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Thursday, July 28, 2016

Home Field: A Novel by Hannah Gersen

(Thank you to the publisher and TLC Book Tours for providing me with a copy of this book!)
about book:

The heart of Friday Night Lights meets the emotional resonance and nostalgia of My So-Called Life in this moving debut novel about tradition, family, love, and football.

As the high school football coach in his small, rural Maryland town, Dean is a hero who reorganized the athletic program and brought the state championship to the community. When he married Nicole, the beloved town sweetheart, he seemed to have it all—until his troubled wife committed suicide. Now, everything Dean thought he knew is thrown off kilter as Nicole’s death forces him to re-evaluate all of his relationships, including those with his team and his three children.

Dean’s eleven-year old son, Robbie, is withdrawing at home and running away from school. Bry, who is only eight, is struggling to understand his mother’s untimely death and his place in the family. Eighteen-year-old Stephanie, a freshman at Swarthmore, is torn between her new identity as a rebellious and sophisticated college student, her responsibility towards her brothers, and reeling from missing her mother. As Dean struggles to continue to lead his team to victory in light of his overwhelming personal loss, he must fix his fractured family—and himself. When a new family emergency arises, Dean discovers that he’ll never view the world in the same way again.

Transporting readers to the heart of small town America, Home Field is an unforgettable, poignant story about the pull of the past and the power of forgiveness.

my thoughts:

DNF for Home Field. This book was just not for me. As much as I wanted to like a book described as "The heart of Friday Night Lights meets the emotional resonance and nostalgia of My So-Called Life in this moving debut novel about tradition, family, love, and football.", I just couldn't jive with it. The few chapters I read were too predictable and felt similar to a Lifetime movie.  And I felt the tone was too detached for the narrative of the story - it lacked a connection to what was happening.  Of course, I'm in the minority.  From what I've read, everyone seems to really enjoy Home Field.  So, I would definitely recommend reading what other bloggers have to say about this book. You never know, you may just love it.

Here's the link to the schedule for the TLC Book Tour of: Home Field
Thank you to the publisher and TLC Book Tours for providing me with a copy of this book!

6 comments:

Lark said...

It's too bad that it didn't work for you. I hate being disappointed by a book. (It's even worse when you hit a streak of several disappointing books in a row which has happened to me before.) Here's hoping the next one is better. :)

Nadia A said...

Lark, thanks :) And you are so right about it being worse when its several books in a row and not just one.

Heather J @ TLC Book Tours said...

Thanks for your honest review for the tour.

Lesa said...

Actually, I stopped by to see what you thought of it because I just couldn't get into the book. I read a fourth of it, but, like you, it didn't seem personal. Not for me, either, which I will say on my blog.

Nadia A said...

Heather, thanks for having me on the tour.

Lesa, I'm so glad I wasn't the only one who couldn't get into this book. I know what you mean - it didn't feel personal and it should have considering the story lines. I'll definitely be heading over to read your review :)

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Hannah Gersen weaves a beautiful, moving and heartfelt portrait of a family grieving in the aftermath of the mother's suicide. This novel skillfully examines depression, pain, grief, love, and, ultimately, redemption. I couldn't put it down. A must-read.