Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Review: The Making of Nebraska Brown by Louise Caiola

Publication date: February 2, 2014
Pages: 319
Source: Received Review Copy


The last thing eighteen-year-old Ann Leigh remembers is running from her boyfriend in a thick Nebraska cornfield. This morning she’s staring down a cool Italian sunrise, an entire continent from the life she once knew. The events of the eighteen months in between have inexplicably gone missing from her memory.

All at once she’s living with Tommy, an attractive, young foreigner asking for her continued love. Though he’s vaguely familiar, she recalls a boy named Shane in America who she reluctantly agreed to marry. Juggling a new world while her old one is still M.I.A is difficult enough without the terrifying movie scenes spinning a dizzy loop in her mind: glimpses of a devastating house fire, a romance gone wrong, an unplanned pregnancy, and a fractured family – each claiming to be part of who she once was – a girl and a past somehow discarded.

Ann Leigh must collect the pieces of herself to become whole again, but she doesn’t know who to trust especially when Tommy’s lies become too obvious to ignore. And above all, her heart aches to discover what became of the child she may or may not have given birth to.

The Making of Nebraska Brown tells the story of one girl’s coming apart from the inside and the great lengths she’ll go to reclaim herself and find her way home.

My Thoughts

Ok so I am really confused on how should I start this review, I have already erased and rewritten the first line almost ten times. I mean I don't know what to say, I can't find proper words, adjectives that could define the awesomeness of this book.

I am blown away by the writing, twists n turns, THE plot and life of the book the protagonist Ann Leigh.

I read this book on a train ride while returning from my holidays, when I was bored to death since I was traveling alone but then when I started reading this book I didn't needed anyone it was me and Ann Leigh. Yep I was drawn into Ann's world the moment I read first few paragraphs at first guessing what is happening and then hoping for Ann to find her missing self. 

Let's talk about the two main characters Ann Leigh and Tommy. My favorite was the protagonist Ann Leigh, she is a fighter, a strong and determined girl with big dreams. Tommy is a son of a big businessman, charming but a double faced person (and I hate such people). With Tommy it was love-hate relationship throughout the story, I became a fan when he helped Ann initially but then his other persona came up where he is not so caring and dominant. Like in Ann's words:
             "There was a reason I'd fallen for Thomas Borelli. He was Charming" 
But once the truth came out his charm was nothing and I hated him.

As for Ann Leigh, I loved her, connected with her and prayed for her. I can only imagine what she had to go through when her mind was just popping up some random memories of her's which she couldn't recognize. This misery and mystery of her's didn't let me sleep the entire night until Ann and I knew what is the Truth. 

The writing is fabulous, Louise Caiola did a fantastic job, she weaved such an amazing mystery that I felt so much connected to Ann like I was her friend and a part of the plot. It was a roller-coaster ride of emotions, guessing, hoping, cursing and praying. This one is by far the best story I have read this year.

5 out of 5 
This is the easiest 5 I have ever given to any book. I am eagerly looking forward for the other works by the author.

Please do give this one a chance. Give Ann Leigh a chance.

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