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Everything is Not Enough - Bernardine Kennedy

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Genre: Romance / Author: Bernardine Kennedy / Edition: New Ed / Paperback / 512 Pages / Book is published 2001-05-03 by Headline

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      29.05.2009 16:03
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      Definitely recommend this book!

      ***The Plot***
      After a traumatic incident with her cruel stepfather, Louise leaves home and reinvents herself as Angie, a celebrity interviewer (despite her lack of journalistic training). Years later, Angie interviews spoiled socialite Rebekah Alari, who is having problems with her adopted family and is keen to track down the woman who gave her up for adoption. Will Rebekah manage to find her real mother? By the time she crosses paths with Rebekah, Angie seems settled and content in her new life, but will the past come back to haunt her?

      ***The Characters***
      I couldn't help but feel sorry for Louise/Angie as her life seemed to have been difficult, to say the least. Her childhood was all but destroyed as a result of her stepfather and it is a credit to her strength of character that she can pick up the pieces of her life and assume a new identity at such a tender age. Rebekah on the other hand is spoilt and pampered - a world away from the life that Louise/Angie has had to live. For the most part, she is an irritating character who is clearly used to getting her own way at a click of her fingers, although there is the odd moment when some vulnerability shines through. This tends not to last though, so it is quite difficult to warm to her character really.

      As I have already mentioned, Louise's stepfather is a cruel man and her mother is not much better. Neither of them seem very well equipped to raise a child, and this is worsened by the fact that they are both white while Louise is mixed race. In a community in which non-whites do not seem particularly welcome, Louise is a constant embarassment to them and they show no sympathy for the predicament that forces her to leave her old life behind.

      ***The Writing Style***
      The plot spans several decades, as is often the case for these type of books. It is written in the third person sometimes from the viewpoint of Louise/Angie or Rebekah but not always. Generally speaking, the writing style is quite formal and a lot different from the chatty writing style of chick lit type books.

      ***Overall Thoughts***
      This is not a chick lit book as the plot involved is much deeper than this. There are some strong issues within the plot and it is certainly not light-hearted and fluffy at all. If you are looking for a light read, this probably isn't the right book for you but it is a great option for anyone who wants a more 'meaty' book to get their teeth into (so to speak!). The characterisation of the main characters is great and it is easy to feel something for the characters, whether this be sympathy or intense dislike. This is testament to the writing skills of the author. All in all, this is a fabulous book that I thoroughly recommend.

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