Innocence by Kathleen Tessaro


Some dreams never die.It's 1986 and eighteen-year-old Evie dreams of being an actress. Leaving her hometown of Eden, Ohio, for the first time, she's heading to London to study drama. Together with fellow students Imogene (a born-again Laura Ashley poster child and frustrated virgin) and Robbie (a native New Yorker, budding bohemian, and very much not a virgin), Evie's flung into a thrilling new world: a world illuminated by the glamorous, outrage...

Details Innocence

Release DateNov 21st, 2017
PublisherHarper Paperbacks
GenreWomens Fiction, Chick Lit, Fiction, Romance, Adult, Contemporary

Reviews Innocence

  • Laura
    Wow. I just finished this, and just have to say wow. The description on the back of this book does not do it justice. And I don't get the cover, or the little line at the bottom. Ignore all that. This book is about growing up and maturing, but not in some trite way. It's the real, ugly, beautiful, wonderful, uncomfortable, happy, sad, story of growing up. The one we all go through. It ends with Evie making her happiness, but she had to learn how....
  • Stacy
    The story started quite promising - woman in her early thirties teaching night reading classes. Then we get a glimpse on her youth dreams of becoming an actress, leaving home in America, coming to London, meeting Robbie. Then appears Evie (the protagonist) has a son, Alex. Then it is youth love story between Evie and Jake, then Robbie's ghost appears, then, then, then...It seemed pages of totally different and sometimes unconnected events put on ...
  • Samiha Azim
    1)Evie is a sap, no personality or drive. Why on earth was she trying to be a stage actress? By the end, I didn’t really know anything about her personality and the insta-love with Jake was eye-roll worthy2)Evie and Jake’s relationship was so reminiscent of the relationships portrayed in many ‘New Adult Novels’; rushed, possessive and slightly abusive with a mix of the ‘good girl falls for bad guy’ trope.3)I didn’t feel like the boo...
  • Anika
    Do you ever read a book and wish that the author had written down what she wanted the book to be about before she started, and then stuck to it? That's what I wish with this book. It starts out promisingly - a woman in her thirties is haunted by her exciting college friend, who seems to be there to tell her of something she has missed in her life, alternating with chapters about them in college. And yet, this becomes almost an afterthought. Is th...
  • Emilyandherlittlepinknotes
    Kathleen Tessaro writes what I refer to as chic-lit, so far she published three novels, I read the first two Elegance and Innocence, I liked them both. Innocence has one of my favourite cover in the whole chic-lit department.The guardian refers to Innocence as ‘A wonderful tale of lust, love, life and redemption.‘I enjoy romantic novels that keep me on the edge, Tessaro style is ultra smart and very edgy.Narration is organized on a double lev...
  • Katie
    I really enjoy Tessaro's clean story-telling and flow of words. I also have to say that although you "shouldn't judge a book by its cover", her covers are always simple yet intriguing.This novel had an intricate time table, jumping between past and present from chapter to chapter. Even when you discovered a new secret from Evie's life, Tessaro was able to keep you hanging on until something new was discovered. A delightful book about how the peop...
  • Bloodorange
    I could not put it down, but somehow it feels strangely forgettable compared to The Debutante - maybe because it was so upliftingly inspirational. It was dark, but a bit forcedly so, apart from Robbie. Robbie was well-written, and puzzling, and raw, and I feel she got a rotten deal being a ghost (literally) in someone's story rather than a protagonist in her own.
  • Michelle
    This book felt a bit confused. Was it a romance? Was it a ghost story? Was it a 'coming of age'? A book can cross many genres, but it needs to be clear about its intent, and to be strong. This one, for me, wasn't. None of the threads and themes rang true, and strayed into cliché territory too often for me.
  • Deborah Hill
    I started it but didn't finish. It was a really well written story with vivid characters but I just couldn't sit through watching them make one bad decision after another. That and I could not identify with any of them. Maybe I'll try it again later when I'm in a different reading mood.
  • Salma
    I always enjoy reading for Kathleen, her writing is quite intriguing and expressive. The story-line wasn't as catchy as perhaps 'The Flirt', however the amount of emotion put through the main character, Evie, was for me something I really connected with. Evie is a little bit of me in a way, she's lost in where she wants to go, and she doesn't want to face herself with surprising truths concerning her choices in life. Sometimes she gives into the ...
  • GingerOrange
    It was surprisingly poignant.I really liked Evie's character development. The plot was interesting although I'm not a fan of the constant back and forth in time. I'd preferred it if it was structured differently. I loved the writing. I'm not too familiar with classical literature so I might not have gotten ever reference. Nonetheless, this novel had a bit of a heart breaking quality to it. Which felt authentic and very real. I just wished he endi...
  • Kate Lynn
    Really enjoyed Tessaro's writing style. What I really didn't like was the abuse between Evie and Jake. The whole Robbie as a ghost plot point could've been handled better.
  • Breagha Mozian
    Wasn't great.
  • Karen Thomson
    Ok it was slightly predictable, but it was quite an enjoyable read- diverting, distracting, and not too superficial.
  • Riikka
    I bought this book years ago on an airport because I had read and liked Kathleen Tessaros first book Elegance. I've always had the plan of reading this but for one reason or an other I didn't get round to picking it from my shelve until last week. Too bad, this was definitely a book that should have sat there way shorter time before reading.Innocence is a book about a woman called Evie Garlick (and yes, I had to keep calling her Garlic just becau...
  • Alessandra
    The first thing you should know about Robbie is that she's dead. She died in a car accident in New York - a hit and run - crossing the street one February afternoon to buy more Diet Coke. She really loved Diet Coke. Couldn't function without it. And she was never the type of girl to cross at a street corner.I picked up Innocence by Kathleen Tessaro in the Italian translation at the library. I was immediately captured by its blue cover, because bl...
  • Stephanie Piontkowski
    This book was fantastic! I wasn't sure about it before I started reading. The illustration on the front and the summary on the back does not remotely do it justice. At first it's a little tricky to follow until you realize that each chapter alternates between past and present. I think this was an excellent way to tell the story, it really helped me connect with and understand Evie. This was a light but very interesting read, and sure I'd say it's...
  • Michelle
    (3.5 stars) This novel covers two time periods in the life of Evie: in 1987 when she is heading from the U.S. to live in England and go to a drama academy, and her life 14 years later. Evie is a true innocent at first, finding friendship with her two new roommates, particularly Robbie, who is larger than life and a bit volatile. Robbie encourages her artistic ambitions and urges her to up her game for her audition to Juilliard. But Evie feels ano...
  • Christine Blachford
    Evie is aspiring to be an actress and moves to London from Ohio, to study, to live and ultimately, to act. Life gets in the way of her dreams and fifteen years later she’s a single mother, teaching instead of acting and wondering where her life went wrong.Evie seems to be such a non-interesting character, it’s amazing that the whole book is based around her. She’s a shy little country girl in a foreign city, but then being an actress just d...
  • Ninette
    This basically is the story of a train wreck of a woman's life and ambitions and how that came to be. So the premise is interesting enough, as are the characters and the scenery around this artsy little London community. (Though why an aspiring American actress would go to London instead of LA or NY is beyond me.)So what went wrong? The story drags a lot. This is mostly due to the jumps between past and present. Almost all the action is in the se...
  • Amy
    Not bad. Tragically it included a major pet peeve of mine... chronology problems. Seriously, in a book that jumps from the past to the present, you'd think that people would be looking closely to make sure that things jive. Without spoiling, an example.. something big happens to Evie in April 1997 (According to the story). The very next portion of the book takes place in December 1997, so I think "oh, 8 months later, let's see how things have cha...
  • Kris - My Novelesque Life
    3 STARS"Some dreams never die.It's 1986 and eighteen-year-old Evie dreams of being an actress. Leaving her hometown of Eden, Ohio, for the first time, she's heading to London to study drama. Together with fellow students Imogene (a born-again Laura Ashley poster child and frustrated virgin) and Robbie (a native New Yorker, budding bohemian, and very much not a virgin), Evie's flung into a thrilling new world�a world illuminated by the glamorous...
  • Sydney
    What a surprise this novel was! I honestly didn't know what to expect, but this was certainly not fluffy chick lit. It's the story of one woman coming to terms with the fact that while the life she is leading my not be what she had planned, it may just be a wonderful life after all.Evie leaves small town Ohio with dreams of becoming an actress. She moves to London for acting classes, leaving a boyfriend back home. She ends up in a cramped apartme...
  • Krystal
    Laura's one request when she loaned me this book was to not give it a bad review, that if I didn't like it, don't tell her =) I thought I was in trouble when I first started reading this book, I just couldn't get into it, and out of fear for my life, cause Laura is fierce and reads these, I set it aside. I would come back to it read a page here and there, and finally something clicked in me or the book, and I have to say it was one of the pleasan...
  • Tamara Morgan
    I really liked this author's first book, Elegance, because of the great setup (A book on elegance that all women must strive to emulate? I'd be all over that!). This one had a fairly decent setup, but that wasn't my main problem. I just didn't get the love story...either of them. Evie, the main character, was supposed to have had this passionate, torrid love affair with a burgeoning rock star, but I never thought there was anything there other th...
  • Brandy F.
    Regrettably, I have put this book down one too many times. Now that I have finished it, I must say that I am quite pleased. Not only was this book well written, it taught me something. And I've always deemed these sorts of novels the best in my opinion. I loved the dialogue, the use of scenery to set the mood; even the characters were likeable and I loved how the author had mercy on each of them despite their background. Despite how much of a dis...
  • Kelsey
    I love this book because it makes me dream of a perfectly unperfect adult life. (view spoiler)[Befriend a crazy and adventurous girl. Meet a great musically talented guy in college. Pursue your dream occupation. End up moving to London. Become unsuspectingly involved in a romantic relationship with your lovable neighbor.Oh, did I mention your best friend dies, your college boyfriend gets you pregnant, you break up, he has no knowledge of the chil...
  • Diane
    This book is fun! Evie Garlik comes to London at 18 to study drama.The book alternates between her arrival and fifteen years later when she is teaching evening classes. Tessaro's characters are just likeable. Robbie is the charming, self-destructive friend Evie meets on her arrival in London--one of those people whose vitality takes up all the emotional space in a room. Talent and failure are not the sturdy concepts we assume. and can be re-imagi...
  • Pythia
    Della Tessaro ho adorato Elegance, al punto da ridurlo più volte ai minimi termini per tutte le volte che l'ho riletto...Questo non ha niente a che vedere con l'ironia di "Zucchetta", anzi, è una storia triste e complessa. Anche qui, l'autrice alterna il racconto dal tempo dei ricordi ad un tempo presente dove questi stessi ricordi in qualche modo sono ancora vivi.La ricerca della felicità e di un obiettivo da raggiungere è resa ancor più ar...
  • Kaitlin
    The beginning and end were all right but the middle, the looooong middle, had me screaming, "Why????" The protagonist, Evie, was an idiot! She didn't listen to her friends when they attempted to stop her from marrying Jake. She childishly replies, "It's my life!" Okay, fine, go on and ruin YOUR life. Oh yeah, and why did have sex with Jake when she later says, quote, "I despise you. And I'll never forgive you." Then, pray tell me, why did you hav...