Going into this book, I wasn’t sure what to expect. I’m not usually a general fiction person, I tend to like to get into books with crazy plot lines, fantasy characters or a massive plot twist, but I found that once I got started reading Beverly, I realized how much I missed reading a book that connected with a person on a more emotional level, and gave you a sense of peace when you finished it. The cover of the book drew me in even more. How often do you feel alone in a sea of people? It’s a very emotional and relatable feeling. That’s how Beverly was for me. I connected deeply with the characters, I felt each and every dramatic moment, and I was pleased when the book ended and the characters’ lives were settled. It was an enjoyable read, with a nice, refreshing plot line, and well thought out characters. I felt the dialogue in the book was crafted well. I’m an American, so there were times when I had to look something up, or remember that customs and speech is different in Europe, but I don’t believe it would be an issue to the book. I enjoyed reading a book set in a different country because it gives you a bit of a sense of adventure. I liked meeting Beverly, Ella, Rolland, and everyone else. The author created great character who really pop from the background, with their unique traits. I also really enjoyed how everyone interacted, or avoided interaction in cases to give us insight into who they are, and how they act.
A look into the more technical aspects of the book, I felt the format was good. I was worried with the main character having a stutter that it might affect the formatting and readability of the book, but it actually flows pretty well, and allows you to get a strong sense of the character and her struggles. I thought the dialogue was smooth, and really gave us a sense of each character in how they spoke, or at times, at how little they spoke. I enjoyed the subtle plot in this book from where we started to how we ended things, it was interesting, engaging, but not over the top filled with drama. The characters act in ways that you could imagine yourself or your friend acting. Feelings of betrayal, jealousy, anger, confusion, and kindness; that’s what real life is. All in all, this book was engaging, touching, and I would recommend it to friends. I felt the author made a strong point in this novel, and I really enjoyed seeing the character develop and change. I will be looking for more from this author in the future. Four Stars.