April & Oliver

April & Oliver

A Novel

eBook - 2009
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"The story of April and Oliver, two inseparable childhood friends whose existences again collide with the sudden death of April's younger brother"--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York, NY : Grand Central Pub., 2009.
Edition: 1st eBook ed.
ISBN: 9780446552073
0446552070
Alternative Title: April and Oliver
Summary: "The story of April and Oliver, two inseparable childhood friends whose existences again collide with the sudden death of April's younger brother"--Provided by publisher.

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LPL_MollyW Apr 20, 2015

April and Oliver are step-cousins who grew up as best friends, but as teenagers, their lives take very different paths. April follows in her father's footsteps and becomes a bartender and seeks out older, dangerous men. Oliver eschews Juilliard and his love of piano for Stanford, then law school and a practical fiance. There paths cross again when April's younger brother dies in a car accident. Part family drama, part love story (as opposed to a romance), what makes this novel a favorite I recently revisited is the way that Callahan constructs such a vivid picture of the inner lives of April and Oliver. She skillfully weaves together the past and the present by plotting all the small moments and decisions that have such a great impact on people's lives. Highly recommended for fans of character-driven novels by authors such as Laura Moriarty and Jeffrey Eugenides.

ChristchurchLib Apr 15, 2013

"April and Oliver are cousins, used to be best friends, and might be soul mates. But April, a damaged barkeep who dallies with dangerous men, and Oliver, a musical prodigy who's made sensible decisions all his life, are estranged, and are only brought together again when April's brother is killed in a car accident. The renewed friendship between the apparent opposites is tentative, fraught with desire and fear on both sides, and complicated by others in their lives - a fiancée for Oliver, and the violent T.J. for April. There are no easy answers in a story like this, but the author's "poetic style and grasp of emotion" (Publishers Weekly) makes the tale of April and Oliver compelling." April 2013 Fiction A to Z newsletter http://www.nextreads.com/Display2.aspx?SID=5acc8fc1-4e91-4ebe-906d-f8fc5e82a8e0&N=622464

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sunflowerrr
Aug 25, 2011

I liked this book. It wasn't a page turner for me though but I still liked it. It was a depressing book though. It was ok.

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LiteraChick
Apr 14, 2011

Not memorable, too dry and sad. At least other books of the like make you CARE about their characters! April was just too broken to find anything salvagable, I became disinterested after the first 15 pages

AD_Library Aug 12, 2009

Coming from a debut writer, this novel is extraordinarily impressive. Callahan has created a world where the path not taken is always at the forefront of everyone’s mind. April and Oliver are step-cousins whose lives have been intertwined since birth. There has always been a bond between them too difficult to explain to others- and to themselves. Leading separate lives since Oliver went away to College, they are thrown back together for the agony of Buddy’s funeral, April’s younger brother who dies tragically in a car accident at the age of 18. The novel begins here and continues with April and Oliver struggling to reconcile the mistakes of the past and prevent wrong decisions that may lead them to a questionable future.
Gripping, with edgy prose, the awkwardness between two people that have a lifetime of things left unsaid between them is showcased in this sometimes dark/sometimes light tale of fate.
Four and a half stars (out of five)

Facchintr Aug 06, 2009

...a little bit gritty, but an interesting story that makes you believe in happy endings.

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