The Goldfinch

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Since my post, 9 Reasons Reading is Rad, I thought why not write reviews about the books I read! Before you know it I’ll be the head book critic at The NY Times.  {See. Reading does help your imagination}

I love it when I can recommend a good book, because honestly, there are a lot of really bad ones out there. You can’t always go by the Amazon stars, or The New York Times bestseller list.

The best way is a recommendation from a friend. So here I am! Your book buddy!

I just finished The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt. I loved it!

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SUMMARY: (from Amazon.com)

It begins with a boy. Theo Decker, a thirteen-year-old New Yorker, miraculously survives an accident that kills his mother. Abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. Bewildered by his strange new home on Park Avenue, disturbed by schoolmates who don’t know how to talk to him, and tormented above all by his unbearable longing for his mother, he clings to one thing that reminds him of her: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the underworld of art. 

As an adult, Theo moves silkily between the drawing rooms of the rich and the dusty labyrinth of an antiques store where he works. He is alienated and in love-and at the center of a narrowing, ever more dangerous circle. 

The Goldfinch is a novel of shocking narrative energy and power. It combines unforgettably vivid characters, mesmerizing language, and breathtaking suspense, while plumbing with a philosopher’s calm the deepest mysteries of love, identity, and art. It is a beautiful, stay-up-all-night and tell-all-your-friends triumph, an old-fashioned story of loss and obsession, survival and self-invention, and the ruthless machinations of fate.

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I couldn’t put it down. It’s an amazing story, a mystery, a thriller, a heart-warmer and a jaw dropper all in one.

It’s lengthy, and deep. Depressing at times and happy at times. I really liked how I was taken through Theo’s whole young-adult life, and not just told about it. Does that make sense? You’re really in his youth with him, which make so many of his actions throughout make total sense. Because it’s like you know him! Instead of being told of his character you watch it develop and it makes you want to give him a big hug.

The other characters bring a lot to the table too. You’ll fall in love with Boris and Hobie, and end up missing Theo’s mother as much as he does.

I really really loved this book and totally recommend it to anyone looking for a page turner.

To purchase the real life book in paper click here.

To buy it for your kindle click here.

To buy on itunes for ipad, click here.

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