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The Compulsive Reader: The Story of Us by Deb Caletti

Saturday, March 3, 2012

The Story of Us by Deb Caletti

Cricket's life is changing rapidly, and there's nothing she can do to stop it. She's just graduated from high school and moved out of her childhood home, and now her mother is getting remarried. Cricket's mother has been close to marriage a few times before, only to back out at the last minute. Cricket doesn't want her mom to get cold feet this time—Dan Jax is perfect, even if his own kids aren't so enthusiastic about the relationship. As Cricket handles these major life changes, all occurring within a week of each other, she is also dealing with her own recent, not-quite-complete break-up and the trying to prepare herself for the prospect of life never being the same again.

Deb Caletti’s latest book is everything readers have come to expect from her. She takes readers back to Bishop Rock, the setting of Stay, for The Story of Us. The charming and idyllic seaside setting is lovely, and it is an interesting parallel to the tension and turmoil that the characters experience in the week leading up to Cricket's mom's wedding. Caletti's talent for creating interesting, complex characters and relationships that remind readers of their own families shines through in this novel. Cricket has relied on her mom and her older brother (and beloved dog Jupiter) a lot over the years, and they've been through a lot of hard times together, so it's natural for her to just want them all to be happy. However, lots of internal confusion arises with the issue of the wedding and discussions of the future. Cricket is not so sure that she wants to move away from home yet, and while she knows that Dan is good for her mom, but she isn't sure if she believes that relationships, even with the perfect partner, can work. Her evidence is in her relationship complications and subsequent break-up with Jannsen, her long-time boyfriend and the only person outside of her mom and brother that she considers family. These muddled emotions and disappointments mesh with the sometimes tragic and often comical family relationships and antics to create a beautiful, emotion-driven story. This is yet another excellent, family-oriented novel that will remind readers that while life is always changing, there are some things that will always stay the same, no matter what.

Cover Comments: I love this pretty cover! The waves and the gauzy fabric just look so cool together, and the lighting is beautiful! 

This one will be available April 24th, 2012!

Digital galley provided by publisher.

3 comments:

Alex (A Girl, Books, OtherThings) said...

this novel sounds delightful, though I admit I've never read a book by Caletti. I had one of her early ones i my tbr pile though and I hope I like it so I can get to this one.

jennachristy said...

i’ve seen and added this book to my TBR list, and reading your review, now I can’t wait to read it too! :)

marybelle said...

I have not heard of THE STORY OF US before. The cover is pretty, as you said.