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Body Surfing At the age of twenty nine Sydney has already been divorced and once widowed Trying to find her footing again she answers an advertisement to tutor the teenage daughter of a well to do couple as they

  • Title: Body Surfing
  • Author: Anita Shreve
  • ISBN: 9780349119014
  • Page: 264
  • Format: Paperback
  • At the age of twenty nine, Sydney has already been divorced and once widowed Trying to find her footing again, she answers an advertisement to tutor the teenage daughter of a well to do couple as they spend a sultry summer in their oceanfront New Hampshire cottage.But when the Edwards two grown sons arrive at the house, Sydney finds herself caught up in old tensions andAt the age of twenty nine, Sydney has already been divorced and once widowed Trying to find her footing again, she answers an advertisement to tutor the teenage daughter of a well to do couple as they spend a sultry summer in their oceanfront New Hampshire cottage.But when the Edwards two grown sons arrive at the house, Sydney finds herself caught up in old tensions and bitter divisions As they brothers vie for her affections, the fragile existence Sydney has rebuilt is threatened With a brilliant insight into real emotions, Shreve weaves a story about risk, family and the supreme courage that it takes to love.

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    1. Nicole on said:

      I wasn't expecting much from this book, and was pleasantly surprised during the first third. Anita Shreve writes with skill, although I could have done without quite as much description of what people are wearing - especially since they change their clothes at least twice a day. But she captures the scene of a WASPy New England family summering on the coast of New Hampshire perfectly.[return]But by the last third, I started wondering whether she knew quite where she was trying to go with the dev [...]

    2. Christine on said:

      Why do I keep reading Anita Shreve? I can't explain this strange relationship I have with her characters. They are my guilty pleasure. More than the love plots (which usually involve infidelity, hmmm) and more than the character development, or lack of's her writing style. I love her cadence, her rythmn, and her emotional connections. One of my favorites is Fortune's Rock, which is a twisted sort of love story. But I couldn't put it down. Maybe because the book was set on the water, which is an [...]

    3. Margaret on said:

      Warning! Stay out of the water. It's not safe to go Body Surfing!I've read several Anita Shreve books (Fortune's Rocks, Pilot's Wife, The Last Time They Met) none of which I call stellar but all much better than this one.Sydner Sklar finds herself once widowed and once divorced in her late twenties. She drops out of grad school and takes a summer job as a live in tutor for the Edwards family who live on the idyllic New Hampshire shore. (And who live in the same house that pops up in many Shreve [...]

    4. Julie Britt on said:

      Spoiler alert: I didn't like this book. I didn't care about the characters, which weren't well developed, and the main character keeps making the same mistakes again and again and doesn't seem all that smart. I had to force myself to finish it. The final section seemed to have promise because I expected to see the main character in a good light, but she just went back to where she started. The passive voice is not avoided by Anita Shreve. I kept getting irritated at that, as well as her continuo [...]

    5. Amy on said:

      After having been greatly disappointed by the last couple of Anita Shreve books I've read, I was relieved that this one didn't irritate me. On the other hand, though, it didn't give me the same pleasure as her earliest books did. But it wasn't bad.The thing that interested me the most, almost, was figuring out that the beach house in this book is the same one in The Pilot's Wife, Fortune's Rock and Sea Glass. In fact, I think the folks in this story were the owners directly after the pilot's wif [...]

    6. dina on said:

      Poorly constructed, ridiculous story line and lame ending. Author seemed to make little to no effort

    7. Katy on said:

      If I could give 2.75 stars I'm going to give it 3 because I enjoy her style of writing. The book, well, it wasn't all it was hyped up to be. It kept me turning the pages even though I pretty much knew what was going to happen. My mom told me there were some pretty big twists, all which I predicted (which is disappointing-I love to be surprised!). She didn't develop the characters as well as I would have liked. Why did Mrs. Edwards hate her so much? You can read into the fact that she and Mr Edwa [...]

    8. Maria on said:

      Não foi um livro que me agradasse muito. A história não me desagradou mas não gostei muito da escrita. Apesar do livro ser pequeno e dividido em capítulos curtos, foi um livro que me custou um pouco terminar. Queria saber como terminava e pensei que talvez isso salvasse o livro em si mas foi completamente previsível e sem emoção

    9. Christie on said:

      I have been an Anita Shreve fan for several years – well, okay, decades. I read her first novel, Eden Close back in the 70s when it first came out and remember really liking it. Her novel The Pilot’s Wife was an Oprah pick and, thus, huge. But I’m partial to the quieter novels: Where or When, The Last Time They Met.Body Surfing is the story of Sydney, a once-divorced, once-widowed woman who comes to live on the New Hampshire coast to tutor the beautiful but intellectually challenged Julie, [...]

    10. Barbara M on said:

      This book is beautifully written. Anita Shreve chooses each word carefully and I was drawn into the world she created in this story.The novel takes place in an oceanfront cottage in New Hampshire. A well to do family has gathered for their summer vacation and Sydney is hired as a tutor to their 18 year old daughter who has special needs. A love triangle emerges as two older brothers in the family compete for Sydney's love and attention. There are a number of twists and turns in the story which m [...]

    11. Syl on said:

      Another stunner by Shreve dealing with raw human emotions and circumstances which make people behave the way they do. My favorite set up - seaside holiday house with lots of people with lots of idle time to ponder upon things and to enter into relationships. The main protagonist, a 29 year old widow is employed by a rich couple to teach their slightly retarded daughter. The book deals mainly with the interactions between the rich family and the 'governess'. I loved the book from cover to cover.

    12. Lynn on said:

      Just finished this one. I really like Shreve's writing style. I like the link of body surfing and rolling along in life. We can never be sure exactly what is going on beneath the surface, can we? We trust others and are sometimes deceived. But that doesn't mean we stop trusting anyone ever again, does it? I would hope the best for Sydney after one divorce, one spousal death, and one oops!! All before the age of 30.

    13. Richard on said:

      My second Anita Shreve. Good stuff. Well written with an identifiable with lead character.

    14. Lynai on said:

      Despite reading criticisms, I still like the stories of Anita Shreve. A more thorough review coming up! Whew! If only I could write book reviews as fast as I can finish reading books.******************REVIEW UPDATE:I have read two of Anita Shreve’s novels, the first one was The Pilot’s Wife, the story of which I can vaguely remember except that the rating I gave it on was 4 stars, which means that I might have fairly enjoyed it. Then I keep seeing some of her books on my favorite bookshop, [...]

    15. Diane on said:

      The setting is a beach house in New Hampshire, the summer home of the Edwards family. Sydney is hired to be the tutor for their "slow" daughter, Julie, while Mr. Edwards is an architect who enjoys his rose garden and collects historical documents on the house they're living in. It is the same house that was featured in several other Shreve novels, like "The Pilot's Wife". Mrs. Edwards strikes me as a snob and a bit of a racist with her remarks about Sydney being half-Jewish. The brothers, Ben an [...]

    16. São Palma on said:

      Na realidade, são 2 estrelas e meia, mas que não chegam para, na prática, atribuir as 3, acima de tudo tendo em conta outras obras a que atribui 3 e de que gostei mais. Desde o início que achava que não poderia atribuir mais de 2 Aquelas primeiras 100 ou 150 páginas foram uma seca autêntica. Porém, a partir de uma certa altura, comecei a entusiasmar-me cada vez mais Cheguei a ponderar dar as 3 estrelas como significado de 3 e meia Mas o final foi um "What????" (isto para não acrescentar [...]

    17. Mary on said:

      I really like Anita Shreve and this book is no exception. Her stories are true to life and her characters believable.

    18. Diane Schrempf on said:

      This was the perfect beach read. I had just read a heavy nonfiction book so this was the perfect book to read next. It is the story of Sydney who goes to live with a family whose child has some handicaps. Sydney becomes a part of this family and there is interest in her from the two older brothers. It is the story of how a young woman navigates her world among a family who may not be as normal as they appear. Sydney goes away for a while but something or someone brings her back to the shores of [...]

    19. Judy on said:

      Tried to listen to this book. So boring and couldn't find a plot. Don't know why I bothered.

    20. Charlynn on said:

      Imagine being a twenty-nine year old woman, one divorced and then once widowed. It's not a very common occurrence, but it is the main character of this book - Sydney's reality. This is the stage of her life in which she finds herself when she goes to work for the Edwards family. Ostensibly to tutor their teenage daughter, Julie, so that she can pass and do well on her upcoming SAT's, Sydney goes to stay with the Edwards at their beach house in New Hampshire. There, she body surfs, meets the Edwa [...]

    21. Lynley on said:

      I didn't warm to the main character, partly because I couldn't understand why she didn't work things out earlier - because I did. Stupidity never endears me to a character. Perhaps Sydney's attention was distracted by her manic vigilance - she notices clothes, how someone breathes, the details of a room and she even deduces what other characters are probably thinking. Whether she is right - another matter entirely. I'm inclined to think a character as naive as this one makes for a fairly unrelia [...]

    22. Debbie on said:

      This is one I wish that there was an option for a half star. I’d give this book 3 ½ stars. This will be a brief review. This was an ok book. Anita Shreve is a talented descriptive writer. She paints a good picture of the atmosphere, the setting and the details of her characters. This is a kind of love story. A kind of story about family. I don't want to give much detail away because that's all there is. To be honest this review is hard for me because though the writing was good and once the s [...]

    23. Célia Loureiro on said:

      Este e A Praia do Destino competem como meus livros favoritos da autora Anita Shreve.Aqui temos a jovem Sydney, primeiro viúva e depois divorciada, a apaixonar-se novamente e a integrar-se numa família. Foi precisamente o ambiente acolhedor nesta casa na praia que me deliciou durante o livro. Posteriormente, a autora tem uma forma muito própria de conduzir a história com subtileza, vi-me emergida num turbilhão de sentimentos que invadiam a personagem relativamente aos filhos da proprietári [...]

    24. Karen on said:

      My library had a display that said "Beach Reads" and I thought, that's what I need after all those bible books I've been reading! So I picked this one, mostly because I'd read "Light on Snow" by the author awhile back. I have to say I was disappointed in the book, but I'm not sure if it's the book's fault or false advertising by the library. I don't know that I'd classify it as a "Beach Read". It DID take place on a beach! But I found it pretty depressing. And the author's way of writing it kind [...]

    25. Jessica on said:

      I was initially turned off by the prose-like style of writing. The sentence structure is not that of a typical novel and it threw me for a loop. I did acclimate to it after a few chapters, and for the most part it no longer bothered me and I could focus on the storyline.The storyline: the story about Sydney, nearing 30, once divorced, once widowed, could have actually been pretty good had the characters been deeper. In my opinion, there was very little character development and I felt very littl [...]

    26. Dee on said:

      more like one and a halfif it hadn't been a challenge book I probably would have DNF'd itankfully, it only cost me $4 on the hardback sale shelf at borders vice full princeI had many issues with it - the first being that there was wayyy to much about the authors political views showing throughI really hate it when I start to read a book and there is a section complaining about a certain section or person in the government seemed obvious that she also hadn't done a lot of research about certain a [...]

    27. Jennefer on said:

      This is the first book I have read by Anita Shreve and I have to say I am very disappointed in this author. Some of the users of shelfari rated Shreve right up there with Jodi Picoult and that is why I borrowed this novel from a friend in the first place. Shreve doesn't compare at ALL to the likes of Picoult!! First of all ,the writing style in this novel is extremely choppy and distracting. Second, the characters are never fully explained and or developed. I never really felt any emotion from t [...]

    28. Erin Rogers on said:

      Meh. Full discloser: I have never read a single other Anita Shreve book, and so I don't have the love for her as an author that so many other goodreaders seem to share. My first experience with her work was just okay. I saw the description "beach read" in another review, and I think that reflects my feelings towards Body Surfing. It's a half romance-half soap opera starring the WASP-y Edwards family and set in their New England beach house. Sydney, a once-divorced, once-widowed young woman, come [...]

    29. Amainer on said:

      I haven't read any Anita Shreve in a while. The first book of hers that I read wasSea Glasswhich I really enjoyed. I also enjoyedThe Weight of WaterandFortune's Rocksbut the rest have been somewhat of a disappointment. So I quit reading her books. I saw this book several times in the store, but never picked it up b/c books likeResistance and All He Ever Wantedwere so disappointing. Then I saw this in our used bookstore and decided to give it a try. I'm so glad I did. This book reminded me of why [...]

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