Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Book Review: Heart On My Sleeve by Ellen Wittlinger

Description (from Goodreads):
The story begins when 18-year-old, Boston-born, singer-songwriter Chloe visits a college in Connecticut as a prospective student and meets the dreamy singer-actor Julian from Florida. Both primed to say good-bye to high school and hello to the rest of their lives, the two share an intense, somewhat smooch-filled weekend that blossoms into an online romance. Inconveniently, Chloe already has a boyfriend. And both of them have prom, graduation, and summer jobs to contend with. A bouquet of ill-timed roses exposes Chloe's secret tryst and wrecks prom, but the revelations don't stop here. Chloe's sister Genevieve comes out as a lesbian via e-mail and Julian's sister e-announces her Las Vegas wedding to a man no one has met. The reaction of Chloe's parents to Gen's coming out is both comical and wince-inducing. (If she grew her hair long again would her heterosexuality be saved?) But, with the help of a few instructional books, everyone comes around in the end.

My thoughts:
It was extremely interesting to read this book! The whole story is told via emails, IMs, letters, notes and postcards. This book really made me want to send a letter to someone, too bad I did not figure out for who.

Chloe is an aspiring musician who loves folk music. On her weekend trip to her new college she meets Julian, a little shy but nice guy with an amazing voice. After their weekend together Julian and Chloe start up an relationship by emailing and sending letters to each other. Through this letters the reader gets to know details about Julian and Chloe; you get to know about their families, friends, siblings etc. The whole story is built around Julian and Chloe and by them other characters come into the picture. Both of the individuals, Julian and Chloe have problems in their own lifes and through their messages you get the feeling that they believe that when the college starts and they can be together, they are able to forget all these previous problems and start a new life.

Even though through the letters, emails etc. Chloe and Julian get to know each other they notice in the end that they really do not know each other since there are so many things you cannot see via emails and letters. As the first day of college gets closer, Chloe and Julian get more distant and they both realize that maybe they are not that in love they believed they were.

It was really interesting to read how the relationship between Julian and Chloe develops. Julian and Chloe both send emails to their friends and sister's as well and this gives more insight to the story.

This was the first book like this I'd ever read. I just got 'The Year of Secret Assigments' by Jaclyn Moriarty from the library and it seems to be a story told by email etc. also. So I am really looking forward to reading it.

As I final word I want to say that even though I really enjoyed this book I felt that I had some difficulties in reading it. The letters in the book were written with black ink to gray paper and it was pretty hard to make sense of the words written. Also some slang words were used, especially on the IMs and I had to look for some words I did not know previously. So this book is not the best for the ones that have to wear glasses and who still do not see well (like me) and for the ones who do not know the computer slang words. :D


  1. This one sounds really good and I love books that manages to create a great atmosphere via emails and such

  2. You know this sound like some thing David Levithan-[ISH] to me but I'm no good with slangs.
    You have a lovely day.

  3. good to know this book is heavy with slang. but it sounds hip and happening.
    btw: you've just been awarded

  4. was a quick read and its super great! The way you can connect with the characters is crazy. The author did a great job telling readers how Chloe and Julian through out the book.


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