Tuesday, August 28, 2012

A Straight Line To My Heart by Bill Condon

A Straight Line To My Heart
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A Straight Line To My Heart by Bill Condon

A funny, poignant, realistic story of Tiffany's first love and first job, and the inevitability of change in the first summer out of school School is over, not just for the year, but forever. Tiff and Kayla are free, which is what they've always wanted, but now summer is nearly at an end and that means life decisions. Tiff is hoping her job at the local paper will lead to something more, but "The Shark" soon puts her straight on what it takes to become a hard-nosed reporter like him. At home, Reggie—the only grandad she's ever known—has quit smoking and diagnosed himself as a cactus, and then Kayla hits her with some big news. And into all this stumbles Davey, who plays rugby but quotes Truman Capote, and is the first boy who has ever really wanted to know her. Tiff is smart with words and rarely does tears, but in one short week she discovers that words don't always get you there; they don't let you say all the stuff from deep in your heart.

My Thoughts
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Here’s another story of family and friends that simple but ends on a note that leaves me hopeful. 

With an opening line that goes, “There’s nothing quite as good as a folding up into a book and shutting the world outside. If I pick the right one I can be beautiful, or fall in love, or live happily ever after. Maybe even all three... If you can’t get a boy, get a book, that’s my motto,” I knew I had something. And I did because with each page, there was always something to grin about.

She's ready to take on the world, Tiff and her little comebacks. She’s funny, not-so sweet, and has got a smart mouth. It's all these little notions that she had that made me laugh; it's her running commentary over things that she’d encounter that had me me grinning more. Her initial run in with Big Foot only made her more interesting simply because she could be so awkward! (In a sweet way, for sure). Come to think of it, Big Foot, that is Davey, could get pretty awkward too. But their part of all this is but a minor thing in a story that’s mostly about a girl figuring out her place with her family or her place in bigger things. 

Still it’s the way she was with her family that worked best for me. Her men, Reggie and Bull, read so different from what I'm used to. Maybe they're just a little bit out there because there's this genuine connection from them to her. I especially liked them ribbing each other, because with each thing they’d say it came clear across that what they had was a unit, just not the most typical one.

The other part of her and learning the ropes... not knowing what to do, being bored out of her mind, and doing things that were new and unexpected only showed what kind of girl she was some more - a girl who's all heart.

A lot of the sweet and some of the sad…
I enjoyed this.

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1 comment:

  1. such a lovely little review. i had a copy of this and gave it away! before reading it... it is at my library though, so i need to get on with reserving it already :)

    AND HI :)