The Story: A group of partiers leaves a wedding a little worse for drugs and experiences a devastating event. We revisit them in vignettes as the years go on, looking in on their lives, seeing how they've moved on and how they haven't.
Carry the One is at once slow and feverish. It would feel like nothing much was happening, and then, oh, look at that, half the book is gone.
|Where the book is the pizza, you see.|
I wound up really caring about the characters. Though some of them had some pretty rough traits, none were irredeemable. I understood why they were acting the way they were. And Anshaw's writing is fantastic: she's witty and tragic and unaffected.
If you haven't read it yet, make sure you're in the right reading mood before you jump in. It is not hilarious, and no fruit carts are overturned (how can I not find a gif of this?). I read it while and after reading It, and that was perfect. If you're not on a realistic, character-based reading kick, I'd suggest bookending this bad boy with dragons.
|Always a good choice.|