write a book that can bring someone to tears of sadness and joy. Read morePublished 18 months ago by barb