Leaving Green Island – Em Barrett

   More than simply a modern love story, Leaving Green Island is a poignant yet lighthearted tale of friendship, family and the search for a place to belong in the complex world of today’s twenty-something women. 

With a new job at a prestigious Chicago law firm and an engagement ring on her finger, everything seems to be falling into place for Brecken Pereira these days. However, all this perfection quickly unravels when Reed Whalen, Brecken’s first love, unexpectedly resurfaces. The complicated history of the enigmatic Reed unfolds as the two summers that Brecken spent as a teenager on posh, exclusive Green Island in northern Michigan are interspersed with her relatable and humorous modern day trials and tribulations.

After Reed’s reappearance, Brecken is torn between her longing for the past and the life she has carefully built for herself since Reed vanished years before. Her true-to-life and complex relationships with her two best friends provide the backbone that supports Brecken, both as the life she knows quickly dissolves around her and as she struggles to pick up the pieces. 

This unputdownable novel is certain to pull on the heartstrings of anyone who ever had a first love.

** “If you enjoy Emily Giffin or Jennifer Weiner, then add Em Barrett to your list!” ~The Indie Bookshelf, September 1, 2012 **

I dont know what to say about this book.  I finished reading it two days ago and I’ve been itching to come on here and tell you guys all about it but each time I try to put my words down I delete what I write.  Nothing seems to come even close to what I thought of it.  Writer’s block I suppose!  Three words seem to come close – I loved it!  Impeccably written, such detail I felt like I was there on Green Island with the characters.  The way it jumped from past and present had just enough of each to keep me interested but not disappointed when we leave the current day to go back to the past.  I was there with every emotion, the writing is really good (I know I’ve said it already but worth a mention again) not one sentence did I read and think huh?! and have to read it again.

This is definitely a book I’ll read again and again, an author to watch.  I’m excited to see what comes next… a sequel maybe?  This is my book of the month.

My next book is by Jojo Moyes, called The Horse Dancer.


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