Wednesday, January 08, 2014

2014 book 10

Cara Hoffman's Be Safe I Love You
Hoffman's second novel (after So Much Pretty) centers on a young woman who's just returned from the war in Iraq, and is clearly deeply troubled about something that happened there (and being in the war in general). She's determined to take her beloved younger brother up to Canada, where she'll meet up with an army buddy and start a new life. But meanwhile, she's dodging calls from an army psychologist and assaulting her on-again/off-again boyfriend. Honestly, the plot isn't really the main thing here--it's much more of a study of a young soldier back from war, and the relationship she has with her brother, and the people who live in a small army town. I was not entirely sold on the ending, but really, really enjoyed reading this. Really strong writing and very compelling. A-.

A review copy was provided by the publisher. This book will be released in April.

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