Thursday, February 5, 2009

Book Review: The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Societyis a book written almost entirely of letters. When Juliet Ashton receives a letter from a man she never met, asking about a book he owns, she never expected where that correspondence might lead. She is introduced, by letters, to various members of the Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, formed during the German occupation of the island Guernsey. Juliet, who was on the look out for ideas for a new book, thinks she just might have found the perfect subject.

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society (Random House Reader's Circle)

I absolutely loved this book. I am normally not a fan of stories told through letters, but Juliet's letters were so hilarious that I couldn't help but love them! The story unfolded smoothly and sometimes I forgot everything was written in letter form. The quirky characters she writes to and eventually meets are lovable and fun. I just really enjoyed this story and especially the humor all around.

s-factor: !@

Some, but not too many.

mrg-factor: none.

v-factor: ->
Some things Nazis perpetrated during the war.

Overall rating: ****


  1. I am a high school English teacher who reads and enjoys your reviews. I absolutely agree with your review of this book! It was a delight, highly readable and enjoyable. Thanks for the reviews.

  2. LOVED this book!!!
    (And I really like your rating system:D)

  3. Thanks for your very complimentary comments! I'm glad someone else enjoys content reviews :)

  4. i read this book this year too! it really reminded me of 84 Charing Cross Road at the beginning. have you read it already? yes, it's made up of letters, too, but it is also enjoyable.

  5. Penelope, I haven't read it yet, but had heard the connection. I should definitely look it up!


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