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I totally loved this book. Already a devotee of Rosoff's YA books, I'm hoping that this will propel her into wider fame; it certainly deserves to. It will appeal to fans of books such as David Nicholl's One Day but it has a gentle, subtle yet incisive humour that is also entirely original. This is just beautiful writing.
As for the performance, I thought it would have been excellent, except for the constant mispronunciation of words. I don't mean American English, I mean that the narrator had apparently simply not come across certain words before: 'glutinous' pronounced as 'gluttonous', for example, or ' orange blossom ' pronounced as if it were blossom that was orange- coloured! These verbal typos and lots of emphasis in the wrong place occurred really quite frequently and were an irritation in what was otherwise a narrative voice well- suited to the story.
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