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I Thirst

Characters I Thirst

Ic 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 sto. 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 uirky 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 themselvesGina’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

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Ry 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. 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

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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 uniue family and eccentr. Please note This is NOT the author's reviewA 5 star review by a fan of I THIRST Inspiring Review by Seytara This novel is absolutely beautiful By the end I was left feeling so peaceful and nostalgic It reminds me so much of growing up and being in the company of my closest friendsAnd to elaborate on a previous review it tells the story in a fashion that's halfway between poetry and a personal diary all the while remaining literary in almost a Victorian manner I always wondered how Jane Austen would write if she lived today perhaps this is itAgain wonderfully done Bravo Source Soonish: Ten Emerging Technologies That'll Improve and/or Ruin Everything poetry intermixed with the antics of her uniue family and eccentr. Please note This is NOT the author's reviewA 5 star review by a fan of I THIRST Inspiring Review by Seytara This novel is absolutely beautiful By the end I was left feeling so Discordia peaceful and nostalgic It reminds me so much of growing up and being in the company of my closest friendsAnd to elaborate on a Stage Mum previous review it tells the story in a fashion that's halfway between A Faint Cold Fear (Grant County, poetry and a Sweet Mandarin personal diary all the while remaining literary in almost a Victorian manner I always wondered how Jane Austen would write if she lived today Sweet Mandarin: The Courageous True Story of Three Generations of Chinese Women and their Journey from East to West perhaps this is itAgain wonderfully done Bravo Source


10 thoughts on “I Thirst

  1. says:

    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 uniue 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 uality to it uiet thereby seeming to confirm my earlier suspicions that he was a bit reserved yet not so uiet because it was sofirm Firm and solid “pg 28In 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 heardlaughter of four united as one” pg 115The 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 uniue fruity jams fruit of the Spirit? while two male customers uarrel over a play that they are writing called Muse Elise is in love with Antonio who spurns her overtures “And soon three shall be oneNo 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 186The 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 reuires 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


  2. says:

    Please note This is NOT the author's reviewA 5 star review by a fan of I THIRST Inspiring Review by Seytara This novel is absolutely beautiful By the end I was left feeling so peaceful and nostalgic It reminds me so much of growing up and being in the company of my closest friendsAnd to elaborate on a previous review it tells the story in a fashion that's halfway between poetry and a personal diary all the while remaining literary in almost a Victorian manner I always wondered how Jane Austen would write if she lived today perhaps this is itAgain wonderfully done Bravo Source


  3. says:

    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 reuest 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 seuel 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 uite 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


  4. says:

    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 itWhen 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 seuel to this book I don't think she will be able to write fast enough for me ;My rating 9 out of 10


  5. says:

    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 uirky 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 themselvesGina’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


  6. says:

    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” p7 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 uite comprehend at the time” p4 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 38The 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 fullyin 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” p82 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?”p60One 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 171The 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 uniue 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 examplesI 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 uniue 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 seuel I would also suggest that she write another spin off continuing the story of the jam shop employees and the mystical adventures of Antonio


  7. says:

    I've been long overdue to read this after reading it's seuel first That stood on its own well enough but now I get to see why Peter was so important among other plot detailsThe story from the beginning was well and good Maybe what our dear Gilbert Blythe would call high fluty mumbo jumbo but I don't mind that The authoress Anne Shirley Rebecca Veritas and I seem to be kindred spirits so it's just my cup of tea I was reveling in the beauty poetry Catholicism goodness and wholesomeness of it all when something very deep just happened'There is someone I would like you to meet' Peter finally said Four or five rows of wooden pews came into view They were all vacant I turned towards Peter in confusion 'There's no one here''On the contrary' he said softly 'everyone is here'BAMPeter just became the most awesome guy in modern literature D I need a friend like himFrom this point on the story just got better and better Once again just like its seuel I loved the poetry and stories woven in I didn't always understand all of the poetical dreams but they are beautiful nonetheless Also the stories within the story worked really well When I saw that there would be 2 stories within this story I wasn't sure I would be able to follow but everything worked out perfectlyThe characters were realistic for the most part They weren't famous people; they didn't go on crazy adventures; they weren't perfect But they were honest to goodness people; Catholics just living their lives full of happiness and sadness They made mistakes and had misunderstandings but they continued to live their Catholic Faith as best they could Rebecca didn't pray dryly or like she knew everything She just prayed what came into her heart Sometimes that makes sense and sometimes that doesn't And that's ok Oftentimes my own prayers are mixed in with parts of prayers I know or lines of hymns so that was absolutely beautiful to read Rebecca's poetic prayers Another thing that really impressed me was that the writing style is so uniue It's poetic and it's real It mixes stories with poems with songs with dreams It's like nothing I've ever read and that makes it so lovable Just because its different doesn't mean its less worthy of our attention On the contrary it makes it all the admirable Because the authoress was just herself and no one elseIf you love Anne of Green Gables imagination poetry Catholicism literature friendship writing the ocean or happiness this book is for you


  8. says:

    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


  9. says:

    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


  10. says:

    I Thirst is the story of college student Rebecca and the young man she meets who deeply affects her life The story is set during Lent and I enjoyed seeing their friendship grow during those 40 days There is a lot to enjoy in this uniue Catholic Young Adult novel from the delightfully uirky Rebecca the easy going banter she enjoys with her best friend the kind and slightly mysterious Peter to the story within a story and the beautiful prose Marinello Sweeney has written a seuel to his novel which will hopefully curb my curiosity as to what will happen next between these wonderfully engaging characters


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