Saturday, July 5, 2014

July’s book review: Bittersweet


This month, it was Cassie’s turn to choose our book, and she chose Bittersweet, by Miranda Beverly-Whittemore.


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You can read Cassie’s review here.


Let me tell you what I thought of this book:  while I was reading it, I felt like I should dress like this:


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(Only holding the book instead of a drink.)

When in fact, I looked more like THIS:

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(Not holding a book because I’ve been sucked into another episode of Real Housewives.)


Do you remember The Official Preppy Handbook from 1980?  Well, these characters were DIRECTLY FROM THAT BOOK!  They had the preppy names and the preppy schools and the preppy summer compound in Vermont.  They had preppy parents and even preppy dogs…but they also had a secret.  It was not very preppy of them.  In fact, they had TWO secrets—both of them bad news.


Here’s what I think: ONE of the secrets was enough.  The other secret was more of a sub-secret.  It wasn’t developed well and the supposed-resolution was not very well-developed, either.  The MAIN secret—I liked how it was dealt with.  I’m just surprised it took so long!

So…if you want a “summer read,” this would be a good one.  If you want to wait until next summer, when it’s out in paperback, then even better. 

Our next choice is The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls, which I chose because my friends and I have spent some time at Yonahlossee, which is now full of mountain homes—some of them rentals.  We occasionally spend the first weekend in November there and we do a little Christmas shopping in Blowing Rock, which is delightful!  Anyway, I think this book has a secret too, and it might even have some *whispering* sex in it.  Don’t tell my mom.

So...if your name is Muffy or Biff, you may want to check out Bittersweet.  If you want to read something with s-e-x, you might want to try The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls.

12 comments:

  1. my friend Bitsy just loved this book. ;) the names were so redonkulous... and i agree about secret 2 not being necessary and also not well delivered.
    i'm about a quarter of the way though yonahlossee and loving it!

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  2. Love the review, the Lilly dress and you.

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  3. This is a good time to read a good book. Hot as Hades and humid as a swamp.
    Brenda

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  4. Please tell me you don't watch The Real Housewives of anywhere...

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  5. Love the pic, Kirby! One day I'm going to read a book again. From someone who was such a book nerd as a kid, I sure don't read much for fun anymore......unless you call all my surfing on Pinterest reading!

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  6. You didn't tell enough about the beer in your hand.

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  7. Just love you, wish we were neighbors!

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  8. OMG I love your photo! It looks like me, but watching some sci-fi instead of reality. Cheers!

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  9. I am a jammie reader...no monograms or alligators on them, so I might have to go with the sexier book over the preppier one!

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  10. For 75% of my summer I am in your pose, your choice of outfit, your choice of beverage, just planted in a lounge chair on my back patio.

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  11. Now let me say....THERE'S a real housewife.

    -andi

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  12. Oh my gosh, the names and the dogs were my favorite part - ha!

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