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Olivia Hunt is unemployed, living alone, and working on the fourth draft of her suicide note when she gets a phone call that lets her know what real trouble is. Madeleine Hunt is her younger sister, the annoyingly happy one who married her childhood sweetheart while Olivia set out to conquer Hollywood. And Maddie is in trouble. Pulled home for the first time in years, OlivOlivia Hunt is unemployed, living alone, and working on the fourth draft of her suicide note when she gets a phone call that lets her know what real trouble is. Madeleine Hunt is her younger sister, the annoyingly happy one who married her childhood sweetheart while Olivia set out to conquer Hollywood. And Maddie is in trouble. Pulled home for the first time in years, Olivia gets a painful dose of real life as she tries to help her sister, keep her parents from running off the rails, and reconnect with the boyfriend who left without a word but might still be the love of her life. And, of course, the movie she's been trying to put in front of a camera for years heats up just as she leaves town. Racing between Hollywood, hospital rooms, and film sets in Spain, Olivia has to do the impossible at work and at home - and learns that love will let her do no less....

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The True and Outstanding Adventures of the Hunt Sisters Reviews

  • Saleh MoonWalker
    2019-05-04 11:59

    Onvan : The True and Outstanding Adventures of the Hunt Sisters - Nevisande : Elisabeth Robinson - ISBN : 316159360 - ISBN13 : 9780316159364 - Dar 326 Safhe - Saal e Chap : 2004

  • whichwaydidshego?
    2019-04-27 10:34

    I've just finished weeping my way through the last few pages of this wonderful book. It's a beautiful tale of sisters, of course, but much more so of relationships and relating.This novel counterbalances the falseness and fecklessness of Hollywood with the intensely weighted reality of dealing with cancer in small town middle America. Even more, it blended them into the tapestry of one life, revealing that the frivolity of the one and the despair of the other are intrinsic in every life. Through this it demonstrates that the point is to take the moment, this very moment whether it be as thin as onionskin paper or as rich as flowerless chocolate cake, and appreciate it, live it, go for it. No matter how short or how long the moment is, the life is, it is worth it.There were moments I wanted to heave this book across the room or into an imagined deep well because, while I'm nothing like the main character, I understood certain aspects of her journey having faced (to a lesser but no less gripping degree) the situation of having a younger sibling diagnosed with cancer. I was compelled to press on and was not disappointed I did.The struggle with understanding and with faith and with hope while simultaneously attempting to fathom the immensity of the negative unknown, the basic struggle for life and death, and dealing with the mundanity of daily life is a vividly real confusion. It's a battle, trying to feel that what you want and value still actually holds some importance... and that it is really okay to want those things. Still, when you feel pleasure there is an underlying guilt. Robinson deftly conveys all this with humor and a touch of grace. Her character's growth at times is so subtle it seems impossible, but that is what I appreciate about this work... it mirrors life so well. One day we recognize the change in us, and find we have a long winding road to gaze at, rather than a single moment, in searching for the "when" of said change. I'm so pleased to have had this experience.I wanted to close with this wonderful quote, "I said hope is neither false nor true but a kind of happiness itself, a fuel that carries us toward our dreams." May we all, in spite of the odds, keep hope alive, feeling it's singular beauty, as we press ever closer to our dreams.

  • Emily
    2019-05-01 12:34

    I was soooo ready for the book to end by the end that I just skimmed through the ending. I think what bothered me was how one sided the book was because you had to get the story through letters of one person (which is different, to me, than reading a book that's in first person. And there were no adventures...the title and cover gave me a different impression of what the book is about.

  • Julie Laporte
    2019-05-17 11:02

    This was about a 3-star-er before I hit the midway point, then everything started clicking, and it became one of those books that doesn't leave your side...since it's in letter format, it's easy to grab a page or two here and there. This book is so thought-provoking--a story of two sisters, both of them whose lives are falling apart, but in completely different ways. One loses her health, but has loving family intact. The other loses her love and her career, while health is intact. Both resent the other's blessings, although that's a far more subtle theme. Interesting feminist vs. traditionalist arguments about love and romance. Great parallel with one sister, who is trying to produce a new take on Don Quixote...there's a struggle throughout the book about how the movie should end--the fall of idealism? The conscious propping up of fantasy? As the film executives battle out the ending of the film, you wonder where the book will end, as it has the same possible outcomes.The format of the letters was a little annoying at first, but after a while, it really gelled with the storytelling. Letters are only one-sided (no responses are provided)...after all, who writes letters anymore? The protagonist does! Although there are some emails tossed in, too! The letters also aren't just to one person, but to whomever--sometimes short, angry letters--I especially enjoyed those written to the doctors treating her sister! You'll chuckle, too. :DNo five stars, as this book was more entertainingly captivating than earth-shattering. Nice summer read, as it's easy to pick up and put down due to the format. :D

  • Book Concierge
    2019-05-18 09:37

    The Hunt sisters couldn’t be more different. Olivia is a Hollywood producer, used to first-class amenities and fleeing from any relationship commitment. Maddie lives the life Olivia ran from – still living near their parents in the small town where they grew up, she is happily married to her high school sweetheart. Olivia rages against the obstacles in her path. Maddie approaches life with idealism and optimism. As the novel opens, Olivia has had one disappointment too many and she is crafting her suicide note. But then she learns that Maddie is seriously ill, and Olivia rushes to her sister’s side.The novel is comprised of a series of letters, emails, faxes, and telegrams from Olivia to her sister, parents, brother, best friend, ex-boyfriend, and a variety of people in her professional life or associated with her sister’s medical care. In this way the reader really gets to know Olivia, her thoughts, dreams, disappointments, what irritates, infuriates, and excites her. I was pretty irritated with Olivia through much of the first half of the novel. I found her whiny, irrational, quick to place blame elsewhere, and unable to realize her own culpability in various events. But over time I began to admire her spirit, her tireless efforts to rekindle her career, to “demand” a cure for her sister, to try to set things right with her friends, parents, siblings, ex-boyfriend, colleagues, etc.

  • Meredith
    2019-04-23 07:42

    I didn’t finish this book (which hardly ever happens). The letters of a woman whose sister is battling cancer and is trying to get a Don Quixote film done (she is a director, I think). It was boring to me and I lost interest. It’s very simple writing, as if a woman really did just write a letter and I didn’t like her outlook on life.

  • Brandie
    2019-04-28 11:59

    The True and Outstanding Adventures is a book full of letters, e-mails, and even telegrams, written by Olivia Hunt to her friends and family. Olivia is a hollywood producer who is recovering from losing her job but also determined to make a movie she has put her heart and soul into. Amidst the chaos of the Hollywood life, Olivia learns her younger sister Maddie has leukemia and now Olivia is split between Hollywood and the small midwestern town she comes from. Through her correspondence we get a glimpse at how she is handling everything and how her relationships with everyone grow or shrink as needed. We see the ups and downs in her life and in those of the lives around her. I'm not going to lie ... at first I was very turned off by this book. I expected another book based on the title. I didn't want to read about cancer. I didn't want to go there. I didn't want to read about how cancer affects one's sisters. And frankly, at the beginning the main character Olivia annoyed the crap out of me. Like she didn't get. But somewhere along the way, this book gripped my heart and wouldn't let go.I think through the book Olivia grows and matures. At first I thought Olivia and I could never be friends, but now, I think we could. As she grew and seemed to come into her own, I felt like my heart grew for her. But still. This was a hard book to read. I don't enjoy reading about cancer after having it myself and had I known that that was a main part of the book, I wouldn't have picked up (for the Rory Gillmore reading challenge or not). That said, I'm glad I read it. The Hunt sisters have my heart.

  • Dottie
    2019-05-16 08:54

    Back there when this was out and causing the stir however big or small that might have been, I'm sure it crossed the radar here because as anyone can see my radar is hyper-active -- just look at the numbers on my info here -- it's insane! STILL -- it never got picked up, taken home, or read in part or in total until now with Rory and the gang and may I say -- it was a pleasure?I loved the letters and e-mails and by the backhanded delivery the conversations either in person or via the telephone -- it's there and very present and the story surrounds you as much as it does the protagonist. The oh so human protagonist -- the person of Olivia could be any one of us and the situation could be any one of the many which fall into any of our lives.Sad but also a testament to the hardiness of the human spirit/soul. I'm so glad I looked for this one and found it!

  • Stephanie Kapllani
    2019-04-28 07:51

    When I first started this, I didn't want to continue and I didn't like the format. But I kept going, and what was at first an annoyed start turned into an overwhelmingly, satisfying finish. John Green said, “Sometimes, you read a book and it fills you with this weird evangelical zeal, and you become convinced that the shattered world will never be put back together unless and until all living humans read the book. And then there are books like An Imperial Affliction, which you can't tell people about, books so special and rare and yours that advertising your affection feels like betrayal."And for me this, novel has become the latter. I don't want to bother persuading other people to read the book because I feel like it has touched me in ways that I can't explain. Maybe it's because I felt somehow connected to Olivia's character, some of her letters are a like a mirror of my own thoughts, and her relationship with her sister was so real and beautiful. Here are some of my favorite quotes; "You climbed into my bag and I held you, and I promised wouldn't crash down or get hit by lightening, and eventually you fell asleep that way, clutching my shoulder and my side, your breathing in sync with mine like we were one body, and though the storm rocked our tree ship, the rain pounding the roof, the branches scratching its wood sides, inside we were safe and warm and okay, and in the morning we woke up with the sun and the birds and felt like heroes." "My mother. Why does she torment me so? Why can't my feelings for her be uncomplicated? Half the time I want to slap her and other half I want to hold her and the other half to be held by her.""There was no roof, no ceiling, only the star-filled sky. I sat against a wall and stared at it. Infinity. The simple fact of infinity is enough to make me very open-minded about the mystery of life. Isn't finite the opposite of infinite? How can we ever know anything definitively when the universe is infinite and expanding? The answer is always over that next hill, and the next, and next. When I look at the night sky and consider my relationship to it - one puny organism, out of billions of puny organisms, just sitting in the remains of an ancient chapel, breathing in and out, watching for shooting stars, trying to pick out the constellations, still - this moment both grounds me in the tactile reality of dirt, air, and skin and also lifts me to believe that there must be someone, something up there, there must be. While floods and famine and cancer certainly suggest the universe is pure chaos and randomness, the beauty in the elaborate and connected natural order of things - of veins of a leaf, of a river, of a bold of lightening. to the veins in my hand - suggest there is purpose and meaning, and yes, maybe even something bigger and better than us. And more than the incredible natural order of the universe, there is love: how can love bet he produce of anything short of divine? Or is it simply our capacity to perceive and feel all this that is divine? Is divinity not some abstract unknowable "force" named God but our uniquely human ability to experience it? Do you think you can only feel faith - you can only believe in God, in a meaningful universe - if you were brainwashed with Bible stories, the Talmud, Zen koans as a kid? You know how envious I am of Catholics and Jews, whose faith seems to become a part of their very blood and remain with them long after their educated brains have rejected it. But maybe our journey of doubt is a journey of faith, too.""This is an amazing place. The things medicine can do, all the lives it prolongs and improves and saves; it's as awesome to me as the greatest art, music, and natural wonders of the world." "The more science can do, the more we expect it to do: the more problems science solves - from infertility to cancer - and answers it provides - from the origins of the planet to the human genome - the more faith we put in it to answer everything, when inevitably, like a computer, science can only provide information, never understanding. It can never answer the question why? Only we can find meaning in what science explains, and I'd still like to know that meaning is not just make-believe, a dressing up of the facts to suit our childlike longing for a happy ending.""Why do I visit churches when I don't believe in God? When I walk into an old cathedral like they have on every corner here in Spain, I in fact feel as if I'm trespassing. I feel I've made a mistake, I've entered a secret club, that I shouldn't be there, especially if a service is in progress. When it's empty I enter the ancient darkness and I smell the damp cement and the burning wax, and the statues of Jesus and the sad-eyed Virgin look down at me through the vaulted shadows, and I look at the marble tombs and sarcophagi and the magnificent frescoes of the glory and the agony of the lives of Jesus and the saints, as a pale robed priest or nun floats by on air, silent as spirit, and I see the bowed heads of believers on their knees, and I hear the muffled whispers of their prayers, I feel alone and part from them and that I don't belong in that place. I want to. I am in awe of it. But I'm outside. I envy praying people. I want to feel what they feel. There is magic there, but I can only watch it, like an audience watches a ballet, never knowing what it feels like to pirouette on one toe, to sail through the air in a grand jete.........Then I find an empty pew in the back of the sanctuary and I wait. I breathe in the musty, mote-filled air, air heavy with centuries of hope and prayers, with wishes granted and denied, air that's filled the lungs of crying babies as they were christened with holy water and the lungs of mourning mothers, and now mine, as I say a prayer for Maddie, and wait."

  • Me
    2019-04-26 08:48

    Written as a series of letters to her sister with leukemia, ex-boyfriend, Hollywood big wigs, this is a quick read. However, the plot and tone were too depressing for me to capture much joy from the book. The old adage of not "juding a book by its cover" definitely applies here!

  • Jamie Stanley
    2019-04-28 11:49

    I could not get into this book to save my life. I wanted to like it, but it was horrible.

  • ☯Lilbookworm☮
    2019-05-11 04:42

    Loved this book. Loved the relationship between the sisters and family.

  • 7_MollyS
    2019-05-07 07:43

    This book changed my perspective on the secrets and struggles of sisterhood. It restored my excitement to have two older sisters in my everyday life. This fictional novel centers around the lives of sisters Olivia and Maddie Hunt as they make their way through every-day life obstacles and as they struggle to uncover the meaning and importance of sisterhood. Throughout their whole lives, the sisters have never really been able to find that special connection. Olivia, a hotshot Hollywood producer whose life seems to be shattering slowly, and Maddie, an unrelentless optimistic, seriously ill midwestern whose morality and confidence has always driven her sister Olivia crazy, will reconnect after what seems like a lifetime apart. Embedded in humor, this book is a collection of letters written by Olivia addressed to her sister Maddie, and other family, friends, and close colleagues. These letters, and the journey the Hunt sisters make throughout the book will offer the heartrending truth that hope and love can grow in even the darkest of places. Sometimes you just need your sister to help you uncover it.Reading this book was unlike anything I have ever experienced before. I felt the pain, love, and hate these sisters created for each other. It was like I was a part of everything. Or rather, I was a sister. This is quite an impressive feeling, to feel a sense of belonging in an unknown place. Prior to opening the book I was blind, not knowing my full capabilities and responsibilities I hold as a sister. After closing this book, I felt like I could finally see what I needed to do and who I needed to be in order to excel in being part of a meaningful sisterhood.While so many parts of this book affected me differently, I felt that I it was easy to relate to it so well due to the fact that I have two sisters. At one point in the book, Maddie was finally feeling strong enough to go visit her sister in California, and they end up taking a road trip to find Olivia’s long-time love, Michael. Olivia is then in the process of writing a letter to Maddie after she has gone home and things have dwindled away with Michael. She writes, “Leaving now means leaving for good.” This line affected me so heavily because no matter the context it was found it, I only seem to find it to be partly true. I believe that when someone leaves, there is always a sim possibility that you will find them or that they will find their way back to you. I particularly love when Olivia writes to Maddie about what she says to Michael. At one point she says, “You are my first and last thought of every day.” This excerpt really spoke to me in the sense that it was raw and full of emotional, I could really feel the love radiating from it. Even if these words were spoken to a lover, I feel that they carry a certain significance that can also be shared between close sisters. I know that when I fight with my sisters and I say something out of anger, that I cannot stop thinking about how I messed up, until I fix it. Or, if I spent quality time with my sisters and we had a great time, I am filled with happiness. But through all of this, it always seems like, somewhere, in the back of my mind, there is always a lingering thought regarding the well being of two of the most important people in my life. This novel also did a splendid job of telling the full truth. There was no sugar-coating or hiding what really happened. But instead, the truth is uncovered so brutally, that it makes it feel that much more alive and real. And the fact that the author emphasized on all the imperfections surrounding the Hunt sisters’ relationship made it that more powerful. As a result of this, I was able to uncover the truth that my relationships with my older sisters will never be perfect, but that is why it is worth trying to make it better.

  • Jodi
    2019-05-03 08:54

    Since I'm usually not fond of books written in epistolary form, I wasn't sure if I would like this book or not. It was one of those books that, at the beginning, I wasn't sure I would finish, but as I got further into the book I liked it more and more. WARNING: SPOILER In some ways, I would have preferred that the author focus less on her activities in the film industry, and more on her sister's cancer, but can't articulate my reasons for that. It definitely was an accurate portrayal of how helpless one feels and how frustrating it can be to have a loved one be very sick, when you have no control over that. I also liked the way it showed family members' differing reactions to the sister's illness. Unfortunately, the cover makes the book look as if it belongs in the "chick lit" category, but overall, the book is rather more serious than that.There are two quotes from the book that I particularly like:1. (p. 148) Her gradual awakening to what's happened to her, to what she's lost and what may lie ahead,is harder to witness than all the spinal taps and puking, because I know this pain may not end ... Watching someone you love being hurt is its own special hell. Because you are not hurt, because you are strong, you feel you ought to prevent the pain from being inflicted; her pain is blameless, while your psychic pain is laced with the guilt of knowing you didn't do anything to stop it, and the fact that you couldn't have comforts only your mind, never your heart.2. (p. 293) When I walk into an old cathedral ... I in fact feel as if I'm trespassing. I feel I've made a mistake, I've entered a secret club, that I shouldn't be there, especially if a service is in progress... I see the bowed heads of believers on their knees, and I hear the muffled whispers of their prayers, I feel alone and apart from them and that I don't belong in that place. I want to. I am in awe of it. But I'm outside. I envy those praying people. I want to feel what they feel. There is magic there, but I can only watch it, like an audience watches a ballet, never knowing what it feels like to pirouette on one toe ...

  • Toni
    2019-04-22 05:02

    By the time I was 19 my grandmother had broken her neck and was told that she would never walk again, she did;I sat in an ICU unit while the doctor told us that my dad would not make it through the night, he did (only to bravely face a horrible disease for 30 years);I sat on my mom's lap hearing that my sister may not be coming home from Children's Hospital ICU , but she did (for 17 more years). There were many more times that I learned that illness is a part of life. It is something that you fight and have a good life in spite of. At 19, I lost my innocence and learned that illness can also be terminal.Perhaps that is why i gravitate toward novels about sisters and enjoy them. (I can recommend many- deep ones, funny ones etc) But I also felt that if I could write a novel perhaps it would be cathartic, but alas, my creative writer teacher told me that I would never be a writer and to look to being a copy editor. I knew that my words would never make a person laugh or cry or even think, so I went into medicine.This book is not for everyone. It is not even a great book yet somehow I feel that if I had ever written that book this might have been it - or at least similar. It resonated with me. In the afterword,I found Elisabeth did write this book for catharsis or healing. I had hoped that she found it. For she had many of the same feelings as I ( and probably all families) of why didn't that 1 in a million miracle happen to my family, to my sister.Tragedy is supposed toteach us -but when something so bad happens and we can't figure out the lesson- who designated that lesson? Is faith in God or hope in medicine just a silly delusion? That can't be the lesson.Elisabeth's sister quotes Auden: But once in a while the odd thing happens, Once in a while the dream comes true, And the whole pattern of life is altered Once in a while the moon turns blue.This novel makes you laugh and makes you cry.If you are not starting at the same place as I, you may judge it harshly but if you are,I recommend it.

  • Faith
    2019-05-16 07:02

    This book is obviously/probably one of the American best seller, since I noticed it on the bookstores in Canada and USA. It was off course the front cover that made me notice it. And it was definitely worth all the prize on the back cover. The book deals with Hollywood and terminal illness (cancer), and these subjects are obviously quite different from each other, but they are actually quite okay in the same book, in this book. Olivia Hunt is producing her first movie at the same time as her sister is diagnosed with leukemia/cancer. It's not that stupid actaully. Not stupid at all. Even Hollywood-people have too deal with things such as cancer sometimes, that is no less often than other people i suppose. Robinson manages to make the book both funny and moving at the same time. The style is quite humorous but still serious. A special thing is that the book consists of Olivia's letters to different people. Robinson reminds me a little of Marian Keyes, all thou MK is a lot lighter, so comering them isn't entirely fare to Robinson. Cos Robinsons book is really fare, really real. No sugar sweet endings here. The ending was actually quite unexpected to me. Okay, but maybe I shoudn't give it away, just in case... Well, I just want to say that it was fare, true to reality. All of the book was I quess. Now I for some reason think that I loved the book even more than I actaually did, so the grad will stay at 4,5...

  • Lynne
    2019-05-16 05:37

    I really wanted to like this book, having received it as a gift from someone who knows the author personally and with whom I share the drama of much of the story's themes (sisterhood, close relative with cancer.) But I have to say overall I was disappointed. The writing itself is better than I expected from a book of its type (chick lit?) but sometimes even that is hard to believe coming from the voice of a Hollywood movie producer. But ok, i guess it's possible. But really, does it all have to be in her voice? Especially when actually she's a little tiresome after a while? And what were the so-called adventures of the sisters anyway? I would have liked more of the few stories you get from their childhood (and told in a more believable way - not for example in a letter to her movie director who she barely knows.) When the inevitable happens at the end (spoiler alert) I know I was supposed to cry, and sure I was moved but it didn't really grab me quite as much as I wished it had. I liked the Don Quixote parallel - it was almost spelled out a little too obviously in the end but not quite, which I appreciated. Overall I guess I thought it was ok- a decent vacation read (which is when I read it) and perhaps therapeutic for someone going through a similar experience, but I'm afraid it didn't knock my socks off.

  • Mitch
    2019-04-24 08:01

    This book throws you a little because it's not really focused on two sisters...Olivia does 99% of the writing from her viewpoint as she covers what's going on with her sister, what's going on in her own career, and what's going on in her love life.In any book that takes a long look at someone suffering from leukemia, one difficulty is to avoid things becoming maudlin or too melancholy. Congratulations to Ms. Robinson for avoiding these pitfalls brilliantly. She threw in offsetting humor or just ordinary events, etc., and kept the novel moving along nicely.She also included one of the best bits of foreshadowing I've seen in a long time.Her use of correspondence to various recipients was impressively crafted as well. I wasn't excited at the prospect of reading about the vagaries of Hollywood movie-making when I first considered reading this book, but Ms. Robinson made it work for me. A case could be made that it's a very good Chick Lit book, but I would argue that it goes beyond those boundaries. Two thumbs up, absolutely.

  • Mary Richardson
    2019-04-24 09:35

    I chose this as my companion on a tortuous international flight, and it was perfect for the confined uncomfortable space. Not making too demands on the reader, the novel is a collection of letters the protagonist pens to all the significant people in her life during a stressful period. The writing was easy and entertaining in an intelligent way unlike many fun reads out there. There are all kinds of pokes at Hollywood and even an interesting connection to Don Quixote woven in.The best part for me is that I'm inspired me to write letters again, a practice I adored in my former life before email and FB. Dropped two letters in the mailbox already today.

  • Amy
    2019-04-24 06:01

    4+. A lot to love about this one. I love epistolary novels, Hollywood novels, sister stuff, and I'm always going to be drawn to sibling with cancer plot lines. It does stretch the limits of the format a little, in that she writes very very detailed letters. I like to just let this kind of novel do its thing, and can accept that you'll miss some details when it's all in letters. But I absolutely loved the main character, loved the choices she made in her relationships, loved her even with her flaws, would love to read a sequel with her. F it, I'm switching this to five stars.

  • Jennifer
    2019-04-21 10:48

    I don't know what made me pick up this book- maybe the sentimentality of sisterhood...but I really liked it and read it almost straight through in one evening. I couldn't put it down, which surprised me because I normally do not like stories written entirely in letters. It resonates deeply for those who have sisters, and I laughed and cried along with Olivia. I was surprised to learn that the story was based on the author's experiences with her own sister.

  • Alyssa
    2019-05-03 06:35

    Grabbed this book at a yard sale randomly. I brought it to read on the plane because the letter format seemed like good, easy plane reading. It was really pretty good and the letter writing format really worked. I would think it would be hard to engage a full story with the letters of a single person, but I got engrossed very quickly. I read the whole thing in two days and found myself embarrassed to be wiping away tears on an airplane.

  • Sarah Obsesses over Books & Cookies
    2019-04-23 05:34

    Letter format. women's fiction/realistic memoir style book about sister dying of cancer. It was okay. I learned a lot about producing a movie but in the state of mind i'm in I just wasn't effected by the sadness of the sister. Written well and I would recommend it. I hope the author has another book out, as it said she was writing an second novel but I haven't seen it yet.

  • Kristen Mcclure
    2019-04-28 09:40

    I just read this book. Loved it. The entire book is in letters, and they are only the letters the main character herself writes. She struggles with the death of her sister, her alcoholic family, and the choice between her career and a relationship. I read it in one sitting.

  • Mindy Tysinger
    2019-05-12 12:38

    Both amusing and heartbreaking. Get your tissues

  • Suzanne
    2019-05-19 04:55

    Loved it!

  • Kathleen
    2019-04-30 09:55

    Excellent voice! Told through letters. Witty and clever.

  • Angelica
    2019-05-14 07:49

    There were things I liked about this book. Olivia's letters (the entire book was in her letters) were witty and funny and heartbreaking at times. The love and relationship between the sisters was very touching. Had the book been 30% shorter it might have worked for me, but as it was, I was sick of hearing her go on and on about her boyfriend, and tiresome trials of the movie making, her girlfriend's trouble conceiving etc. Although Olivia's letter were entertaining, I don't think the book really worked. I never felt invested in any of the other characters because my knowledge of them was so one-sided.

  • Ruth Mubita
    2019-05-06 08:39

    I was attracted to this book because of the tile, since I enjoy time with my sisters. The title is a misnomer, though it does fit into the story line. The narrative style, letters to and from the older sister Olivia, lends itself to 'fits and starts', which seems (to me) a good description of the film making process in which Olivia is involved. The glimpses of the relationships between Olivia and her correspondents were interesting, but were disappointing because glimpses don't satisfy. Overall it was okay. I'm not in a hurry to read the author's second book.

  • Kiran
    2019-05-13 09:00

    This is one of the rare books that's written entirely in letter format. I understand some people dislike this style, but I found this easy to read and enjoyable. It's an interesting glimpse into the life of someone deep in the Hollywood culture and also routed in family in the Midwest. I'm not sure the story will stick with me long-term, but it was a good read. I think there's enough of interest to make for some lively book club discussions.