I just finished reading Alexandra, Gone by Anna McPartlin for a Pocket Book Blog Tour.
LETTING GO FOR GOOD . . .
Once, Jane Moore and Alexandra Walsh were inseparable, sharing secrets and stolen candy, plotting their futures together. But when Jane became pregnant at seventeen, they drifted slowly apart. Jane has spent the years since raising her son, now seventeen himself, on her own, running a gallery, managing her sister’s art career, and looking after their volatile mother—all the while trying not to resent the limited choices life has given her.
Then a quirk of fate and a faulty elevator bring Jane into contact with Tom, Alexandra’s husband, who has some shocking news. Alexandra disappeared from a south Dublin suburb months ago, and Tom has been searching fruitlessly for her. Jane offers to help, as do the elevator’s other passengers—Jane’s brilliant but self-absorbed sister, Elle, and Leslie Sheehan, a reclusive web designer who’s ready to step back into the world again. And as Jane quickly realizes, Tom isn’t the only one among them who’s looking for something . . . or traveling toward unexpected revelations about love, life, and what it means to let go, in every sense.
In this insightful and irresistible novel, by turns profound, poignant, and laugh- out-loud funny, acclaimed Irish writer Anna McPartlin tells a story of friendship and love, of the families we are born into and the ones we create for ourselves, and of the hope and strength that remain when we find the courage to leave the past behind at last.
This book was a little hard for me to get into. There was something about the writing that made me have to struggle with it at first, and then once I did, it was easier to read.
This was a deep book--it's definitely not something you'd want to read if you were looking for a happy, uplifting or fluffy book. But it was definitely interesting. A lot of issues were brought up--teenage pregnancy, missing people, suicide, cancer, mental illness.
The way the characters were all integrated took a little while to figure out, but then it was neat to read about how their lives intertwined.
I would recommend this book if you're looking for a thought-provoking story.
I gave this book a rating of 3/5.
This book fulfills items in the following challenges:
2010 100+ Reading Challenge: 47
*FTC Disclosure: I was given this book for free by Sarah from Pocket Book Blog Tours for an honest review