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6/26/2017

The Story of Arthur Truluv by Elizabeth Berg | Book Review




Book Review:

The Story of Arthur Truluv by Elizabeth Berg




Spoilers?
I don't think so.

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Disclaimer:
This book was sent to me from NetGalley.com and the publishing company in exchange for an honest review. 
Title - The Story of Arthur Truluv
By - Elizabeth Berg
Publication - July 25th 2017 by Random House

Genre - Fiction

A beautiful, life-affirming novel about a remarkably loving man who creates for himself and others second chances at happiness.

A moving novel about three people who find their way back from loss and loneliness to a different kind of happiness. Arthur, a widow, meets Maddy, a troubled teenage girl who is avoiding school by hiding out at the cemetery, where Arthur goes every day for lunch to have imaginary conversations with his late wife, and think about the lives of others. The two strike up a friendship that draws them out of isolation. Maddy gives Arthur the name Truluv, for his loving and positive responses to every outrageous thing she says or does. With Arthur’s nosy neighbor Lucille, they create a loving and unconventional family, proving that life’s most precious moments are sweeter when shared.

The Rating :




My Review:


My review in a gif. Which equals 4 stars.

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The Cover:
Although they say never judge a book by it's cover I believe the cover should represent what the book is going to be like or at least some aspect of it.
I think the cover of this book is very pretty but there's nothing about it that I love. It's simple and it depicts the main character. Which is interesting.


The Story:

An older man makes a friend with a lost teenage girl in a cemetery where he talks to the gravestones and spends the day next to his wife's grave.



Overall:


I got this book trough NetGalley. I think I picked it because the summary sounded like it was going to be a nice book to read. Especially since I was having trouble with the books I was reading at the time. I enjoyed reading this book. I adored Truluv and Sunshine and Lucille. 

Arthur is such a kind-hearted man. He cares about the people around him so much. From a lonely high school girl who just found out she was pregnant to his neighbor who recently lost the love of her life, despite only being with him for a few days. He even let them into his home. Letting Maddy live with in exchange for cleaning and cooking and Lucille who felt that her house no longer made her happy.
And even if his wife had passed long ago he still managed to make the time every day to go and visit her grave and talk to her. Those scenes were so bittersweet.

I appreciated the writing style Elizabeth had in this book as well as her lovely well-rounded characters. For me, this book was such a fast read that even I was surprised with how fast I finished it. 

What I said on GoodReads:
This is the prettiest book I have read so far. It's the story of an old man and an 18-year-old and how their friendship gives them a new look on life.


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