Either the Beginning or the End of the World

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Either the Beginning or the End of the World

Either the Beginning or the End of the World For sixteen years it s been just Sofie and her father living on the New Hampshire coast Her Cambodian immigrant mother has floated in and out of her life leaving Sofie with a fierce bitterness towa

  • Title: Either the Beginning or the End of the World
  • Author: Terry Farish
  • ISBN: 9781467774833
  • Page: 365
  • Format: Hardcover
  • For sixteen years, it s been just Sofie and her father, living on the New Hampshire coast Her Cambodian immigrant mother has floated in and out of her life, leaving Sofie with a fierce bitterness toward her and a longing she wishes she could outgrow To me she is as unreliable as the wind.Then she meets Luke, an army medic back from Afghanistan, and the pull between themFor sixteen years, it s been just Sofie and her father, living on the New Hampshire coast Her Cambodian immigrant mother has floated in and out of her life, leaving Sofie with a fierce bitterness toward her and a longing she wishes she could outgrow To me she is as unreliable as the wind.Then she meets Luke, an army medic back from Afghanistan, and the pull between them is as strong as the current of the rushing Piscataqua River But Luke is still plagued by the trauma of war, as if he s lost with the ghosts in his past Sofie s dad orders her to stay away it may be the first time she has ever disobeyed him A ghost can t love you.When Sofie is forced to stay with her mother and grandmother while her dad s away, she is confronted with their memories of the ruthless Khmer Rouge, a war torn countryside, and deeds of heartbreaking human devotion I don t want you for ancestors I don t want that story.As Sofie and Luke navigate a forbidden landscape, they discover they both have their secrets, their scars, their wars Together, they are dangerous Together, they ll discover what extraordinary acts love can demand.

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    1. Rebecca McNutt on said:

      Why did this remind me so much of the Disney version of Pocahontas? O_oDon't get me wrong, it wasn't a bad book per-say, and I really liked the author's use of emotion and vivid imagery. Two stars for that. But the characters and story were a little too Lifetime Movie Network-ish. They just weren't complex enough to seem worth caring about.

    2. Danielle on said:

      This review is based on a digital ARC. Thank you to Lerner Publishing Group and NetGalley for providing me the opportunity to review this book!Sofie and her fisherman father live in a small New Hampshire town and they are just fine. Then, the shrimping season is closed down early and her father heads towards monkfish waters in Virginia. Sofie’s left in the care of her newly-returned, newly-pregnant Cambodian mother and has to untangle their relationship and figure out how to start fresh. She a [...]

    3. Angie on said:

      Sophie lives with her dad, a fisherman in New Hampshire. She is perfectly happy with just her dad and her dog. But fishing is bad and her dad is going to have to go south to better waters for a few months. Sophie's pregnant mom and grandmother are moving in with her. Sophie hasn't had much to do with her Cambodian side of the family and resents the fact that they are moving in. She has also just met Lucas, a soldier returning from war. Sophie has to navigate the troubled waters of both her new b [...]

    4. Sharon Dean on said:

      I've been a fan of Terry Farish's writing ever since I read Flower Shadows way back in 1992. Whether she's writing about a young woman volunteering with the Red Cross in Vietnam (Flower Shadows), a Cambodian refugee in Lowell, Massachusetts (If the Tiger), or a Sudanese teenager trying to find her way in Portland, Maine (The Good Braider), Farish captures the innocence, the struggle, and the hope of the young. In Either the Beginning or the End of the World, her voice for Sofie, who is half Camb [...]

    5. Crowinator on said:

      Technically this isn't a verse novel, but it might as well be, since it reads more like poetry than prose, with spare language, a lot of symbolic imagery, and a wandering, internal narrative. The language is lovely and evocative, but I also found it distancing, obscuring the characters rather than revealing them, when going deep into a character (or characters) is everything to a story like this. It's a thoughtful book, though, with a strong sense of place and history (New Hampshire, Cambodia, a [...]

    6. Ann on said:

      This is a story of a young 16 year old girl from New Hampshire who lives with her fisherman father. She is half Cambodian, half Scottish. She meets an soldier with PTSD and they become friends and fall in love. Her Cambodian mother and Grandmother come to live with her when her dad needs to move his boat to Va. This is a story of family, love and friendship. It is a story of a man returning to life after war. It is a story of a young woman dealing with her heritage and real life. Well written, e [...]

    7. Samantha on said:

      I’m sure this book will find its fans somewhere, and I can see that it already has with a few other readers, but as for me – I am not one of those fans and I probably never will be. What could have been a wonderful story about overcoming PTSD and hatred turned out to be a sparsely written, stretched out poem needing a lot more work to make it worth reading. I hate to say it, but I would not recommend this to anyone – not even if it were the last book on earth.

    8. Nina on said:

      Utterly pointless. Nothing happened in this book really, except Sofie falling in insta-love with Luke and forgiving his PTSD from Afghanistan while hypocritically being judgmental about her grandmother's and mother's trauma from the Khmer Rouge. My curiousity was piqued by the depictions of being a fisherman in today's economy, but otherwise I was underwhelmed by the plot, characters, and writing.

    9. Naznin Khan on said:

      It's a good book the chapters are a bit long, and some of the wordings you have to look up. There's a lot of romance in this book, and many secrets as well, which person, in my opinion, keeps the book interesting and it leaves you on a cliffhanger!

    10. American Mensa on said:

      Either The Beginning or The End of The World by Terry Farish is a fairly short, fictional novel about the changing life of a teenaged girl. Seventeen-year-old Sophie Grear is the daughter of a traditional, American fisherman and a cultural, Cambodian woman. However, Sophie has lived the bulk of her life on the Northeast Coast with only her beloved father. But one icy morning, Sophie meets a young, disturbed veteran named Luke, and they fall into an abnormal sort of love. However, Sophie’s fath [...]

    11. Nicole on said:

      I received an ARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This started out feeling like the saddest and most depressing book I've ever read, and it took a long time for that feeling to go away. I think that was a reflection of the characters because they are isolated and missing essential pieces of themselves. The spare and haunting prose style added to that oppressive sadness. This wasn't my favorite narrative style - it is more a series of moments and conversations o [...]

    12. Samantha on said:

      I hope this book finds its readers. This story is told in lyrical prose, close to poetry but not quite, and meanders a bit through a brief time in the life of Sophea, called Sofie, who lives in Portsmouth NH with her father, Johnny. I could feel Portsmouth come alive around me in Farish's story, and I can picture Johnny going on fishing trips and coming back. Sofie desperately wants to keep him home in NH, but the fishing industry is dying and he needs to go away. This prompts her mother and gra [...]

    13. Krista Stevens on said:

      I loved that this took place in the Merrimack Valley and in areas I know. Sophie lives with her fisherman father in Portsmouth right by the bridge over the Piscataqua River. It is by the river she meets a mysterious soldier - her father knows him and tells her to stay away, but it is too late. The story is both lyrical and disjointed - it's hard to follow Sophie's thoughts and her interactions, even with her best friend, seem short and untethered. Perhaps that's because she's been separated from [...]

    14. Bookworm on said:

      OH. Every once in a while a book comes along that just grabs me by the heart and won't let go. It's been awhile since I fell so deeply in love with a story. This is really something special, guys. This book is only two hundred pages long, but it took me days to read it--- not because it was difficult reading, but because it was so beautiful I savored every page. It felt like four hundred pages rather than two hundred, it was such a fully fleshed story. The book is composed of spare, starkly gorg [...]

    15. Beth Hartnett on said:

      It is always interesting to read a novel set in your home town. This young adult story takes the reader into Café Kilim, onto Peirce Island, and along the Piscataqua as we learn about a young Cambodian American girl's life in Portsmouth. Sofie struggles with her fisherman father's work woes, her relationship with her mother and grandmother, the family memories of the Khmer Rouge, and her first love. A lot happens in this short novel that is broken into brief, often one page, chapters.

    16. Brittany on said:

      This book took me a few chapters to get into, but I enjoyed it. There wasn't much to it. I would have liked it to be longer. There were some things that bothered me, like Luke being 22 and falling for a 16 year old, and I didn't particularly like how it just ended. All in all it was a good read. 3.5/5

    17. Laura Chase on said:

      Interesting look at the fishing industry in New England, Also really good interaction between Luke the Army medic just back from Afghanistan and Sofie a fisherman's daughter and the daughter of an a Cambodian Immigrant

    18. Caroline on said:

      When sixteen year old Sofie's fisherman father needs to go further away to fish, she resists the change of having her Cambodian immigrant mother, whom she doesn't know, move in, as she is also beginning a friendship with a young Army medic, back from Afghanistan, who has medical issues of his own.

    19. Jeannine Atkins on said:

      I loved the richness of this world, and felt so engaged with a young woman dealing with memory -- her own, her family's, and the difficult one of the man she falls in love with. The novel shows how place, both present and past, shapes a heart. And it caught mine.

    20. Kenna on said:

      This book gave me a different perspective on how people feel in their lives. This may change the way you feel about some things.

    21. Carrie on said:

      SLJ star. Cambodian American girl in small New Hampshire town falls for mysterious Afghanistan vet suffering from PTSD.

    22. Samantha on said:

      a great story. she definitely has her reader think more than most authors do. well done.

    23. Linda on said:

      Wonderful book which I believe is a good High School read. Strong characters and good peek into Cambodian traditions.

    24. PNG Library on said:

      Oh, that mother! And the grandmother! Sophie is a survivor, and it's fun to watch as her understanding of her family develops.

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