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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

The Imaginary Life...Review...DNF

About the book:
Meet Fortunata Fortuna, at a crossroads but ready to make her mark on the world.

What goes through your head when the person you love leaves you? What do you do with your life when you have to start it all over again? Do you make it up? Nata’s world fills with unanswered questions when Beto leaves her. But time doesn’t stop, and the stories that Nata begins to tell herself about her own life lead her to a place where everything becomes possible again. 

Original and contemporary, this debut novel, a finalist for the Planeta Prize, has the nerve center of a confessional and introduces readers to Fortunata Fortuna, a character the world won’t soon forget.

Nata's boyfriend has left her and all she does is wallow in her self pity. Her imagination is active as she imagines scenarios of meeting Beto again. The narrative is first person and quite erratic. At times you're not quite sure if it's still Nata's imagination or if it's now real life.

I found no redeeming qualities in Nata, I found no enjoyment in her story. Quite frankly, she came across as completely crazy.

I couldn't finish it. I tried. I've seen this book called quirky and fresh. I can agree with that assessment. It's definitely a book that you will either certainly enjoy or absolutely hate.

Mild profanity.

Thanks to TLC Book Tours and Netgalley for the opportunity to review this book.  You can learn more about Mara Torres here.  You can see other reviews and tour stops here. You can purchase your own copy here.

Monday, September 15th:  Annabel and Alice
Wednesday, September 17th:  BookNAround
Thursday, September 18th:  Bell, Book & Candle
Monday, September 22nd:  Back Porchervations
Wednesday, September 24th:  The Feminist Texican [Reads]
Thursday, September 25th:  Nightly Reading
Friday, September 26th:  Patricia’s Wisdom<
Monday, September 29th:  No More Grumpy Bookseller:
Tuesday, September 30th: Imaginative Minds
Wednesday, October 1st:  2 Kids and Tired Reviews
Monday, October 6th:  I’d Rather Be Reading at the Beach

Read 10/14

1/5 Stars


  1. Yikes! My tour date is coming up but I haven't started this yet since it's such a short book. Your review is the first I've read for it, and and now I'm not looking forward to it as much as I was. Sorry you didn't like it. Hopefully I will like it more than you did. It's awful when a book lets us down.

    1. I've seen very mixed reviews for this one. I'll be curious to see what you think of it.

  2. I'm sorry that this one wasn't your cup of tea, but thanks for being a part of the tour.