But now it's kind of growing on me.
Russell is a young man from the same city from where Cullen and Gabriel were and also a bully. If you have that, this beautiful little literary gem will undoubtedly find its place among your favorites.
Alma Ember arrives on the scene as a romantic prospect for Cullen—even though she seems a bit too mature for him.
Romantic love is fleeting. Ada Taylor is the girl Cullen falls in love with at the beginning of the novel.
The silliness is compounded when they are constantly referred to by their full names, Dawson's Creek-style. I will overlook the fact that 3,900 people are somehow able to support multiple fast food chains and a Wal-Mart the economics don't make sense to me, but I can't say for sure that this is so in the south.
Take it all in and deal as best we can. View all 11 comments. I understand that you write what you know.
Being a passive recipient is not, to me, worthy of a book. But that is only possible if Cullen's final scene is in fact a fantasy, which of course changes the entire book.
He becomes involved with two women in his attempt to prove that he is a real man but his sexual escapades prove to be unsatisfied. I went for a run.
Even when it made me laugh in the first two chapters, I resented it. If we're operating under the assumption that the last scene of the book is reality, and Cabot allows Gabriel to return home, does Cabot just give up his obsession like that, believing Gabriel to be the angel reincarnated, and after he ruined his life to pursue the 'mystery' he thought Benton left behind?
The main character Cullen had a lot of opinions and philosophical musings which I enjoyed.
In the spirit of sharing the love, you yes you! You've been inactive for a while, logging you out in a few seconds... It follows Cullen and his friends and relatives and shows how they deal with the disappearance of Gabriel.
When Alma decides to return home, Cabot decides to follow her and even kidnaps Gabriel, thinking that he is the one with whom his wife sleeps with. Community Reviews. Third time reading this book Books, in my opinion, try to describe or explain a certain story at its best and try to connect a reader with the story and the characters the best way the author can.
Author Interview: A lot of those feelings I had, and the ones I think a lot of teenagers have about their hometowns or neighborhoods, are, in a way, self-imposed. Complex but truly extraordinary, tinged with melancholy and regret, comedy and absurdity, this novel finds wonder in the ordinary and emerges as ultimately hopeful.