Wednesday, January 3, 2018

REVIEW: Give Me Your Answer True by Suanne Laqueur


You might think, though probably not because if you're reading this you surely know me by now?, why read Daisy's book? You already know what happens, right? Right. Welllll I do know what happened but I wanted to know more about how her version of events looked. How she'd work through it, survive it, live beyond it. I wanted to see how she'd forgive herself and how long it would take me to forgive her (not long). And so immediately after I finished The Man I Love, I immediately started Give Me Your Answer True.

For anyone skeptical about reading this because you see it as just rehashing what we already know, I'd say: read it anyway. It provided insight and closure to parts of Daisy and Erik's story and took Daisy off the pedestal she'd been placed on and humanized her and her mistakes. It filled in all the blanks and rounded out their love story...and rewinded their love story in a way that gave me fresh persepective and understanding in a way that I didn't get with Erik's sole point of view in The Man I Love

Now, onward to the conclusion of their story...



"What I feel has no name..." 

Suanne Laqueur's award-winning debut novel The Man I Love thrilled readers with its memorable characters and depth of emotion. Erik Fiskare's journey of love, recovery and forgiveness captivated hearts but also left questions unanswered. Now Daisy Bianco has a chance to tell her story. 

It's been three years since a single lapse of judgment cost Daisy the love of her life. Erik was a conduit to her soul but now he's chosen a path of total disconnection, refusing to speak to her or acknowledge her betrayal. Alone and shattered, Daisy attempts to take responsibility for her actions while building her career as a professional dancer in New York City. But Erik's unforgiving estrangement proves too much for her strength. Plagued by flashbacks to the Lancaster shootings, she falls into a dangerous spiral of self-harm, cutting into her own skin as a means to atone. Only the timely appearance of an old friend, John "Opie" Quillis, saves her from self-destruction and gives her a chance to love again. 

Laqueur skillfully weaves flashbacks to the college years with Daisy's present life. Supported by John's patient affection, she works to separate her evolution as an adult from the unresolved guilt and grief of her youth. As her professional accomplishments lift her out of depression, Daisy learns to hold onto her accountability without letting it become her identity. Years pass and she builds a beautiful life filled with dance and friends. Lovers come and eventually go, leaving her on her own with the old thought: Come back to me. 

In this parallel narrative, Laqueur peels open the beloved characters from The Man I Love to reveal new and complex layers of vulnerability. The scars from the shooting are deep and pervasive within this circle of friends. Like Daisy, they are trying to evolve without being fully resolved. But when questions from the past go unheeded, you alone must find and give your answers true.

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