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Maya's Notebook: A Novel - Community Reviews back

by Isabel Allende
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silverneurotic
silverneurotic rated it 7 years ago
I bought the Kindle edition of this when it was offered as a Kindle Daily Deal. Isabel Allende’s latest novel, set in the present day (a new departure for the author), tells the story of a 19-year-old American girl who finds refuge on a remote island off the coast of Chile after falling into a li...
raineedayreader
raineedayreader rated it 7 years ago
Maya is a girl who's life takes a destructive path after losing her beloved grandfather. For protection she is sent to a small island in Chile, her grandmother's native country, where she writes in her notebook about life currently around her and the events that has led her to her far away "prison."...
Blondie and Read
Blondie and Read rated it 7 years ago
It's an okay book. I really like the story behind Maya and the format with the flashbacks. I didn't think the voice Allende achieved was one of a 19 year old. I also didn't really need to know how every single character ended up. A little ambiguity, I think, would have been better.
michaelbelis
michaelbelis rated it 7 years ago
The love of Family. Sometime people assume that it is in the blood. But the simple truth it is the heart's yearning and accepting that makes family.We have here a story that is a little all over the place and that okay. Maya is a person who has fallen and a lot of people will ask why? or how? Wel...
Books and Things
Books and Things rated it 8 years ago
This book is written as if you were reading her notebook. Almost as if you were listening to Maya telling her story as you sat with her drinking tea on the island she has been banished. She goes back and forth from what happened in the past and what was happening in the present as you might while in...
mtw1tter
mtw1tter rated it 8 years ago
In my opinion, this books suffers from the translation from Spanish to English.I can only imagine how free flowing it was in its original language but in English it feels turgid and bogged down.Maya, of the title seems to be all over the place in the book and the sprawling plotline and sub-plots mak...
Kari@ From the TBR Pile
Kari@ From the TBR Pile rated it 8 years ago
Maya's Notebook is a beautifully written and compelling story about a girl who runs away to Chile to hide and in the process begins to find herself. Maya Vidal has gone through so much in her short life. While she is hiding on the island of Chiloe, she writes in her notebook about her daily life o...
jenniferwaggonerhartling
jenniferwaggonerhartling rated it 8 years ago
Isabel Allende scores again. I've always enjoyed her books and this is no exception. Maya is a fascinating character. The people she's surrounded by are even more interesting. I loved that this is set in Chile. I'm a big fan of learning about other places and cultures.Recommended? Yep!
cczarneckikernus
cczarneckikernus rated it 8 years ago
Allende is an excellent writer, and weaves Maya's past and present story, interspersed with picturesque Chilean scenery, and just enough political history and various background characters, to create a likeable, flawed protagonist.
davidofterra
davidofterra rated it 8 years ago
(I received this book for free through Goodreads First Reads)
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