Book Review: Alice Bliss: A Novel

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Alice Bliss: A Novel by Laura Harrington
Genre: Fiction/Military Fiction
ISBN: 978-0670022786
Published: June 2, 2011
Publisher: Pamela Dorman Books
Pages: 320


When Alice Bliss learns that her father, Matt, is
being deployed to Iraq, she’s heartbroken. Alice idolizes her father, loves
working beside him in their garden, accompanying him on the occasional roofing
job, playing baseball. When he ships out, Alice is faced with finding a way to
fill the emptiness he has left behind.
Matt will miss seeing his
daughter blossom from a tomboy into a full-blown teenager. Alice will learn to
drive, join the track team, go to her first dance, and fall in love, all while
trying to be strong for her mother, Angie, and take care of her precocious
little sister, Ellie. But the smell of Matt is starting to fade from his blue
shirt that Alice wears everyday, and the phone calls are never long enough.
Alice Bliss is a profoundly moving coming-of-age novel about love
and its many variations–the support of a small town looking after its own; love
between an absent father and his daughter; the complicated love between an
adolescent girl and her mother; and an exploration of new love with the
boy-next-door. These characters’ struggles amidst uncertain times echo our own,
lending the novel an immediacy and poignancy that is both relevant and real. At
once universal and very personal, Alice Bliss is a transforming story
about those who are left at home during wartime, and a teenage girl bravely
facing the future.
My Thoughts
Alice Bliss is a wonderful coming-of-age story. Though fictional, it could easily be any teen girl who has a father in the military today. Alice’s father Matt finds himself being deployed to Iraq. Though it is a tough family call it’s thought to be good for money reasons.
Matt makes it cllear he will soon be home again and life with continue as normal.
While deployed Alice & her mother are on high alert, hoping every day they hear from Matt by a phone call or letters. What happens rocks their world & really leaves Alice unsure about herself, life, love, family & friendship.
Through all the storms, Alice and her mother try to understand each other but instead they hurt each other and do not know how to help themselves let alone anyone else. This is a gripping young story, you will not want to put it down. I read it in two sittings, I just did not want to stop reading.
I highly recommend reading this book, young or old people alike!



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  1. Faith June 22, 2011 at 4:27 am - Reply

    Sounds interesting. I love books about relationships. Those about parents and their children are usually very emotional.
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  2. Mary June 22, 2011 at 4:45 am - Reply

    I just got this in the mail the other day. Great review – can’t wait to read it!
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  3. nonna ivana June 22, 2011 at 4:48 am - Reply

    Ciao Roseann!
    I don’t know the author, but the story is interesting!
    I read so seldom…no time for that!!!

    Have a great Wednesday!

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  4. Lisa June 22, 2011 at 9:12 pm - Reply

    Coming for a visit, by way of Empress Bee! And already I’ve found something great! I will def. check this book out. Hoping there’s a Kindle version, too.

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