I don’t know when I would have picked up this book had Annie Barrows not come to my local bookstore to do a reading and signing. But since she was coming, I bought a copy for myself and a copy for my peeps to have her sign. I mean, this book has been all over the blogosphere and I think the consensus is that OMG THIS BOOK IS SO GOOD!
And they’re right: OMG THIS BOOK IS SO GOOD!
This book is written in epistolary form, meaning it’s written all in letters. The letters are written by various people, though most of them are written by the protagonist, Juliet. The setting is 1946 London. Juliet, an author, is trying to find inspiration for a new book and stumbles upon some people in Guernsey who started their own book group during the Nazi occupation. Juliet’s told that there’s enough quirky people to make it worth her investigation. As we follow Juliet’s research of the Guernsey LIterary and Potato Peel Pie Society, we also find out she’s 30 AND SINGLE, which means she might as well hold up a sign that says Spinster for Life and call it a day.
<sidenote: When I was religious, I was 21, single, and in a car with a 17-year-old girl. She asked me, AND I QUOTE, “What’s it like to be single at your age?” I was so offended by that question that just a few short months later, I bought an apricot tiny toy poodle, because I figured if I was going to be old and single, I might as well have a dog that looks like me. True story. /sidenote>
Juliet does meet a really cool, guy, though, who sends her flowers all the time (even before they met, because he was her admirer !!!), and while she’s deciding just how much she loves him, she moves to Guernsey so she can get to know as these kooky people she’s been writing to. Hilarity, great stories, and a few misunderstandings ensue.
The epistolary form really sets a wonderful tone for this book. The reader feels like they’re being drawn back into a time when people actually had time to write letters. And the characters…they’re perfect: flawed but loveable.
If you like Jane Austen, you’ll like this book. This book falls into that great category of chick lit that’s not fluff, a story that transcends time and firmly plants itself in your heart.
Rating: 90 out of 100
If you read this book, what did you think of it? Do you agree with me that if you like Jane Austen, you’ll like this book?
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