The Story of the Lost Child by Elena Ferrante

The Story of the Lost Child (Neapolitan Novels, #4)The Story of the Lost Child by Elena Ferrante

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Of the four books in the series, this was my least favorite. It dragged in parts and I found myself skimming quite a bit toward the end. Still, I enjoyed reading the finale to the story even though the ending left me wanting to know even more. I never wrote reviews of the previous three books because I had such mixed feelings about them and couldn't put my thoughts into words. I loved the writing, I loved seeing how the friendship between Lina and Lenu evolved over time, and how the author demonstrated so distinctly how these two brought out the best AND worst in each other. I also learned a lot about Naples and about Italian politics, which I found interesting. What I didn't like is that there really wasn't a single character (of the oh-so-many characters in the book) that was likable. I liked Lenu's husband, Pietro, but was really just pulling for him to get away from her. I typically like to have someone to root for in a book, but here, I just read to see what happened next. Elena Ferrante is very good at keeping the reader wanting more.

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Music Monday - Here by Alessia Cara

My friend Kerri has been doing Music Mondays for quite a while now.  I figured I'd jump on her bandwagon--at least for this week--to mention this song, Here by Alessia Cara.  (Thanks for the idea, Kerri!)

My sister sent me a link to the video the other day and said she could imagine me writing the lyrics.  She's completely right.  You see, I'm an introvert.  A strong introvert.  And I pretty much hate parties and gatherings with a bunch of people that I don't know.  And this song gets right to how I feel when I'm at one.  It really reminded me of going to high school parties with my boyfriend at the time.  He was an extreme extrovert and knew EVERYONE.  I'd go for various reasons--mainly so I wouldn't always be a spoil sport, or sometimes because I knew a few other people who would be there, but for the most part, this song describes how I felt.  Most people don't understand these feelings at all, so it's nice to hear them described so perfectly in a song. 

I was invited to a birthday celebration the other night for one of my very good friends, but because it was going to be a larger group than I usually prefer, I told my sister that I had a feeling I'd be singing this song in my head.  Coincidentally, when I got in the car that night to drive to the bar, this song was on the radio!  (Despite my initial misgivings, I ended up having a great time, but still, it felt good to come home.)