4 out of 4 stars
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No one knows how much their next experience will change their life. Charlie Green, for one, had no idea. Entering into an Ivy League college as an 18-year-old virgin, Charlie is scared that he might never get to experience things, especially love. On his first day at Pennsylvania from New York, he visits Samson Street Oyster House on Miss Pettibone’s suggestion. Miss Pettibone thinks that Charlie will only get a few oysters and a pounding headache the next day. But brown-eyed, gentle Charlie Green gets a romance that changes his year in more ways than one. Paula, a smart and beautiful barmaid who men have always tripped over themselves for, may also be biting off more than she can chew. Both characters must feel their way through what proves to be a life-changing year.
As a hopeless romantic, Charlie’s character spoke to me. I love that the author was able to capture Charlie’s weirdness in a way that was ever so sweet and ever so human. Charlie’s awkward conversations with himself and abrupt way of revealing his feelings and vulnerability made me almost fall in love with him. How the author managed to make every other character distinct and fresh was beautiful. I felt Rose’s sense of wonder, Jee-Jee’s bubbly personality, and Paula’s sense of independence. When Angelina was stern and talked about the Dignidad, it made me want to be part of the Dignidad. The author’s character development was superb.
Bar Maid by Daniel Roberts is a story that is simplistic, dreamy, thought-provoking, and intense all at the same time. It is not just a wonderful love story, but it celebrates the arduous task that is finding oneself no matter how different one is. Misfits and dreamers will find Charlie relatable. This is a book for those that believe in great love stories and sacrifices that the characters make for each other. I loved that the author also included some adventure here. Readers will get transported to prominent sites in New York and will even go to France, making this book good for readers who like to travel through characters.
The author’s use of imagery was wonderful. It was great to see Charlie and Paula visit new places. But it was even better how the author wrote in such a way that I could vividly imagine the sights for myself. I have nothing to dislike about this book. I was very excited to read this book when I saw the cover, and I was not disappointed. The author used a third-person narrative style and a lot of dialogue. At first, I was not sure if I liked the dialogue because I believe that a book should use less dialogue and more narration since it is not a movie. But the author managed to make my reading experience seamless. I was never confused about who was talking.
I wholeheartedly rate this book 4 out of 4 stars. Bar Maid received exceptional editing, as I found no errors in the book. The chapters were organized properly, and there was no confusion in my reading experience. I loved everything about this book. There are, however, sexual scenes and profanity. Readers who enjoy romance and books with the theme of self-discovery will love this book. You will laugh, be bewildered, cry, and be delighted.
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