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Review:peppersweet says:
Celeste! Greetings, Iím here for the 12 days of reviewing challenge. Iíve developed something of a soft spot for Cho over the past year or so, so I jumped on this. Todayís challenge is about reading stories that donít have angst as a main genre, and I have to say itís kinda unusual and very refreshing that Iíve found a non-angsty Cho story. Especially one thatís about adult life post-hogwarts - I love those!

This is such a beautiful start to a story. I like how you put us down in Cho, Padma and Hannahís lives without too much exposition or detail about them, how you just let us observe an ordinary lunchtime between the three of them. I feel like I know them already, you know? The dialogue was so natural. I liked Choís little dig at Ginny. Iíve never really considered how Cho might actually view Ginny, because Iíve never really figured out for myself whether Cho was really smitten with Harry or just looking for a meaningful relationship with another lost soul after Cedricís death, but I suppose Quidditch rivalry and whatnot wouldnít make them the best of friends. Also, yeah, Ginny is pretty annoying. Thatís such a small and odd detail to pick up on, but I picked up on it.

The imagery in this chapter was just gorgeous, especially the closing few lines. I love the springtime feeling in this, the feeling that life is spilling and sprawling out into the unknown and exciting things are just round the corner. The line It was silent and in the silence were lifeís melodies was really, really lovely in this context - just imagining that, even as Cho stands still and quiet, the world turns and her life turns with it. I donít think I expressed that very-well! Anyway, this chapter captures that twenty-something on the cusp of life feeling really well, and in a really refreshingly optimistic way.

This line was my favourite: It was spring. Around her, trees were deciding whether or not to bloom and the sun was parting easily with its light, but not with its heat. Itís so evocative of that almost-spring feel. For me, it instantly conjured up that first day of spring in Britain that always ends up being like an ersatz summer, when people go around in shorts and t-shirts with their goose-pimpled pale arms on show even if the temperatureís only just pipped a few degrees past celsius.

Really lovely start. Adding this to my favourites and looking forward to reading on ♥

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