Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite
Two Girls Against the World is a coming of age story written by Zelmer Wilson. Bobby and Billie are best friends who seem to have an intuitive link to each other. Bobby's life changed forever when her younger sister Delilah was killed in a car accident while Bobby was driving. Bobby drove that night because her alcoholic mother was going out, and Bobby knew it wouldn't be safe if she drove. Then her mother grabbed the wheel when Bobby drove past the liquor store and Bobby ran into another car. After that, Bobby's mother tried to act as though everything was fine and even forced a birthday party on her grieving daughter several months later. Billie understands that Bobby would rather just sit in her room and read her classics, but Billie's got other ideas.
Zelmer Wilson's coming of age story, Two Girls Against the World, is not your everyday story about girls. It's a modern day classic set in New Orleans that is a powerful and moving story about friendship. Bobby and Billie are complements, almost two parts of a whole. Billie is strong and fearless and very, very protective of her otherworldly friend. Bobby's world is circumscribed by her books, Billie and Aunt Gina. Their closeness is sometimes physically impacted by one of them having a boyfriend, but Billie still finds it her responsibility and purpose to guide Bobby to the right parties, clubs and events, and, yes, the potential boyfriends. At one point, Billie mentions that they don't really need to physically talk to know what's going on in the other's mind, and it does seem to be the case. Their relationship is profound and close and a marvel -- as is this book. Two Girls Against the World is a keeper, something to read and read again and then ponder for a while. It's really quite good and it's most highly recommended.
Oct 14, 2014 Jessyca Garcia rated it 5 of 5 stars Bobbie Lamont is a love story that everyone can identify with and gives hope for a second chance at love. I saw myself wondering and thinking the same things as the main character Bobbie Lamont at least once in my life. Zelmer Wilson's genius way of showing how both his characters, Bonnie and Miller, felt and experienced things at the same time help the reader to connect with them.
This is Wilson's second novel and I liked it even better than his first. I do recommend reading his first novel "In...more Bobbie Lamont is a love story that everyone can identify with and gives hope for a second chance at love. I saw myself wondering and thinking the same things as the main character Bobbie Lamont at least once in my life. Zelmer Wilson's genius way of showing how both his characters, Bonnie and Miller, felt and experienced things at the same time help the reader to connect with them.
This is Wilson's second novel and I liked it even better than his first. I do recommend reading his first novel "In the Middle", so that you can see and experience Miller's take on the situations with Bobbie.
It was because of this novel that I discovered Hans Fallada. I saw it in the bookstore (Books A Million) and was intrigued by it. I read the short biography that is included and wanted to know more about him. I then went to read four other of his novels and loved all of them. I then knew it was time for me to read this one.
I wasn't disappointed. It lived up to the glowing blurbs on the front cover. It is hard to believe that it was written in only twenty-four days.
It is massive novel, over 500 pages and yet doesn't feel long. It wasn't always, at the beginning anyway, to keep up with all the characters.
I would recommend this novel to anyone who wants to read about courage under fire, or is curious to know what life was like for Germans under Nazi rule.
Truly a work of genius.
Bobbie Lamont is about an author named Bobbie Lamont who has written two best-selling memoirs and is a successful free-lance journalist. She attends her 20-year reunion under the stressful circumstances of the breakup of her twelve-year marriage to her husband, Truman. He has left her for another woman from his office. Bobbie is feeling lonely and depressed, but the year she graduated from Tulane College, the summer of 1990, was a huge year for her – her on and off again college professor lover breaks up with her after graduation, and she meets a younger guy still in high school who she madly falls in love with. Twenty years later, a novel written about her love affair by her former younger flame, Miller Hoffman, sets off a series of events that leads Bobbie to discover her heart again.
Author Zelmer Wilson writes Bobbie Lamont with a naturalness that makes Bobbie a very likeable character, with her chain smoking and borderline alcoholism with vodka tonics. She is a protagonist that many women can relate to due to all her problems in middle age with her life and marriage falling apart. Her daughter, Billie Joe, and Aunt Gina keep scolding her for drinking too much, but Bobbie can’t seem to find a middle ground and is en route to becoming an alcoholic like her mother. This was a very entertaining story that is a light, fun read going down Memory Lane. Bobbie has all the foibles of women, which makes her very relatable to readers. I enjoyed this book and Bobbie
Bobbie Lamont by Zelmer Wilson is a fairy tale set in 2010. Bobbie Lamont is a successful woman who has given up on finding love for herself after a bitter divorce. That is when she discovers a man she dated twenty years ago has written a book inspired by their relationship, a book that ends up unlocking a lot of memories for Bobbie and reminds her that she just may be able to find love again. Not only does she find that she can fall in love again, but she finds herself falling for Miller all over again.
I always enjoy a a good love story and this one hit the spot for me. Going through a divorce myself right now, I felt very connected to the title character. When you go through an emotional feeling like divorce you truly do think that love is no longer on the cards for you. This book has a fantastic flow and you can tell that Zelmer Wilson put a lot of thought into every word. I enjoyed Bobbie's journey and the memories that surfaced from reading the book. I felt engaged with every page and I had a hard time putting this one down. If you are looking for a solid and realistic love story with characters you will grow to love, this is going to be a book you will enjoy. I would highly recommend it
I decided a few days ago to change a few things. I have been an independent author for almost a year now and I have been thinking about how things are going for me.
Things could be better. My first novel, In the Middle, hasn't sold any copies (in paperback) since last September. I changed the front cover for it, but then realized that wasn't enough.
Also I was getting burned out. I was typing the first draft of what would have been my fourth novel and hit a wall. I started missing days and was getting tired of having to make up for them. So, I took a step back, so to speak, and took the time to think about what I wanted to accomplish and what my goals were.
My debut novel, In the Middle, is no longer available in paperback on Amazon (or any other bookseller website). When I wrote it, I wanted it to be the first in a trilogy, but since I have already wrote in the first novel in another saga (that of Bobbie Lamont), I decided that instead of a saga (about both Miller Hoffman & Bobbie Lamont) that would focus on only Bobbie.
I will go back to typing the first draft of my third novel (working title, Girl with a Broken Smile) at the beginning of next month. Before then, I will edit what would have been my fourth novel, Miller & Bobbie. I will cut out all the parts that focus on Miller and then add what is left to my third novel.
Instead of publishing two novels a year, as I had originally planned, I will only publish one novel a year. This will allow me more time to write each novel and edit it many times.