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Tully (1994)

by Paullina Simons

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The astonishing debut novel from international number one bestselling author Paullina Simons Tully Makker is a tough young woman from the wrong side of the tracks and she is not always easy to like. But if Tully gives friendship and loyalty, she gives them for good, and she forms an enduring bond with Jennifer and Julie, schoolfriends from very different backgrounds. As they grow into the world of the seventies and eighties, the lives of the three best friends are changed forever by two young men, Robin and Jack, and a tragedy which engulfs them all. Against the odds, Tully emerges into young womanhood, marriage, and a career. At last Tully Makker has life under control. And then life strikes back in the most unexpected way of all . . .… (more)
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DNF. Made it 18 pages. I gave up at the slut-shaming scene between a mother (the shamer) and daughter (the "slut"Ł). Don't have the patience or heart to spend my reading time on something so awful.
Also, I was getting annoyed with all the "Said Tully... Tully said... Jen said... said Jen"├é┬Ł
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  ilkjen | Jan 21, 2022 |
Loved this book but I am on the fence with my feelings about the main character of Tully. Her early life is such a tragedy and it shapes most everything in her life as an adult. While I have tons of sympathy for her, I absolutely hated some of the decisions she made. Things she did she knew better than to do them, yet she did them anyway. I know that young adults have not been in the world long enough to always make the wisest of choices; however, Tully was just out of control. She made her own bed and now she has to suffer the consequences.

I also wanted to shake Robin. He is such a good guy (most of the time) however his failure to communicate only made a bad situation worse. They both needed counseling. Things would have been so much different it they had gotten counseling.

In short, good book and great character development. Just be prepared to have a love hate relationship with some of them. In addition, this is a great book for discussion. So much to talk about you could write a thesis, or two, about the various topics. The effects of child abuse on adults alone is a subject that you could spend an entire lifetime of study. ( )
  purpledog | Mar 18, 2021 |
I loved this book! It was one of those that I didn't want to end. ( )
  Weezer41 | Dec 30, 2020 |
I didn't really enjoy this book yet found I had to see how it ended. The main character is unlikable and is consistently making and remaking the same mistakes. Yes she had a difficult childhood and is emotionally scarred but it is no excuse for how she treats those who do care about her. She is full of self pity and never gets past this. I guess I had hoped for a happy transformation ending yet the conclusion was unremarkable. ( )
  Whitneyadela | Jul 4, 2015 |
Revision 31/05/2014

Hace poco lei una rese├▒a sobre la adaptacion cinematografica de la novela DIVERGENT donde se sostenia : "(DIvergent) es entretenida , si podes olvidar lo que esta diciendo"

Creo que no hay mejor frase para explicar lo que yo siento con los libros de SImons -- en especial con Tully (bah todos , en realidad ) . Me gustan , son entretenidos , a veces hasta me emocionan ... pero , ojo! , siempre y cuando puedo dejar de lado la intencion de la autora al escibirlo ; es decir , me gustan muchisimo mas si me hago la boluda y no veo los mensajes escondidos , las "moralejas" y la ideas ultraderechistas (como en EL JINETE DE BRONCE ... muy mal ahi la autora , muy muy mal) .

(Obvio que para hacerme la tonta , la historia tiene que ofrecerme algo profundo , una historia de amor digna o situacion de familia, de tension , de misterio muuuuy atrapante y en donde no inflluyan las creencias de su autor .)

Tully no es su novela mas ofensiva , mas si tiene muchisimas fallas . Y , a pesar de que la primera vez que la lei , la ame - hoy no me pasa precisamente lo mismo ....

Rese├▒a Original 31/07/2012


Todav├Ča me cuesta creer que la autora que cre├▓ a Alexander Barrington sea la misma que en este libro me regal├▓ a Jack Pendell , a Robin DeMarco y ,m├ás que nada , a la enigm├ática (aunque en el fondo ,no tanto) TULLY .

El libro empieza con una amistad : con Tully , Jennifer y Julie , las tres de diecisiete a├▒os . En el exterior son chicas normales : una bailarina , otra porrista y la otra , indecisa .

Pero , obviamente , nada es lo que parece .

Corre finales de los '70 ,la ├Ępoca de "El Francotirador" y de Pink Floyd (ambos mencionados muchas veces en el libro , sobre todo una escena triste en que Tully observa con cierto temor a su amiga Jenny y le dice de lejos : "As├Č que piensas ... Piensas que puedes distinguir el cielo del infierno , los cielos celestes de la lluvia?).

Tully quiere irse a la mierda . Odia a su madre golpeadora , odia su ciudad , su casa . Le molesta todo menos Jenny .

Jenny , en cambio , tiene vida nom├ás para Jack Pendell , el gran amor imposible de su vida . Sin embargo , Jack vive para si mismo . Jenny tambi├Ęn quiere irse ... para seguir a Jack .

Y as├Č empieza este libro . Con una amistad inquebrantable y dolor . Mucho dolor y angustia . Toda la angustia junta en doce a├▒os en los que se mezclan amores y matrimonios infelices . Tully y las ganas de irse a la mierda , siempre . Ganas tan terribles que no ve lo que existe y gira cerca suyo .

Los amores de Tully son mucho m├ás que amores , son de la clase realista que te deja un sabor amargo y una tristeza incomprensible cuando termin├ás de leerla. Algo as├Č como F.Scott Fitzgerald sin Hollywood .
Excelente. ( )
  LaMala | Jun 7, 2015 |
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The astonishing debut novel from international number one bestselling author Paullina Simons Tully Makker is a tough young woman from the wrong side of the tracks and she is not always easy to like. But if Tully gives friendship and loyalty, she gives them for good, and she forms an enduring bond with Jennifer and Julie, schoolfriends from very different backgrounds. As they grow into the world of the seventies and eighties, the lives of the three best friends are changed forever by two young men, Robin and Jack, and a tragedy which engulfs them all. Against the odds, Tully emerges into young womanhood, marriage, and a career. At last Tully Makker has life under control. And then life strikes back in the most unexpected way of all . . .

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