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Giveaway (& review re-post): Testimony by Anita Shreve!

September 3, 2010
Anita Shreve's Testimony is now out in mass market paperback, so here's a re-post of my review from 2009, along with a giveaway for y'all!

testimony
Title: Testimony
Author: Anita Shreve
ISBN-13: 9780316080514
Publisher: Little, Brown, and Company, 2010
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drey's thoughts: (this is a re-post of my original review from Feb. 2009)
Avery Academy is a private school in northern Vermont, where a scandal involving four students takes place. The events leading up to, and the resulting consequences of the scandal are narrated in Testimony by those involved, as well as their roommates, parents, teachers, and the principal of the school. All of these different points of view were confusing in the beginning, except for the principal's story, as we started with him.

Anita Shreve weaves a compelling tale of the teenagers caught up in the scandal - Silas, the local boy with a bright future; Rob, stopping by on his way to early admission at Brown; J. Dot, promising basketball player; and Sienna, as she now calls herself, after.

Silas' voice is tragic. A well-respected student, he finds love in a fellow student. When he finds out that betrayal is a bitter drought to swallow, he sets himself - and the other boys - down the path to a chain of events that ends up with him as a permanent victim.

Sienna's story is a little confusing. Yes, she was fourteen at the time, but she doesn't seem to realize that her actions have brought about the firestorm that engulfs the boys and their families.

Testimony was a quick read, with each narration a puzzle piece that you need to fit to fully get the big picture. However, in this case the puzzle does have extra pieces laying around. I think that some of the other teacher narratives could've been left out - they didn't really add much to the picture. And Rob's final narrative is a nice tie-up-all-the-loose-ends that explains things more clearly, if you didn't quite get it from reading the rest of the book.

drey's rating: 3.5/5 Very Good

Giveaway!
Thanks to Hachette Book Group, I have 5 copies of Testimony for you! US and Canada residents only, no PO Boxes. To enter, comment and let me know why you want the book. That's it. +1 for tweeting (comment and share the link). Do it before 6:00pm CST September 16th!

28 comments:

Marjorie said...

I would like to win and read this book because I
have never read a book by her before and I could start with this one.


cenya2 at hotmail dot com

Ruthie said...

I have read a few of hers but not this one. It sounds great. Please enter me, thanks.

ruthiekb72@yahoo.com

tina werner said...

i love puzzles and trying to figure things out, this book sounds like something i'd enjoy reading. thanks for the chance to win!

stampitchick at yahoo dot ca

Maria Elena Abraham said...

Hi,

I just read your review and also Amazon's and it seems like a very interesting read on a controversial but very current topic. I would love to read the book.

Maria Elena Abraham
mariaelenaabraham@gmail.com

Rachel said...

I want to read this because I've heard good things about it. Thanks for the giveaway!

Rachelhwallen@gmail.com

debbie said...

I would like to read it, because it sounds like a unique story.
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Benita said...

I'd like to win because I like Anita Shreve's work. I'd like to read this one.

bgcchs(at)yahoo(dot)com

holdenj said...

I would love to win this because it sounds very good (as usual, for Shreve) and it somehow passed me by in hardcover! Thanks for the chance.
JHolden955(at)gmail(dot)com

justpeachy36 said...

I have never read anything by this author, so I'd like to give this one a try.

justpeachy36@yahoo.com

justpeachy36 said...

I retweeted:

http://twitter.com/justpeachy36/status/22904109177

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chilty said...

Thanks for the contest. I'd like to read this book because it sounds like something I'd like.

Thanks,
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dor said...

I want to read this because it sounds very interesting. I love puzzles too. Kind of keeps you going.

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dor said...

tweet
http://twitter.com/DoreenRiopel/status/22907063905

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Lisanne624 said...

I'd like to win this book because I've read other books by Anita Shreve and I've always enjoyed them!

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Tore said...

I have never read any of her books before but would like to. Sounds like a really great book. Please enter me in contest. Tore923@aol.com

amandawk said...

I would love to win this book because I love her books.

amandawk said...

Tweeted http://twitter.com/amandawk/status/22913547849

traveler said...

I would like to read this book. I have read several others by this author. Thanks. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

petite said...

Thanks for this interesting giveaway. I read early books by this author which I liked. rojosho(at)hotmail(dot)com

ossmcalc said...

As a long-time high school teacher, I am really interested in reading this book. Thank you for the opportunity to win a copy.

Thank you,

Christine
womackcm@sbcglobal.net

ossmcalc said...

I tweeted about this giveaway http://twitter.com/ossmcalc/status/23175173816

Thank you,

Christine
womackcm@sbcglobal.net

skkorman said...

Sounds like a good read—please enter me to win!

skkorman AT bellsouth DOT net

rubynreba said...

I would like to win this because I'd like to know what the scandal is all about and I also love puzzles and figuring things out!
pbclark(at)netins(dot)net

PoCoKat said...

Would love to read this...thanks for the opportunity.

littleone AT shaw DOT ca

LAMusing said...

I've really enjoyed her other books, so I'd love to read this one, too.
adrianecoros(at)gmail(dot)com

Norma said...

The story sounds intriguing. Thanks for the chance.

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Cheryl F. {The Lucky Ladybug} said...

I want it because I love the story line :) *Thanks* for the giveaway!
theluckyladybug[at]gmail[dot]com

Cheryl F. {The Lucky Ladybug} said...

Tweeted the giveaway
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