Saturday, December 26, 2009

Labor Day by Joyce Maynard

iconiconI actually finished Joyce Maynard's Labor Day a couple of weeks ago, but with Christmas coming up and everything else going on, I didn't have time to blog about it then.

I had heard about this book somewhere, I think on NPR, but it took so long to get it from the library that by that time I'd forgotten where. When I flipped through it initially, I was admittedly skeptical as to whether I'd like it. But I had a chance to read it almost right away, so read it I did.

I was pleasantly surprised: Labor Day is an incredibly engrossing book. One of the quotes on the cover compares it to Atonement, and I have to say I agree. It feels like a more modern story, but it has some similar themes: love, betrayal, and coming of age. The characters are equally as interesting, in some ways more so, as they are never quite what you expect.

This is one of those books that you shouldn't judge from your first impressions. The cover isn't very exciting, and flipping through the pages the story might seem a bit dull, but don't believe it for a minute!

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