3.5 stars rounded up This read like a Young Adult romance with the added fun of a group of friends traveling through Europe after college I absolutely loved the adventurous travel That part really made the book for me I think if I were fifteen or even twenty years younger, I would have given this book five stars It was harder for me to connect to these characters and the drama and angst within the pages, but I kept reading to see how it all ended Thanks to the author and publisher for an advance copy. Cuore a dolore colore pall ore perse a leggerlo Heather Postlewaite leggera come un macigno, maneggevole come una longherina di ferro, carezzevole come un porcospino, astiosa come un gobbo nel 2007 e nei 4 anni successivi, poi non pi , han vinto sei scudi di fila facendoci diventare tutti rassegnati ironica come Di Pietro Questa creatura di Monninger eccitante pi o meno quanto Tyson di cui Monninger il biografo 1 con la differenza che lui era il campione dei Pesi Massimi, lei il massimo dei pesi che un uomo pu decidere di caricarsi in spalla.Jack La Motta Vermont colui che se la caric in spalla Borioso, saccente, provocatore Da Montelupo si vede Capraia, Dio li fa e poi li appaia.Ok, ho le mie colpe, non lo nego, non mi nascondo Nel titolo c era gi tutto, non importava scomodareT.S Eliot Nel mio principio la mia fine , e nemmeno E Hemingway Noi mangiavamo bene e a poco prezzo e bevevamo bene e a poco prezzo e insieme dormivamo bene e al caldo e ci amavamo La verit che la quasi totalit dei libri che avessi deciso di leggere dopo il coniglio di Updike sarebbero stati vittime sacrificali e allora tanto valeva sacrificare le strade che portano a Monninger e leggerlo fuori dai cenci di biografo, alle prese con un romanzo Che paragone impietoso, Updike in confronto sembra faccia un altro mestiere.Torniamo al corteggiamento di Jack, degno di un gentiluomo rinascimentale Heather ci mette del suo e aspetta 150 pagine prima di dargliela non che lui gliela chieda, per carit , preferisce qualsiasi sorta di attivit alternativa cos monta l insoddisfazione e litigano come scimmie ubriache Quando finalmente gliela d , immagini le cose miglioreranno e invece il fu romanzo si trasforma in un Harmony scadente privo di qualsiasi pudore sentimentale Pensi che pi in basso di cos non si possa scendere e sbagli di nuovo perch dopo essersi lasciati per finta si lasciano davvero, e toccher sorbirsi pagine di lacrime, supposizioni, accidenti che son come le foglie finch Heather non decifrer la mappa che porta a te, cio a lui fortunatamente.Se volete il punto preciso dove si trovava, eccolo qui che si incontra anche l ultimo degli odiosi personaggi partoriti da Monninger, uno pseudo santone che dispensa perle di saggezza parlando all infinito come i Vucumpr e gli Shamani niente da eccepire sulla traduzione che per rendere l inglese bulgaro si affidata all italiano infinito.Va bene, se non vi fidate della mia descrizione potete avvalervi di quella editoriale l estate dopo la laurea, quella della libert e dei progetti, quando il futuro ti inebria con le sue infinite possibilit e la vita sembra invitarti a percorrere mille strade diverse Quell estate, al termine del college, Heather parte per l Europa con le amiche del cuore un viaggio zaino in spalla, alla scoperta della magia del vecchio continente, i romanzi di Hemingway a farle da guida da una capitale all altra Ad attenderla al suo ritorno negli Stati Uniti c un avvenire gi accuratamente tracciato un impiego sicuro, l inizio di una carriera importante, le aspettative della famiglia Ma su un treno notturno da Parigi ad Amsterdam, ecco, inaspettato, l incontro con Jack, capace in un istante di cambiare il corso del suo viaggio e della sua vita A vostro rischio e pericolo Leggetelo se avete meno di 25 anni, se non avete mai letto Hemingway sarebbe meglio leggeste Hemingway , leggetelo perch vi sar pi chiara la differenza fra un gran libro e un Monninger romanzato La seconda stella va alla traduzione resa in un italiano corretto, anche quando c stato da metterlo all infinito 1 Ho preso un granchio enorme, il biografo, in realt era J.R Moehringer gi autore di Open macch , il biografo in realt era Larry Sloman In sintesi ho letto un libro di Monninger scambiandolo per Moehringer e credendo che costui fosse anche autore di True Due stelle anche al Nood lettore, la seconda per la correttezza. You were my biggest fear he said You really were You, Heather Christine MulgrewWell, I don t think I have to beat around the bush in my review about what this book is about The cover and the title illustrate perfectly that The Map That Leads to You is about that chance meeting between two people and for whatever reason the stars align and a journey begins So, I definitely cannot cry Damn you insta love Frankly, because that is not exactly how the story unfolds In this case, we have Heather, a recent college graduate, backpacking across Europe with her two besties the spirited Amy and the very grounded Constance, just enjoying the carefree last days of youth before entering the real world While on a train to Amsterdam, Heather meets Jack, a late twenty something journalist retracing the post WWII travels of his grandfather Sparks of both passion and annoyance intrigue Heather enough to want to get to know the enigmatic Jack The dialogue between the two is reminiscent of Dawson s Creek, but where I thought this would be rather nauseating, I felt myself plunging headlong into the story Because this isn t a mushy romance, Jack and Heather have their ups and downs in many different countries As much as they love, the two also fight and Heather feels that Jack just doesn t get her Heather is conflicted in her feelings for Jack because he doesn t fit in the plan Awww the plan Education Job Marriage Heather with the baby carriage Instead, Jack pushes Heather s buttons and challenges her ideals and career But Heather is no push over Hallelujah and the trip becomes about the soul searching of what she really wants Can Heather break free of her parent s expectations and throw caution to the wind Or is Jack supposed to be part of the journey and not the destination Now if I cannot sell you on the romance, let me tell you the other reason that I LOVED this book The travel Amsterdam, Paris,Berlin, and all the places in between Oh my Trust me, it will make you grab your passport and check out all the places described But for now you can just live vicariously through the characters Hands down, author J.P Monninger has written one of the most beautiful descriptions of Paris Paris is the cupped hand of a woman accepting a match light from a man at a small round table under a chestnut tree thirty minutes before a rainstormSTANDING UP AND CLAPPING I unashamedly admit that lines like that seduce me Consider me successfully wooed The third little gem of the book is the relationship between Heather and her two best buds Amy and Constance I liked how they were there for each other and how their sub stories were fleshed out Each of them was changed by their European adventures for better or for worse Early on, I was wondering why Monninger would choose to have three girls because Amy was cut out of the story for a bit I saw later on that she was a bit of a cautionary tale which gives the story a bit of an edge amidst all the romance But before I leave my review, it would probably be useful to explain why this failed as a five The thing is, I didn t enjoy the last 20% of the book albeit I can see why we needed to go through unhappy Heather because she has the ultimate decision to make , but I HATED that ending Ironically, I think I would have still hated it, if Monninger had gone the other route It felt a bit predictable a little Cameron Crowe or Nicholas Sparks than I had anticipated Thanks to NetGalley and St.Martin s Press for a digital galley in exchange for an honest review Poignant, compelling and endearingly romantic This is a coming of age story about friendship, responsibility, independence, and first love all wrapped up in a beautiful travel guide to some of the most breathtaking historical landmarks, monuments, and cities in Europe.The characters are young, enthusiastic, and adventurous The prose is clear and precise And although the plot in the first half of the novel is a little slow, the second half is definitely much intense, angsty, emotional, and drama filled with an ending that will definitely have you shedding a few tears.Overall, I think this novel will be a big success and really appeal to teens and young adults and even though I think I m a little older than the target demographic I found it intriguing, unique and wonderfully descriptive.Thank you to NetGalley, especially St Martin s Press, for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review.All my reviews can be found on my blog at Uwielbiam warto ci, kt re s pokazane w tej ksi ce i podej cie bohater w do ycia I oczywi cie kocham te ich bardzo nerdowo ksi kowe przepychanki s owne np na temat Hemingwaya czy Freuda Historia momentami bywa bardzo banalna, jednak jest w niej to co , przez co nie mo na si od niej oderwa Niekt re wydarzenia wydaj si nieprawdopodobne, ale wed ug mnie to w tym zawiera si ca a magia tej historii i relacji g wnych bohater w To jest naprawd dobrze napisana ksi ka Chyba w a nie j zyk i jej przekaz najbardziej mi si spodoba Nie przypadnie ona do gustu wszystkim, ale ja znalaz am w niej dok adnie to, czego od dawna szuka am i b d j niesamowicie dobrze wspomina. Copy received through NetGalley.There s something about this review, it just doesn t want to get written Getting into this book was close to impossible, but once I did, I enjoyed every minute of it.The start is slow, but the writing is well done, and while the characters don t carry any special characteristics, they still jump off the page The organization of the text left me with question marks throughout the reading process, but something about the story kept me reading I loved the abundance of drama, it s why I love romance novels so much.This is the perfect read for any fan of romance novels That Nicholas Spark s quote on the cover says it all.Pre review note May 7th 2017 I finally focused long enough to finish it RTC. You will try to imagine where he is in that exact instant, when he had turned and started to travel towards you, you to him, and how the world around both of you took no noticeSynopsis For those of you wondering what would happen if Nicholas Sparks and John Green had a book baby, this is the product of what would happen And it ain t pretty, folks Biblio Babble Pretentious Book is Pretentious The main quality this book has other than the romance aspect, of course , is the fact that it tries so damn hard to be pretentious It s like a person who lists off famous classics they said they have read but really haven t But they say they have to make themselves look better This is the bookish form of that It wants to be a grand romance, but also one of those deep, philosophical books that you could have deep book club discussions about It constantly wavered over whether it wanted to be a cutesy romance or a deep tome Those two things rarely mix well together, and this book was no exception I mean, Nicholas Sparks is sappy, but not pretentious John Green is pretentious, but not sappy Those two genres shouldn t really associate with one another, if at all Aujugstus Jauters Jack Quiller Couch is a combination of 1990s Leonardo DiCaprio, Augustus Waters, and Jughead Jones Leonardo DiCaprio because you will be continuously reminded throughout the novel that his name is indeed Jack Titanic fans will know what I m talking about , and Augustus Waters because his arrogant pretentious levels are off the charts, and Jughead Jones because he s prone to monologues about life, love, and meaning of philosophy and all that shit but no monologues about burgers, unfortunately Look, I get what the author was trying to create, but Jack Quiller Couch practically screams manic pixie dream boy It was just ridiculous There are going to be a lot of ladies who will probably fall all over his dialogue and trying to hard to be poetic monologues, but Jack did none of that for me And let me tell you, he was extremely shitty in the final act of the book because of the thing that he did that shall not be named but puts him permanently on the douch bag of the year award Message in the Notebook Dust jacket often lie this much I know The whole damn time I was reading this book, I thought the big secret had to do with Jack s grandfather s journal and what the grandfather was trying to look for The journal is barely mentioned at all, and we never really do find out what the grandfather was trying to find Instead, we get a lot of drinking, munching on edibles if you know what I mean , and banging Which would all be fine if this were marketed as a college romance road trip book But the journal is made to be such a big deal that you would expect it to play a much bigger part than it actually did And it did not I wasn t expecting National Treasure thrills, but for it to be almost a non presence in the storyline really bummed me out The Greatest Love of Not The main problem I had with this book was the romance Rather, the complete lack of chemistry between Heather and Jack Their little meet cute on the train to Amsterdam Yeah, no sparks there Impromptu meetings at clubs dancing the night away Melania Trump has chemistry with the Oompa Loompa than they are Witty banter that seems to never end Please page Armie Hammer and Timothee Chalamant to show them how it s done I literally could not root for them as a couple because I found them to be as dull as cardboard If you re gonna market yourself as a romance novel, make sure there s romance duh It s not that difficult I honestly found them annoying than adorable, and couldn t quite figure out what made them gel.Same Song, Different Tune Good Lord, this book was so predictable It s as if the author was stuck on just one plot point and device and said to himself, Screw it, I ll just write this over and over and hope people won t notice So for time s sake Heather and Jack travel, and all is good They then have an argument because pretty boy Jack won t keep his pretentious mouth shut Heather storms off to another country Jack manages to find her in said other country and makes up with her Everything s all lovey dovey, ooey gooey Then the cycle starts again Follow steps 1 4 and all that jazz It just became predictable, and while all romance novels are essentially predictable, this was snooze worthy predictable It got to a point that the book had gotten to such a stalemate that I just wanted it to end, which thankfully it did While it s all right for authors to have separate books follow the same pattern and plotline, it shouldn t bleed into books Traveling across Europe and having a vacation flirtation What could possibly go wrong Everything Everything could go wrong With a lukewarm romance, pretentious act, and an extremely arrogant MC, this book is what would happen if Nicholas Sparks and John Green had a one night writing stand and ended up with this Do yourself a favor and leave this book on a metaphorical train back in Europe where it can sit alone in all its pretentious glory And DON T GIVE SPARKS OR GREEN ANY IDEAS. I m a sucker for flirtatious banter like in The Bet and The Book of Broken Hearts The banter at the beginning of this one though, had my eyes rolling Once I stopped rolling my eyes, LOL, it made for an entertaining read Liked the scenic European descriptions and the female friendship This is one of those books that is both heartbreaking and heartwarming. A Romantic, Vivid Novel That Takes Place In The Tender Time Of A Young Woman S Life Heather Has Graduated From College And Is Traveling Around Europe With Her Two Best Friends She S Left School Responsibility Behind And Adult Responsibility Is Looming, But This Is Her One, One Last Summer To Be Free Heather Doesn T Expect To Even Meet Jack, Let Alone Fall In Love With Him Jack Is An Enigmatic Vermonter A Few Years Older Than She Is, Who Is Following His Grandfather S Journal To Various Cities Around Europe But In The Same Way That Forces Are Bringing Jack And Heather Together, Life And Duty Are Pushing Them Apart And Jack Has A Secret That Is Going To Change Absolutely Everything Am nceput cartea cu idei preconcepute, dar am avut c teva zile n care m am sim it cople it de tot ce reu e te s inspire prim vara, a a c mi am zis sa citesc o poveste romantic Harta care m duce la tine este printre pove tile mele preferate de dragoste Lipsit de ve nicele cli ee, ne face p rta i la iubirea dintre Heather i Jack Cei doi s au cunoscut n tren, c nd am ndoi plecaser s exploreze lumea, nainte de a deveni ,,prea adul i De i sunt firi foarte diferite i v d cu totul altfel via a, chimia dintre ei este perfect , discu iile lor sunt inteligente, amuzante i spirituale, iar rela ia lor este brusc , dar intens i matur n cam 80% din carte lu m parte la conversa iile lor i vedem acelea i locuri ca ei, descrise at t, at t de frumos M au f cut s ndr gesc locuri n care nu am fost niciodat ti i filmele Before Sunrise i Before Sunset Eu le am v zut de muuulte ori Exact aceea i atmosfer este i n carte E un roman emo ionant, plin de sensibilitate i un romantism aparte, care const nu n dulceg rii ordinare, ci n gesturi m runte i speciale, cum ar fi plantarea unui copac care s reziste un secol ca m rturie a unui moment de iubire ,,Nu, nu, lucrurile nu se nt mpl a a Nu e at t de u or, nu se petrece at t de rapid, tu nu l iube ti, doar l placi, i o s te ntorci la New York, i povestea se ncheie, i uite, desprinde i ochii dintr ai lui, pentru c ochii lui sunt o vizuin de iepure i, dac te mai ui i mult, o s cazi, i o s cazi, i o s tot cazi ns niciunul dintre noi nu i a ntors privirea niciunul dintre noi nu va mai fi singur vreodat , nu pe deplin, nu complet, n veci.
JP MONNINGER, author of The Map that Leads to You, is an award winning writer in New England and Professor of English at Plymouth State University.Also writes under the name
- 390 pages
- The Map That Leads To You
- J.P. Monninger
- 09 September 2017 J.P. Monninger