Lost and Found

Where's this book been?
by Carolyn Parkhurst | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 9780316156387 Global Overview for this book
Registered by wingGoryDetailswing of Nashua, New Hampshire USA on 5/16/2019
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Journal Entry 1 by wingGoryDetailswing from Nashua, New Hampshire USA on Thursday, May 16, 2019
I got this hardcover from a local Savers thrift shop, for another release copy.

I really enjoyed this, in part for its behind-the-scenes-of-reality-show aspect and multiple viewpoints, but also for the depth of the main characters. There's the husband and wife who've each come through a "pray away the gay" experience - their internal monologues reveal the extent of the lies they've told themselves, but they each had different reasons for doing as they did, and different ways of adapting to change as the pressures of the game unfold); the mother-and-daughter, whose relationship could be an ordinary strained teen-and-mom situation but is complicated by several factors, including the daughter's surprise pregnancy - and the reveal that the girl's gay and only went with her boyfriend due to social pressure; there's a fading celebrity who's angling to use the show to get back in the public eye, and isn't fussy about how to get there; and other characters, including contestants and key members of the production staff.

I enjoyed the mechanics of the game, too, though I wouldn't want to play it; "Amazing Race" is tough enough, and this one throws in some increasingly obscure riddles that I know I couldn't do under pressure. But the ways in which the teams reacted, the manipulation behind the scenes, the developing and changing relationships - it was all a very entertaining read. (Though I wish Justin had had a better outcome...)

I should add that bits of it are very funny, not least because its scavenger-hunt aspect forces the competitors to carry around an increasing number of weird items, from a single ski pole to a live parrot. (The parrots are swapped out regularly, to save the birds from too much stress. Yes, I worried about this; yes, the producers planned for it {wry grin}.)

Journal Entry 2 by wingGoryDetailswing at Town Common, Common & Main Sts. in Pelham, New Hampshire USA on Sunday, May 19, 2019

Released 1 mo ago (5/19/2019 UTC) at Town Common, Common & Main Sts. in Pelham, New Hampshire USA


I left this book, bagged against the elements, in the little gazebo on the common; hope someone enjoys it!

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