Don't get me wrong, I LOVE a great read. I am a book worm. Love words. Read anything. When I'm eating breakfast I'll read anything and everything on the table. Cereal boxes. Random pieces of paper. Even bills. Crazy I know.
But due to lack of 'me time' I've not been into a book for a while. It takes me a little time to first up find something - and then get into it. And I'm one of those people that if it doesn't get me in the first say 10 pages, I put it down, to be read later (read: the 18th of never). However, there is one exception, one of my all time favourite reads is 'The God of Small Things'. I struggled for 65 pages - then finally hit my stride. It was worth it. Arundhati Roy is an incredible writer.
Anyway, I digress. The book I have just finished in record time is 'Goldengrove'. I first read about it in SMH's Spectrum. It touted it as the next 'The Catcher in the Rye'. While I see what they were getting at, I don't think it's that, but it's a good, easy and engaging read. And Francine Prose (HA! - great surname for a writer, yes?) delivers a great read that I hungrily devoured in just a few short days.
It's about a 13 year old girl, Nico, whose sister drowns in the lake. The story explores the Summer following, a period of loss, love and adolescent exploration.
If you're in Australia you can buy it from here. If you're an international reader of mystery here will do you nicely.
There ends my book review (written because Matt is watching a movie I don't want to watch, and I've got nothing better to do. HMPH!).