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Aug 11, Jill rated it really liked it Shelves: Cartwheel by Jennifer duBois.

But it doesn’t sit well. Thanks for telling us about the problem.

There was a boyfriend that was suspected of being involved in the killing, as was the case with Amanda Knox. What I know is that there were two women, college exchange students and one somewhat hunky neighbor, having relationships with both and than of course there is the murder of Had quite a while to consider my rating on this book and why so much of it just did not gel with me.

See all books by Jennifer duBois. Lilly possessed the arrogance of youth just as Amanda Knox did. It would not matter. I didn’t buy what she was trying to sell. Across the yard, Sebastien’s house grew larger and larger, and then it was upon her. Be the first to discover new talent! Sep 30, Patrice Hoffman rated it liked it Shelves: By showing an unworldly side of Lily Hayes, duBois has presented a softened, alternate, possible view of the real person we’ve seen in the media.

Lily Hayes, a year-old college student at Middlebury College in Vermont, is spending a semester abroad in Buenos Aires. In fact, I could not decide much about any of the main characters.

Review: ‘Cartwheel’ by Jennifer duBois

If duBois had used her death to create a work duois feeling and imagination, it might have deepened our comprehension of how such a catastrophe can take place. What happened to her roommate? The awkwardness of it.

Murder in a foreign country.

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This simply was not the case in Cartwheel. Making insignificant changes may have been necessary to avoid legal implications, but it certainly didn’t disguise the fact that in essence, this was the Amanda Knox story.



It was fascinating for while and then seemed less so; all this character development meant the story moved at a snail’s pace. Nothing in the book should be read as a factual statement about real-life events or people. Ever since the domination of capitalism and Western individualistic ideologies, people prefer to emphasize the differences between humans rather than to discuss our similarities.

I can totally imagine why this book hasn’t been well received by many Goodreaders: The reader will wonder. The setting was changed, the names were changed, the split that Amanda was reported to have done was changed to a cartwheel but the events of the crime and the way the story played out was very much the same. None of the characters are real. I feel like the author is too busy showing me she is smart jeennifer like Lily instead of attempting to jennnifer me in the story.

I wish I was kinder, and could understand that each person is the center of their own universe, and not trivialize any one person’s pain but it’s a little hard to hear about how so and so’s mother is such an annoyance to your life, when you’re own mother has Alzheimer’s, or how so and so’s boyfriend is so mean he never wants to go to chick flicks when you’ve just had to leave the love of your life, or, in Andrew’s case, any of this irrelevant bullshit, when his baby girl had died painfully and slowly.

Cartwheel is an echo, a reflection and lacks in any true substantive differe My rating: A tangled tale that leaves protagonist Lily, and the crime, unilluminated. Even if you have formed a strong opinion like I didthere is no way to even guess how right, or wrong, you might be.

I received an advanced copy cartwheeo Cartwheel by Jennifer Dubois from librarything.

Book review: ‘Cartwheel,’ by Jennifer duBois

All the stuff of a good novel, although Dubois also gets in a lot of necessary exposition about the alleged facts of the crime. She baffles everyone soon after the murder, when she does a cartwheel in the interrogation room, suggesting to investigators that she is cold hearted. If you are a true-crime buff and followed the Amanda Knox case, you are probably howling to the moon right now because it is these questions that we wanted answered.


I must have a soft spot for fictionalized versions of real stories – Cartwheel has joined American Wife as a favourite on my shelves, likely to be read again and again in future years. And it doesn’t matter, because the characters are the thing.

So it’s difficult for the reader to make up eubois mind when alternating chapters provide carrtwheel viewpoints. Andrew is a professor of international relations, and is divorced from the children’s mother Maureen-although they are still friends.

I have well over books on my TBR shelves, and that’s just counting the books I really want to read. The assumption, when we are with Lily’s parents, is that she’s innocent, and even when we are following Lily’s storyline, her innocence seems understood, or at least easy to believe in being that there doesn’t seem to be anything intentionally mean spirited or violent that is prevalent in her behavior. Lily’s character is hard to read.

I was left unable to decide which side of the fence I fell on. Cartwheel is at heart a character study but ultimately lacks in cartwheell elements. It cycles through four viewpoints Andrew, Lily, Sebastien, Cartwhesl and moves between the buildup to the murder and its aftermath. One detail as illustration: Things kept turning up out of left field that caftwheel little sense in the context of the story that Dubois was telling.

Look them up or roll over them either way they didn’t have a negative impact on my reading experience. If you don’t find the idea offputting, then it is absolutely, definitely recommended. InI read a book called The Monster of Florence about Il Mostro- a serial killer linked to 16 murders which took place in Florence Italy between and