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We Are All Good People Here

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I could not get into this one, DNF at 22%. I found it really hard to like the characters and was a little confused by where the story was going. Sadly, I was not interested enough to finish.
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I had a love/hate relationship with this book and reading it was a true roller-coaster for me. There were times that I truly loved this book: the well-developed characters, the descriptions of thought-provoking issues that the American people faced in 1960s to 1990s period, and the beautifully written prose. However, there were also parts of this story that dragged and made it hard for me to continue reading it. Overall, this is a solid historical fiction novel, and many readers will find this book captivating and provocative. I think this was just not the right book for me or rather it was not the best time for me to read it. 
Thank you NetGalley, Atria Books, and the author for providing me with an ARC copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.
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We are all good People Here was an interesting read . Some of the book was enjoyable, some of the book was complicated. I appreciated the concept, just not really my style. Thank you for the ARC!
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I had a tough time getting into this book. The characters were not very likable and the story line really drug on. The topic was very relevant for the era but it didn't grab my attention.
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Captivating, suspenseful, entertaining novel! This beautiful thriller kept me on the edge of my seat while I was reading it! Would highly recommend to those who enjoy this genre.
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This was not a normal book selection for me.  It has good complex characters and story lines.    I was intrigued by characters and all that they went through.
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We are all good people here is a wonderful, heartwarming, competitive and complicated relationship between two women who love each other dearly. The relationship between the main characters is so well written, that I could relate it to my own life and relationships. It was so fun to read about their accomplishments, fights, relationships and interpersonal relationships. 
What a great book, I highly recommend adding this novel to your must read list!
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I really related to this book and I think that it's a theme that is very relevant in today's day and age. Two women in the 60's meet from two seemingly different backgrounds. They could not be more different yet they seem to agree on the injustices happening in the world. I absolutely loved how the book turned out! The cover of the book is also fabulous.
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Eeeeeep,
How do I say this?  I’m not a fan. 
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To be fair, I would have enjoyed this book...had it been two separate books. 
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It had a lot going on.  A LOT!  I felt overwhelmed by all the social issues. I felt like most were brought into the story for the sake of the issue. The writing was also very disjointed.  I had to stop and think about what time period we were in and which character was speaking. Because of these things, it did not work for me. 
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This ARC by the publisher was provided to me in exchange for an honest review.
I liked the writing style of this book, its very descriptive.. I do, however, wish the segments from different character's perspectives were more varied in voice.
I don't think Daniella is the most developed or dynamic character, but I did find her an enjoyable protagonist. Eve is described as a woman with strong convictions, whether they're right or wrong. However, her actual characterization is a woman who molds herself to match the various opinions of the men in her life. I liked the daughters, but I wish we had spent more time with them. Side characters are mostly under developed. 
I like the plot, thought maybe thats not the right word. The novel has less of a plot, than a series of events and experiences that happen through out Daniella and Eve's lives. 
While lacking in characterization, We Are All Good People was an enjoyable read.
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I loved this book!  After living in Atlanta for 30 years, this bought back so many places that I remembered.  The author could not had done a better job writing about that period of history in the South.  Kudos!
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I liked the premise for this novel but I could not read past the middle - it was not for me.  The characters and their actions were a turn-off and the storyline was too convoluted for me.  The descriptions of actions taken in the book were over the top, unappealing, and just not entertaining - just not a read for me.
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Two friends who meet as roommates in college. Both are interested in activism beginning in the early sixties. One goes to extremes while the other takes a more conservative approach in this politically charged novel that evolves into the legacy they introduce to their own daughters. The Civil Rights Movement, women's rights, drug culture and death row are touched upon as these women grapple with growing up. A few missteps including some unnecessary cruelty to animals. Otherwise, a sound novel.

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I was fascinated by the character development in this saga of two female friends from their college days in the early 60s and on through the social turbulence of the 70s and 80s.  Daniella is from a progressive academic family in the DC area while her roommate Eve is from a conservative, wealthy family in Atlanta.  From their arrival at a small prestigious college in Virginia we follow them overcoming their divergent backgrounds to become best friends.  In the midst of the sorority rush process, they both get disgusted by the system for perpetuating class privilege, and Eve gets radicalized over the oppression of the black maids in residence in the basement of the school’s dorms.  Together they transfer to Barnard College in New York, where they soon drift apart as Daniella pragmatically invests herself in academic achievement, marriage, and a law career and Eve pursues initially an escapist bohemian lifestyle and then a dedicated path of anti-war protest leading to violent activism in a group like the Weathermen.  

Something happens that puts Eve in trouble and brings Daniella to take risks to render her help, in the process reviving their friendship.  The story could have ended there as a sort of morality tale on the power of friendship to overcome the divisive and unjust forces in society.  Instead we get more depth and richness by following the metamorphoses of the two into the 80s.  It takes more lessons from their selfish mistakes for them to earn the reader’s respect.  They struggle hard in their child rearing practices to infuse their different values, but their children forge their own path, as their mothers did before them.

Reading this brought me some of the same pleasures I got from the Turkish author Shafak’s “Three Daughters of Eve”, with its comparable overlay of the parallel and intersecting lives of college friends over decades of political and moral schisms in society.  Its story of an interdependence and nourishment between women friends with outwardly conflicting goals and personalities also reminds me of Ferrante’s “My Brilliant Friend,” although not in the same class in terms of literary achievement.  The prose and artistry of unfolding the tale here are more mundane, but the pacing and drama in the storytelling were satisfying to me and far from manipulative melodrama.

This book was provided by the publisher for review through the Netgalley program.
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after the first two chapters I thought I was going to love this one, I always enjoy a trip back in time, sadly it became too political then just plain boring.  I felt no connection to the characters and the story felt almost preachy in tone. No thank you
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Eve and Daniella two best friends from different backgrounds. They become roommates at Belmont college in the year 1962. When the girls start to expand their awareness for the South’s systemic injustice and the Vietnam war, they both take very different paths. Eve turns into radicalism a cause Daniella cannot accept. Daniella becomes a lawyer and distant from Eve . When tragedy strikes reuniting the girls, they vow to never apart again. Fast Forward to the mid 1980’s Daniella and Eve’s daughters are in different worlds today then their mothers grew up in. But the secrets of the past are hard to keep hidden and could greatly affect their daughter’s future.

What a captivating story! I was hooked from page 1! It’s so hard to sum up what this book was about because it just so complex but easy to follow. It contained so much in such a short page amount. White has been able to recap years of history and friendship quickly but effectively. I felt that the characters were well developed and didn’t seem rushed. To me all characters were likable and unlikable, they were perfectly flawed!

 This book is about everything. It’s about radicalism, it’s about oppression, it’s about triumph, it’s about loss, it’s about winning. It’s about judgement and about forgiving, religion and atheism. It’s about #metoo and staying silent. It’s about feminism, it’s about patriarchy. It is about growing and maturing and accepting that sometimes we can’t force relationships, but we can surely try. It’s historical fiction, suspense, a thriller all wrapped up into a coming of age while being so presently relevant. Wow, everybody needs to give this book a try. It is what books should be. Non-polarizing, looking at both spectrums of the story. Looking at why people think the way they think and what causes them to think the way they do. What events in life make you feel strongly about a subject while others feel so strongly about others?  No two lives lead the same path. White allows you to see that. I give this one a solid 5/5!
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A sweet, multi-generational novel. This is being released at the perfect time as it’s too heavy to be a beach read, but not super heavy. I enjoyed reading this but found it mostly forgettable and unexceptional.
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Thank you to Netgalley and Susan Rebecca White for allowing me to read and review We Are All Good Peopl Here. I really enjoyed this book and will be recommending it!
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My Thoughts: I’m going to be honest, I was first drawn to We Are All Good People Here because of that fabulous cover! Then, the publisher’s synopsis drew me in with a story of a lifelong friendship between two women who meet in college in the 60’s. The promise of their stories moving forward and taking on issues of the era with one woman Eve, moving into radicalism, and the other, Daniella, in to more pragmatic ways of dealing with social injustice made this exactly my sort of book. I love the era, I love stories of friendship, and yet, somehow the whole thing just didn’t quite come together for me. I liked the story well enough to stay with it, but in the end I found it to be just a little too clichéd and the characters a little one-dimensional. This particularly became true in the second half of We Are All Good People Here. I’m know others have really enjoyed this book, but for me it was more of a miss than a hit. 

Note: I received a copy of this book from Atria Books (via NetGalley) in exchange for my honest review.
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Susan Rebecca White quite obviously did her research while writing We Are All Good People Here. Her use of historic events, social mores and changes and challenges make the story hold together well.  Her characters are not as layered as I would have liked, at times they seem more like observers than participants.  I was entertained by the novel,  it was very balanced, flowed evenly and logically.  I enjoyed spending time with her characters and their families. WAAGPH takes readers through over 30 years and reflects the actions and reactions of three generations. I think it might make a good book discussion selection, 3.5
I received my copy through NetGalley under no obligation.
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