My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Release Date: July 20, 2010
Maggie Stiefvater’s writing style is flawless and so unique. If you take any sentence and show it to someone who has her books and they will know it’s her. I am also really happy with the poetry in the book. I don’t know if it was intentional but throughout the book you see the titles of the books: Shiver, Linger, and Forever which made me smile.
Linger picks up where Shiver left off and is told from Grace, Sam, Isabelle, and Cole’s point of view. Cole is the new wolf that Beck made the summer before. Isabelle is instantly drawn to Cole because like her Cole is misunderstood, lost, and just wants to escape the guilt. One of my favorite lines in the book is when Isabelle is ordering pizza over the phone and is flirting with the guy taking her order. After she tells Grace that she is sure they will get free toppings and Grace says “That was practically phone sex on an extra thin crust.” I swear I laughed so hard.
From the parental standpoint I was really surprised that Grace’s parents play a much bigger role in this book. Isabelle’s parents also make an appearance, but my favorite was Sam’s boss who gives him great advice.
The details that Maggie puts in Linger make you feel as if you are living in the story. For example the paper cranes that Sam makes and hangs on the ceiling adorned with twinkle lights. All the cranes are made of papers that represent happy memories like a school report card and the paper where he scribbled girl lying in the snow. I feel like all I had to do was look up to see them.
Linger proves you don’t need a crazy love triangle to tell an epic love story. The love that Sam and Grace have is truly real. Love is expressed with simple gestures such as a touch of a hand, a familiar facial expression, or the scent of a loved one.
I normally read a book from beginning to end in less than a few hours, but I didn’t want to finish Linger. I was really caught up with what might happen that I found it hard to enjoy the story. I laughed, cried, and loved this book. I will defiantly re-read both Shiver and Linger.
Thank you to On Our Minds @ Scholastic for having the contest that allowed me to win an advance readers copy of Linger!
You can order any of Maggie’s books autographed from Fountain Bookstore: http://www.fountainbookstore.com/autograph-maggie
Originally posted Apr 21, 2010