Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Book Review and Giveaway: Eggshells

By Melissa Amster

Vivian doesn’t feel like she fits in — and never has. As a child, she was so whimsical that her parents told her she was “left by fairies.” Now, living alone in Dublin, the neighbors treat her like she’s crazy, her older sister condescends to her, social workers seem to have registered her as troubled, and she hasn’t a friend in the world.

So, she decides it’s time to change her life: She begins by advertising for a friend. Not just any friend. She wants one named Penelope.

Meanwhile, she roams the city, mapping out a new neighborhood every day, seeking her escape route to a better world, the other world her parents told her she came from.

And then one day someone named Penelope answers her ad for a friend. And from that moment on, Vivian’s life begins to change.
(Synopsis courtesy of TLC Book Tours.)

Some things I really liked about Eggshells:
1. Caitriona Lally writes Vivian as a protagonist, yet most of her supporting characters are bothered or annoyed by her. This felt like an interesting way to tell a story.
2. There's an idyllic feel to the story. Vivian can come and go as she pleases and spend her days doing whatever she wants. She has a childlike sense of wonder.
3. It was funny. Vivian reminds me of Amelia Bedelia, who always makes me laugh (even as an adult). She takes so much of what is said to her at face value and it leads to some fantastic misunderstandings.
4. Vivian's fascination with words enhanced the story. I loved reading what she thought a word meant or how it should look, sound, etc.
5. It was an escape from the stress of what is going on in real life. I rarely thought about current events while reading this novel.
6. It took me on an armchair adventure to Ireland.

Some things I would have liked to know more about:
1. Vivian's age. All I know is that she is an adult, but that she's younger than Penelope.
2. Why Vivian won't look in a mirror.
3. Why her family has such a problem with her. We only see this through her sister, but there are some points where she refers to how her parents treated her.
4. Vivian's backstory. We only really know about her present comings and goings. I wanted to know more about her past.
5. What Vivian looks like. We don't get much of a description.

Overall, it was a quirky story that will delight fans of A Man Called Ove, Invisible Ellen, and/or Be Frank With Me.

Thanks to TLC Book Tours for the book in exchange for an honest review. They have one copy to give away! Visit all the stops on Caitriona's tour. (We're pleased to be kicking it off!)


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21 comments:

Janine said...

The first one that comes to mind is Cats!

April Sutton said...

Thanks for the chance to win!

Melissa said...

I'd love to see Waitress on broadway! I loved the movie and am such a big fan of Sara Bareilles, so I think it would be such a treat to see!

rubynreba said...

Wicked

traveler said...

Jersey Boys.

djnbjnon said...

I loved to see The Producers or A Chorus Line

Susan Dyer said...

I never got to see Cats.......

Thank you for the chance!!

rhonda said...

Hamilton,

Dianne Casey said...

I would really, really like to see Hamilton.

Dianne Casey said...

I would really, really like to see Hamilton.

bn100 said...

rent

Mary Preston said...

THE LION KING is supposed to be very good.

Chrissy said...
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Chrissy said...

I've never seen any!! I mean unless we're talking smaller scale musicals then I've seen Annie at a dinner theater place that's doing Grease now and I'd love to see that!! I'm such an 80s child it's crazy haha

Mary Evelyn said...

I would LOVE to see CHICAGO!!! One of my all time favorites was SINGIN' IN THE RAIN and THE KING & I, with the late Yul Brenner. But, CHICAGO?! Yes. I'd do just about anything to see that.

Mary Evelyn said...

And I agree with Chrissy. I'm a child of the mid-70's and 80's. I remember seeing GREASE at the movies when first released. My BFF & I came home and acted out the entire movie in her living room. After we got the album, look out!! Probably drove my mother crazy singing "Hopelessly Devoted To You". Seeing GREASE performed live would be "electrifying". (If you picked up on that, it's a nod to "Greased Lightning" .) Cuz it was! :D

Heather J @ TLC Book Tours said...

Quirky is the best word for this book - it seems to fit so very well!

Thanks for being a part of the tour.

Aire para respirar said...

Cats, the Lion King, Mamma mia........

Bonnie K. said...

I saw some clips of Hamilton on PBS. I would like to see it on stage.

Tatum Rangel said...

"Book of Mormon." I've heard good things about that one. :)

Jinger Kat said...

I'd love to see the musical Mamma Mia, have watched the film several times