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Greta & Valdin

By Rebecca K Reilly

8/10
(8/10)

336 pages

What’s it about?

Valdin lives in New Zealand in a good flat with his sister Greta.  He is picking up the pieces after his boyfriend moved to Argentina last year.  Greta is also trying to get her love life together and get over the crush she has had on a workmate for way too long.  They are surrounded by a colorful and loving family- and many odd but endearing friends.

What did it make me think about?

Family.

Should I read it?

This book is going to be absolutely LOVED by some and not as well liked by others.  It is brimming with intelligence and humor but can be chaotic and uneven at times.  As I read I thought- The first 50 pages- “What in the world is going on?” Pages 50-100-  “Who are all these people?” Pages 100- “What is going to happen with Valdin?”  “I am concerned for Greta.” “I can’t put this book down to see why the dog is barking….” This chaotic novel had so many disparate threads that at the beginning I was slightly overwhelmed.  But the author deftly weaves all these threads together.  We somehow go from “What is going on?” to caring deeply about this family.  They are kooky, they are messy, they are smart, and they are endearing.  I wasn’t so sure about adding a couple more character’s perspectives at the very end- but I guess, why not?  Some readers may not be able to get past the chaos, but if you can just refer back to the character list at the front of the book, all is not lost.  Just keep reading as these two siblings may end up to be your favorite book characters this year!

Quote-

“The houses in the suburb are too big, too grand, and the trees are too tall and imported.  People have gates with keypads to protect themselves from each other.  Expensive dogs yap through black iron bars as you walk by, letting you know you aren’t supposed to be there.  I always walks a bit more hastily than I usually do here, just in case the police come and take me away.  Maori male, approx. thirty years, thin build, seen enjoying the shade of a colonial tree.  Witnesses include a $3000 Pomeranian and ten high-tech home security systems.”

What’s it about?

Valdin lives in New Zealand in a good flat with his sister Greta.  He is picking up the pieces after his boyfriend moved to Argentina last year.  Greta is also trying to get her love life together and get over the crush she has had on a workmate for way too long.  They are surrounded by a colorful and loving family- and many odd but endearing friends.

What did it make me think about?

Family.

Should I read it?

This book is going to be absolutely LOVED by some and not as well liked by others.  It is brimming with intelligence and humor but can be chaotic and uneven at times.  As I read I thought-

The first 50 pages- “What in the world is going on?”

Pages 50-100-  “Who are all these people?”

Pages 100- “What is going to happen with Valdin?”  “I am concerned for Greta.” “I can’t put this book down to see why the dog is barking….”

This chaotic novel had so many disparate threads that at the beginning I was slightly overwhelmed.  But the author deftly weaves all these threads together.  We somehow go from “What is going on?” to caring deeply about this family.  They are kooky, they are messy, they are smart, and they are endearing.  I wasn’t so sure about adding a couple more character’s perspectives at the very end- but I guess, why not?  Some readers may not be able to get past the chaos, but if you can just refer back to the character list at the front of the book, all is not lost.  Just keep reading as these two siblings may end up to be your favorite book characters this year!

Quote-

“The houses in the suburb are too big, too grand, and the trees are too tall and imported.  People have gates with keypads to protect themselves from each other.  Expensive dogs yap through black iron bars as you walk by, letting you know you aren’t supposed to be there.  I always walks a bit more hastily than I usually do here, just in case the police come and take me away.  Maori male, approx. thirty years, thin build, seen enjoying the shade of a colonial tree.  Witnesses include a $3000 Pomeranian and ten high-tech home security systems.”

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