I bought The Misinterpretation of Tara Jupp by Eva Rice for a pound. Quite frankly price was main reason for a purchase; price and fair amount of pages to read. I was not sure what to expect. I have never had a chance to read anything written by Eva Rice so it could be a nice surprise or a waste of money. I have heard about The Lost Art of Keeping Secrets but never had a chance to find time nor motivation to read it. I took The Misinterpretation of Tara Jupp to Majorca last year as something to read at the beach. Light hearted chick lit was all I needed.
Tara, a girl with a beautiful voice, is a country girl that becomes a star after being spotted and taken to London by the manager of a record label. How convenient. She is also the narrator of the story. It is worth mentioning that she describes events from the past so I did not feel much of a connection with present Tara.
Novel has three parts that are introducing various characters as well as their past. It helps to understand actions and decisions that each of the characters make.
In the first part the author introduces in details most important characters:
Tara is a main character that wants to be as pretty and self-assured as her older sister Lucy. Tara’s character is quite childish at the beginning of the story, yet still very likeable. When she grows up and starts her music career she is adorable and funny. Most of the time she has her sister Lucy at her side to support her.
Lucy is Tara’s beautiful and confident older sister. She is also partly taking over her mum’s role. Mainly the relationship between sisters is based on friendship. Lucy is admirable with her maturity as a young wife and a wilder side as a sister and a company to party.
Clumsy and shy Matilda becomes Lucy’s best friend in the first part of the novel. Matilda’s mother convinced Lucy to befriend her daughter as she found it hard to connect with people in her age. Matilda’s new best friend Lucy is the one to take her for nights out and to meet boys. There is also a bitter side of Matilda; she cannot forgive the boy she was interested, for loving someone else. This was the moment when I really started to enjoy the novel.
Second part is faster and more vibrant in comparison to the first part. Descriptions of Tara’s love to horses in first part are quite long and slow. Second part gives more inside into Tara’s move to London and her way to fame, as well as her love to Inigo and sexual relationship with Digby. Tara’s search for her true self and love is the most intense.
The last part is the shortest one and provides closure for all of the open motives.
Main character and Inigo Wallace have an on/off sort of relationship. He is her childhood crush, a boy she took something precious from. Overall I am not sure if it was her stubbornness or anything else that helped her to progress with this relationship. Quite frankly I think this motif is not as smooth as other motives. At some points I just felt that all of the character progress that Tara’s made was just one step forward while this motif took her two steps backwards.
Sexual relationship between Tara and Digby helps her to understand herself, desirers, and passions as well as show the wild side of the 1960s. I believe that it supposed to be a ‘liberating’ part. Bohemian London is a great choice for all of the above.
One of the main themes. Matilda for me is the most interesting character and an example of differences and bumps that friendship have to overcome. Clumsy and timid, befriended by girls out of pity at the beginning becomes even a bigger mess later on as the story develops. Yet sisters are still there for her.
I have to say that this novel was one of the most enjoyable I read last year. The Misinterpretation of Tara Jupp is not only about love. The novel gives a kaleidoscopic view over the characters and events, and I loved it.
It was very easy for me to forget what time it was while I was reading this witty novel. I just could not stop reading it. What I enjoyed was the descriptions of the life in the country with horses and big family, and the life in the 1960s London. I am looking forward to reading The Lost Art of Keeping Secrets. I think that this novel is worth it more than a pound.