I once read a book that was over 17 feet long and yet, it only had 82 average size pages.
The concept and packaging is what makes this one stand out. You always hear that there are two stories to every relationship, his and hers in this case. What you never come across is a book that you read both sides of the story like The Thorn and the Blossom.
The pages are connected like a fan or an accordion, there are two covers and no spine, allowing you to just flip it over and read the other viewpoint. The experience was a bit freaky at first, didn’t know where to put my hands without the strong guidance of a spine provides. Once I got over that and got into the story, I couldn’t put it down because…I knew that if I kept reading, I was going to be able to fill in the bigger picture of the story.
The story itself was, somewhat forgettable. It wasn’t bad. It just wasn’t the world’s best love story. The magic of the book is the format; the utter uniqueness of the connected pages and novel (pun intended) concept of reading in two directions.
Of course, the novelty of it also makes it challenging to review. Introverted Jen did it much better than I did.
The Thorn and the Blossom by Theodora Goss
- Hardcover: 82 pages
- Publisher: Quirk Books (January 17, 2012)
- ISBN-10: 159474551X
- ISBN-13: 978-1594745515