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One of the most original and charming books you will ever read, this is perfect for all those who love Eleanor Oliphant and The Keeper of Lost Things Readers love The Map of Us:‘A story that will melt even the most hardened soul … utterly charming’ Irish Times bestseller Carmel Harrington‘Quirky, original and humorous’ USA Today bestselling author Sue Fortin‘Totally addic One of the most original and charming books you will ever read, this is perfect for all those who love Eleanor Oliphant and The Keeper of Lost Things Readers love The Map of Us:‘A story that will melt even the most hardened soul … utterly charming’ Irish Times bestseller Carmel Harrington‘Quirky, original and humorous’ USA Today bestselling author Sue Fortin‘Totally addictive’ Joe Heap‘Beautiful, funny, warm and clever’ Darcie Boleyn‘An unexpected gem of a book’ Rachel Oakes, Litsy‘A very fresh, imaginative approach to a love story’ Kraftireader‘One to keep forever’ Celia J Anderson‘The best book I have read in many years’ Martin 6654, Amazon reviewer‘Without doubt one of the very best books I have ever read’ TAW, Amazon reviewer‘Buy it because every page is a treasure. Buy it because you'll love it … over and over again!’ Mart, Amazon reviewer‘So very worthy of five stars. Full of humour with touches of sadness. A true wordsmith’ Phil M, Amazon reviewer‘I don't usually write book reviews at 2.30 in the morning but I loved this book so much that I HAD to write my review as soon as I finished it…The characters in this book will stay with me for a long time’ Annalisa999, Amazon reviewer‘A beautiful sigh of a book’ Mees, Amazon reviewer*** A story of love and lost directionsViolet North is wonderfully inconvenient. Abandoned by her family and lost in an imagined world of moors and adventure, her life changes in the space of just 37 words exchanged with a stranger at her front door.Decades later, Daniel Bearing has inherited his father's multi-million pound business, and is utterly lost. He has no idea who he is or where his life is headed.When Violet’s granddaughter’s marriage falls apart, Tilly, always adept with numbers, compiles a detailed statistical report to pinpoint why. But the Compatibility Index Tilly creates has unforeseen consequences for everyone in her world.Tilly and Daniel share a secret too. 10.37am, April 22nd. Soon, a complex web of secrets and lies is exposed and an adventure begins with a blue typewriter…


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One of the most original and charming books you will ever read, this is perfect for all those who love Eleanor Oliphant and The Keeper of Lost Things Readers love The Map of Us:‘A story that will melt even the most hardened soul … utterly charming’ Irish Times bestseller Carmel Harrington‘Quirky, original and humorous’ USA Today bestselling author Sue Fortin‘Totally addic One of the most original and charming books you will ever read, this is perfect for all those who love Eleanor Oliphant and The Keeper of Lost Things Readers love The Map of Us:‘A story that will melt even the most hardened soul … utterly charming’ Irish Times bestseller Carmel Harrington‘Quirky, original and humorous’ USA Today bestselling author Sue Fortin‘Totally addictive’ Joe Heap‘Beautiful, funny, warm and clever’ Darcie Boleyn‘An unexpected gem of a book’ Rachel Oakes, Litsy‘A very fresh, imaginative approach to a love story’ Kraftireader‘One to keep forever’ Celia J Anderson‘The best book I have read in many years’ Martin 6654, Amazon reviewer‘Without doubt one of the very best books I have ever read’ TAW, Amazon reviewer‘Buy it because every page is a treasure. Buy it because you'll love it … over and over again!’ Mart, Amazon reviewer‘So very worthy of five stars. Full of humour with touches of sadness. A true wordsmith’ Phil M, Amazon reviewer‘I don't usually write book reviews at 2.30 in the morning but I loved this book so much that I HAD to write my review as soon as I finished it…The characters in this book will stay with me for a long time’ Annalisa999, Amazon reviewer‘A beautiful sigh of a book’ Mees, Amazon reviewer*** A story of love and lost directionsViolet North is wonderfully inconvenient. Abandoned by her family and lost in an imagined world of moors and adventure, her life changes in the space of just 37 words exchanged with a stranger at her front door.Decades later, Daniel Bearing has inherited his father's multi-million pound business, and is utterly lost. He has no idea who he is or where his life is headed.When Violet’s granddaughter’s marriage falls apart, Tilly, always adept with numbers, compiles a detailed statistical report to pinpoint why. But the Compatibility Index Tilly creates has unforeseen consequences for everyone in her world.Tilly and Daniel share a secret too. 10.37am, April 22nd. Soon, a complex web of secrets and lies is exposed and an adventure begins with a blue typewriter…

30 review for The Map of Us

  1. 4 out of 5

    Berit☀️✨

    4 turquoise Blue Stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟 Let me start this off by saying this is a book that is going to take you a while to get into... The narrative is very unusual and quirky.... very short chapters some of them appear simply to be lists.... and honestly about 30% in I was thinking to myself, how am I going to rate this book? But by the end I was so charmed, after I got into the flow of the writing style.... There are quite a few characters in this book all of them a bit quirky... and due to the choppy writ 4 turquoise Blue Stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟 Let me start this off by saying this is a book that is going to take you a while to get into... The narrative is very unusual and quirky.... very short chapters some of them appear simply to be lists.... and honestly about 30% in I was thinking to myself, how am I going to rate this book? But by the end I was so charmed, after I got into the flow of the writing style.... There are quite a few characters in this book all of them a bit quirky... and due to the choppy writing style it did take me awhile to appreciate these characters.... Tilly was very interesting... a statistician who saw life through numbers and facts... in fact she wrote a report of sorts when her marriage broke up including flow charts and gave it to her ex.... she even came up with a compatibility index, but never fear it was put to good use in the end.... there was quite the cast of characters in this book... including all of Tilly’s siblings, her father, her grandmother, her ex-boyfriend, his new girlfriend, her boss, her coworker, and Daniel.... Now there are a few characters I would have liked to get to know better... including Catherine Tilly’s sister.... absolutely could relate to Catherine better than Tilly, the girl had a crazy handbag collection.... also would have liked a little more about her grandmother Violet, really enjoyed her relationship with Owen... also really enjoyed Matt and grace, Tillys ex and his new girlfriend.... well shoot I really needed to know more about everybody her brother who was a expert in the color blue, her father who created sand sculptures for a living, see what I am saying super quirky.... additionally there were some interesting little chapters about household appliances... and I can’t forget Daniel, what will happen there? I want to recommend this if you are willing to go into it with an open mind... and know that it is not written in a conventional writing style, but in the end quite a lovely book.... *** thank you so much to the publisher and Net Galley for a copy of this book ***

  2. 5 out of 5

    Tink Magoo is bad at reviews

    I so rarely come across books like this one these days. It's fair to say it's my choice that means I too often pick ones filled with attitude, sex and conflict. While I enjoy those, 95% aren't very memorable. But when I do come across ones like this, it makes them extra special. And its because they have charm. They're quirky in the best way, they're full of a kaleidoscope of characters and tiny stories that normally get overlooked. It's these books that I savour and think about weeks, even mont I so rarely come across books like this one these days. It's fair to say it's my choice that means I too often pick ones filled with attitude, sex and conflict. While I enjoy those, 95% aren't very memorable. But when I do come across ones like this, it makes them extra special. And its because they have charm. They're quirky in the best way, they're full of a kaleidoscope of characters and tiny stories that normally get overlooked. It's these books that I savour and think about weeks, even months after reading them. If you give this a chance and wait a little while to settle into the short chapters from a variety of characters, things start to build and all that charm I mentioned comes out. You also get some laughs, some sad parts and warm fuzzy feelings. I loved how everything came round in a circle and watching how each character progressed. My only complaint would be that I wanted more.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Ruthy lavin

    Oh boy - after an unfortunate run of rubbish books, non finishers and 2 -stars -at -the -most -ratings, I stumbled upon this and nailed it in one day! It is an onion of a book, layer upon layer of alternate character stories: The past, the present, love, loss, humour, kindness, devotion, sadness, greed, passion.... it’s been a roller coaster of emotion. There are hints of Laurie Lee, Eleanor Oliphant, Miss Peregrine, and the Darling buds of May in here - but don’t be fooled by that, this is not an Oh boy - after an unfortunate run of rubbish books, non finishers and 2 -stars -at -the -most -ratings, I stumbled upon this and nailed it in one day! It is an onion of a book, layer upon layer of alternate character stories: The past, the present, love, loss, humour, kindness, devotion, sadness, greed, passion.... it’s been a roller coaster of emotion. There are hints of Laurie Lee, Eleanor Oliphant, Miss Peregrine, and the Darling buds of May in here - but don’t be fooled by that, this is not an old fashioned book, on the contrary, it is modern and new and fresh. Easily worthy of 4 stars and the best book I’ve read in a good while :)

  4. 5 out of 5

    Erin-Elizabeth

    The journey of me reading this book went something like this: - who’s the narrator here? - huh? - what’s going on? -I’m going to hate this - ohhh, it’s two narrators! - hang on, what? - okay there’s way more than two narrators - why can I not work out who’s speaking here? - oh okay so *** is related to ***? - and she’s related to *** - actually this is quite clever! - yep, I’m really liking this - sold So, the above is the reason I’m giving ‘The Map of Us’ 4.5 stars. 🌟🌟🌟🌟 If I’m going to give anyone advice The journey of me reading this book went something like this: - who’s the narrator here? - huh? - what’s going on? -I’m going to hate this - ohhh, it’s two narrators! - hang on, what? - okay there’s way more than two narrators - why can I not work out who’s speaking here? - oh okay so *** is related to ***? - and she’s related to *** - actually this is quite clever! - yep, I’m really liking this - sold So, the above is the reason I’m giving ‘The Map of Us’ 4.5 stars. 🌟🌟🌟🌟 If I’m going to give anyone advice reading this book, it would be: hang in there son. I really didn’t enjoy the start. I didn’t have a clue who was talking and I couldn’t keep track of any of the details. Around 50% in though, it cleverly starts coming together and you get up slowly completing a literary jigsaw. It was a really clever structure but I do think quite a few readers would put it down before they realised that it isn’t just bad writing. The characters are fascinating and once you get used to their individual voices and how they fit in the family tree of the larger narrative, you begin to really understand and like each individual story. The chapters are really short, some barely two pages long and I like that in a book. It always encourages you to rip through a story rather than struggle through it. I don’t want to say too much more because I think it will spoil it but I’ll end with this: it’s endearing, sweet and intelligently written and that’s all I want in a book. Booksource: NetGalley - thank you to Jules Preston and Harper Impulse.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Jx PinkLady Reviews ♡ @bookwormthoughts

    Review to come

  6. 4 out of 5

    Wendy

    Expecting nothing more than a light hearted read requiring little concentration, I actually found The Map of Us provides quirkily signposted directions for an unexpected and delightful journey. It has an oddly detached narrative style that complements Matlida (Tilly) Eastleigh’s statistician’s mind perfectly. The clippy chapters, barely half a page in most places, allowed me to travel lightly and effortlessly stroll through the pages. What I discovered is all roads lead ‘North’ – that’s Violet Nor Expecting nothing more than a light hearted read requiring little concentration, I actually found The Map of Us provides quirkily signposted directions for an unexpected and delightful journey. It has an oddly detached narrative style that complements Matlida (Tilly) Eastleigh’s statistician’s mind perfectly. The clippy chapters, barely half a page in most places, allowed me to travel lightly and effortlessly stroll through the pages. What I discovered is all roads lead ‘North’ – that’s Violet North and her humble blue, Remington typewriter with an annoying ‘e’ that sticks. I didn’t grasp how an inanimate object could play such a significant role before I started reading. How it could create new paths to follow and become an anchor for future generations, especially as they sail some pretty choppy seas before finding the true route to their happiness. With all honesty it took a little while for me to settle into this book before I realised I was overcomplicating things. The only advice I can offer future readers is: don’t try to work out the destination before you get there, just sit back and enjoy the ride. (Advanced copy received courtesy of Netgalley, which I voluntarily chose to read and review.)

  7. 4 out of 5

    Daniela (Only If For A Page)

    This book surprised me by its uniqueness. There were several points of view from members of the same family and each of them was written in a completely different style. One of them was set in the past and it was very lyrical and atmospheric but I preferred the one which was set in the present and in which we followed Tilly. Tilly's marriage has fallen apart and she is trying to understand why using her analytical skills and creating charts and diagrams, which was funny and adorable. She works a This book surprised me by its uniqueness. There were several points of view from members of the same family and each of them was written in a completely different style. One of them was set in the past and it was very lyrical and atmospheric but I preferred the one which was set in the present and in which we followed Tilly. Tilly's marriage has fallen apart and she is trying to understand why using her analytical skills and creating charts and diagrams, which was funny and adorable. She works at a company that does some analysis for a manufacturer of healthy protein bars so there were some discussions about the preferences of the health-conscious sector and the appearance/taste etc. of these bars, and I immensely enjoyed that part because hey, that's me, I'm the health-conscious sector! :- D It took me a while to get into it and it could be confusing at times but overall, I was impressed by the execution and the structure of this novel. Thinking about this a while after having finished it, I might want to re-read it one day because I just really appreciate unique (but still enjoyable) books!

  8. 5 out of 5

    G.J.

    A quirky, quite unusual little book which I enjoyed reading. There were occasions when I was a little bit irritated by the several narrators and very short chapters. All in all an interesting family saga type story with some odd but pleasing characters !

  9. 4 out of 5

    Avigail

    I picked up the book for two reasons: 1. Cover buy & the summary looked interesting. 2. Because of the blurb on the cover, "if you liked Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine, you will enjoy this book." Well, this book is a fast read, due to the short chapters. It was corky & strange, each character had its storyline, and I didn't feel the storylines weren't connected. None of the characters were likable, excluding Violet and Owen. I understand why people DNFed the book; I didn't do it because readi I picked up the book for two reasons: 1. Cover buy & the summary looked interesting. 2. Because of the blurb on the cover, "if you liked Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine, you will enjoy this book." Well, this book is a fast read, due to the short chapters. It was corky & strange, each character had its storyline, and I didn't feel the storylines weren't connected. None of the characters were likable, excluding Violet and Owen. I understand why people DNFed the book; I didn't do it because reading non-spoiler reviews I felt that somehow the storylines would connect the only thing that happened is that life is a circle, and the happiness and love that Violet had will occur at the end to Tilly, Matilda.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Carolyn

    I was a bit unsure of this book for a while, but it kept hold of me. Short personal chapters that at first seemed unconnected, but as you read more began to gel together within a family framework over 3 generations. Only one person, Tilly or Matilda, uses first person totally, but we see a bit from almost everyone’s unique viewpoint. Unique is a chosen description as these people are not your mainstream romcom office workers. One is a sand sculpter, one is a world expert in the colour blue who l I was a bit unsure of this book for a while, but it kept hold of me. Short personal chapters that at first seemed unconnected, but as you read more began to gel together within a family framework over 3 generations. Only one person, Tilly or Matilda, uses first person totally, but we see a bit from almost everyone’s unique viewpoint. Unique is a chosen description as these people are not your mainstream romcom office workers. One is a sand sculpter, one is a world expert in the colour blue who looks more like a surfer, each is uniquely individual and in their own way endearing. The book is incredibly well plotted for all the right elements to begin to make sense in their own time as you weave through all the different people and their stories, and as you see more of each person you want to carry on and find out more. That said, the way of writing, the number of different people, storylines, generations, involved can be a little confusing at first, the book needs a little perseverance from the reader to get you past the initial confusion until you have enough to piece things together. It is worth persevering with though as it is a delightful story. I received a electronic copy via NetGalley in return for honest feedback.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Cheryl M-M

    In my humble opinion this is sat in and has been published under the wrong genre. It is not chick-lit, and that is not meant in a derogatory way in regards to that particular genre, but this isn’t just your normal romcom, romancey and happy-go-lucky read. Perhaps the publisher struggled to define it and put it into a definitive category. Credit should be given where credit is due though, because this is an extraordinary read. What is Map of Us about? In a way it is the story of the roots of a fami In my humble opinion this is sat in and has been published under the wrong genre. It is not chick-lit, and that is not meant in a derogatory way in regards to that particular genre, but this isn’t just your normal romcom, romancey and happy-go-lucky read. Perhaps the publisher struggled to define it and put it into a definitive category. Credit should be given where credit is due though, because this is an extraordinary read. What is Map of Us about? In a way it is the story of the roots of a family told in the form of short, really short – often only a paragraph, chapters by each character. It’s as if the narrator is making a diary entry about each one of them. The seedling of the family tree is Violet, and her roots and family, both blood and non-blood, begin with a man without a name and a dog named Dog. It’s quirky, memorable and in a way a small work of art. Hopefully one day more people will recognise that. I would not only put it in the bracket of women’s fiction, I would also put it in literary fiction. For me personally the best moment and quote from the story, aside from the Compatibility Index of course, is ‘nice toast’ courtesy of Abby. So much more than just a throwaway comment, it’s a point of connection and affirmation of feeling comfort and possibly even trust for the very first time. What I take away from this story is that sometimes blood doesn’t bond and bind us and it’s ok to walk away from toxicity. Family isn’t necessarily who we are related to, it’s the people we connect with and become part of our inner circle. Simultaneously at some moments in time family can be the protective cocoon we yearn for and need. It’s a remarkable read and there will probably be real requests for the fictional Compatibility Index. It will definitely be going on my exceptional reads of the year list. *I received a copy via NetGalley*

  12. 4 out of 5

    Emma Shaw

    I'm afraid I didn't finish this book. I tried to get into it on a number of occasions but it just fell flat. The premise was good and I was hoping that by trying a few times it would be one I'd like at the right time, but I joist found myself uninterested in the charcters. That being seeing there are many good reviews on here so I encourage others to read it for themselves as it might be one they love. I'm afraid I didn't finish this book. I tried to get into it on a number of occasions but it just fell flat. The premise was good and I was hoping that by trying a few times it would be one I'd like at the right time, but I joist found myself uninterested in the charcters. That being seeing there are many good reviews on here so I encourage others to read it for themselves as it might be one they love.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Jeanniehay64

    This book was so original, it had charm , wit, beautiful characters and a story which had multiple layers finely woven together at the end. I did find it hard to understand at the beginning, I was quite confused but I am so glad I kept reading as I began to put the peices together. The short chapters I found very refreshing and the quirky characters each with their own charm and individual personalities were interesting. I loved Tilly who saw life through numbers and statistics. Her grandmother This book was so original, it had charm , wit, beautiful characters and a story which had multiple layers finely woven together at the end. I did find it hard to understand at the beginning, I was quite confused but I am so glad I kept reading as I began to put the peices together. The short chapters I found very refreshing and the quirky characters each with their own charm and individual personalities were interesting. I loved Tilly who saw life through numbers and statistics. Her grandmother Violet who explores the world through her typewriter and the rich array of relatives and friends who each add to the story. My advice is keep reading you will not be disappointed , a beautifully written book which is endearing, memorable and quirky. Jules Preston is an author to look out for if this debut novel is anything to go on. Thank you netgalley and the publishers for my chance to read this fantastic book

  14. 4 out of 5

    Amy Boucher Pye

    I started this quirky book not sure what I was getting into, as I downloaded via NetGalley and didn’t remember much of the book’s description. Jetlagged, I kept reading, trying to keep the story straight with its many tangents and different characters. I knew they must all intertwine eventually, and didn’t give up when the lyrical prose kept drawing me in. Ultimately, delightful.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Erin

    Quirky and unexpected. A sweeping story with multiple narrators, spanning multiple generations, but remains domestic and cosy. You may start off unsure but you're sure to get sucked in! This book deserves a spot on your summer reading list. Quirky and unexpected. A sweeping story with multiple narrators, spanning multiple generations, but remains domestic and cosy. You may start off unsure but you're sure to get sucked in! This book deserves a spot on your summer reading list.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Cathy Fuggle

    Quirky , touching , unusual, lovely ... 😀

  17. 5 out of 5

    Lenka Otap

    At first I felt this book was really weird and confusing. Short one page chapters. Short sentences. At that point I was ready to rate it 2 stars. It took a while to get sucked in, but at the end I laughed and a cried and I also loved the writing style.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Elsabe

    A book that won’t allow you to read it with divided attention! I loved the writing style, how it all came together with an incredible sense of humour. Lovingly describing all or faults and horrors that can be viewed as quirky or seen as serious psychological dysfunctionalities. I have been really thinking a lot about people blaming everything and everybody around them for their unhappiness and misfortune. This book again came my way at the right time, right place - on the other hand it could als A book that won’t allow you to read it with divided attention! I loved the writing style, how it all came together with an incredible sense of humour. Lovingly describing all or faults and horrors that can be viewed as quirky or seen as serious psychological dysfunctionalities. I have been really thinking a lot about people blaming everything and everybody around them for their unhappiness and misfortune. This book again came my way at the right time, right place - on the other hand it could also just be me reading into it what I wanted to hear. Either way, I am fully convinced again that we are making our fortune or misfortune. We are responsible for ourselves and our lives. Also that companion planting is of the utmost importance- choose the people you surround yourself with, with care. It is not that some people are bad, it’s just not working well in the particular combination of companion planting in that particular garden. Being a list person, I identified with that graphs and Venn diagrams and lists of pros and cons!!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Darcie Boleyn

    The Map of Us is a fabulous debut. It’s so good, in fact, that it’s hard to believe it is a debut novel. Jules Preston’s voice is refreshing, funny, warm and engaging. He clearly has a great sense of humour and some of the lines had me laughing out loud. It’s clear that Mr Preston is a keen observer of people and their quirks and this made for fascinating and vivid characters I felt I knew very well by the end of the novel. The chapters are short and easy to read, so the novel can be read in one The Map of Us is a fabulous debut. It’s so good, in fact, that it’s hard to believe it is a debut novel. Jules Preston’s voice is refreshing, funny, warm and engaging. He clearly has a great sense of humour and some of the lines had me laughing out loud. It’s clear that Mr Preston is a keen observer of people and their quirks and this made for fascinating and vivid characters I felt I knew very well by the end of the novel. The chapters are short and easy to read, so the novel can be read in one sitting or picked up when taking a quick coffee break, although I have to warn you that because they are short and intriguing, I did keep saying ‘One more chapter…’ then finding myself five chapters along. I foresee a very bright future for this talented author and look forward to his next book.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Pam

    Thank you NetGalley for a digital ARC. Oh this was such a charmer and incredibly witty. This is heart warmer but not in a light, average sweet way. Original and creative. Loved this. You will finish with a smile.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Sammy Jackson

    What a wonderful quirky read, beautiful characters a charming story, felt like I was part of their story, lovely just lovely

  22. 5 out of 5

    Julie

    A beautiful book. I love the way it is written with each character having their own voice portrayed through the style of writing. And such a variety of characters. Recommend.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Mash Patooties

    Astounding. Finished in one day. Stick with it, it all becomes clear at about 30%. You'll be glad you did. Astounding. Finished in one day. Stick with it, it all becomes clear at about 30%. You'll be glad you did.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Katie

    Loved it!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Paula Hartharn-Evans

    A gentle story with some quirky characters

  26. 4 out of 5

    Lorna Holland

    Full review coming soon!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Lubna

    Category: disappointing - I really don't know why I didn't like this as much as I thought I would, definitely might read it again. I did love the little lists of everything random though! Category: disappointing - I really don't know why I didn't like this as much as I thought I would, definitely might read it again. I did love the little lists of everything random though!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Karen Whittard

    I was completely sucked into this book from the very first page. It completely compelled me and demanded all of my attention. As I greedily devoured every words. It had me laugh, smiling and sometimes shredding a little tear. To me this book was exactly what I needed at exactly the right moment on time. I absolutely loved the way that it was written in various character POV, all the poems, letters ect also gave it a refreshing difference from other books that all seem the same to me at the momen I was completely sucked into this book from the very first page. It completely compelled me and demanded all of my attention. As I greedily devoured every words. It had me laugh, smiling and sometimes shredding a little tear. To me this book was exactly what I needed at exactly the right moment on time. I absolutely loved the way that it was written in various character POV, all the poems, letters ect also gave it a refreshing difference from other books that all seem the same to me at the moment. I really liked all the characters, how they and the story developed and well basically the whole thing. I was extremely happy with the ending as it was exactly what I wanted to happen. I really loved it and if you like something that it a little different from the norm. Which has you piecing things together as you go through the book. Trying to work out how all the characters are interwoven then this book is for you. I can’t recommend it highly enough.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Ingstje

    I wish I could have liked The Map Of Us more but I'm afraid we weren't the best match. There was perhaps 76% probability that we would hit it off but that means there was a 34% chance of the opposite. It's something Tilly would say; she must have rubbed off on me after all :-). I have to admit I was excited to read this novel mostly because of the reference to that other novel, Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine, but I couldn't find the same connection or recognition in Matilda - or Tilly as she I wish I could have liked The Map Of Us more but I'm afraid we weren't the best match. There was perhaps 76% probability that we would hit it off but that means there was a 34% chance of the opposite. It's something Tilly would say; she must have rubbed off on me after all :-). I have to admit I was excited to read this novel mostly because of the reference to that other novel, Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine, but I couldn't find the same connection or recognition in Matilda - or Tilly as she's called by 3 people - that I found in Eleanor. The novel was told in alternating voices in short snappy chapters of only a few pages, or even just half a page at times, so it was easy enough to digest, but on the the other hand the big cast of quirky characters that changed so quickly made it difficult to get invested in them and remember them sometimes as well. The author also introduced also a few different literary styles that some will undoubtedly find original but I found it halted the flow of the story somewhat. Some of them worked really well like hearing her mother's voice through letters addressed to Tilly, and others - like the almost poetic entries of her father's thoughts in almost three word sentences - not so much. The thread that followed Violet North, the grandmother who starts writing stories on her blue typewriter, was the one I looked forward to returning to most of all and I really hoped she would find happiness in the end. She lives in a world of her own and created a fictuous character who roams the Great Moors and lets her have adventures when she can not. Like Violet, most of the other characters in this novel live in a world of their own: Tilly's father's passion is building sand sculptures (no dolphins though!), Tilly's world seems to be built by numbers, her sister Katherine's world is filled with the haunt for the perfect handbag (she's got 342! bags) and her brother Matt is the world authority on the color blue. Can they break out of their limited worlds and make a connection with someone outside of their world? It'll be quite a journey. This novel was a bit out of my 'rational' comfort zone and a bit too wordery for me, making it difficult to understand why some of it was relevant to the story so I guess that's why it didn't really work out for me. It reminds me a little of We Were Liars by E. Lockheart, where the prose also rubbed me the wrong way. If you like originality and you're looking for a quirky read though this might be exactly your cup of tea.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Rhi

    Lovely, engaging opener which introduces us to Violet North whose blue typewriter is the linchpin of the story. The plot contains a perfect mixture of humour and sadness, and for some reason certain elements reminded me of the poignant old couple in Pixar’s animated film “Up”. Tilly’s father is a sand artist, her brother is a world authority on the colour blue, her sister has an out-of-control handbag addiction, meanwhile her mum has to contend with the never-ending deaths of their washing machin Lovely, engaging opener which introduces us to Violet North whose blue typewriter is the linchpin of the story. The plot contains a perfect mixture of humour and sadness, and for some reason certain elements reminded me of the poignant old couple in Pixar’s animated film “Up”. Tilly’s father is a sand artist, her brother is a world authority on the colour blue, her sister has an out-of-control handbag addiction, meanwhile her mum has to contend with the never-ending deaths of their washing machines (due to aforementioned sand)! I found the characters were well thought out, each had their own quirks and unique traits and I felt invested in all of them. This is a heart-warming and charming love story with an important message to prioritise what’s really important in life. Made me think of the empty jar/Philosophy teacher lesson. Some could find the story a little too sickly-sweet and the ending a tad predictable but if you’re looking for a nice, feel good read I definitely recommend. I was in the right mood to fully embrace the cheese and had a genuine smile on my face when I finished reading it.

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