Friday, June 10, 2011

'The Art of Forgetting' by Camille Noe Pagan + Giveaway

Teaser Synopsis: When Julia calls to me, I immediately think of Dr. Bauer's warning:  She may not be the same person you knew two days ago. [p.14] * Uncorrected ARC
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First thoughts after finishing this book: Yes, this was the way it was supposed to turn out!!

I really liked Marissa and was so happy that she finally learned to stand on her own two feet!! This was a great book that centers around Marissa and her insecurities. It isn't until her best friend Julia suffers a traumatic head injury that she realizes she's lived her life for Julia and not for herself. I can't imagine how hard it would be to have someone close to you change their personality over night due to something totally out of their control. One day Julia seems herself and then the next she's wearing clothes that look like they might have came from a thrift store. Marissa has to learn how to manage her life without Julia dictating her every move. She also learns to feel good about herself and embrace that lovely woman inside.

Recommend? Yes, this is a good book about life changing events and decisions, how far would you push the boundaries of your friendship, second chances, body image, and eventually believing in yourself.

Would I change anything? The was just a tad too abrupt for me. Other than that I was totally engaged in the story and felt that Marissa and I would've been great friends!!

Rating: 7.5/10

Author: Camille Noe Pagan
Published: June 2011
Publisher: Dutton
Pages: 290
Genre: Women's Fiction
ISBN:  9780525952190
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Disclaimer:Thank you to TLC Book Tours for sending me a review copy. I was not compensated for my review. My thoughts on this book were in no way influenced by the author or publicist.They are my personal reflections based solely on MY experience while reading this novel

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  1. Ohhhhhhhh this sounds really good! I would love to win it!! :):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)

  2. That looks fantastic and I love your ending response!

  3. Abrupt ending, ok, I can get over that if the rest of the book is good :)
    And the cover is just so lovely

  4. Staci, this does sound like one I'd like. BTW... I love your review style; it's short yet to the point and I always feel like I know all I want to know about the book.

  5. I read this book for TLC to and feel the same way - I was SO happy that this book was Marissa's story. I really enjoyed it.

    Great review!

  6. I think many of us live for other people (spouse, child, boyfriend or girlfriend, etc) than we realize. Most of us are probably guilty of it in some way. The book sounds really interesting. I'd love to be entered in the giveaway. kathy(at)

  7. Staci, I love the cover on this book. Drop my name in the hat, please.

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  8. Sounds like this book is full of issues we can all relate to in one way or another.


  9. I love when a book turns out the way I hoped it would - it's such a relief for me. :)

    Thanks for being on the tour!

  10. Your first sentence was quite the teaser - a very good one. I also like that the main character felt like a new friend.

  11. Staci, thanks so much for this truly lovely review of Forgetting! So nice to see a Michigan blogger review my novel. :)

  12. Sometimes I'm taken aback by abrupt endings as well--takes some times to get used to. Such a beautiful cover!!

  13. This sounds like an awesome story. I don't like abrupt endings either.

  14. I'm a sucker for gorgous covers and I loved this one when I first lay eyes on it. Sounds like a story I'd enjoy too.

  15. This sounds like a good read. I hadn't heard of it before but I might have to check it out. I love the cover as well!

  16. I think the cover is stunning. I have been very into covers lately. The premise sounds interesting too. I'd definitely like to read it. :)


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  17. I'm trying not to acquire more books than I read from my stacks but this cover is just to gorgeous to pass up. Plus I'm -1 on my stacks so far :)
    stacybooks at yahoo

  18. I love the cover. Good to know it's a good read not just a pretty cover. I'd love win this one. Enter me in the giveaway!

  19. I just love that cover. I've seen it on several blogs lately.

  20. Dealing with a head injury is a very difficult thing. Having experienced this with my own son and living with a child whose personality went from fun loving to angry and despondent definitely changed me.

    It sounds like the author understood head injuries and did a good job showing how Marrisa dealt with the changes in Julia. I think I would like seeing Marrisa's growth. Lovely review.

  21. This book sounds amazing! I always love your book reviews.

  22. this sounds so

  23. Oh I'm so glad you enjoyed this one! I really want to read it too. (I'm not entering the giveaway though as I'm not in the US!)

  24. Your enthusiasm and love for the story shines through. Thanks Staci for the review and recommendation!

  25. I'll be back to read this. I just zipped over to the recommend section and that's good enough for now. Lol.

  26. I just posted my review of this book today. I liked it too!
    No need to enter me in giveaway.

  27. This one has definitely piqued my interest. Sounds like it might be a good book club selection.


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