Publisher: Self-Published on December 15, 2014
Genres: Romance, Young Adult
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Fiona Lavender is the new girl at school. She has a chip on her shoulder and a pension for poetry. Dario Martinez is the star quarterback, and the most unattainable guy on campus. Their stars cross when they are paired to study Romeo and Juliet for a senior English project. Their connection is fragile and undeniable. But, Dario is afraid of what love will do; and Fiona is waiting for love to claim her.
Will they uncross the stars and find the love they both need to heal their pasts?
The Best Books I’ve Read
by Janell Rhiannon
Over the years, I’ve read so many books, fiction and non-fiction, historical and contemporary and a handful have stayed with me for various reasons.
1. Iliad and Odyssey by Homer
These two books have been my favorite since college. I found that my love of ancient history and mythology collided in Homer’s works. With the Iliad, you watch Achilles anger spiral him out of control. He’s the first tragic hero I fell in love with. And then there’s the Odyssey. The idea of waiting for a lover, or in this case a husband, to return touched a profoundly deep place in my heart. I’ve read both books several times. I’ll never get tired of these characters.
2. Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier
I picked this book up because it was supposed to be some sort of modern day “Odyssey” set during the American Civil War. Charles Frazier didn’t disappoint. He nailed the torture of longing to return to a time and place that was home both physically and emotionally. And it is a torture, isn’t it? All the waiting and not knowing. I think this is one of the hardest things to accept as part of being human: not knowing the future and accepting the void of it. Sure the future holds all the possibilities, but it also withholds the answers to questions you feel compelled to possess in the present, like will my husband come back from war?
3. Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
Honestly, when I read this book I hated the first hundred pages or so. I thought: “Holy cow this book is so slow, so plodding, so monotonous.” It wasn’t until I was this deep into it that I realized the genius of Flaubert. He wrote in such a way that the tedium of Emma Bovary’s life was literally gripping me from the pages like clingy hands. I could barely stand to read the book because I could tangibly feel her anxiety and boredom.
4. Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
I only have one word: Jamie Fraser. Okay, that’s two words.
5. Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare
There must be something very twisted in my psyche that I love tragedy so much. I think that the almost happily ever after is much more real than the happily ever after. The endings of stories or films that hit me with such agony stick with me for days, weeks, and obviously years. I think it a brilliant strategy on Shakespeare’s part to tell us how it’s all going to end up in the first few lines, then we spend the next couple of hours literally willing it to not be so. Mind blown.
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