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Teresa's Reading Corner: Tuesday Tells it Slant by Holly Christine

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Tuesday Tells it Slant by Holly Christine

Synopsis from Goodreads:  Tuesday Morning has always been a little different. She's kept a diary since 1989 and while researching for her English Lit thesis in 2003 on Emily Dickinson's transcendental tendencies, finds a poem that will change her life. Haunted by a past that she considers less than desirable, Tuesday recreates her history with the stroke of a pen. Page by page, year by year, she rewrites her painful memories as she has always fantasized. Bullied and discontented with her body before, she now becomes popular, thin and desired. Throughout this cleansing process, she consciously decides what to keep and what to toss. She scans her old diary entries for words that trigger painful and unpleasant thoughts: Fat Tuesday (her nickname in high school), Katie (her childhood neighbor turned bully), Writer (her dream of becoming) and Monday (her identical twin sister). Tuesday finds herself in an odd place six years later, unknowingly spending each day of her life as someone that she was never meant to become. With each breath of her new life, Tuesday obliviously loses more of herself. When a special person of her past returns to her present, Tuesday is forced to choose between the life that she had once desired and her true self. We all have deep secrets and skeletons in our closets. Imagine having the ability to not only change the past, but also completely alter the present and future. How far will Tuesday go to erase her past? And how much of herself will she lose in the process?

My thoughts:  I'll admit it, I was confused until I was was abut halfway through the book. We learn about Tuesday's life through her diary, and what a life she has.  I initially didn't understand why I was reading three versions of the same incident.  It seemed like there was a lot of jumping around for awhile, then it finally hit me.  Once I "got" it, I really enjoyed this book.  

I was immediately intrigued by the characters and amused by the early entries in Tuesday's diary.  I'm sure we all remember those days in the cafeteria in elementary school.  One person was always getting picked on by the "cool" kids.  Tuesday was that kid.   As an adult Tuesday was a bit of a mess which made her that much more endearing.  I'd love to read more about what Tuesday does with the next phase of her life.

In my quest for a lighter more fun summer reading schedule Tuesday Tells it Slant fit the bill.  I always like a book that can teach me something or expose me to something new (in this case Emily Dickinson) and be enjoyable at the same time.  I have a feeling I'll be picking this one up again.

Disclosure:  I received a copy of this book through Booksparks PR to participate in this blog tour.  This is my honest opinion of the book.

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At August 4, 2010 at 9:17 AM , Blogger Emidy said...

Sounds like such a unique read! I mean, I've never read a book with a character named Tuesday. I've got to check this one out. Wonderful review!

At August 4, 2010 at 11:05 AM , Blogger luv46kdz said...

Hi Teresa, thanks for stopping by my blog! I love Reading Without Restraint, Julie is wonderful and has a great blog.

I do the 500 pg challenge every month and it runs the whole month so you can jump in at anytime. I'm a new follower too :)

Tomes Devotee

At August 4, 2010 at 11:38 AM , Blogger Andi said...

I like the premise of this one!! I haven't seen it anywhere, but I'll keep an eye out for it.

At August 4, 2010 at 1:11 PM , Blogger Carrie at In the Hammock Blog said...

You did better than me, teresa! i was confused the entire time!!

At August 4, 2010 at 8:20 PM , Blogger Bailey said...

This one looks pretty interesting!

You've been awarded The Versatile Blogger award at The Window Seat Reader - no obligation to pass on :) Come check it out if you get a chance.


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