Thursday, April 9, 2015

Lessons in Pure Life by Audrey O’Conner Review + Giveaway

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Freshly minted grad Emilia Noble arrives in Costa Rica to teach English in the tropical community of Pacifica. Its carefree, pura vida lifestyle is a welcome contrast to her dark and wintry origins. Tossing caution aside like an old winter coat, she plunges headfirst into an exotic cocktail of sensory pleasure. Diego is a local whose surfer body and cool detachment make Lia buzz with a long-lost thrill. Fascinated by her new environment, she can’t help but wonder about the moody inner workings of the boy with triceps like Wolverine and a grimace to match. Diego seems to have no problem ignoring Lia, though. Caught up in his family’s conflicted attitude toward foreigners, he notices her only when it’s convenient. But as Lia thrives in her new surroundings, Diego might just find reason enough to defy his embattled, insular father. When north and south are mixed together, the results are intoxicating. 

I gave Lessons in Pure Life 3.5 leaves! This was a good story and was very descriptive. It was set in Costa Rica and we got a really good feel for how the surroundings are really like. I actually felt like I was in this topical paradise by the way O'Connner described the surroundings. With that being said, there weren't a lot of twist and turns that this story took me on. Without being harsh, this book was quite predictable. Don't get me wrong, it was a good book. I enjoyed getting to know Emilia and Diego and loved all the other characters but I was left wanting more. All in all, this is a good story and worth the read.  
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Audrey O’Connor can’t help but color outside the lines with big, bright markers. She’s fascinated by the influence of popular culture on the female experience and inspired by creative boldness and the breaking of the dumb rules women are supposed to follow. Audrey lives in Chelsea, Quebec, where she can be found DJ-ing at local events or scanning a cafe for outlets for her laptop.



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