Today I'll be heading out to go back home. I'm a little sad, and as always feeling that nostalgic "I wish" a bit too much. For some reason, I always seem to wish I were more of a beach bum, or more of a water enthusiast, or that I'd exercised just a little more, or that I'd read more. It's that bit of myself that I actually have to fight and tell myself that it really was a glorious summer, and take the lovely memories away with me. Aloha to my second home and family!
One book I did manage to finish last week before I returned my library books was Dear Julia by Amy Bronwen Zemser. I'd had this book on my "To Be Read" list for over a year, so it was nice to finally get a chance to read this one. What an interesting little read!
Review: This was one of the quirkiest little books I'd read in awhile. Since I genuinely love to read "foodie lit," I'd wanted to read this one for quite some time. The references to sauces, pastries, and meat preparations were glorious, and made me a bit jealous that such a young girl could master them! Elaine was truly an introvert. Her likes and dislikes so different from other teenagers, that it was hard to even say she was a teen. Her best friend in the story, also a big eccentric, really brought Elaine to a place where she could actually see her dreams of attending culinary school in France.
There is this interesting blend of foodie knowledge and YA angst that makes this novel especially interesting. It has the feel of other young adult novels that deal with really quirky teenagers, with their masked and bottled insecurities and their hopes all kept under wraps. I really liked Elaine though, and wanted her to find herself and showcase her amazing talents! It was truly a fun read that was completely out of the ordinary from anything I'd read before. You do get a sense for how it might end, but the story itself feels strangely new. I really enjoyed the book, and although thought the characters were real oddballs, I enjoyed watching them take their insecurities and oddities and showing their value to society. Just a great little book that is out of the norm!
If you like foodie type literature, then I would give this a try. Yes, it's a pretty quirky story, but still fun. Now, if I could just learn to make an omelet or crepes for myself!
*FTC Disclosure: This review was based off of a library copy of the novel.
This book counts as my 6th in the TBR Challenge. Only six more to go!