The Truth About Dandelions

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Mara isn't a slut; she just can't find what she wants. She wants to forget her mother's death, her father's hypocrisy, and the plane crash that follows her. As a child she couldn't understand why the grass never got cut, and now as she gropes her way through university life, all those weeds, those dandelions, have stayed with her, haunting her dreams. More

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Published by wolfonwater
Published: May 31, 2012
Words: 107,710
Language: English
ISBN: 9781476186337
About Hayley Linfield

Hayley Linfield’s writing has appeared in a variety of journals and magazines.


She currently lives in Goderich, Ontario with her husband, neurotic dog, and two rambunctious sons.

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Review by: Tonia N on Aug. 31, 2013 : star star star star star
I literally just finished reading this book and wanted to review it right away. I started this book 3 days ago and from the first chapter, i never wanted to put it down. Mara's character was so well developed I could actually feel her pain and torment. The author's ongoing switch from present to past was very well done and really added to the story's meaningfulness. I must say it's been quite some time since a book had such an impact on me. Don't skip over this one - it's a must read!
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Alida Lundqvist on Aug. 27, 2012 : star star star star star
A truly captivating story. Being a busy mother of small kids I don't often manage many pages before I fall asleep, but this book kept me awake. I had to find out how things would turn out for Mara and was curious to know why she was so damaged. A love story that is not so predictable and superficial as many chic lit novels are.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Alida Lundqvist on Aug. 27, 2012 : star star star star star
A truly captivating story. Being a busy mother of small kids I don't often manage many pages before I fall asleep, but this book kept me awake. I had to find out how things would turn out for Mara and was curious to know why she was so damaged. A love story that is not so predictable and superficial as many chic lit novels are.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Brian Linfield on July 28, 2012 : star star star star star
I just finished The Truth about Dandelions by Hayley Linfield (my niece). In my very biased opinion it is an excellent read. I found it a bit disturbing, not due to the explicit sex, but due to the events that influenced the life of the heroine. It has somewhat of the flavour of Tess of the D’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy (which plays a part in the book).
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Quill Driver on June 28, 2012 : star star star star star
A very modern love story and a compelling read.
The author takes you inside the world of the post university generation and makes you care about what happens in their lives.
The book is well written and I highly recommend it.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Hayley Linfield on June 26, 2012 : star star star star star
This is an author review so you can take it as you want, but I tried to write a fun yet edgy book, part chick lit, part literary and, I think, great for book clubs as there is a lot to discuss - sex, religion, feminism, literature, and philosophy. Have fun!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Julie Ciufo on June 19, 2012 : star star star star
I found it really hard to put this book down. It is an observant and well written book. I like the way that Linfield uses the themes of religion, and music throughout the book. The characters are believable and well developed. Even though the main character is so self destructive, she is still a very likeable character. I really enjoyed the love story between Jack and Mara.

My only negative about the book would be the second plane crash that happens. It didn't seem to fit somehow...

Overall, I think this is a very successful book and an interesting read. Linfield has a gift in creating quirky, likeable and believable characters. I would recommend this book!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

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