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Depressing And Upbeat At The Same Time

Reviewing: The Dive From Claussen's Pier Anne Packer  |  Rating:
kaytidawg By kaytidawg on
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This book gets off to a slow start, telling the story of a girl, Carrie, in a rather unhappy engagement already when her fiance decides, for some odd reason, to jump off a pier into shallow water, breaking his neck in the process. She doesn't know what to do next, since she will betray someone no matter which way she goes and will always feel guilty.

The plot picks up when Carrie moves to New York City, determined to escape and to start her life over again. Then it becomes a rather compelling tale of how she deals with what she's lost and what she chooses to leave behind.

Definitely not beach reading, but this book could inspire a good book club discussion about what is really important in life and how one knows.

I personally thought it was a pretty boring read, but I was also reading it at the beach and not expecting it to be as heavy as it was. So, you are forewarned. I also thought the main character's actions and moods kind of jumped all over the place and there were a bit too many coincidences.