I Thirst

I Thirst Gina Marinello-Sweeney
  • Title: I Thirst
  • Author: Gina Marinello-Sweeney
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  • I Thirst Gina Marinello-Sweeney I Thirst 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
    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 unique family and eccentric best friend Adriana When she meets Peter, a young student fromWhen 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 unique family and eccentric 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 story 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 THIRST received the 2013 YATR Literary Award for Best Prologue.
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    About Gina Marinello-Sweeney


    1. Gina Marinello Sweeney has been writing ever since she was a little girl and turned her bedroom into a library, complete with due date slips and a check out stamp As her own stories were checked out by family and friends, she dreamed of a day in which her stories would be available in public libraries worldwide Her dream of publication came true in 2013 Gina is also an avid poet in both the English and Spanish languages In 2009, she was asked to present some original Spanish poems at an international literature conference in Costa Rica Although unable to attend this event, a presentation of the poems was well received at another scholarly event that same year Graduating summa cum laude, Gina completed a degree in liberal studies, an elementary school teaching credential, and a minor in Spanish Following the publication of I THIRST, she received the 2013 YATR Literary Award for Best Prologue In her spare time, she enjoys producing videos, going to the beach, reading, and traveling Gina lives in southern California, where she is at work on the sequel to I THIRST, as well as the first book in a fantasy series Visit ginamarinellosweeney for information Young Adult Teen Readers


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    1. 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 unique 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 t [...]

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    2. Please note This is NOT the author s review.A 5 star review by a fan of I THIRST InspiringReview 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 friends.And 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 [...]

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    3. 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 request 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 studen [...]

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    4. 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 it.When I s [...]

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    5. 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 quirky, 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 themselves.Gina s style of writing makes this a work [...]

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    6. 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 [...]

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    7. 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 [...]

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    8. I liked this book 3 stars on , 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 bo [...]

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    9. I stayed up far past my bedtime to read this book The writing and descriptions are beautifully poetic, and the characters are easy to relate to There is a wonderful mix of humor and depth within this novel something not easily achieved.Marinello Sweeney uses a variety of writing styles throughout, which could make the book disconnected and hard to follow but in this case it works well.Without giving spoilers, I ll simply say that I m not entirely satisfied with the end, only because I know there [...]

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    10. I Thirst is a masterfully told story about life, friendships, and being yourself Rebecca is a bubbly and passionate character and I was able to relate to events and thoughts that occurred to her Peter is a fictional character after my own heart He is sweet, kind, friendlyeverything a good person should be, but he still had his faults and hardships like any other person I am looking forward to the next installment into these two characters lives.

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    11. Zephyrs I didn t quite know what to think of the very crisp vocabulary mixed with simplistic, everyday dialog, but I soon was drawn in I don t know how I should feel about eavesdropping in on a 20 year old female college student s life, but I thoroughly enjoyed this multi layered story Bravo

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    12. I Thirst is a compelling page turner that will keep you guessing what is going to happen next The readers will find that the characters are very relateable and will see concept of true friendship I would highly recommend this book to anyone who loves a compelling story that leave you wanting .

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    13. I Thirst takes the reader on a journey, or rather, two journeys The overlapping story within the story offers a wonderful new style that is rarely seen in today s books Also the poetic descriptions and compelling storyline will surely grasp the attention of anyone.Beautifully written, masterfully told story.

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    14. A beautiful Catholic book This is the tale of two friends, each different from the crowds, but together united with a love of literature and with a strong Faith.

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    15. Beautiful and touching story It was well written, eloquent, and filled with beautiful imagery I look forward to reading from this new author

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    16. The sort of mystical style of story is very, very hard to do well I would say Gina Marinello Sweeney succeeded in combining that and an upbeat POV voice into a story that could ve so easily become precocious Rebecca s POV is especially fun for me because she sounds so much like me a few years ago I used to mix dated and modern phrasing until it drove everyone crazy An example from I Thirst Parting with such sweet sorrow, dude She seems a lot like me in a lot of ways so I immediately related to h [...]

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    17. Pretentious Pre ten tiousPri tenCH sadjective1tempting to impress by affecting greater importance, talent, culture, etc than is actually possessed.example This book is the textbook definition of pretentious.This book Editing would have saved this book, but it just didn t work There were so many issues within the first few pages and the main characters were weak throughout If you re going to try Brecht and thinly veiled metaphors, please use them with caution and without constant repetitive dialo [...]

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    18. 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 unique Catholic Young Adult novel from the delightfully quirky 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 sequel to his novel [...]

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    19. I loved the uniqueness of this story Every page was a delightful surprise, different from its predecessors Gina took so many disparate elements and made them easily flow together so that the whole story deftly delivered its themes in a constant motion that when at the end, looking back, you were amazed at the splendor of the simplicity that wrapped everything in its web.I have never seen anyone combine so many creative elements in one story, and produce such anenthralling narrative as Gina has.I [...]

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    20. This is a very good book Even though the metaphors and allegories were a little over my head, I could grasp the plot Rebecca and Adriana were relatable, and I know a lot of people like Chelsey I love Peter too, he was so sad but awesome D If you read the book, you ll get the emoticon.It has moral lessons such as forgiveness, with plenty of Catholic metaphors to read I also love Rebecca s pet It was so cute

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    21. I was excited as all get out to get a review copy of this book A young Catholic author writing for Young Adults Fantastic So I read the book And then read it again And this review is hard to write There is something to be said for that kind of knowledge that comes only with time That is, sometimes its best to let our best writing sit a bit and age like a good wine or cheese unearthing it later to taste and see what effect time has had on it.I Thirst is a novel consisting of three nested stories [...]

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    22. There were a number of things that I enjoyed in this book The emotion and profound reflections on life were two enjoyable takeaways from the book The numerous amount of peccadilloes and idiosyncrasies on Rebecca s part was also a delight However, it s the relationship between the two main characters, Peter and Rebecca, that serves as the glue that holds the book together Their relationship is actually quite thought provoking as it forces you to consider the pragmatism of platonic relationships o [...]

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    23. I have mixed feelings about this book I actually find it really hard to sit down and write a review I also took a long time to settle on a stars rating It was back and forth between 2 and 4 stars, finally settling on 3 The story within a story is always a risky plot twist And when the story within is being written by the main characters I would say even so And with part told in prose and part in verse it just feels like too much was attempted for a first book The plot gets so complicate the boo [...]

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    24. This book is an easy read, and its characters feel believable, solid and contemporary However, hardly anything happens The story focuses on Rebecca Veritas, with her family and best friends in orbit around her The main plot point occurs early when she meets Peter Asturian at mass Their growing friendship forms most of the rest of the book as they decide to write a book play called Intermission together, bits of which counterpoint Rebecca s story Even without the juxtaposition of Intermission The [...]

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    25. With a mystical blend of poetry and prose, Gina Marinello Sweeney s I Thirst is a one of a kind contemporary story Rebecca, the upbeat main character, filters the world and events of her life through a poetic screen that helps her appreciate, enjoy, bear, and grapple with the deeper meaning of things I enjoyed the natural way this character lived and grew in her faith and the distinctly Catholic elements of the story As the story advances, readers are taken into a play within a play within a sto [...]

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    26. I liked I Thirst very much, with it s poetic writing style and wonderful characters I could really identify with Rebecca, and I enjoyed spending time with her My one complaint was that there wasn t enough conflict There was some conflict, but there wasn t really a plot driving conflict I liked the characters so much that I enjoyed the book anyway, but it could have been improved by a interesting storyline I heard that there is going to be a sequel and I really look forward to it, and to any oth [...]

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    27. While I enjoyed the story at times it seemed a little disjointed and at least for me did not flow well The concept of the two main characters writing a book together although intriguing could have been better developed.

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