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

I don’t want to be married just to be married. I can’t think of anything lonelier than spending the rest of my life with someone I can’t talk to, or worse, someone I can’t be silent with.

The year is 1946, the war was finally over and Juliet Ashton, a writer from London searching for a subject for her new book. To her surprise, she receives a letter from a man from Guernsey Island in the English Channel. Intrigued by his letter and his story about Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, Juliet and Dawsey Adams begin to correspondence about books and the life during WWII and soon form a friendship. The life of the people of Guernsey captivates Juliet so much so she totally neglects her boyfriend a successful and astonishing Mark and leaves London. In Guernsey, she finally meets the people she heard so much of from the letters and learns about island’s life during the German occupation. She discovers many heartbreaking and inspiring stories. But the one that fascinates Juliet the most is about a young woman Elizabeth who was extraordinarily brave and whose destiny kept no one indifferent. The longer Juliet stays in Guernsey and befriends with its citizens, the less she wanted to go back to her life in London, especially to Mark.

That’s what I love about reading: one tiny thing will interest you in a book, and that tiny thing will lead you to another book, and another bit there will lead you onto a third book. It’s geometrically progressive – all with no end in sight, and for no other reason than sheer enjoyment.

The novel is a collection of letters sent between Juliet and multiple different people. I was concerned about the format at first but it was actually amazing! I loved it! The writing was so fun! Juliet’s personality is another thing I adored; she was the best character to read about; hilarious, kind, smart and bubbly. The other characters were also great; Sidney, Dawsey, Elizabeth, Isola and everybody else who was mentioned in this book. Although the writing was easy and fun, there were some difficult moments about the WWII and the horrible things on both fronts.

This is the best book about books I’ve ever read. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society is the coolest book club. Where can I sign up? I like that books and why people find books special and helpful took an enormous part of the plot. Some people read for joy, for compassion, to get educated, to laugh, to cry, to relax, to get excited, to wake up, to find answers or to find even more questions. Besides the friendship between the members of the Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society was so heartwarming. I want to read this book again, this time very slowly just to process every word, letter, and punctuation mark.

What else can I say about the book that made me so happy while reading? I want to live in this book and be friends with Juliet and I don’t need the reality.

Rating:  5/5 and up to my favorites shelf.



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