Book Crosser Skyring from Canberra, Australia brought her copy of “Alice Bliss” to the New Zealand BookCrossing Unconvention. The book was released at the National Library of Australia in Canberra on November 26th! Keep track of the novel by clicking here!
Skyring’s review is below:
My copy of Alice Bliss – the British trade paperback edition – is here in Wellington for the New Zealand BookCrossing Unconvention.
Alice Bliss is a book that made me laugh, and cry, wince with embarrassment and shout for the joy of life. We were all teenagers once, along with everything that goes with those awkward years, and Alice has her own path through. She has the guidance of her father Matt at many times in the story, even when his National Guard unit is sent into combat and communications become sparse.
Closer to home, Alice has family and/or friends, a diverse group indeed, though I must say that Uncle Eddie is particularly cool. Is this love touching Alice, or just hormones? Long-time friends and new stars soar through Alice’s life, and there’s always something fresh – seeds to plant, people to see, lessons to learn and chores to be done.
The book didn’t go as I thought or feared. There are twists and surprises, but be prepared to feel the tension and the emotions of a teenage girl in difficult times. It’s a ride and a half.
Laura Harrington knows how to tell a story and how to make characters come alive. I read this book in a gallop, bouncing along on the back of the story to see what came along next. I enjoyed every moment.
The image that sticks with me, I guess, is Alice working in the garden, wearing an old shirt of her dad’s, grumbling over her relationships with mother, sister, boys and teachers, but still turning over the earth and planning for the harvest.
She’s a little bit nutty and obsessive sometimes, but that’s how she found a way into my heart.
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