And We're Off by Dana Schwartz

And We're Off

Seventeen-year-old Nora Holmes is an artist, a painter from the moment she could hold a brush. She inherited the skill from her grandfather, Robert, who's always nurtured Nora's talent and encouraged her to follow her passion. Still, Nora is shocked and elated when Robert offers her a gift: an all-expenses-paid summer trip to Europe to immerse herself in the craft and to s...

Title:And We're Off
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ISBN:0448493810
Edition Language:English
Number of Pages:288 pages

And We're Off Reviews

  • Katerina Kondrenko

    This was actually pretty good read. No happy-endings, no bad-endings. Just life.

    RTC.

  • Janetmanley

    Funny and spent an admirable amount of time describing pastries

  • Lightrainbow

    Мой отзыв и оценка не будут объективны, учитывая, сколько времени я провела с этой книгой, пропуская через себя каждое слово и эмоцию. И ни капли об этом не жалею. Я безумно рада, что именно она попала в мои руки и очень вовремя! Не знаю, что это: совпадение или судьба, но я не верю в случайности.)) Мне, как художнику невероятно близка героиня, ее переживания, проблемы, поиски. Во многом (касаемо творчества) наши истории похожи, несмотря на разницу в возрасте. Но я часто ловила себя на мысли, чт

    Мой отзыв и оценка не будут объективны, учитывая, сколько времени я провела с этой книгой, пропуская через себя каждое слово и эмоцию. И ни капли об этом не жалею. Я безумно рада, что именно она попала в мои руки и очень вовремя! Не знаю, что это: совпадение или судьба, но я не верю в случайности.)) Мне, как художнику невероятно близка героиня, ее переживания, проблемы, поиски. Во многом (касаемо творчества) наши истории похожи, несмотря на разницу в возрасте. Но я часто ловила себя на мысли, что вижу в героине себя.

    История написана легко, интересно, насыщенно (объем у книги небольшой, но у меня сложилось впечатление, что за это время столько всего произошло) и с замечательным юмором. Бывает, что в книгах попадается юмор какой-то неуместный, несмешной, с претензией на сарказм. Но это не тот случай, мне действительно было смешно, мне понравилась самоирония героини, которую хочется отметить отдельно. Здесь есть над чем посмеяться, над чем поплакать, над чем подумать - по-моему отличный симбиоз. Очень реалистичная и жизненная история, в нее веришь, в ней нет каких-то притянутых за уши вещей.

    Возможно, исполнение неидеально, есть шероховатости, какие-то недоработки, но мне это не помешало, я закрыла на них глаза, потому что сама история мне все это компенсировала с лихвой.

  • Marochka

    Если честно, книга мне понравилась не слишком сильно, хотя я очень ее хотела, и поначалу была просто в восторге.

    Но сюжет оказался совсем не таким, как я думала и какой хотела.

    Я поняла мораль этой книги, поняла, чему она должна научить читателя. Но мне было невыносимо читать про девушку, которая недовольна буквально всем.

    Да, я понимаю, ей семнадцать и ей испортили поездку (как мне испортили книгу, потому что, хотя я и люблю «семейные истории», здесь я ждала совсем другого), но она же все равно пу

    Если честно, книга мне понравилась не слишком сильно, хотя я очень ее хотела, и поначалу была просто в восторге.

    Но сюжет оказался совсем не таким, как я думала и какой хотела.

    Я поняла мораль этой книги, поняла, чему она должна научить читателя. Но мне было невыносимо читать про девушку, которая недовольна буквально всем.

    Да, я понимаю, ей семнадцать и ей испортили поездку (как мне испортили книгу, потому что, хотя я и люблю «семейные истории», здесь я ждала совсем другого), но она же все равно путешествует по миру, погружается в культуру новых стран. Как может не нравиться при этом буквально все?

    У меня огромный опыт в путешествиях по Европе, и да, я знаю, что там далеко не все происходит так, как запланировал. Да, бывает, что ты в каком-то городе, в который приехал ради, например, определенного музея, на один день, и именно в этот день он закрыт... Обидно, не спорю.

    Я, например, была в Лондоне, но мне не хватило билетов на тур «Гарри Поттера». Так что я понимаю, что чувствовала героиня, не попав туда, куда хотела. Но это не значит, что я разочаровалась в поездке, я была в диком восторге от всего остального.

    Если бы у меня сейчас была возможность вырваться хоть куда, я бы ни за что не стала ныть и «звереть», как героиня, как бы мне ни портили поездку (посмотрела бы я на нее, если бы все ее вещи перед поездкой в Лондон потеряли в аэропорту, как было у меня, вот это бы реально испортило настроение, а не то, из-за чего она всю дорогу ныла и чем была недовольна).

    Да, согласна, в Брюсселе особенно некуда пойти и нечего смотреть, но при этом я не ругаю последними словами Бельгию, как это делает героиня. Мне понравилось, как, например, когда я зашла в один из тысячи магазинчиков с шоколадом, о которых недовольно говорила героиня («Для кого они вообще?»), там играла русская песня. Мне понравилась атмосфера. И пусть Бельгия из всех стран, где я была, мне показалась действительно наименее интересной, в отличие от автора я никогда не назову её «недоразумением».

    Романтическая линия вообще какая-то убогая. Т.к. книга короткая, автор толком не смог все прописать (вообще почти ничего не смог прописать, кроме нытья героини). Я не ждала любви до гроба, но вот то, что тут было, это как раз «недоразумение» (а вовсе не Бельгия).

    Конец логичный и, вроде как, должен научить читателя следовать за своей мечтой, любить своих близких, но я, если честно, 5 раз перепроверила, не обрывается ли у меня книга где-то на середине, потому что… как-то слишком внезапно она кончилась.

    В общем, я так много ждала от книги, что она оказалась для меня сплошным разочарованием. А все так замечательно начиналось… А остались одни негативные эмоции от недовольства героини буквально всем на свете.

  • Jessica

    Fun summer read about a budding artist trying to spend a summer being artsy and independent, but being thwarted by her mom tagging along. All the characters felt very authentic, the dialogue was very real, and I loved that. Nora, the main character, had a lot of problems, but they were all also very realistic and I never felt like they were made up to make her more interesting or layered. Her parents are divorced, and neither she nor her mom are really deal well with it. Her best friend is datin

    Fun summer read about a budding artist trying to spend a summer being artsy and independent, but being thwarted by her mom tagging along. All the characters felt very authentic, the dialogue was very real, and I loved that. Nora, the main character, had a lot of problems, but they were all also very realistic and I never felt like they were made up to make her more interesting or layered. Her parents are divorced, and neither she nor her mom are really deal well with it. Her best friend is dating a guy without realizing that Nora has sort of a Past with that guy- should she tell her friend? Then there's the issue of if she's good enough to be a real artist, a fear everyone has about a talent they want to pursue. Some things are resolved, some are not, because real life is like that.

    It reminded me very much of an early Maureen Johnson book- 13 Little Blue Envelopes, say. Or Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins. So a very fun option for a beach read!

  • TL

    I received this via GoodReads Giveaways in an exchange for my honest review. All my opinions are my own.

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    Writing 3.5 stars

    Characters - 3.5 stars

    Plot 3 stars

    (Where's the half-stars??? ;-P)

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    Right away I liked Nora for being a fellow fangirl... her drawings sound like something I would have loved to have if I could cough up the spare cash for a print in a fancy or semi-fancy frame. And the fact that she wasn't a prodigy when it came to Art and still had doubts about herself and still persever

    I received this via GoodReads Giveaways in an exchange for my honest review. All my opinions are my own.

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    Writing 3.5 stars

    Characters - 3.5 stars

    Plot 3 stars

    (Where's the half-stars??? ;-P)

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    Right away I liked Nora for being a fellow fangirl... her drawings sound like something I would have loved to have if I could cough up the spare cash for a print in a fancy or semi-fancy frame. And the fact that she wasn't a prodigy when it came to Art and still had doubts about herself and still persevering? Awesome :) And

    This is one of those compulsively readable books perfect for a hot or rainy day... even one where you are feeling rundown/ill and just escape for a bit into someone else's life.

    I remember flying in 2004 to visit a friend in California (since lost touch with, her number and address kept changing and eventually, we faded from each other's lives... met over fanfiction for a favorite show back then funnily enough) and thinking I was brave for going by myself to the other side of the country. Not sure if I would have been as gutsy/brave as Nora for planning to travel on her own to a whole other set of COUNTRIES at that age (that makes me sound old haha).

    At first, her mom's attitude to her daughter's art had me growling a bit but as the story unfolds, you get a glimpse into what is going on with her and it's a bit deeper than what the surface shows (only one thing I guessed right). It had me wanting to give her a big hug and some hot chocolate.

    Nora does comes across as immature at times and it had me wanting to smack some sense into her (or GibbsGlare)

    It was nice to that her mom was present in the story and the ups and downs not portrayed as something unrealistic. It was, well fun isn't the right word but we'll go with it for now, to watch their relationship unfold and have its good/bad moments.

    The side characters in here make sometimes-brief appearances but they never did feel like throwaway characters... each had their own vitality and purpose to the story.

    Callum was a nice boy and I did love his character but couldn't fully get behind the 'vacation/trip romance' between them. Nothing wrong with it, perfectly well done and very cute at times... I just couldn't connect with it (maybe the asexual part of me? *shrugs*).

    The artist's colony sounded like a dream :)

    It wasn't a very deep novel but it did have some wonderful 'grounding' moments that had me smiling.

    I do wish some things had been expanded upon throughout the story and the epilogue didn't feel like quite enough after everything that had gone on (it was sweet but felt more like a regular chapter than an epilogue proper)

    Cons? Not many issues really than what I stated above, and it didn't deter my reading experience any. For a food equivalent... I would say this a ice-cold slushie and delicious funnel cake or ice cream for me, hits the spot at this moment.

    Hmm... that came out better in my head. Aah well

    A worthwhile read, something light and fun to take your mind off real life for a day or two.

    Happy reading!

  • Book of the Month

    The story of an all-expenses paid summer trip to Europe could be the pinnacle of the kind of escapist beach read that spreads a little ray of sunshine upon readers any time of year they choose to pick it up. Book of the Month judge Dana Schwartz makes her YA fiction debut with her signature wit and plenty of voice, following the highs and lows of a mother/daughter team making their way across the Continent. As bubbly and fun as a glass of champagne, And We’re Off is sure to quench your thirst fo

    The story of an all-expenses paid summer trip to Europe could be the pinnacle of the kind of escapist beach read that spreads a little ray of sunshine upon readers any time of year they choose to pick it up. Book of the Month judge Dana Schwartz makes her YA fiction debut with her signature wit and plenty of voice, following the highs and lows of a mother/daughter team making their way across the Continent. As bubbly and fun as a glass of champagne, And We’re Off is sure to quench your thirst for adventure.

    — Book of the Month

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  • Cait • A Page with a View

    There were elements I absolutely loved, but the story itself kind of fell short for me. It would still make a good short summer read if you like anything set in Ireland, though!

    Nora is a typical upper middle class suburban teen who's leaving for a summer trip to Europe where she'll study in an elite Irish art program. Right before she leaves her mom asks if she can come with and spend some time getting to know Nora better before (its that typical situation of Nora wants to go to school for art b

    There were elements I absolutely loved, but the story itself kind of fell short for me. It would still make a good short summer read if you like anything set in Ireland, though!

    Nora is a typical upper middle class suburban teen who's leaving for a summer trip to Europe where she'll study in an elite Irish art program. Right before she leaves her mom asks if she can come with and spend some time getting to know Nora better before (its that typical situation of Nora wants to go to school for art but the mom "doesn't support her dreams"). Nora's plans of independent travel and meeting cute guys are trashed as she has to sulk around Paris while yelling at her mom for crashing her trip.

    Nora was thoroughly unpleasant about her mother for most of the book (even while writing letters to her friend back home) and I just felt really bad for a mom that would have such a selfish daughter. In the second half of the story Nora goes to the art program, meets a cute guy, goes to a party, and... a lot of things happened but nothing really

    . I was kind of expecting Nora to bond with her mom or find herself or... anything that would strengthen either character or give the story a point.

    Basically, there's a LOT of potential in this book but hardly anything is followed through all the way. There are a lot of different plot threads about how her Grandpa is a famous artist, he's sending her on missions to do things in various cities (that was brief), Nora's parents are recently divorced, her mom is lonely, her dad remarried, Nora's best friend is now dating her ex-boyfriend, Nora's not over her ex-boyfriend, she draws fan art for Tumblr, etc. And all of these different ideas sort of fit together under the umbrella of the story's overall

    , but there still wasn't much substance or connection in the end.

    The writing did sound like a very realistic teen, though, so that was great! But I just wish at least one plot point had had some depth and resolution I could care about.

    We've just seen it all done before (and better), so there's really no reason I'd recommend seeking this out over any other book. But I DO like Ireland and travel stories in general, so it was fine! It's an average read.

    Thank you to the publisher for sending me an ARC.

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