Body Surfing * Anita Shreve

At the age of twenty-nine, Sydney has already been once divorced and once widowed. Trying to find her footing again, she has answered an advertisement to tutor the teenage daughter of a well-to-do couple as they spend a sultry summer in their oceanfront New Hampshire cottage.

c4a1f78c1bcbb5b46c203d20d6c696eaBut when the Edwards’ two grown sons, Ben and Jeff, arrive at the beach house, Sydney finds herself caught up in a destructive web of old tensions and bitter divisions. As the brothers vie for her affections, the fragile existence Sydney has rebuilt is threatened.

I’m not sure why they called this book “lyrical” and a “true tale of emotion” when I could not fathom what the hell was up with it. The story is ridiculous, the characters so bland I put the book down a total of 27 times in order to do something else (Read 1984 and bits of Atlas Shrugged in the meantime) and the ending is lame! Very very lame!

Mrs. Edwards strikes me as a snob and a bit of a racist with her remarks about Sydney being half-Jewish. The brothers, Ben and Jeff, who arrive a little later in the novel are the catalysts to a big change in Sydney’s life.

Sydney is 29, divorced once and widowed once. She is floating through life, not sure what to do or where to go.

The main character keeps making the same mistakes again and again and doesn’t seem all that smart.  I kept getting irritated at that, as well as her continuous descriptions of clothes, jewelry, hair, food, etc. (OK, OK, the wedding dress was salmon colored. You don’t have to constantly remind the reader of its color.) At times it felt like she was just trying to fill space.

I had to force myself to finish it.

The final section seemed to have promise because I expected to see the main character in a good light, but she just went back to where she started.

Rating: 1/5

About this book

243Pages 5 – 6Hours to read 71kTotal words
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