*Download Epub Ì An Uncommon Education ä eBook or Kindle ePUB free

*Download Epub Í An Uncommon Education à For fans of Prep, Dead Poets Society, and Special Topics in Calamity Physics comes an elegant and remarkably insightful coming of age debut, in which a young woman s serendipitous discovery of her college s underground Shakespeare Society leads to an unforgettable series of transformations When Naomi finds herself among the Shakes at Wellesley, she finally lets herself embrace the passionate inner self she s always kept locked away But when a sudden scandal unfolds, she will be forced to learn the limits of the relationships that have sustained her An intimate and enthralling narrative, Elizabeth Percer s debut novel An Uncommon Education marks the emergence of a stunning new literary talent This is a wonderfully written book about what it means to grow up and find yourself, despite how hard and non linear and unexpected that process can be This book is also the first one I ve ever read about a place and time that I actually experienced as the author is a fellow Shakespeare Society member from Wellesley College who overlapped for one year with me This made the book evenenjoyable for me to read as it instantly brought me back to that time in my life which much like the book This is a wonderfully written book about what it means to grow up and find yourself, despite how hard and non linear and unexpected that process can be This book is also the first one I ve ever read about a place and time that I actually experienced as the author is a fellow Shakespeare Society member from Wellesley College who overlapped for one year with me This made the book evenenjoyable for me to read as it instantly brought me back to that time in my life which much like the book was full of new experiences and friendships and drama both on and off the stage Elizabeth clearly has gift in capturing the emotions of her characters and allowing us to feel them as well and as such I highly recommend her book ugh, i don t want to write this review because it s not that the book is bad, it just never worked for me there is something so cheeky and earnest about this book, but it s like an amish girl going on her rumspringa not that she s trying to be gritty or shocking at all, but it just feels wrong, somehow, tentative, like she is trying to write dramatic irony way out of her depth without realizing it.i feel like the author is probably a really really good person she just isn t great at writing ugh, i don t want to write this review because it s not that the book is bad, it just never worked for me there is something so cheeky and earnest about this book, but it s like an amish girl going on her rumspringa not that she s trying to be gritty or shocking at all, but it just feels wrong, somehow, tentative, like she is trying to write dramatic irony way out of her depth without realizing it.i feel like the author is probably a really really good person she just isn t great at writing characters.and i feel just awful writing a bad review for this book it feels like slapping something sincere in the face she knows a lot about wellesley, she did go there, after all, and that part shows, but she doesn t know how to make a reader believe in her characters it is boring to read a character who is this emotionally cauterized, who seems to never do the things that a normal human would do in her various situations but it doesn t seem to be a conscious choice on the part of the writer, like she is trying to explore this element of damage and retreat and decision making as a consequence of growth or adulthood there is no art to the writing.for example naomi plays laertes in her production of hamlet fine but, the obvious choice would have been to make her hamlet, and to have her offstage life mirror that character s own difficulties with confrontation and inaction, blah blah blah and it is totally creative writing 101 amateur hour stuff, but it would have at least given some substance to the novel but percer never makes that potentiallyrewarding comparison naomi is not quite a hamlet who wrestles with her choices, she simply drifts into making the laziest choices possible she has no agency at all view spoiler why does she never actually try to go see teddy again he is just whoosh out of her thoughts for years and years why doesn t she try to remove the mask from her seducer why doesn t she talk about the things she needs to talk about with her mother and father she just waits for decisions to be made for her by the passing of time, drifting to the scene of her next conflict never taking charge of her own life hide spoiler and it would be one thing if the point was that the life of the mind has profoundly negative impact on one s emotional life, but i really just don t buy her as some great genius having a photographic memory is a fine tool, but she never has the drive a true scholar has she is a dilettante with a wasted gift she settles time and time again because she lacks the motivation to do anything she comes across as wooden and unfeeling and robotic nothing in this book meshes, nothing has any purpose, nothing seems to have consequence enough to engage the reader nothing ties this novel together for me.you might like it.i am putting this on my books that claim to be just like secret history shelf, because although this book does not overtly make that claim, on the back cover it is compared to several things that are frequently compared to secret history so transitive property, and that is why i read this book but that is not the reason i didn t like it i just didn t.come to my blog This is a beautiful novel, sort of Leif Enger meets Willa Cather with a pinch of Donna Tartt s The Secret History thrown in It s also not at all what I expected I wanted to read it because much of the story takes place at my alma mater, Wellesley I also love coming of age tales I guess I expected somethingless exquisite It s hard to explain Basically I expected something good, something solid, something that I would adore because of the Wellesley connection, but not something that I wou This is a beautiful novel, sort of Leif Enger meets Willa Cather with a pinch of Donna Tartt s The Secret History thrown in It s also not at all what I expected I wanted to read it because much of the story takes place at my alma mater, Wellesley I also love coming of age tales I guess I expected somethingless exquisite It s hard to explain Basically I expected something good, something solid, something that I would adore because of the Wellesley connection, but not something that I would talk about endlessly to anyone who will listen which happens maybe once every few years In short, this lovely, evocative novel totally took me by surprise.I really love how Naomi s coming of age is a long and winding road, with all sorts of wrong turns and dead ends We all have events in our lives that define us and shape who we are, but for Naomi these events come off as infinitelyindelible and profound There is one thing involving her family, in the very beginning of the book, and then something else involving a close friend several years later It makes perfect sense that these events make Naomi who she is at least until she goes off to Wellesley, and then something starts to shift She begins to define herself not in relation to the people around her, but as her own person Not in terms of the things that have happened to her, but in terms of the choices she makes for herself This is a magical moment in anyone s life, I think, and Elizabeth Percer so perfectly captures this process of self realization in the very setting I experienced it myself that it takes my breath away It s murky, it s confusing, it s heartbreaking and intoxicating and scary as hell It makes no sense and it makes all the sense in the world I also love that this is the most important thing Naomi takes away from Wellesley Her education is about 1 part academic and 9 parts everything else yet another thing I identify with and suspect a lot of people do.The actual story is compelling, too, of course, and delightfully written I laughed, I cried, I paused at times, a finger absently marking my place, smiling to myself and staring at the wall and thinking of nothing and everything all at once It s possible I m biased and that the book meansto me than it will to the average reader who didn t come of age in the same place and in much the same way as the protagonist but I minclined to think that this truly is a bit of magic I m also famously sentimental, so take this all with a grain of salt A jumbled mess I was really excited to read this book because of one descriptive sentence The event marks Naomi s introduction to Wellesley s oldest honor society, the mysterious Shakespeare Society, defined by secret rituals and filled with unconventional, passionate students I was disappointed to discover that this book wasn t about a secret society at all those books are like catnip to me , but rather a dull coming of age novel with no real plot, uneven pacing, an unsatisfying conclusion, A jumbled mess I was really excited to read this book because of one descriptive sentence The event marks Naomi s introduction to Wellesley s oldest honor society, the mysterious Shakespeare Society, defined by secret rituals and filled with unconventional, passionate students I was disappointed to discover that this book wasn t about a secret society at all those books are like catnip to me , but rather a dull coming of age novel with no real plot, uneven pacing, an unsatisfying conclusion, and an annoying protagonist If you enjoy navel gazing, self absorbed narration, you might like this I, however, wanted dangerous rituals and secrets and classics majors killing farmers in the woods hee And as a side note, the author s habit of ending each chapter with a Very Important Sentence annoyed me I ve seen this device used well before, but not here It just felt like I was being banged over the head with SYMBOLISM