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This beautiful life : a novel (udgave 2011)

af Helen Schulman

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When the Bergamots move from a comfortable upstate college town to New York City, they are not quite sure how they will adapt, or what to make of the strange new world of well-to-do Manhattan. Soon, though, Richard is consumed by his executive role at a large New York university, and Liz, who has traded in her academic career to oversee the lives of their children, is hectically ferrying young Coco around town. Fifteen-year-old Jake is gratefully taken into the fold by a group of friends at Wildwood, an elite private school. But the upper-class cocoon in which they have enveloped themselves is ripped apart when Jake wakes up one morning after an unchaperoned party and finds an email in his in-box from an eighth-grade admirer. Attached is a sexually explicit video she has made for him. Shocked, stunned, maybe a little proud, and scared, a jumble of adolescent emotion, he forwards the video to a friend, who then forwards it to a friend. Within hours, it has gone viral, all over the school, the city, the world. The ensuing scandal threatens to shatter the Bergamots' sense of security and identity, and, ultimately, their happiness. They are a good family faced with bad choices, and how they choose to react, individually and at one another's behest, places everything they hold dear in jeopardy.… (mere)
Medlem:Brainannex
Titel:This beautiful life : a novel
Forfattere:Helen Schulman
Info:New York : Harpercollins, c2011.
Samlinger:Dit bibliotek
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Nøgleord:adult, maureen-corrigan-told-me-to

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This Beautiful Life af Helen Schulman

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I didn't get what I was expecting from this book but in the end I think Ms. Schulman is a gifted writer/storyteller who crafted a very good story but it was more focuses on the main character and what at times felt like her whining than the story of her son. I just couldn't relate or even like the main character's but I did enjoy some aspects of the story and overall I enjoyed the book. ( )
  sunshine608 | Feb 2, 2021 |
This was really interesting and timely, though I really disliked some of the characters. It was frustrating watching them all deal with the stress of the situation; they all came off as selfish and bull-headed. The story itself was fascinating and uncomfortable at once. I only wish there had more than one chapter from Daisy's point of view; I felt like her perspective was missing and the last chapter didn't really do her justice. ( )
  JustZelma | Dec 20, 2020 |
I really wanted to like this! But I didn't. It felt like an unfortunate mashup of Law and Order SVU and a Lifetime movie, and eventually ended with very little fanfare or meaningful discovery. ( )
  Katie_Roscher | Jan 18, 2019 |
Much-hyped yarn about Internet sex scandal at tony UES prep school and its devastating consequences for a formerly picture-book family turns out to be riddled with stereotypes and lazy writing. Schulman was canny enough to pick an eminently book club-ready premise for her novel, but is unable to transcend her setting, which has been more crisply skewered elsewhere, or her characters, who are so bland and self-absorbed that they practically evaporate. Hard for me to believe I'm reading the same book as all those reviewers; maybe there was some kind of weird book-jacket mixup at the warehouse? ( )
  MikeLindgren51 | Aug 7, 2018 |
Picked up this book from the library about 10 minutes before I discovered a similar "scandal" was unfolding at our High School! How timely and topical!

The author brings the reader into the family of a teenage boy who receives, unsolicited, a sexting video from a grade 8 girl. What happens next, and how it impacts the boy, his parents, and their lives unfolds quickly, and rather unevenly.

I found the author spent too much time with the mother/adopted daughter and the husband and his business mission during their day leading up to the incident. It just dragged on and was not really relevant to the story. It felt like the author was trying to pull in some other social issues she wanted to address, fleshing out the novel in a way that was not needed. A side story about the mom's obsession with an ex-boyfriend's blog went nowhere and rang false. The story also gave short-shrift to the young girl's side of the story, jumping forward to her at the end in a very unsatisfying way. That said, it is a very thought-provoking subject, and I am looking forward to our book-club discussion! ( )
  Rdra1962 | Aug 1, 2018 |
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When the Bergamots move from a comfortable upstate college town to New York City, they are not quite sure how they will adapt, or what to make of the strange new world of well-to-do Manhattan. Soon, though, Richard is consumed by his executive role at a large New York university, and Liz, who has traded in her academic career to oversee the lives of their children, is hectically ferrying young Coco around town. Fifteen-year-old Jake is gratefully taken into the fold by a group of friends at Wildwood, an elite private school. But the upper-class cocoon in which they have enveloped themselves is ripped apart when Jake wakes up one morning after an unchaperoned party and finds an email in his in-box from an eighth-grade admirer. Attached is a sexually explicit video she has made for him. Shocked, stunned, maybe a little proud, and scared, a jumble of adolescent emotion, he forwards the video to a friend, who then forwards it to a friend. Within hours, it has gone viral, all over the school, the city, the world. The ensuing scandal threatens to shatter the Bergamots' sense of security and identity, and, ultimately, their happiness. They are a good family faced with bad choices, and how they choose to react, individually and at one another's behest, places everything they hold dear in jeopardy.

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