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Tuesday, November 2, 2010

The Transformation of Things by Jillian Cantor: Book Review and Contest

The Transformation of Things
by Jillian Cantor
Avon (HarperCollins)
ISBN: 978-0-06-196220-2
Release Date: November 2, 2010

Description: What if the reality you thought you knew was nothing but a fantasy? Jennifer Levenworth has a great big pounding headache. It could be because her husband, a judge, is indicted on bribery charges, leaving her unsure about everything in her marriage. Or it could be caused by the media, who are relentlessly covering the story. Or because the friends Jennifer thought she knew and trusted have turned their backs on her in her greatest hour of need.

And then the dreams begin. . . .

And while Jennifer sleeps, she swears she can see-and hear-her friends' and family's most private moments. Soon Jennifer realizes she is actually learning the truth about their lives, which is also leading her to question everything she thought she knew about herself. But when the dreams start to reveal a startling reality, can Jennifer find the strength to ultimately transform her life?

The Good Stuff
  • One of the most unusual stories I have read this year -- in a good way that is
  • Beautifully written story that has a nice flow to it
  • Some light humour
  • Great ending and nicely hopeful -- we know I like that in a book
  • Lovely commentary on the stress of being a mother and some of the feelings that we have, that society frowns upon us talking about.  Motherhood isn't for sissies people!!!!
  • Interesting thoughts on the misconceptions we have of other people and the judgments we make about them without "really knowing" what their lives are like
  • Made me cry a little and know I also must go home and hug my beautiful little heathens
  • Nice character development
  • Great first chapter, grabs your attention and makes you want to keep reading

The Not so Good Stuff

  • I found Jennifer to be completely oblivious and stunted at times, although this is explained away with the ending, I still found myself just really irritated with her choices and her lack of motivation. Also many times I just wanted to smack her upside the head
  • A little slow at times
  • Her marriage and life seemed so empty and pathetic, I wasn't sure I wanted to keep reading. Luckily the author is extremely talented and kept me interested even though I wasn't really sure I liked the main character

Favorite Quotes/Passages

"I agreed, willing to do whatever Ethel told me, not because I necessarily believed it would work, but because I believed that she believed it would."

"..and vowed to love, honor, and cherish each other through sickness and in health. And indictment. Who would've thought to add that to the vows."

"Did we all have it, that something that made us broken beneath the surface?"

What I Learned
  • The grass isn't always greener
  • The everything isn't as it seems
  • Damn, other moms feel like I do sometimes
  • I seem to have a lack of sympathy for poor rich people

Who should/shouldn't read 
  •  Those who like something a little different will enjoy
  • Wouldn't recommend for those looking for a light beach read or who need tons of excitement in a story
4 Dewey's
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  1. Your likes outweigh your dislikes that I will put this book on my "check it out list". Great review.

  2. I loved your review, honest and thorough!
    I'm interested
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  3. I think this one sounds really interesting. I liked your what I learned list. I am a gfc follower.

  4. I follow and I would like to read this book!

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  5. This sounds like the perfect 'read before sleep' book.

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