Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Book Review: Diaries of a Teenage Bride

In my eyes, one of the best – of many – things about summer travels is the chance to catch up on my reading while in flight, at the pool, on the beach, or wherever else my journeys might take me. So far this summer, I’ve had the chance to enjoy a number of good books, including two I recently finished – Erik Larson’s In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin and Peter L. Bergen’s  Manhunt: The Ten-Year Search for Bin Laden--from 9/11 to Abbottabad.

Yet another is Diaries of a Teenage Bride by Jillian Amodio, who I had the pleasure of working with at the Weddzilla Blog last year and who graciously sent me a review copy of her book a couple weeks ago. Without question, one of the things I like best about Jillian's tale is the fact that it is a thoughtful and inspiring modern-day love story with “old soul” charm. While Jillian’s story focuses on her experiences as a young bride, wife and mother, the lessons and insight she shares – about such things as the importance of forgiveness, learning how to grow together rather than apart, and accepting one another’s differences – are universal and can be applied to marriages at all stages, with partners of any age. Throughout the book, Jillian’s writing style remains consistently honest and warm, and she speaks with a voice that is wise beyond her 21 years.

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Especially relatable are Jillian’s discussions about the differences between what couples initially “think” married life will be like and the “actual” day-to-day realities that later ensue. Although the book does include some religious themes that relate to Jillian’s Catholic faith, the messaging was not overwhelming to me as a non-religious reader, and I was still easily able to connect with Jillian’s poignant observations about love and marriage. If you’re looking for a quick read that warms the heart, Diaries of a Teenage Bride is definitely worth checking out! 

What good reads have you picked up this summer? 

15 comments:

  1. I'll definitely be checking this book out! The summer has been busy, but I have a few trips planned and would love to get some reading in along the way.

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  2. I definitely want to get around to reading her book when I get a chance. The last book I read was "Where We Belong" by Emily Giffin. I didn't really like the ending but otherwise really enjoyed the book.

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  3. This sounds like a great book! I really wish I had more time to read this summer, but so far I've only had a chance to read The Bloggess' book.

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  4. That's cool someone we blogged with has a book, too!

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  5. This summer I read some nice books, easy, romantic stuff though, nothing very deep, LOL!

    I specially likes "Me Before You" by Jojo Moves.

    And "On the island" by Tracey Garvis-Graves.

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  6. Ive been reading a lot, but have hit some duds lately. Have you read Divergent and Insurgent by Victoria Roth? The are Hunger Games-ish but entertaining!

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  7. Thanks for the review! i need to pick up a few new books too!

    xoxo,
    Chic 'n Cheap Living

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  8. It's such an exciting time for her...glad you liked her book!

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  9. I had every intention in the world of reading awesome books this summer, but I failed. Isn't that the way it goes? Maybe once I am finished with school I will catch up on my free reading.

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  10. This sounds like an interesting read. I have no idea what married life would be like...it just doesn't sound very exciting to me. It's probably because I've been single for so long that the idea of always asking someone what are our plans, and can I get this, and should remodel this, or upgrade that..doesn't sound fun to me :(

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  11. I'm reading a self-help book at the moment

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  12. Okay I don't know if other bloggers read the comments too, but I wanted to reply to Shannon about "Where We Belong"...I also felt a little off about the ending, felt like I was left hanging there...perhaps there will be a part 2!!

    Congrats to Jillian for writing a book, thats really amazing that she got her story published. I'm sure a lot of brides will relate.

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  13. so happy for Jillian, it def. sounds like a great read, thanks for the review and reminding me I gotta get to reading it!

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  14. i have been having the worst time this summer finding a book i've really enjoyed! i had to go back to rereading harry potter!

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