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Pictures of You quotes Pictures of You, litcharts Pictures of You, symbolism Pictures of You, summary shmoop Pictures of You, Pictures of You bf42d6f7 Two Women Running Away From Their Marriages Collide On A Foggy Highway, Killing One Of Them The Survivor Is Left To Pick Up The Pieces, Not Only Of Her Own Life, But Also Must Go Back And Deal With The Devastated Husband And Fragile, Asthmatic Son The Other Woman Left Behind Together, They Try To Solve The Mystery Of Where April Was Running To, And Why By Turns Riveting And Unsettling, Pictures Of You Looks At The Choices Women Make The Roads They Choose To Be Loved


10 thoughts on “Pictures of You

  1. says:

    This book was pretty good, but there were several things that I found distracting, and that really frustrate me in a book Beware of possible spoilers below Sequencing of events, and logistics wasn t always correct At the end of the book Sam and Lisa meet when he s 25 They would have been too young to have been practicing on their own There are probably a dozen or so issues like this in the book The book portrays April as an almost overbearing mother, she s so attentive Other times when con This book was pretty good, but there were several things that I found distracting, and that really frustrate me in a book Beware of possible spoilers below Sequencing of events, and logistics wasn t always correct At the end of the book Sam and Lisa meet when he s 25 They would have been too young to have been practicing on their own There are probably a dozen or so issues like this in the book The book portrays April as an almost overbearing mother, she s so attentive Other times when convenient for the story Charlie remembers her a different way In the book it refers to Charlie not being able to cook, but then later Sam is looking back and refers to him baking loaves if bread There were SO many examples of this that it annoyed me To me, that s simply editing issues The story gets a little convuluted, and it seems to be lacking some serious issues that would have come up between Charlie and Isabelle Isabelle becomes very co dependent, and their reactions to their first time together seem implausible Isabelle loves Sam, yet she does become needy, obsessive, and utterly selfish when asking them to move She is very forceful But once her relationship with Charlie develops it s as if the story line of her own guilt and role in April s death is diminished There were a lot of loose threads Not exactly questions unanswered, but just things that didn t make sense It lacked in some ways, and had to much included inways Luke seems easily to let go of Isabelle easily after ramming himself down her throat There s missing dialogue sometimes she never asks Luke to explain his infidelity, etc The book doesn t explore the first holidays of Charlie and Sam w o April It glides past important things The detective who was only hired for 1 month is still working with Charlie months later No closure to Teddy and his abuse Why did Isabelle sleep with Charlie when she was pregnant It seemed a little hypocritcal after Charlie just having told her of his his conversation with Bill, and her own past with Luke It didn t add any value to the characters It made me like them less Why did Leavitt even include Charlie overhearing his dad on the phone saying Darling to a woman It didn t add to the story and was never mentioned again.Why would April leave Sam when she s portayed as overbearing and overly attentive Again, just some things that to me seem implausible There s a lot of rear view mirror scenes, and cliches A lot of happenstance and convienience lots of running into each other Last but not least the characters were not very diverse Charlie, April, and Isabelle s parents almost all have the same relationship dynamics though Isabelle s dad is dead and Aprils are now too However, even this is sketchy Charlie refers early on to a tense household and his parents fighting Then later her refers to them as being so wound in each other that he felt like an outsider Then later her refers to their relationship as chilling again It really isn t a bad story I just get super annoyed with so many inconsistencies, as well as I feel like Leavitt struggled with an ending she felt good with and the story spiraled a little at the end


  2. says:

    Two women running away from their husbands meet fatally on a foggy road Only one survives How do you forgive someone who irrevocably changes your life How do you forgive yourself Does the fact that you weren t even at fault in all this make it any easier, especially when there is a child involved Some readers have compared this author s writing to Jodi Picoult s In fact, Jodi Picoult herself wrote a blurb for this book Since she is among my favorite authors, I went into this book with Two women running away from their husbands meet fatally on a foggy road Only one survives How do you forgive someone who irrevocably changes your life How do you forgive yourself Does the fact that you weren t even at fault in all this make it any easier, especially when there is a child involved Some readers have compared this author s writing to Jodi Picoult s In fact, Jodi Picoult herself wrote a blurb for this book Since she is among my favorite authors, I went into this book with high expectations Well, you know the warning about having expectations I liked the premise, and the themes of love, forgiveness and redemption seemed promising but, I don t know, for me at least, it never jelled the way I had hoped it would Most of the characters were under developed, and motivations seem either non existent or so murky as to be unintelligible Would people really behave the way the author has written them I found it hard to suspend my disbelief in most of the situations Not bad but not a satisfying read either


  3. says:

    This was a very readable book, and it was easy to get into and follow Like a Jodi Picoult, it had a few unexpected twists, and it was full of characters and unique plotlines HOWEVER and this is essential, in my opinion when you have such a character laden story, those characters have to be believable no matter what their actions or their words are And I just didn t believe in the way the characters inevitably ended up I didn t believe in their final destinations, I didn t believe in thei This was a very readable book, and it was easy to get into and follow Like a Jodi Picoult, it had a few unexpected twists, and it was full of characters and unique plotlines HOWEVER and this is essential, in my opinion when you have such a character laden story, those characters have to be believable no matter what their actions or their words are And I just didn t believe in the way the characters inevitably ended up I didn t believe in their final destinations, I didn t believe in their responses to many of the things that happened, and I didn t, for the most part, feel connected to any of them I read this because I d read a very strong book review for it in its favor I ended up finishing it feeling like, finally its done, now I need a good book My two stars are a bit generous, really


  4. says:

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here I wanted to like this book I suspect it ended up in my to read pile because of the Cape connection But, ugh, I just couldn t like it at all The characters were flat, the conversations were all over the place and unnatural, and I just couldn t care about any of it There was all sorts of stuff that bugged Like the accident happens and no one, for chapters and chapters and it s being told first person, so this is a big suspension of disbelief , brings up how it s a massive coincidence that bo I wanted to like this book I suspect it ended up in my to read pile because of the Cape connection But, ugh, I just couldn t like it at all The characters were flat, the conversations were all over the place and unnatural, and I just couldn t care about any of it There was all sorts of stuff that bugged Like the accident happens and no one, for chapters and chapters and it s being told first person, so this is a big suspension of disbelief , brings up how it s a massive coincidence that both women from this tiny town are in this same random side road hours from home Sam can t go to NYC because of his asthma, but Isabelle just brushes that fact aside and concludes that Charlie must just not care about her to not uproot his life and put his kid s health at risk to jet off to NYC with her and she supposedly cares so very much about Sam So manyissues with the book, these are just examples of things that made it impossible to get into it


  5. says:

    I want to readby Caroline Leavitt Pictures of You was far from perfect but Leavitt s writing has potential I m usually not particularly fussy about spelling and rarely notice when facts don t quite jive or something in one scene isn t quite the same in another I wish I had noted the actual instances where this happened but I didn t All I know is I was a bit irritated when it happened Little things, little things but enough to niggle my conscience and made the read less enjoyable I di I want to readby Caroline Leavitt Pictures of You was far from perfect but Leavitt s writing has potential I m usually not particularly fussy about spelling and rarely notice when facts don t quite jive or something in one scene isn t quite the same in another I wish I had noted the actual instances where this happened but I didn t All I know is I was a bit irritated when it happened Little things, little things but enough to niggle my conscience and made the read less enjoyable I did enjoy the story as a whole I loved the plot two women running and way from their marriages colliding in a horrific accident that leaves one dead and the other with questions a lifetime couldn t answer I really liked Sam, the dead woman, April s son, who yearns for an angel to help him communicate with the mother he lost The adult men, namely the husbands, were far less likable They truly irked me at times A strong theme woven throughout the book is photography and what the camera lens captures that might not be seen This is where the book really shines One part of the book had me daydreaming back to childhood and was delightful It is a scene about Sam and Isabelle the survivor skipping stones and is nicely written It reminded me of doing the same with my dad and how much fun it is when you can get a series of ripples going Good storywriting possibilities A 3.5 if I could give half stars Give it another try Caroline and I will too


  6. says:

    Just a wonderful heartfelt book about an unlikely relationship Very candid and honest, I couldn t wait to see how the characters unfolded, such a feel good book, but also a tearjerker.


  7. says:

    This review is loaded with spoilers So if you haven t read the book yet, please do not read on SPOILER ALERT SPOILER ALERT SPOILER ALERT SPOILER ALERT This is one of those books that makes me feel that, even though I had heterosexual parents and a heterosexual family and grew up in a heterosexual world, I will _never_ understand heterosexuals.The writing in the book is fine It s the premise, the plotting, and how it all works out that I find problematic They say that the majority o This review is loaded with spoilers So if you haven t read the book yet, please do not read on SPOILER ALERT SPOILER ALERT SPOILER ALERT SPOILER ALERT This is one of those books that makes me feel that, even though I had heterosexual parents and a heterosexual family and grew up in a heterosexual world, I will _never_ understand heterosexuals.The writing in the book is fine It s the premise, the plotting, and how it all works out that I find problematic They say that the majority of car accidents happen within 25 miles of home But this book is about two families in the same Cape Code town in which the female partners, independently decided to pack up and take off and travel about three hours almost to Hartford on the exact same day only to have a major accident facilitated by fog in which one woman lived and the other died It would bebelievable if each woman had travelled, say, _three_ miles before colliding with one another But no, for some mysterious reason, the collision s improbability had to be cranked to the max Now, what could beimprobable than that How about if the surviving woman became intimately involved with the husband and now motherless son of the deceased woman s family Like _that_ happens every day We are now somewhere in the win a nationwide lottery realm of improbability, but alas, the surviving woman s affair with the husband of the deceased woman doesn t pan out because, as the author points out, this isn t a Hollywood movie Huh WTF Why the hell not We are so far into the realm of wishful thinking that it seemed reasonable to me for the childless woman to have a ready made family fall into her lap There seemed to me, too, a bunch of loose ends that never got tied up, but I didn t care much because the entire premise and plot seemed so Byzantine and odd And after wading through this plotting morass, I am confronted by a discussion guide, as if I would want to sit around someone s living room and discuss the finer points of this novel I m sure that Leavitt can do better than this She s obviously talented, but this book makes about as much sense to me as Holly Hunter singing her way though a black neighborhood at night at the end of Living Out Loud If you loved that movie, you ll probably love this book And if you do, could you please explain it to me


  8. says:

    This is the second time I have tried to write this review There is so much I want to say, so many things I want to touch upon, and I don t even know where to begin.Pictures of You was fantastic, beautifully written, beautifully structured, unique and familiar and completely overwhelming It wasn t flawless, but it was pretty close to it, and Caroline Leavitt has owned her spot on my shelf.I have been putting off reading this book I knew it was going to knock me down, and it did, and I read thi This is the second time I have tried to write this review There is so much I want to say, so many things I want to touch upon, and I don t even know where to begin.Pictures of You was fantastic, beautifully written, beautifully structured, unique and familiar and completely overwhelming It wasn t flawless, but it was pretty close to it, and Caroline Leavitt has owned her spot on my shelf.I have been putting off reading this book I knew it was going to knock me down, and it did, and I read this book slowly and then quickly and finished it in somewhere around a week I sat in a cabin and looked at the ocean and read a few paragraphs before stopping again I did this for hours, let the words digest in my stomach I did this the right way.Pictures of You is about Isabelle Stein and April Nash, two women who meet on strange circumstances and never really meet The book is not about this at all.Isabelle is a woman running from her life She ran when she was a teenager and now she is running again This time she can t count the reasons on her hand, and she is older, and it is the right thing, and it is what she needs She knows she deserves better She is one side of the crash.April is a woman running from her life, though her story, the whole story, isn t revealed until the end She is running and then there he is, her son, in the back of the car asking her where they re going Suddenly things aren t so simple any They were never simple She is the other side of the crash.April is killed instantly Isabelle wakes up in a hospital and no one will tell her what has happened, what she did, or if everyone is alright And when she does learn the truth, she goes home, and she doesn t come out.This book covers a long period of time, every stage of grieving and then some, and everything that happens after It covers the grieving that never ends, that open wound no one can see, and Isabelle has dozens of them Her relationship with Charlie Nash begins this way They have their grief in common, and they could ve known each other any other way, but they didn t They fall in love And true to how it always is, Charlie s son Sam gets caught directly in the middle.Pictures of You is about love and grief and coincidence and fate and things that just happen and things we just do and Pictures of You is about real people facing real things like Life and having to do it with bravery and strength and still falling flat on their faces Pictures of You is about the human heart.The writing was beautiful The book moved slowly, as did the story, but I was patient watching the book unwind, unfold, continuing to see things that hadn t even been there minutes before.Storylines I never would ve expected came up out of nowhere and I found that I wasn t surprised, because they really were there all along I just wasn t paying attention.This book had me thinking, about life and love and mistakes we make and grudges we hold, though mostly it is only against ourselves If there is one thing about this book that didn t sit well with me it was that the writing felt a little flat at times, but then it would be right back to that top level, to that bar barely anyone can reach, one that Leavitt has a tighter grip on than anything I ve seen.There was so much story, so much plot, and it just kept getting bigger and bigger and better and better and that is realistic There were so many human feelings that all of the characters had and they were realistic.There were people falling in love and being reckless There were people learning to forgive themselves And it worked And this story is realistic And Caroline Leavitt is giftedthan I can say.I loved the imagery First, the photography I love photography, pictures, cameras and film and the way holding a camera feels I have always wanted an old film camera, a Nikon or a Canon that I could run around with Isabelle gives Sam the inspiration to do just that And Isabelle takes April s place.Second, the angels Sam thinks Isabelle is an angel, sent to him to deliver a message from his mother He wants to tell people about what happened, about what he saw, but he can t He loves Isabelle and she takes April s place.Isabelle was never going to take April s place She couldn t But shecarved out a new place for herself, and they adapted, and then things changed again and the story took a different path and Caroline Leavitt surprised me again.I don t know how to wrap this up Random things I want to say about this book keep popping up into my mind, but I can t keep track of them I loved this book I love Caroline Leavitt.Pictures of You is something to wait for, and it is worth it


  9. says:

    As a reader who has followed Caroline Leavitt s quiet but extraordinary novels, I can say that this one stands as one of her very best The fascinating study of relationships, held together by such tenuous threads of fate and circumstance and coincidence, is what makes this novel such a intense and riveting tale Leavitt can make us think of something sublime, even divine in the cracks between the lives of everyday people with just a sweep of words The domestic drama of unremarkable lives b As a reader who has followed Caroline Leavitt s quiet but extraordinary novels, I can say that this one stands as one of her very best The fascinating study of relationships, held together by such tenuous threads of fate and circumstance and coincidence, is what makes this novel such a intense and riveting tale Leavitt can make us think of something sublime, even divine in the cracks between the lives of everyday people with just a sweep of words The domestic drama of unremarkable lives becomes the stuff of something grandly human, with far reaching scope and magnitude I ve seen Leavitt read before and never had such a blast Cannot wait to see her on her tour with this new one


  10. says:

    One foggy day, about three hours from Cape Cod, two women s cars collide on the road Both appear to be running away from their marriages April dies in the crash, while Isabelle survives, and is left not only to pick up the pieces of her life in the town she had wanted to escape, but becomes entangled with April s devastated husband, Charlie, and their young son, Sam, who is riddled with guilt about the accident Charlie can t understand why April wanted to leave, and what she was doing on that One foggy day, about three hours from Cape Cod, two women s cars collide on the road Both appear to be running away from their marriages April dies in the crash, while Isabelle survives, and is left not only to pick up the pieces of her life in the town she had wanted to escape, but becomes entangled with April s devastated husband, Charlie, and their young son, Sam, who is riddled with guilt about the accident Charlie can t understand why April wanted to leave, and what she was doing on that road far from home, Sam wants nothingthan to talk to or see his mother one last time, and Isabelle is torn between again wanting to escape and wanting to stay to take care of Charlie and Sam, despite her role in their misery And as their lives unfold, they realize the impact of every decision, and how sometimes the best decision isn t always the right one Pictures of You had moments of heartbreaking poignancy and moments when I wanted to shake each one of the characters into action, and both contributed to my enjoyment of the book No character was drawn to be flawless at times I sympathized with each of them, and at times I wished someone would just tell them to get a grip The book definitely exceeded my expectations and surprised me in a number of ways, and that made me happy And while I am, admittedly, a total sap, it was Caroline Leavitt s well written story, combined with the emotional power it packs, that kept me reading this book well into the night in order to finish it Very well done


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