Friday, October 18, 2013

Book Club!!

Today is Book Club Friday!

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This week I'm sharing...

Here's the synopsis:

When Lily Hayes arrives in Buenos Aires for her semester abroad, she is enchanted by everything she encounters: the colorful buildings, the street food, the handsome, elusive man next door. Her studious roommate Katy is a bit of a bore, but Lily didn’t come to Argentina to hang out with other Americans.

Five weeks later, Katy is found brutally murdered in their shared home, and Lily is the prime suspect. But who is Lily Hayes? It depends on who’s asking. As the case takes shape—revealing deceptions, secrets, and suspicious DNA—Lily appears alternately sinister and guileless through the eyes of those around her: the media, her family, the man who loves her and the man who seeks her conviction. With mordant wit and keen emotional insight, Cartwheel offers a prismatic investigation of the ways we decide what to see—and to believe—in one another and ourselves.


Here are my thoughts:
I received this book in return for my honest, unbiased review.  I received no compensation, monetarily or otherwise.

I was very excited to receive a copy of Cartwheel, because it has some obvious links to the Amanda Knox case and found that intriguing.  While I didn't follow the Knox case closely, I did catch some similarities between the case and the book itself.  However, I wouldn't say that there are so many similarities between the book and the case that you can anticipate what is coming next.

This book definitely put into perspective how I would be perceived if my emails, text messages, and notes were released to the general public.  Lily Hayes was judged by the public before any actual evidence was presented before a judge. 

The story itself is told from multiple perspectives: Lily herself, Andrew (her father), Sebastian (the boy next door), and Eduardo (the investigator).  I usually find books written in this manner difficult to follow, but it was not an issue with Cartwheel at all.  I found that the chapters flowed well from person to person, past to present, and back to the past again.  I also really enjoyed getting into the minds of multiple characters and seeing their reactions to different situations and what made them act the way they do.

Overall, I give Cartwheel 4 out of 5 stars!

What are you currently reading??


Dee said...

I had never heard of this book so I'm glad you wrote about it. It sounds like something right up my alley! Might check it out!

Julie said...

Yet another interesting book I need to add to my ever growing Goodreads list :)

Jenn @ A Country Girl's World said...

This sounds really interesting! I will definitely be adding this to my list.

Belle Vierge said...

That sounds so good! Adding it to my goodreads list, definitely. :)

Angela Wiebe said...

This books sounds very interesting. Definitely one I will be looking up!

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