i think this book deserves more stars from me, but for some reason i just couldn't get into it. i didn't like the beginning, and i felt like the prose, even though it was beautiful, was forced, that she was trying too hard to make it be so lyrical. i never really felt the characters and wished they had more development, but i understand why they didn't for the story. and truthfully, the story is actually really poignant and powerful. but because i couldn't really get into it, i didn't appreciate it as much as i could have. i tried, but i just couldn't do it. once past the early pages, it it no longer feels forced and is simply beautifully written, and with really deep messages about longing and about relationships.