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I Thirst is a masterfully told story about life, friendships, and being yourself Rebecca is a bubbly and passionate character and I was able to relate to events and thoughts that occurred to her Peter is a fictional character after my own heart He is sweet, kind, friendlyeverything a good person should be, but he still had his faults and hardships like any other person I am looking forward to the next installment into these two characters lives. In I Thirst we meet college student Rebecca Veritas at Ash Wednesday Mass During offertory she receives a mysterious note that, though she doesn t know it at this time, will have a profound effect on her life Rebecca may by a typical, albeit quirky, college student but her friendship with Peter is anything but As they navigate their friendship they decide to write a play together As the story progresses they learn about each other and about themselves.Gina s style of writing makes this a work of literature in the truest sense of the word She weaves a story in a rather lyrical fashion At times you wonder where she is headed But, similar to reading GK Chesterton, if you just keep on reading, her writing takes you somewhere beautiful The ending of the book left you wanting , of what becomes of Rebecca and Peter and their relationship I expect we will be reading much of Gina s work in the future. @DOWNLOAD ⚣ I Thirst ë When Rebecca Receives A Mysterious Note From An Unknown Source, She Has No Idea How It Will Change Her Life Twenty Year Old Rebecca Veritas Is Used To Being Different, But Has Never Felt Extraordinary She Is A Dreamer, Living In A World Of Poetry Intermixed With The Antics Of Her Unique Family And Eccentric Best Friend Adriana When She Meets Peter, A Young Student From Canada Who Seems Somehow To Understand Her From The Start, Her Perception Changes With Intermission , The Single Word In That Mysterious Note, As Inspiration, The Two Writers Embark On An Incredible Journey To A New World In The Form Of A Story That Will Ultimately Parallel Their Own Lives Yet, As The Story Progresses, Events Remain Ever Shrouded In Mystery When Unexpected Circumstances In The Real World Throw Their Lives In Disarray, It Will Be Up To Rebecca To Find The True Meaning Of Intermission Before The Curtain Closes On The Final Act One could say that Rebecca is living an ordinary life, going to college and living at home with her parents and brother in the United States But when she meets the Canadian Peter, she does not realize that a beautiful and wonderful friendship is ahead of herThe first thing that struck me as than ordinary in this book were the vibrant descriptions Even if the story had been ordinary, the descriptions that painted pictures in my mind and were never uninteresting would have made up for it.When I started reading this book, I was expecting a romance However, I was surprised to find a friendship story instead One could say that there were some elements of romance I can totally see Rebecca and Peter as a married couple one day , but it wasn t anything major in the story Since I was expecting romance, I might have been disappointed if the friendship wasn t so beautiful I would put it up there with Frodo and Sam from The Lord of the Rings I enjoyed this book very much It was a great weekend read, and I definitely plan on reading it again I was delighted to read in the About the Author section that Gina is writing a sequel to this book I don t think she will be able to write fast enough for me My rating 9 out of 10 As a reader, I love those rare instances where a story blossoms into something unexpected and sends you on an adventure you never saw coming Where you are genuinely surprised at what has unfolded over the course of a few short chapters and end up loving it I Thirst provides one of those, Wow, what a cool story experiences The author easily hooks the reader into the youthful world of Rebecca and her best friend Adriana through believable conversation, inside jokes and the playful innocence adults long for Rebecca befriends a mysterious church usher named Peter Through guarded, yet flirty conversations the two discover they have much in common The most exciting of which is that they each have an affinity for creative writing and poetry This becomes the proving ground where the loyalty and depth of their budding friendship will be cultivated The two partners in crime take things to the next level by collaborating on a zany stage play about a family owned exotic jam business This story within a story detour is book candy , melding all the enjoyable social interactions in Rebecca s world with a whole new cast of entertaining characters Along the way, Rebecca and Peter treat us to a wonderful behind the scenes look at their collaborative methods, story development and poetic verse I Thirst spoils the reader with a cultural cornucopia of literary styles and clever storytelling You ll find yourself staying up way past your bedtime reading, just one chapter while basking in this sweet, unabashedly Christian story Escorting the reader through the full emotional spectrum, Rebecca and Peter s relationship is beautiful and satisfying, leaving the reader filled with hope I highly recommend you treat yourself to this inspiring read I THIRST was a delight to read The characters are true to life believable people that the reader comes to know and love Readers will find many experiences to which they can relate The concept of true friendship is thoroughly explored Although serious topics are addressed, the author s sense of humor is apparent throughout the story Her characters are loveable and often humorous There is an unspoken pact between best friends that stipulates the following To induce laughter, all you have to do is look at your partner in crime even in the absence of said crime p.7 The author s poetic descriptions truly paint a picture in the mind of the reader and often create a sense of mystery or a contemplative mood His countenance revealed an expression of peace yet did not seem to be completely relaxed out of formality and something else that I couldn t quite comprehend at the time p.4 At times her descriptions leave the reader with a sense of awe And, as I had gazed at my surroundings, at the muted, yet triumphant, colors splashed in joyful serenity over the immaculate stone floor, at the profiles of my fellow parishioners bent in prayer, and finally, up above, at the flickering lights held in a soft gray ceiling like chandeliers in an ancient palace, I realized that my thoughts had been transferred to Someone Else p 38 The author explores the vulnerability of a writer, whose work is exposed to the reader There is nothing nerve racking than waiting as someone reads your writing The reader becomes the videographer, zooming far, far into your heart and soul, unveiling every inch and corner The writer remains a wary observer at the mercy of the reader, clueless as to how he might react The writer is exposed, laid bare her innermost thoughts and feelings are revealed in a potentially scathing moment of vulnerability I trusted Peter so fully in a way that I could not explain For that very reason, it mattered so immensely To actually tell him what I knew he had already often seen in my eyes was to allow him to enter a new dimension in that world And it mattered It really, truly mattered p.82 The author also touches on the relationship between author and character, with hints of Miguel de Unamuno NIEBLA and Luigi Pirandello SIX CHARACTERS IN SEARCH OF AN AUTHOR Is it bad to fall in love with a character that you created yourself A bit vain p.60 One of my favorite chapters involves Rebecca s encounter with someone truly malicious Descriptions of that person and the setting were so vivid that the reader was made to feel the same oppressive, physical burden that Rebecca experienced A coldness, nearly tangible due to its extreme weight, was perceptible the instant I entered the room p 171 The story within a story was an extra bonus The crazy antics of the jam shop employees are hilarious They become another set of well drawn characters to love although I will admit that Antonio is my favorite The story written by these new characters is a completely different style, filled with symbolism and unique sensory descriptions I was truly transported to another world where the sea, the rose, music, and romance are dominant themes The authors of each drama reveal themselves in their writing, which serves to make them human We are made to feel what they feel Marinello Sweeney s ability to effectively transport the reader to at least three different worlds is amazing, especially considering the fact that this is her first novel Marinello Sweeney is a lauded poet in both English and Spanish Her poetic talent is demonstrated in poems written by her character Rebecca, who is also a writer Mi concha de mar , Lo inmortal , and Yesterday s Chalice are beautiful examples.I THIRST is unconventional in structure and unpredictable in plot, a refreshing departure from typical stories with expected outcomes I found Marinello Sweeney s use of varied writing styles and settings to be unique and enjoyable The ending and epilogue revealed a sense of hope and left the reading wanting and wondering what will happen next I am pleased to hear that the author is already working on a sequel I would also suggest that she write another spin off continuing the story of the jam shop employees and the mystical adventures of Antonio. I liked this book 3 stars on Goodreads, 4 stars on even though it is not a style I typically read I purchased it knowing that from its reviews At times the language reminded me a little of Margaret Atwood, Donna Tartt, and Sylvia Plath, yet it often has characteristics of YA, which I read a lot Prose sometimes takes the form of verse, as I ve seen in some recent YA, and some true verse is in Spanish, a language I love but need to bone up on I normally don t read prologues and seldom epilogues but read both in this book, particularly curious about the prologue, which won an award I thought the prologue was good, although the author might have described the picture frame as containing a photo of a young boy to give the reader that light bulb moment later The epilogue provided a glimmer of hope for future romance that I expect from contemporary YA This is not one of those easy reads for the end of a hard work day because it makes the adult reader think, perhaps labor, to understand the depth of the main character and my guess the depth of the author However, teen readers may not try to analyze as much as I did as an adult I commend Ms Marinello Sweeney on her daring combination of elements in this book, including stories within the story This novel is strongly Catholic, but the relationships of the main character with her friends and the young man she meets should appeal to most teenage girls. I stayed up far past my bedtime to read this book The writing and descriptions are beautifully poetic, and the characters are easy to relate to There is a wonderful mix of humor and depth within this novel something not easily achieved.Marinello Sweeney uses a variety of writing styles throughout, which could make the book disconnected and hard to follow but in this case it works well.Without giving spoilers, I ll simply say that I m not entirely satisfied with the end, only because I know there is to come This is the first in a series, and I can t wait for the rest This is not your usual Lenten study book Sweeney presents a deep and thoughtful look into the heart of sacrifice and the meaning of Christ s suffering and passion, but it is not blatant It has to be teased out The chapters give hints to the meaning and intent of the author by beginning with a chapter named Ash Wednesday and following the Sundays of Lent This novel is a unique book that spins a tale within a tale, and yet a third tale within the first All the stories are tightly woven as one of the allegories used in the novel, a rose s petals His voice had a nice, different quality to it Quiet, thereby seeming to confirm my earlier suspicions that he was a bit reserved, yet not so quiet because it was so firm Firm and solid pg 28 In the first tale, we are introduced to teenage characters, Rebecca and Adriana who are already close Rebecca meets the newest usher in church, a boy named Peter and they instantly connect Rebecca isn t aware of the suffering Peter is going through as their relationship blossoms As budding writers, they decide to collaborate on a play which they call Intermission Their feelings for each other grow deeper, and they connect through an email relationship in the writing of this play During this tale Rebecca is betrayed by a close friend Chelsey and learns the back story of Peter s painful past In the end, Rebecca forgives Chelsey and helps Peter start on a journey to forgiving himself Monet remains for a moment and, then, with some grumbling, runs after them They all grab a swing and begin to fly high to the sky Laughter is heard laughter of four, united as one pg 115 The second tale within the first story is the play Intermission As Peter and Rebecca develop the play it becomes about a small jam shop that sells fruit jelly and entertains diverse and eccentric customers Two women run the jam shop and develop and sell unique fruity jams fruit of the Spirit while two male customers quarrel over a play that they are writing called Muse Elise is in love with Antonio who spurns her overtures And soon three shall be one.No, only two, for one is but the other His face grew serious He gazed at Patria, a gentle caress filling his eyes You are the only music of my heart pg 186 The third tale is the story of Muse, the play being written by the characters of Intermission These characters are Antonio and Patria and the Lighthouse Keeper This is a mystical work in which Antonio, who is lost, is led by the Lighthouse Keeper to a wondrous lighthouse with a magical portal and finds his true love Patria I cannot share the final plots and subplots without giving away the story It is written in a fresh young style that reflects the age of the author It is not a book that is easily digested or understood It requires thought and reflection The author delights the reader with personal poetry such as The leaves painted red fly Without moving from their sanctuary A step marks them for death And they remain untouched They call the wind of an ancient yesterday But they are always in the present The pages are rich with inner meaning to be pulled apart like the petals of the rose If you have time to meditate and thoughtfully ponder and enjoy occasional flight of consciousness writing, you will enjoy this. When first asked to read and review I Thirst I thought from the title that it was a spiritual reading and a personal reflection type book Something I read but don t really review It was only at a second look at the request that I noticed the words Catholic Fiction and agreed to it Now, I will officially step onto my soapbox Jumping in, instead of I Thirst as the title the word Intermission would have fit the plot and general style of story much better The main characters are young college students dealing with that lovely in between phase where so much can be in flux Gina uses a sort of play like style in the aspect that the way things have been for the main character is presented, new actors are introduced, conflicts internal external that arise, then we go into intermission to see what will happen next to our characters until our authoress finishes the sequel I also think the word intermission should be the title as it is used throughout the story, whereas the words I thirst is sorely absent through the majority of the book I couldn t help bonding to the characters as they are so genuine They feel quite real and seem like people I would know They each have their own eccentricities and personality defects The eccentricities and defects show through the best of us not only by actions but by our speech as well This is represented by the characters dialogue throughout the book In some senses it is perhaps too real and makes the story difficult to read at times The dialogue shows their personality but it can leave the reader with the feeling that they are watching a group of friends talking and telling inside jokes You want to join in but you feel unintentionally excluded Perhaps I just haven t met that type of person at this point in my life but just two friends writing a story together seems unlikely Either way the play within the story with the story is a little too Inception movie feel to it don t get me wrong, I love the movie Inception but it s too much It s not necessarily a bad idea but it stressed me out as a reader trying to remember all these new characters late in the story and what purpose they are supposed to carry in the story Finally, I have of a personal rant here I know Catholic Fiction is fiction written by Catholics for Catholics A difficulty that is almost strictly an issue for this new genre is that the writing can either feel a little too simplified a, What You think I m stupid feel , or too exclusive I am thankful that I Thirst wasn t overly simplified but it did have some areas of being too exclusive By excusive I mean that it uses a lot of terms and traditions that are strictly Catholic with little or no explanation as to what or why The reason for the rant at this particular time is that since the characters are so genuine that I think they could reach a much further audience base and act as an introduction to Catholicism Inclusion Gina Marinello Sweeney is obviously a new author with some areas to fine tune but I plan to read her future books as I couldn t help bonding with her characters.