12 April 2010

Labor Day | Book Review Mini


Book: Labor Day
Authoress: Joyce Maynard
Length: 241 pages
Genre: Adult Fiction | Contemporary
Goodreads: Labor Day
My summary: Journey back to the summer that changed Henry's life. The summer Henry and his mother spent one long holiday weekend with an escaped convict.


My say: Labor Day, like life, is hard to summarize. It is a beautiful often painful recollection and reflection. I laughed and cried as Henry took me back. This is the kind of story that will haunt you well after you have read it. Maynard tackles subjects that are painful but striking and real. All from the perspective of a young man discovering his body and the real meaning of life, love, and pain.

Story: Beautiful
Characters: Damaged
Plot: Compelling
Writing: Haunting

My star rating: 5 out of 5 stars

My cover thoughts: Perfect in it's simplicity.

My kiddie-o-meter: Despite being written from the perspective of a young boy, this is not a book for younger teens. It features strong sexuality, infidelity, and infertility.

My favorite quote: "There was so much to remember, sometimes the best thing was to forget."

My final say: This book hurts but it hurts good.


This review was originally posted on a secondary blog I had for a hot minute. Forgive if you have seen this already. A giant thank you to Nely at All About {n} for making this review possible.

32 comments :

  1. I was surprised by how much I liked this book. Nice review :)

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  2. I love beautiful stories with damaged characters!

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  3. Mary: That's exactly how I felt. Thank you :)

    Briz: Than you should love this one :)

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  4. I'm so glad you like it! This was just one of those books that Wow-ed me last year. Lovely review as always dahling.

    ♥Nely

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  5. Ooh 5 stars! I have this on TBR and hope to read it soon!

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  6. This sounds like a great book. I am going to add it to my list to read. Thanks for the great review!

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  7. I will have to read this one!! Good review!

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  8. Wow - such a powerful review! Thanks, Juju. :-)

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  9. Short and sweet review! She is such an emotional author.

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  10. Aths: I think you will love her.

    Jenny: I can't wait to see what you think. The mom's struggles made me weep.

    Michelle: Can you believe this was the first book of hers I have ever read.

    Shannon & Cheryl: Thanks dolls :)

    Nely: ;> thanks sweetie!

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  11. Hey, thats a book that I have wanted to read! I am soo glad you gave it 5 stars.

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  12. This looks really gooood. Maybe I'll suggest it for my next book club read :) xo

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  13. Great review! My mom read this one and really liked it too :)

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  14. +JMJ+

    What a great mini-review! I think they gave a really good sense of the book. =)

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  15. +JMJ+

    Hmmmm. I wasn't quite clear just now. What I meant to say was that I think the mini-review itself gives a really good sense of whatever book you're reviewing. It's a great concept. =)

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  16. I like they style of your review. It gives me enough to want to check the book out for myself, without feeling like you've given too much away.

    The favorite quote, "There was so much to remember, sometimes the best thing was to forget," is great. Thanks for sharing!

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  17. I completely agree with your final say. It was painful, uncomfortable, and heartwarming. And I couldn't not put it down. Glad you enjoyed it!

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  18. I love books that hurt so adding to TBR :) Thanks for introducing me to this author as I have never heard of her before!

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  19. It's not my kind of book to read, but if it hurts good, hmmm... I'll think about it for this one. =)

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  20. Definitely sounds like an interesting read! :)

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  21. what a beautiful quote...and how true sometimes!!!
    i've added this book to my tbr list...wasn't even aware of it! thanks for sharing such an amazing review (as always, love!)

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  22. This sounds wonderful, tough, but wonderful. And I love the quote. I may have to pick this one up. Thanks for the great mini (love the short reviews)!

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  23. A 5 out of 5. I keep seeing this book around here and there. I guess I will take some time for this one!

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  24. the cover of this book is haunting--that was my first thought. sounds like a book that will suck you in and won't let go for a while and i haven't read a book like that in a while.

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  25. Chelley: Exactly! :)

    1st daughter, Stacy, and Miel: Thanks :D *high fives*

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  26. After reading great reviews of this one last year, I ran out and bought it in hardcover! Now it's getting ready to come out in paperback, I think, and I'm so ashamed that I still haven't read it. Your review came at the right time to remind me! Can't wait to start!

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  27. Sounds like a reader needs to dig deep for one's emotional reservoir to read this book, mmm....

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  28. Is this book going to make me cry? Cuz I don't cry pretty...

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  29. NotNessie: I totally cried. But I think it's because a certain aspect hit a nerve with me.

    Meg: I can't wait to see what you think.

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  30. This book sounds fantastic! And now that they are making a movie it looks like I should read it before it comes out. Thanks for the review.

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