Wednesday, 8 July 2009

All We Know of Love by Nora Raleigh Baskin

From Amazon: Natalie is on a bus trip to see her mother, who had abandoned her family four years earlier. On the way, she thinks about her confusing relationship with her boyfriend Adam and about her even more confusing relationship with her mother. Natalie also brushes up against various strangers who harbour their own stories of love and loss. Though she has a comfortable life in Connecticut, Natalie can’t forget the day her mother left or that her mother was on the verge of revealing something about love.

All We Know of Love is a story about self-discovery and the meaning of love. It's a realistic look at relationships, and the positive and negative effects a person can have on your life.

Natalie is a strong character who isn't afraid to go after what she wants, even if that means embarking on an unchaperoned cross-country bus journey to find her estranged mother. She's determined and stubborn, and never gives up hope that one day she'll complete the advice her mother left her with.

Over the course of her journey, Natalie encounters several different people from many walks of life, and all offer some answers to her unanswered questions. I really liked the way these secondary characters' stories were included, as each one related back to love and the diverse forms it takes. I didn't like Natalie's boyfriend Adam, which I think was kind of the point. He was distant and self-absorbed, and didn't suit her at all. Still, he was part of her puzzle, and ultimately helped her to open her eyes and move on.

All We Know of Love is short and sweet, but makes you think about love, life and everything that falls in between.

10 comments:

Juju said...

Sounds really good. Sounds like it would make a good movie too.

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Carrie said...

This sounds really good. I need to look into getting a copy. Great review!!

Chicklish said...

I love the sound of this. Thanks for the review!

Steph Su said...

Hmm, it reminds me a bit of "Guyaholic" by Carolyn Mackler. I'll have to keep an eye out for this one. Thanks for the review!

MssJos said...

I love road-tripish books and hadn't heard of this one, thanks for sharing!

So Many Books, So Little Time said...

Great review! I love road-trip books so I'm bound to like this.

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a flight of minds said...

I read All We Know Of Love a few months back and enjoyed it. I'm glad you did too. :) Great review!

- Alex

Charley said...

I recall noticing this on the shelf and thinking it looked interesting - thanks for reminding me. I like the cover.

Kate said...

I've never heard of this book before but it sounds like quite a good read. I can imagine rading it on a rainy day. Superb review.