Book Review – Give Me Your Answer True by Suanne Laqueur

by Maryse on December 2, 2015 · 28 comments

in My Book Reviews

Give Me Your Answer True (The Fish Tales Book 2)
This one was just as fantastic as #1 (just as BIG!!), and having a totally different perspective from book #1 made this story that much fuller. More complete. More real. More tragic. Allowed ALL of us to grow.

Marie:  I *love* watching people’s reactions when they read TMIL the first time. I say “first time” because it’s one of those books you keep going back to for your favorite parts. When you read GMYAT, you almost want to have both books open at the same time… Not that I ever did this. I’m posting for a friend. (cough)

Rosie: Yeah, I have a friend who might have read them side-by-side, too :)

Hayling: The second is just as beautiful. In terms of writing, it might actually be better. No sophomore slump, that’s for sure. I thought re-reading the college years from Daisy’s POV was fascinating. Suanne’s really careful to re-tell scenes only if you learn something new from them, or go deeper into a moment. And then in the…um….”Adele years”, it’s a totally different and new book. Can’t wait to hear your thoughts on it!

Maryse: The “Adele” years. YES!!!! PERFECTLY SAID. LOL!!! :P I’m so excited. The Adele songs come to life! :D

Suanne Laqueur, Author: Can I TELL you when Adele released “Hello,” I nearly passed out?!?!?

Maryse:  it’s the PERFECT song. It’s SO BIG, just like the book. LOL!!!

Michelle: The writing is so real. Feel like I’m sitting next to him , experiencing and seeing what he is. The writing reminds me a little of Making Faces. One of my all time favorites.

Maryse: They are saying this one’s even better. I’m gonna love it ’cause I love “being the girl”. LOL! :D

Sadie: Well I highlighted the first sentence if that gives us any indication

Suanne Laqueur, Author: True story: I wrote the first line last.

Sadie: i love that line. And so many others!  ”There he was. It was him.” *chills*

Suanne Laqueur, Author: God, I want to be like sitting in your lap while you’re reading. God, that’s wrong. I’ll just sit next to you. I’ll stand behind your chair and lurk over your shoulder, how about that?  (I’m going now)

Maryse: LOL!!! I just SAW these!! You are hilarious. You write heart wrenching, uncomfortable scenes and yet you are SO freaking funny!!!! :P

Sadie: I lost my freaking mind over this book the other day! maryse I need to tag you in my quote spree

But most of all, HER POV (this one) was SO needed. Gave us so much relief, but not before it gave us the ultimate heartache. I cried.

Daisy swallowed hard. She had never known such weary sadness. A despair that was hollow and decayed like a rotting tree.

The intensity of the emotions in this story? Incredible!!!!

P.S. Here is my review for book #1 (Book Review – The Man I Love by Suanne Laqueur), which was originally supposed to be the only book, but we got lucky!!! :D The author expanded their world into the one I HAD to live. By the end of book one, I was desperate to be her. You’ll see why.

If you haven’t read book #1 yet, I recommend you skip… or maybe skim this review lightly. I’m going to short form this as I need to tell you what I experienced, and not so much “what you’ll be reading”. Because what you will be reading, will affect you deeply if you don’t know what you’re getting into. Which is… real life.

Real life and real people (albeit a little “magical” in feel, due to this being a ballet troop, with all that theater beauty dusting the scenes with ballerina fairy dust ;) ), But this is mostly college life… and then adult life. Real love, real friends, real tragedy, real mistakes, real reactions, real consequences, real drama, real pain, real victory.

Stuff that some right here, if I dropped a few keywords, might shy away from. But don’t. It’s intense. It’s an experience. It’s unforgettable. This is an epic love story. Romance? I dunno… guess it depends on who you ask? Love story for sure!!

HEA? I dunno… well actually I do. ;) And it is SO worth the journey, no matter the outcome, but OMG the outcome was WOW!!!! Especially in THIS book.

*sigh* :)

While both books can absolutely be read as standalones, they also 100% compliment each other, as they are both from two different POVs, from both main characters. Both are equally as good as the other, these stories are best experienced going in blind. Even the blurb of the original book (in my option) gave something away (that YES!!! Was an absolute eye-catcher and would have made me want to read the book BECAUSE I wanted to go through what they went through), but going in blind meant I was sufficiently shocked. I didn’t see it coming and was able to experience this book that much more.

There are a few things that sufficiently shocked me in book #1, so to experience those things again, in book #2 (but from a totally different perspective)… well. Wow. Just… WOW!!! THIS kind of story, with this kind of “living” is what makes books with one event, but two POVs, worth reading.

“All right, honey. Don’t worry. It’s never as bad as you think.”

Ohhhhh yes, it was. :( *sniff sniff*

And lemme tell you, both POVs, while they reflect many of the same events, also have a TON of different “living” in them. Trust me on that.

And even during the “same scenes” the experience and thought process going on with both characters was SO different. Complementing or absolutely opposing but expanding upon, and exactly what you’d expect and want from two books focusing on a time period shared by two people. And not just that… this is one of those that spans years… and in years is growth, failure, love and loss, and still… that connection that ties them both. That ties them all.

So what’s it about?

Well… if you start with this one (and you can), it’s about students in college, in a theater major, with ballerinas (and ballerinos? LOL!! What do we call male ballet dancers, anyway?), that become friends as the sessions progress. Juniors and seniors and some that are up and comers and about to take the ballet world by storm. And some back stage technical “hands” that fall head over heels in love with some of ‘em.

“You smell like sugar and you’re the prettiest thing I’ve ever seen in my damn life and I don’t know why it makes me act like such an a**hole.”

Best friends, roommates, newcomers and teachers alike. They become an unstoppable team. Until something stops them ALL.

“…when she glanced up, she saw only a broken little brother. And in spite of her anger, it cracked her heart.

Oh at first the obvious is the only thing we’re thinking about. And even when it looks like all will work out… that which we didn’t even consider becomes from row and center as these “friends” cope as best as they can. Together.

A nervous twist in her stomach. A feeling this was the price she paid for something. But she couldn’t remember what.

And betrayal, absolute incredible heartache and self-loathing destroy them all. Or does it?

“I was bleeding, with scratches all up and down my back and my arms bruised with fingerprints. And my next thought should have been how terrible I looked. That it was horrifying. But no, I thought it made me look…complete. Balanced. I don’t know what I mean.”

“Like your outsides finally matched your insides?”

Daisy closed her mouth up in a hand and nodded through tears.

OMG WOWWWWW!!! That scene… that realization. That personal, agonizing truth.

“I don’t understand. Who has he become?”

A sweet boy with a bitter palate, Daisy thought.

AND THAT, my friends, is the journey. This is no sweet candy “fluff” read, all wrapped up in a bow. No matter how exquisitely written, this gets ugly.

You have to be all right. Don’t scream. The men you love cannot bear it.

If you can’t be it, act it. 

Scream inside. Smile outside.

This gets destructive. This gets uncomfortable. And despite it all, this is SO beautiful.

“It matters. Deeply. But you can let your sorrow accompany you on the road of life without letting it be the road itself.”

OMG I almost feel like THAT quote is the key (or at least one of the BIGGEST <— ;) ) keys to life, right there. An epiphany. Perfection.

While I think I liked it even better than #1, I did find it to drag a bit in the last third (I can’t say exactly what, due to spoilers of the experience as a whole), but none of that matters in the long run.

Her tentative joy was studded with the sharp edges of broken glass and her dreams began to twinkle with it.

GAH!!! The writing is so beautiful!!! It’s a love story that I won’t soon forget, and #3 will be coming out shortly. Even though neither book ends on a cliffhanger (so you won’t be furious upon finishing) ;) , I just love these characters, and I can’t wait for more.

4.5 stars for this one too!

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{ 28 comments… read them below or add one }

Sadie December 2, 2015 at 9:13 PM

Great review, Maryse. I love the quotes you chose and I’ve had a hard time moving on to other books. The writing is just awesome. I can’t wait for book 3.

Maryse December 2, 2015 at 9:15 PM

Me either!!! ‘Cause you TOTALLY know where we are going with that one.

*sigh*

YAY US!!! :D

Sadie December 2, 2015 at 9:35 PM

Like this?? Sigh.
“..she reached invisible hands to try him on. And found the warm jacket of his simplest self fit her perfectly. She pulled it close around her shoulders, drew her hair out from beneath its collar. “I like you,” she whispered, lost in his eyes. You fit me, she thought.”

Maryse December 2, 2015 at 9:45 PM

Oh yessssssss.

OMG YES!!!!!

Maryse December 2, 2015 at 9:45 PM

MORE!! :D

Suanne Laqueur December 2, 2015 at 9:54 PM

Thank you for coming back to me!
<3 <3 <3 <3

Maryse December 2, 2015 at 9:56 PM

I will ALWAYS come back to you Suanne. You ‘n me are like Erik and Dais. ;)

Maryse December 2, 2015 at 9:56 PM

But without all the… well. You know. BIG. LOL!!!! :P

Maryse December 2, 2015 at 9:58 PM

OMG OMG OMG!!! I TOTALLY saw Mary Steenburgen as Rita, too. WOW!!!!! I love your Pinterest!

https://www.pinterest.com/slaqueur/give-me-your-answer-true-sights-sounds/

Sadie December 2, 2015 at 9:59 PM

I also love: “Her heart ached with revelation. Looking at him, she felt an assembly within her body. As if she had lived up until this minute in four or five distinct pieces, each complete and content. But disconnected from the others. Now the pieces joined with a satisfying shift and click. Here. Next to here. And this fit here. Yes.”

Maryse December 2, 2015 at 10:04 PM

Ahhhhhhh simple perfection.

It’s as if she’s a writing genius.

Suanne Laqueur December 2, 2015 at 10:05 PM

You may have noticed I shamelessly plug Philip Pullman’s “The Golden Compass” in GMYAT. Maryse, please tell me you’ve read it? Or you have plans to? Please don’t die without reading it.

Sadie December 2, 2015 at 10:10 PM

Adding it!

Maryse December 2, 2015 at 10:13 PM

I haven’t *shamefaced* but I will read it. I did LOVE that part, and how he sent her book #2 and she was so excited to have that to read also.

YES YES I have to read it.

bev December 2, 2015 at 10:16 PM

Key words and a love story.
Hmm or uh-oh, lol.

Suanne Laqueur December 2, 2015 at 10:21 PM

OMG, The Golden Compass and the rest of His Dark Materials (Subtle Knife, Amber Spyglass) is seriously some of the most beautiful writing I’ve ever read. I re-read them every year. They’re so beautiful and I really am offended that daemons don’t exist in real life. Seriously, why is this not a thing??

Maryse December 2, 2015 at 10:49 PM

I love that idea…

Maryse December 2, 2015 at 10:49 PM

bev… just trust me. ;)

Tee hee!! No do it. Trust me.

Cheryl December 2, 2015 at 11:01 PM

There’s a book 3?! GAH! When?

Maryse December 2, 2015 at 11:14 PM

I think January but NONE of these books end on a cliffhanger…

That said, book #3 will suit my needs. :D

Andee December 2, 2015 at 11:25 PM

Maryse – loved your reviews! I just finished reading both books too and I’m anxiously tapping my fingers for book 3. These are by far favorites of mine this year (5 stars each for me)! Dais & Eric were just… Ahh… BIG (that’s totally the right word). The depictions of their struggles in the years following their trauma were so real, especially the story-telling in the initial therapy sessions and then the digging! I’ve done some digging in my life, and I find that it definitely helps with the acceptance phase, especially because it can bring some sort of sense to absolute nonsense in this world.

Suanna – Awesome! Beautiful! Gut-wrenching! Emotion evoking! Real! I couldn’t stop reading and wanted to keep reading when they were over. Cannot wait for book 3!! I immediately picked up The Golden Compass as I was intrigued after reading that section in GMYAT. :) Thank you for these wonderful stories!

Andee December 2, 2015 at 11:26 PM

Sorry – Suanne** :)

Celeste December 3, 2015 at 4:43 AM

YES to all of the above. I lost myself in these two books. I think I enjoyed GMYAT a bit more just because of all we learned about everyone. There was amazing character development, and when I finished I had a moment of, “Oh, right. These people don’t actually exist.” I love it when that happens.

I loved the writing, the characters, pretty much everything. Thanks again, Maryse, for reviewing these. I don’t think I’d have found The Man I Love on my own.

Suanne Laqueur December 3, 2015 at 8:32 AM

Andee, thank you so so much for giving my stories a home :-)

Here to Stay will be released on January 14. I just ordered the first print proofs which is always exciting. I get to hold the baby!!

Unfortunately I can’t do pre-orders with this one so it doesn’t have an Amazon listing yet, but you can read about it on Goodreads along with some early ARC reviews: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/27320582-here-to-stay

Jean December 3, 2015 at 10:24 AM

Sounds like I need to totally prepare myself for these books! But I’m in! Moving them up on my list!

marina December 3, 2015 at 1:31 PM

So looking forward to reading these!!!

carol December 10, 2015 at 7:56 AM

OMG! I did not know there was a third one coming out!!! YAY!!!

Lisa S January 21, 2016 at 9:18 PM

Wow, just wow…I finished reading the third and final of this series “Here to Stay” a couple of days ago and I’m having major post-series depression :-( Suanne, your story-telling and writing is so eloquent. I’ve never before felt so in-tuned with literary characters. In the first two books, I longed for the love and bond of the two main characters, and in the final book, it was the bond of their foursome friendships! Just beautiful!! I hope to read more from you in the near future…I’m officially stalking your page.

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