by Holly Christine
Source: sent for review by BlogSparksPR and the author
My Rating: 2 out of 5 stars
Book Summary from Goodreads.com:
Tuesday Morning has always been a little different. She's kept a diary since 1989 and while researching for her English Lit thesis in 2003 on Emily Dickinson's transcendental tendencies, finds a poem that will change her life. Haunted by a past that she considers less than desirable, Tuesday recreates her history with the stroke of a pen. Page by page, year by year, she rewrites her painful memories as she has always fantasized. Bullied and discontented with her body before, she now becomes popular, thin and desired. Throughout this cleansing process, she consciously decides what to keep and what to toss. She scans her old diary entries for words that trigger painful and unpleasant thoughts: Fat Tuesday (her nickname in high school), Katie (her childhood neighbor turned bully), Writer (her dream of becoming) and Monday (her identical twin sister). Tuesday finds herself in an odd place six years later, unknowingly spending each day of her life as someone that she was never meant to become. With each breath of her new life, Tuesday obliviously loses more of herself. When a special person of her past returns to her present, Tuesday is forced to choose between the life that she had once desired and her true self. We all have deep secrets and skeletons in our closets. Imagine having the ability to not only change the past, but also completely alter the present and future. How far will Tuesday go to erase her past? And how much of herself will she lose in the process?
I don't think I "got" this book. There was so much flipping back and forth in time, it was really difficult to keep up with what time period I was reading about. I like to read to relax, and I was stressed out while reading this, trying to keep track of what year I was reading about. There are multiple years and ages that the story is told from, Tuesday and her twin Monday as a child, a middle school-er, a teen, and adult. There are many years to keep track of, including 1988, 1990, 1996, 2000, and 2009 to name a few. Sigh. I really enjoyed the first part of the story but then I got lost somewhere along the way.
The ending was a shocker, so that it made it interesting, but I would have gotten a lot more out of it if I had understood the middle of the story a little better. There was definitely an aura of melancholy about the book, and I usually don't read sad books, so that could be another reason why I didn't enjoy this one.
I appreciated the fact that the author was trying to tell a really unique story with an equally unique writing format. I'm all for testing the boundaries, and I hope others enjoy this book and get a lot out of it.
Main Characters: 2/5
Supporting Characters: 3/5
Uniqueness: 5/5 (It's definitely unique!!!!)
Bottom Line:I just feel like there was too much to keep up with to make this an enjoyable read for me.