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Monday, 20 July 2015

Everything You and I could have been if we weren't you and I

About the book:

Title:  Everything You and I could have been if we weren't you and I
Published Kindle Edition
Published July 2nd 2015 by Penguin Random House Group Editorial (first published 2010)
Pages: 203 pages
Rating: 3.5/5
BlurbCan you imagine a future where everyone has given up sleeping?

From the creator of the television series Red Band Society and author of the international bestseller The Yellow World comes this uniquely special novel.

What if I could reveal your secrets with just a glance? And what if I could feel with your heart just by looking at you? And what if --in a single moment-- I could know that we were made for each other? Marcos has just lost his mother, a famous dancer who taught him everything, and he decides that his world can never be the same without her. Just as he is about to make a radical change, a phone call turns his world upside down.

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My Review:

At the very outset of the review, it is essential that I tell you I still have confused feelings for this book.
It had a lot of elements of fantasy- diverse elements.
So, when it starts with the narrator having lost his mother and wishing to lose his sleep for ever, the reader is deceived into thinking that sleep (or the decision not to) would form a major crux of the plot. Only, it doesn't.  In comes an alien character (pun intended). The good part is that for most of the novel, we never know what all secrets about the character there are yet to be discovered. and that lends it the status of a gripping mystery. Add a pinch of sci-fi to the bizarre fantastical plot, and you have a concoction that even the narrator can't make sense of.

Every page has the narrator contemplating to himself. These monologues are really insightful and especially adorn the book. Because the characters might not endear you, the quotable words do, as if to compensate.

The book will shake you at times, and you'd be forced to re-think your concepts of dreams, sleeping, life, death and whatnot. I wouldn't complain because, "It's horrible and creepy to miss something you never had."

Judgement: One reading of the book might not suffice for you to comprehend what is actually going on- but you might not think of re-reading it for anything other than some debatable, scandalous quotes.

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