A Long Way From Verona

Somewhere in the beginning of this book, our 13 year old narrator comments that most people don’t like her.

She was right…I didn’t like her either (although I do like her skirt and sweater).

a long way from verona

In a strange turnabout, I am having much better luck with my non-fiction choices this year. My two fiction reads have been ho-hum, while two of the three non-fiction reads have been stellar.

A Long Way From Verona is a Europa edition, which means 1) it’s probably nothing I’ve ever heard of prior to reading (I can’t even remember how I came across this book…it’s possible it’s one of the books Europa sent me back when I was on their mailing list) and 2) there’s a very good chance I’ll love the cover. If you’ve ever held a Europa, you’ll know what I’m talking about. They’re usually books by European authors (Jane Gardam is English) and they have French flaps and cool artwork.

And yes, I know that tells you nothing about what this book is actually about. I might be procrastinating.

In short:

  • 13 year old precocious narrator who thinks she’s the shit when it comes to writing
  • WWII
  • Teachers who don’t appreciate her brilliance
  • A pseudo-mentor who does…until she realizes his books are crap
  • A bombing raid
  • Capitalism, socialism, self-awareness, blah, blah, blah
  • The end.

 

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7 responses to “A Long Way From Verona

  1. Beth F

    Ha! I probably would have passed anyway.

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  2. Unlikeable narrators usually don’t work well for me. Love the way you summed the book up in that list πŸ™‚

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  3. Well, I can’t say that I would have ever known about this book without your “review”. Is it wrong that I sort of want to read it now because of your strong reaction?

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  4. First two lines of this review are going to keep me giggling all weekend. Hey, and it’s one of those long weekends, so that’s really saying something. Pretty sure you haven’t convinced me to read this one though, and even surer you’re okay with that.

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