Once in a while you read a book that may seem like a slog at first. Or it may seem as though you are only reading to get to the end and find out what happens. But this is Alice Hoffman . . . and the plot twist took me by surprise and truly jerked the tears right out of my eyes. There's a reason her genre is called "magical realism". Hold on, keep reading, and it will all come together with great emotional power. I plan to read it again.
You're 17 and your best friend is killed in a horrific car accident. You were driving. Traumatized and consumed by guilt, Shelby retreats, into the basement and full-blown depression, smoking pot for relief. Mysterious anonymous postcards arrive, and ever so slowly Shelby begins her slow climb back to normalcy. She runs off with her drug dealer, rescuing dogs and children along the way. And the magical healing begins.
Read it in one day. Best book I’ve read in awhile. Very satisfying read.
Faithful is one of my favourite reads of the year. Shelby survives a car accident that leaves her best friend in a near vegetative state. Her guilt from that night looms over her life for years to come, even as life pushes her into living tiny bit by tiny bit. The novel covers life, death, love, and heartbreak ... you'll cry, and you'll rejoice.
Enjoyed this one. An easy read..kept you guessing as to outcome of characters. Yes, some parts predictable but still enjoyable.
Ten years ago, Shelby walked away from an accident that put her best friend in a coma. She can’t seem to move on and grow up and have a life - something that Helene will never have.
Alice Hoffman tells the story of guilt ridden Shelby Richmond in the novel "Faithful." It was so powerful it just about broke my heart. Shelby is driving when the car skids. She is alive but her best friend Helene becomes a vegetable and lies lifeless in a coma. Shelby blames herself. Her life is turned inside out. From a successful student she becomes a loser. She has to find her way in life again. She does so with the help of her loving mother and an unknown angel. She learns that love is the only thing that matters. She believes everybody should have ESP so that everyone will know what everyone else is thinking and maybe people wouldn't hurt each other so much. She finds a best friend with three children she finds dogs who need her. Will she find true love?
I am a huge fan of Alice Hoffman's work but this novel left me wanting. It felt a bit predictable (something I have never said about any of her books!) and the main character hard to cheer for. A good enough read but not what I have come to expect from this incredibly gifted storyteller.
I really had to push myself on the first 20 pages or so of this book -- the protagonist is at her lowest emotional point at the beginning, and it was depressing to read. However, I kept reading, and I'm glad I did -- Faithful was a good read. I appreciated how the novel showed Shelby's gradual journey towards rebuilding her life (in spite of herself) over time after a tragic accident puts her best friend in a coma.
Shelby and her best friend are in a car accident and her friend dies. She blames herself and goes through years of guilt. She can never forgive herself and lives on the edge of society. She meets a guy and lives with him for years but is never really in love.
Someone is leaving her messages over the years and eventually she discovers it is a high school admirer who is looking out for her.
She eventually comes to terms with the friends death, reconnects with family, falls in love with highschool friend, starts her own dog business.
What happens when a life is turned inside out? When love is something so distant it may as well be a star in the sky? Faithful is the story of a survivor, filled with emotion--from dark suffering to true happiness--a moving portrait of a young woman finding her way in the modern world. A fan of Chinese food, dogs, bookstores, and men she should stay away from, Shelby has to fight her way back to her own future. In New York City she finds a circle of lost and found souls--including an angel who's been watching over her ever since that fateful icy night.
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