First off, I couldn't read this in one sitting. I don't advise trying.
Second off, this is not the sort of book I expected from this author.
I hurt for the h. She's 2 years older than the H - child prodigy - and got stuck with him as a lab partner in their Jr year in HS. Chemistry was not her strong suit. He was...not nice about it in his constant disparagement of her intelligence. Add to that, a mother who expressed disapproval at her failures... She's a travel agent now, who can't travel because she doesn't travel well. She never pursued her strengths - geography, art - because her self esteem got tangled up in her weaknesses.
He's back in town to study the comet. Her mother - mayor - generously offers her house (that the h rents from her) for him to stay in, forcing them in close proximity. He's still verbally abusive. It's because he's attracted to her and doesn't wanna be <eye roll>.
She tries v. hard to play nice, and when that fails, tries avoiding him. Every now and then, an olive branch of sorts gets extended, they have a few minutes of civility, then he manages to remind her that he thinks she's stupid. The night of the comet, they spend the night together, causing him to miss it. He doesn't react well the next morning.
More avoidance (not that I blame her). He reads her old school stuff and figures out she'd had a crush on him in spite of his being an ass when they were kids. Decides to make lots of amends, HEA, the end...
Do I believe the HEA? Strangely enough, yes. BUT...SOMEbody has his work cut out for him both in his own mindset and in building up that self-esteem he's systematically shredded. That actually might be the only reason I believe it - she has such a low opinion of herself that she'll take whatever crumbs he offers.
I just...wonder I guess...why these three women stayed here. The other one of the trilogy I read, the h's father was a patronizing ass toward her. This one, her mother considered her a colossal disappointment. The third one, I don't know if I have that one but what little I've seen of her, the town seems to have put her on a pedestal with a "do not touch" sign on its base.
Had an interesting time listening to this in audio format. I mean, I was sketching and coloring like demon-possessed by the last third in.
Characterization-wise, creepy dolls are creepy (though it's a nice zig-zagging there), cool old ladies are awesome, and the friendship aspects were beautiful.
That arm-bursting scene! My God *shudder*
And it was sad and tragic as all hell. La lotería indeed. But who wants such balls to align as these
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I don't seem to be interested in listening to anything new right now, so I'm relistening to this. Scott Aiello's narration is great, although it just occurred to me that his voice for Zala is a lot like the English dub voice for Naruto's Sasuke. I keep getting mental images of Sasuke arguing with a too-smart octopus who I'm pretty sure says the word "pudding" the same way as the guy who narrates "True Facts About the Octopus."
I´ve been trying to learn Spanish on my own for a couple years now and haven´t gotten very far. I do know some basic stuff that is a little useful but not enough to say much or have a conversation. I got this thing in the mail before I went on my trip to California and just happened to pick it up just before the sale was over. I ordered a Beginning Spanish course and I´m already very happy with it. I haven´t received the DVD or the book in the mail yet but I can access the material online. I finished the first lesson and feel pretty good about it. I´m going to practice that lesson more for a few days and see if I can keep more of it in my head without leaks. I may need some corks.
Anyway, if anyone cares I ordered it through The great courses. There are many other classes but I honed right in on what I wanted. It is taught by an actual professor dude from the University of Alabama. I looked him up and found him on their website. Can you tell I´m a skeptic?
One thing I was always frustrated with when trying to learn with other apps, sites and misc other things was organization of the material. I have learned a lot with Duolingo but they throw verbs out but don´t really teach how to know which form to use well. I wanted a book that laid out which to use is a chart. I learn best from books. Go figure.
This course teaches using video, audio, and a book. The dude is very easy to follow and doesn´t talk to fast. I listened to the audio portion which had the vocabulary words and practice phrases etc. There were a few things I didn´t get but the book helped with that. Now I hope to be able to understand all of it when I listen again.
There was another app that I was using that was teaching greetings and responses. It went through the conversation way too fast for me and I was so confused. After just doing the first lesson of this I understand it so much better.
I sound like an infomercial. I am not just a student, I´m also not the president.