Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Lucky Us by Amy Bloom

3 Star

"My father’s wife died. My mother said we should drive down to his place and see what might be in it for us.”

Lucky Us introduces us to Eva and Iris. Disappointed by their families, Iris, the hopeful star, and Eva, the sidekick, journey across 1940s America in search of fame and fortune. Iris’s ambitions take them from small-town Ohio to an unexpected and sensuous Hollywood, across the America of Reinvention in a stolen station wagon, to the jazz clubs and golden mansions of Long Island.

With their friends in high and low places, Iris and Eva stumble and shine through a landscape of big dreams, scandals, betrayals, and war.

Sabrina-Kate - 3 Star

Despite being able to turn a phrase like none other, I was unable to love Amy Bloom's latest book, Lucky Us. I did read it through to the end even though I did not enjoy the story because her writing can be just that gorgeous at times. When reading her books, I often find myself wishing that I could write as wonderfully as she does and this book was no exception.

The sad part of the book to me was that despite loving the way she writes, I felt like the characters were not lovable or even a bit likeable. The story didn't seem to go anywhere, sort of like a car spinning its tires. The settings and initial plot were quite appealing so it was quite disappointing that the story just never seemed to develop or come to any kind of satisfying conclusion.

The story had a lot of interesting happenings but tied together it just didn't seem to work somehow. I can't exactly put my finger on the reason why, but I do know that it was just not something that worked. 

Thank you to Random House for our review copy. All opinions are our own.

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