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review 2018-06-07 03:10
Gun Love
Gun Love - Jennifer Clement

The writing of Gun Love by Jennifer Clement is beautifully visual in creating the setting. I don't particularly like any of the characters or the depiction of social services in this book. However, even then, the book works because more than Margot's decisions and the guns, what I leave this book with is the literal image of a car that is a home and a image of love from the beginning to the unexpected ending. 


Reviewed for Penguin First to Read program.

Source: www.memoriesfrombooks.com/2018/06/gun-love.html
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review 2018-04-10 22:03
Gun Love Review
Gun Love - Jennifer Clement

GUN LOVE is a fantastic piece of literary fiction. The story follows a young girl whose mother ran away from home after becoming pregnant with her. For the past fifteen years, they've lived in a car outside of a mobile home park. When an enigmatic stranger comes calling, the mother falls in love, and thus begins the heartbreak.

Jennifer Clement's prose is poetic and gorgeous. If you do not read this book for any other reason, please pic it up for the beauty of the language. I had heart-eyes for most of this reading experience.

I appreciate that Clement did not bash the reader over the head with her own politics, whatever they may be; I don't know what they are because she allows the story to evolve naturally instead of forcing the story to answer difficult questions. I was concerned that this book would be extreme in its anti-gun, or pro-gun, message, but that was not the case. Good people and bad people alike own and use guns in this story, so the final judgment is left for the reader to decide. I dug that.

Where this book truly shines though is with the diverse cast. I hated some and absolutely fell in love with others, but my own personal favorites were the Sergeant and Corazón, even though I'm not 100% sure I should have liked either. I loved when they were on the page and I missed them when they were gone. Whether or not I was suppose to have fallen in love with them, who knows, but they were the most interesting characters in the book for me, which is not to say that the rest of the cast was uninteresting, they were, but I preferred reading about the Sergeant and Corazón most of all.

The ending was exceptional. This is one of those books that fulfill every promise it makes early in the read, and that's all it took for me to five star this joker. 

In summation: I'm new to Jennifer Clement but this book has made me a fan. I'll be looking up her back catalog soon. Highly recommended.

Final Judgment: The only preaching in this book is done in church.

Video review: https://youtu.be/iu51wfMA_14


GUN LOVE was sent to me in exchange for my honest review, which you have just read.


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review 2018-03-01 09:29
Tragic, and poignant, this beautifully-written book blew me away; the gun debate will rage on at the back of your mind, and your heart will break for the lead character
Gun Love - Jennifer Clement

This amazing, tragic, beautiful book completely blew me away. The gawdy pink and yellow cover and a title that can only imply a tale that’s going to leave you with something unforgettable, immediately made me want to read this, even though I will unashamedly say I detest firearms...and yes, there are a lot of guns in this book.
This poetically-written novel drew me in right away, as it’s really a tale about a young girl called Pearl who has spent her short life of 14 years living with her mom in a car parked at a trailer park, in Central Florida. The novel is written in three parts, and told from Pearl’s perspective, as if she were telling someone her story, her absolutely heart-wrenching story; it is told with the naivety of someone who is even younger because she has seen so little, yet this is also a little girl who has had to come to terms with not knowing who her father is, has her ‘wardrobe’ in the trunk of the car, and has smoked cigarettes since she was 10.
Huge issues come up in this pretty short book, and my heart broke over and over again, at the same time my head was screaming on about the gun debate (there’s no coincidence that this is set in Florida, but it comes at a time where recent incidents make this novel all the more poignant, regardless of the specific story contained within). It’s hard not to connect thoughts and feelings with current events when reading this. It’s also very hard to read this without a lump in your throat.
I’ve not read any of author Jennifer Clement’s work before but this is spectacular. I can’t give too much away regarding the full storyline, but the way Jennifer weaves words together is just magic, and I couldn’t take my eyes away from the page. This is one of the best things I’ve read so far this year and I won’t forget ‘Gun Love’ any time soon, especially given the sad tale within, and the tragedies brought on by firearms in the real world. Absolutely masterful and poignant.

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review 2017-10-12 00:00
Prayers for the Stolen
Prayers for the Stolen - Jennifer Clement I would love to see Prayers for the Stolen  turned into a movie. It's not typically Hollywood, but I'd love to see the landscapes and contrasts on the big screen and I love the story, especially the end.

The story revolves around several issues in Mexico that are usually backdrops to the problem of the US citizen who happens to be on Mexico for a lot of US movies that involve scenes in Mexico. Seasons 4 and 5 of Weeds is a good example. The season includes finding out about trafficked women from Mexico and the main characters desire to stop it, but it isn't about those women, nor were the episodes where Silas tries to keep a woman they found crossing the border about her. This is a story about those women and what came before and several possible fates for them.

The main character is Ladydi, who hears of the fates of other girls before running into her problems. I'm not going to spoil what hers ends up being, but again, there are several possibilities and none are good. She is an exceptionally well written character, with internal conflicts that she navigates in complicated ways because you can't always help how you feel and life is messy. That's actually one of the things I really loved about the whole book. All the women had complicated feelings about each other and their daughters futures because they only had each other and they were more than willing to work together to protect the next generation.

The progression of the plot was interesting throughout the book. It hits the best strides when it's breaking my heart and little things come together toward the end to reveal things a reader may suspect already but I'll admit to missing. The end came together beautifully and just as complicated as everything that came before it.

Ok, I know I said movie at the beginning but with how amazing some of these television shows gave been lately (ahem Handmaid's Tale and Orange is the New Black and even Good Girl’s Revolt despite its short run), I'd be just as appreciative of a series that explores the finer details of the problem and expands to include Maria and Paul and maybe Ruth as main characters too. It's just such a layered story that needs to be told with problems for women that need more attention.
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review 2015-12-12 04:10
Prayers for the Stolen
Prayers for the Stolen - Jennifer Clement

This has to be one of the most random books I've read. Not for the fact that its bizarre or unrealistic, but for the fact its an assemble of random events that happens to this poor girl. It's like the girl has written a diary including her life's story. It started in a random chapter of her life and ends at a random chapter of her life, we have no clue what happens to her, or quite a few people actually. there's so many loose ends - but in a weird way it makes sense because for her, Ladydi, she doesn't know these things, she doesnt know what happened to most of her friends, whether their dead, alive, etc so we don't know what happens to them. Its actually kind of annoying, i like resolution, i like finding out the ending, even if its not satisfying or pleasant. We don;t even know anything about the main character after she turns what? 15? 

we know her mum and half sister want to take her to america, and that she's pregnant but thats it.

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the book ends after her life is practically just starting!!!


One thing i must say is i rather enjoyed the prison part, all the characters were interesting (much more interesting than the rest) there stories were heartbreaking and horrible to hear. But they had this incredible bond with one another, they were much more kinder than i would have expected.

All in all an interesting story, but i think there's better ones written out there. To me it felt like the author was trying to be lyrical with her words, but i just finished reading Beauty of the Broken and she had nothing on Tawni Waters. I doubt i'll ever re-read this book, but i'm glad i gave it a chance. It's horrifying what happens to some people in the world, and without people like Jennifer to tell us their stories we would never know. Stories like these help keep us compassionate and appreciative, something that appears to be lacking a lot in the world these days.

I think this book would impact someone from america a lot more than it would impact someone from other countries, just like a story similar to this by an aboriginal would impact me more than maybe someone from america. I think this would be a good book for mature teens from america to read.

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