Mar 23, 2018

The Girl in Times Square by Paullina Simons: Book Review

The Girl in Times Square
The Girl in Times Square, a novel by Paullina Simons,
December 19, 2017, William Morrow.
"(A) riveting novel about a young woman whose search for her missing friend turns into a life-shattering odyssey." Part mystery, part romance, part family drama . . . in other words, the perfect book.—Daily Mail 

Book beginning:
What happened to love? Lily whispered to herself. Has someone else taken all that was given out for the universe, or have I just not been trying hard enough? What happened to overwhelming, crushing love the kind of love that moves earth and heaven, the kind of love my Grandma felt for her Tomas half a century ago in another world in another life, the kind of love my father says he felt for my mother when they first met swimming in that warm Caribbean sea? Doesn't anyone have that kind of love anymore? Isn't anyone without armor, without walls, without pain? Isn't anyone willing to die for love? 
Obviously not tonight. 
Page 56:
"Your hand is still spontaneously bleeding, I see," he said.She looked around groggily. His partner was not with him. "Did you come here to tell me that?" She felt disgusting. 
My comments: 
I don't remember crying so much while reading a book! The protagonist Lily grabs at your heart and doesn't let go. The author writes in dramatic superlatives, be warned - great love, great tragedy, great illness, great addiction, and an intriguing mystery of a missing girl, Lily's roommate. Enjoyed the excellent storytelling and characterizations in this book and looking forward to other novels by the author.

Galley provided by William Morrow. 

What new books are you reading this weekend? 
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  1. Sounds intriguing. I haven't heard of this book before. I'm featuring Falling Star by Terri Osburn - a romance from my review stack - this week. Happy reading!

    1. I am amazed my book hasn't gotten more attention. It's really good.

  2. I haven't heard of this one before, but the quotes got my interest. Enjoy your current read.

  3. This new-to-me book sounds like a gripping story!

    1. Very enjoyable, with unforgettable characters.

  4. Replies
    1. It IS turning out to be the perfect book. Enjoying it.

  5. Sounds beautifully written! Happy weekend!

    1. Well written, with a lot of humor and insight into human nature!

  6. Sounds very good. Thank you for the review.

  7. oh wow, I didn't realize this one is emotional o.o


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