Self-Portrait With Boy by Rachel Lyon
What’s it about?
Lu Rile is a struggling artist. A photographer who works hard and has big dreams. One day she is taking a self-portrait at the same time a young boy falls by her window. She accidentally captures the moment. The beauty of the photograph is everything she has been hoping for. This photograph could finally get her into the art world- if she has the stomach to use it.
What did it make me think about?
Should I read it?
This book just flat out surprised me. I did not think I would like it much. I certainly did not like the main character. Lu Rile is no hero. However, the pages just flew by and the book certainly had a viewpoint. If you are looking for a book that makes you think- look no further. This book would make for a great discussion!
"The thing about remembering is that each time you retrieve an event from he past it alters the memory itself. If to tell a story is to repaint the [ast, to remember is to crumple; to fold, unfold, refold, and inevitably rip. If to tell a story is to renovate, to remember is too destroy."
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All My Puny Sorrows by Miriam Toews
Anything is Possible by Elizabeth Strout
Another Brooklyn by Jacqueline Woodson
Swimming Lessons by Claire Fuller
8 1/2 stars
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― Charles William Eliot
3 to 4- I found some aspect of this book redeeming but would not recommend it.
5 to 6- I really enjoyed something about this book (characters, plot, meaning etc.) but it was uneven. Some aspects were stronger than others.
7 to 8- It was a good book. I liked lots of aspects of this book. I would recommend it.
9 to 10- I was sorry to turn the last page. I highly recommend this book!