09 November 2006

Book Banter -- Which Brings Me to You

Title: Which Brings Me to You
Author: Steve Almond and Julianna Baggott
Length: 300 pages
Genre: literary fiction
Plot Basics: John and Jane meet and nearly hook-up at a wedding. They decide not to get together and instead, agree to write each other a series of confessions about their failed relationships as a way to figure out if they belong together.
Banter Points: Word Nerd picked this book up because it was epistolary fiction. She's always loved this format for a book, starting first with Dear Mr. Henshaw in third grade (followed by her one first break-out story about traveling to outerspace) and continuing most notably through Griffin and Sabine. The letters have distinct styles between the two writers.
Bummer Points: Word Nerd was kind of bummed that the letters between these two characters were only about their past relationships. Their voices were so distinct and clear, she would have liked to hear more from them about other topics. The letter format also sort of broke down for the beginning and ending of the book.
Word Nerd recommendation: Pretty good, overall. The letter format kept things conversational. Word Nerd may go looking for more books by both authors.

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