If I Knew You Were Going To Be This Beautiful, I Never Would Have Let You Go

If I Knew You Were Going To Be This Beautiful I Never Would Have Let You Go Brings to mind the books of Richard Price and the films of Martin Scorsese I did not want this book to end Julie Klam New York Times bestselling author of FriendkeepingIt is the summer of and K
  • Title: If I Knew You Were Going To Be This Beautiful, I Never Would Have Let You Go
  • Author: Judy Chicurel
  • ISBN: 9780399167072
  • Page: 230
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Brings to mind the books of Richard Price and the films of Martin Scorsese I did not want this book to end Julie Klam, New York Times bestselling author of FriendkeepingIt is the summer of 1972, and Katie has just turned eighteen Katie and her town, Elephant Beach, are both on the verge Katie of adulthood, and Elephant Beach of gentrification But not yet Elephan Brings to mind the books of Richard Price and the films of Martin Scorsese I did not want this book to end Julie Klam, New York Times bestselling author of FriendkeepingIt is the summer of 1972, and Katie has just turned eighteen Katie and her town, Elephant Beach, are both on the verge Katie of adulthood, and Elephant Beach of gentrification But not yet Elephant Beach is still gritty, working class, close knit And Katie spends her time smoking and drinking with her friends, dreaming about a boy just back from Vietnam who s still fighting a battle Katie can t understand In this poignant, evocative debut collection, Judy Chicurel creates a haunting, vivid world, where conflicts between mothers and daughters, men and women, soldiers and civilians and haves and have nots reverberate to our own time She captures not only a time and place, but the universal experience of being poised between the past and the future At once heartbreaking, mesmerizing, and nostalgic, Chicurel shows us that no matter how beautiful some dreams are, there comes a time when we must let them go.
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    1. Judy Chicurel Is a well-known author, some of his books are a fascination for readers like in the If I Knew You Were Going To Be This Beautiful, I Never Would Have Let You Go book, this is one of the most wanted Judy Chicurel author readers around the world.

    2. If I Knew You Were Going to be This Beautiful, I Never Would Have Let You Go by Judy Chicurel is a first reads win and I am giving my honest opinion This story takes place in 1972, about a girl named Katie who lives in Elephant Beach A New Jersey resort close to New York City It never reached it s full potential and is in hard times It s the stories that surround Katie s life from school, graduation and beyond Most of the residents were blue collar workers but Katie s dad wore a suit and tie wit [...]

    3. I received a copy of this novel, from the publishers, in return for an honest review1972 A fictional island near Manhattan A summer of sex, drugs and not so much rock and roll A summer of unwanted pregnancies, tripping on a variety of pills and hanging out on street corners Not a glamorous life for teenager, Kate, but the only life she knows Along with a posse of girlfriends and a wide circle of local druggies, she remains slightly on the edge of this crazy world, within reason but without any j [...]

    4. In this nostalgic debut novel, a group of troubled Long Island teenagers navigate the sex and drug filled summer of 1972 Aimless young people haunt Chicurel s fictional Elephant Beach Everyone s doing drugs and having either a baby or an abortion Yet the inexperienced narrator, Katie, 18, just moons over Luke, a Vietnam veteran Fast living takes a toll here No one has as many dead friends as we do, Katie laments, what with drunken accidents, car crashes, and police beatings.Throughout, Katie ref [...]

    5. It s 1972 and a group of young girls not quite women but aching to be so is learning that life is not always what you expect it to be Living in a close knit community on Long Island 18 year old Katie looks to the future whilst longing for Luke to notice her he is just one of the man young men who ve returned from the Vietnam War and are wrestling with the scars , not only physical but emotional, and mental Katie and her friends do all the things of the 70 s drink, smoke dope, take drugs, have ch [...]

    6. Interesting story about the lives of young adults in a somewhat ruined town at sea It s a completely different world than we know and even though it s the 70 s it s still hard to see that life could truly be that way have been that way, a search for who you are, guided by drugs, sex, war and strange friendships I liked it, but it did not really make an impact on me I liked Katie, a girl who accepts everyone and can be tough when she needs to be.

    7. SynopsisOn the outskirts of New York, Elephant Beach to be exact, Katie and her friends are spending their final summer growing up Having recently graduated from high school, Katie and co should be full of hope and excitement for the future yet they are all festering in a dying seaside town that is dealing with working class problems, teen marriage and pregnancy and the repercussions of the war in Vietnam.The most hopeful among the residents is Katie, yet she is the least enthusiastic to let her [...]

    8. Original review can be found at kristineandterri 2I received an ARC through a giveaway in exchange for an honest review.This book follows Katie through the summer of 1972 after she graduates from high school in the town of Elephant Beach.I ll start by saying that I did enjoy the time frame of this book It was interesting to read about the teen adult population of the 70 s A lot of issues are touched on including the effects of war, drug and alcohol abuse and teenage pregnancy I did however have [...]

    9. Thanks to Tinder Press for the ARC, and I m really glad they shared this book with me I really enjoyed these tales of life in 1972 on Elephant Beach fictional place on Long Island Being from the UK and never having been to Long Island I ve no idea if there were or are areas with such a cast of characters like this novel portrayed The novel was set during the Vietnam War but it was Katie s the main character yearning for Luke, a Veteran from the war, that was the main thread throughout the storie [...]

    10. The early 70s, Comanche Beach, Long Island An American rural seaside community where the teens hang about and young men return home from Vietnam Jobs are scarce, the young are leaving for the city, and teenager Katie loves a veteran who seems disconnected from the world.This novel has the longest title I ve ever come across The full title is If I Knew You Were Going to be This Beautiful, I Never Would Have Let You Go I m intrigued whether it was the author s choice or the publisher s I can just [...]

    11. This was a beautifully written novel for the most part to be sure but for me it did have its ups and downs We follow Katie in the 70 s along with a group of eclectic and sometimes engaging, sometimes confusing characters on the brink of growing up in a place that is also teetering on the brink of change.On the hugely plus side, Judy Chicurel has captured the sense of the decade brilliantly firmly placing the reader in the place our characters inhabit and giving a sense of the differences in atti [...]

    12. I started this book thinking it was going to be a typical rom com, boy meets girl, they fall in love, they split up and get back together, but it wasn t It followed katie threw her last summer before college and all the ups and downs of living in a run down long island town set in the early 70s It really gives you a view on what it was like in those days and how different a life we live today The title of the book was used in a completely different content than i was expecting even half way thro [...]

    13. This was a coming of age book set in the 70 s Kate is 18 and lives in Elephant Beach, near Manhatten The book tackles the drugs scene and teenage pregnancy It also deals with the teenage lads back from war in Vietnam and the way they struggle to return to normal teenage carefree lives again.It was an insight into the teenage world of the time and certain life issues it deals with.There is a large cast of characters that can be a little difficult to keep track of, initially.With thanks to Net Gal [...]

    14. Encore une fois Robert Lafond me fait d couvrir une belle histoire que je ne me serais pas forc ment pris.Sans tre aussi trash, le livre me fait beaucoup pens Requiem for a Dream de Hubert Selby Jr entre les drogues et ce village glauque en bord de mer.Je me suis un peu emm ler les pinceaux entre tous les personnages mais on se cramponne sur les principaux.Assez surprise par la fin m me si au final cela tait pr visible, on apprend ce moment l d o vient le titre Reste sur une question en suspend, [...]

    15. If I Knew You Were Going To Be This Beautiful I Never Would Have Let You Go, by Judy Chicurel, is a coming of age story set in 1970 s Long Island in the USA Despite being populated by chain smoking, hard drinking, drug taking teenagers it has a poignancy that transcends the antipathy these activities may evoke in some readers who have perhaps led sedate lives The characters are universal in their hopes and dreams for a better future, their feelings and frustrations portrayed vividly despite the [...]

    16. This book, with its rather clunky title, is a coming of age story set in Elephant Beach, a small town on Long Island, New York in the early 1970s This is the gritty, poor version of Long Island, not the moneyed wealth that exists there now.The story doesn t have a strong plot line but rather follows the teenage Katie and her friends through one summer near the end of their school years It is another example of a collection of linked stories pulled together as a novel, which seem to be gaining po [...]

    17. This is a bleak, compelling and moving debut novel about 18 year old Katie who lives on Long Island in the 1970s in a poor neighbourhood with a group of other lost and aimless young people, all waiting for whatever the future might bring to them, and mostly spending their days in a haze of alcohol, drugs and sex The Vietnam War is raging not only in the background but also in the hearts and minds of some of the young men who have returned from it It s neither a happy time nor a happy place, and [...]

    18. I could not get on with this book I really wanted to based on the blurb but it wasnt the style of writing i liked Why an author feels the need to include swearing all the time i dont know Our ears get assulted by foul language on a day to day basis i dont really want to have it when im trying to relax Just my opinion but i feel that as an author you should have the skill to use other words to convey what you want without using swear words Anyway rant over I felt the story was a little all over t [...]

    19. I was happy to bring this book along to my trip to the lake this summer I found it was an interesting story, and really captured what living in the 70s was like I enjoyed the main character, Katie, and thought she was well portrayed The book did drag a bit in parts, and it seemed to me to be of a reflection of a certain point in time rather than having a story full of action and drama I felt sad for the characters as their lives seemed predictable, and not very fulfilling I liked the author s w [...]

    20. Katie, the main character in this novel is an 18 year young woman who obviously ha a good head on her shoulders But it s the early 1970ies, and she surrounds herself with a bunch of burnt out losers who seem to do nothing but hang out at the beach, or in a bar, drinking way too much, taking too many drugs, and having too many unwanted pregnancies At first I said to myself, C,mon Katie, you can do better than this But slowly but surely, I was also won over by these losers Some of the most endeari [...]

    21. What I loved the most about this novel was just how natural the plot read it did not fall into cliched territory, common narratives or story arcs Every single voice feels achingly real, so much so that I found myself nostalgic for an era that I did not even experience firsthand This is an earnest novel, that made me feel as though I was gaining a glimpse into the lives of my mother and aunts and uncles in the early 1970s It is striking in its authenticity, and though full of longing, it is unsen [...]

    22. Got a free copy to review through netgalley First of all, a little note to the publishers, I do think the title is a bit of a risk take as it is too long.Other than that, the protagonist Kate was brilliantly created I thought the book was beautifully written, it almost made me feel like I was watching the story line unfold in front of my eyes However, the reason it does not get a higher rating from is because it took until the second half of the novel for me to really understand what was going o [...]

    23. They were all my friends, and they diedis book reminded me of Jim Carroll, and also a little of Mystic River, in the tight knit lower class neighborhood I liked the loosely connected chapters, the friendships, and the sense of time and place.I didn t even notice the cursing till I read other reviews The only thing that made me uncomfortable was how much this reminded me of what I might have written an 18 year old It made me cringe, in places, the earnestness But that s a reflection of myself, no [...]

    24. Blah I had a really really hard time staying involved in this book and I found my mind wandering a bit I would have known if I read the synopsis before I read the book because I tend to not like historical books or books about WWII etc The cover and the title is what drew me in, I am pretty sure that is one of the longest titled books I have ever read There isn t going to be anything about this book that I remember I can see it now Even writing about it makes my eyes gloss over lol Boring Read

    25. This book isn t for me The title is really the reason I wanted to read this, and then I won it in a giveaway so YAY for me.The writing is really lovely and the setting is neat I felt what Katie is feeling and I love the time set of the book which is the 70 s I stopped reading because I started feeling that the story was dragging and that I know how this ends anyway And the characters started to get REALLY really annoying that I can t read another chapter any.

    26. Some excellent writing, very atmospheric reminded me of Joan Didion s essays about disaffected youth in the 1960s A little grim at times but very interesting a portrait of a time.Review here theselittlewords 2014 09 2

    27. Rating 3.5 out of 5Took me a while to get into it but found 2nd half of the book was better Beautifully well written but not a novel I ve spent time thinking about after I finished it.Full review to follow nearer the publication date.

    28. Lovely writing but the story didn t do much for me Quite meandering and lots of characters I never connected to.

    29. C est rare mais cela arrive Je n ai pas du tout aim ce livre Je l ai remport gr ce la derni re Masse Critique Babelio et je suis vraiment d u Je me faisais une joie de d couvrir ce roman et cet auteur Pourtant, d s les premi res pages, j ai tout de suite ressenti que cela allait tre difficile de m accrocher Par respect pour l auteur et babelio, je me suis oblig e le terminer mais ce n tait pas un moment agr able J ai eu du mal entrer dans l histoire, je n ai pas du tout accroch aux personnages e [...]

    30. Lien de mon avis ici wp p5AuT9 2PDUn r sum et une poque qui m avaient convaincue de lire ce roman Et bien que la magie n a pas totalement op r , j ai tout de m me pass un bon moment.Un univers que je d couvre pour une premi re rencontre c est une agr able surprise Une plume qui est nette et plaisante Le plus tonnant bien que l on ait cette impression qu il ne se passe pas grand chose, Judy Chicurel a su trouver les mots pour me donner envie de lire, de continuer ma lecture et de faire plus ample [...]

    31. Abandonn avant la finQuand je suis arriv e la page 240, j ai laiss tomb la lecture de ce livre Il n y a pas de vraie histoire, juste une suite de sc nes plus ou moins reli es entre elles Du coup, le lecteur a la sensation de faire du sur place et d attendre un d clic qui ne vient jamais Les personnages ne sont pas du tout attachants voire carr ment antipathiques et on peine s int resser leurs probl mes.Rien sauver.

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