My feelings are ambivalent. At times I disliked this book. At others, I thought it was an okay read. Sigh.
Tiffany, the protagonist, is a writer for a women’s magazine in New York, months away from getting married to her dream guy, Luke Harrison. Through alternating flashback chapters, the reader discovers that Tiffany experienced tremendous traumatic events in high school. Now those events are being revisited and Tiffany has to face what happened so many years ago. Those events have molded her into the woman she has become. And that woman is my problem with this novel.
Early on, it’s hinted that something tragic happened to Tiffany. But because it was teased out for so long, I grew to loathe Tiffany. Grown up Tiffany. 14 year old Tiffany was actually a bit endearing. The things that she went through. Jesus. Awful doesn’t even begin to cover what happened to that girl. It doesn’t justify her becoming such a dreadful person. Well seemingly dreadful. I was sympathetic towards her though. And the ending did make me hopeful. Because the real her emerges.
I listened to the audio book version of this novel. The reading was fantastic! It was exactly the way I would imagine Tiffany to speak. Which probably didn’t help me like her any better, now that I think about it.
I didn’t love this book. At times I wasn’t even sure I liked it. It wasn’t the writing. (It was great). Again, it was Tiffany. I will say that one of the traumas Tiffany experiences caught me off guard. Sort of. I thought it was heading in that direction and I seriously hoped it wasn’t. Young Tiffany and the ending may have redeemed my feelings towards this book. It was an okay read, I guess.
Reading Challenge update: 22/40(*50)
Prompt: A book with an ugly cover
I am over the black rose covers. *shrugs*