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Love Among the Walnuts: or, How I Saved My…

Love Among the Walnuts: or, How I Saved My Family from Being Poisoned (1998)

by Jean Ferris

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I see this adorable modern fairy tale is thought of as a YA book. I personallly think teens & 20s are too cynical for it, or at least would want to think themselves too cynical. There are def. no vampires and it's pretty much Utopian, not Dystopian or post-ap. But 'tweens can read it for sure. And adults can read it in one sleepless night.

Btw, the mystery is the big hook on which the story is hung, but really what it's about is the power of love & friendship and the questions of sanity vs insanity & of engaging the world or indulging waldenlust*

*Waldenlust is a term one of [a:Gretchen Rubin|21246|Gretchen Rubin|http://photo.goodreads.com/authors/1252934548p2/21246.jpg]'s fans coined, as mentioned in [b:Happier at Home: Kiss More, Jump More, Abandon a Project, Read Samuel Johnson, and My Other Experiments in the Practice of Everyday Life|13414599|Happier at Home Kiss More, Jump More, Abandon a Project, Read Samuel Johnson, and My Other Experiments in the Practice of Everyday Life|Gretchen Rubin|http://photo.goodreads.com/books/1344014249s/13414599.jpg|18713712]. ( )
  Cheryl_in_CC_NV | Apr 14, 2015 |
Love among the Walnuts is a charming, amusing story, if not profound. It's shelved as a young adult novel in my library, and I loved it in high school, though I'm not quite as enthusiastic now. However, it does have fun characters, and while the plot isn't original, the highjinks are a little different. And like most non-drama stories taking place near a "loony bin" it's the loonies who really make the story. ( )
  MarieAlt | Mar 31, 2013 |
This was another one of my recent reads that had me underwhelmed. I wasn't a fan of the writing to begin with--I felt that it was trying much too hard to be whimsical and this was overly obvious. It gets better as the plot progresses, but the plot is pretty weak, predictable, and boring. I felt like it was in great need of plot twists and funny situations, instead of just ironically "funny" narration. Now, don't get me wrong, some of the whimsy was hilarious. The character's names were clever and really fun to track. I just don't know, though. If you're in the mood for whimsy, I would strongly recommend Ferris's other books, Once Upon A Marigold and Twice Upon a Marigold. This was more morbid, darker humor, reminding me a times of Pushing Daisies (but really not as funny). I just kept trying to look past the plot, theorizing that there'd be a twist in relation to the characters, the location, the mystery, whatever, and nothing really surfaced. I did enjoy watching the relationship between Sandy and Sunnie progress, but even that felt drastically drawn out (but maybe that's what made it so cute!). All in all, not the greatest book, but there are definitely worse.

Rating: 3/5 ( )
  Runa | Sep 3, 2009 |
Pretty good, kinda weird. Great characters and kooky and interesting plot lines. I enjoyed it while I was reading but it wasn't terribly compelling. Still, a nice little mindless break from some of the heavier reading I've been doing otherwise. ( )
  booksandbosox | Jan 18, 2009 |
I picked this up when my daughter had to read it for school, and what a pleasant surprise! It's one of the most charming books I've ever read.
  pioneercynthia | Sep 4, 2008 |
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To the memory of Jackie Dewey Everingham who named this book and who knew plenty about love.
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Once upon a time there was a very wealthy young man named Horatio Alger Huntington-Ackerman.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0141310995, Paperback)

Sandy Huntington-Ackerman didn't expect life to be a free ride (even though his parents are multimillionaires). He certainly didn't expect his two money-grubbing uncles to try to kill his family with a drugged birthday cake. Luckily for Sandy, the cake only sends his parents (and their pet chicken, Attila) into a coma. Along with a loyal butler and a wacky nurse from the asylum next door, Sandy is determined to bring the scoundrels to justice-if he's not the next to go! This "rollicking screwball-comedy of a story" (The Horn Book) is just right for fans of Holes and The Westing Game.

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Born and raised in isolation in a wealthy, eccentric family, Sandy is shocked when he, his parents, and their servants become victims of a vicious plot by his greedy uncles to incapacitate them and take their money.

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