Book Review: The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

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I have nothing but rave reviews for The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. I try to describe it and all I can think of is the word “delightful.”  It was one of those reads where I was actually smiling while reading it because it was just so good.

The book takes place in post World War II on the island of Guernsey, an island in the English Channel off the coast of Normandy. It is technically not part of the United Kingdom but most of it’s foreign relations are handled by the British. It is a little discussed detail about that war so that in itself added interest. It is a small island and pretty isolated during the time period the book takes place so everyone seems to know everything about everyone else.

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society is written as a compilation of letters back and forth between different characters which allows the story to be told from many different perspectives. 

The characters are the story. They are just so real and entertaining.  I thoroughly enjoyed hearing their different voices so clearly in their letters. They made their stories personal and touching. The stories are of love, betrayal, strength, and fortitude but all often coming from an unlikely source.

This book has been made into a movie, which was released on Netflix on August 10. It was exciting to see the characters come to life on the screen and the movie itself was cute. However, like most books that have been made into movies, the book was superior. It is a quick read so you could probably get through the book within a day or so and then watch the movie all in one weekend.


On a scale of 1 to 5, 1 being the lowest, 5 being the highest it rated the following:

  • Laughs: 4
  • Tears: 3
  • Cheese: 1
  • Predictability: 2
  • Overall: 5/5

You can find The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society here.

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  1. I love a book that includes different perspectives! This one sounds interesting. Unfortunately I dont see it on Canadian Netflix so I guess the book will have to do 🙂

  2. I just saw this advertised the other day for Netflix and was intrigued and instantly thought – I bet this book is amaizng. Because books are always better than movies.

  3. I’ve always enjoyed books with different perspectives, it makes it a lot more interesting and I feel like you get to really know the characters that way. And I totally agree, the book is ALWAYS better than the movie!

  4. What a great-sounding read! I always love finding new books that others have really enjoyed. I hope I have a chance to read this one soon before I’m tempted to see the move on NetFlix first!

  5. This book sounds fabulous! I like to read books like this at the end of a long day. It is a great way to rewind and relax. Thanks for sharing your review.

  6. This book sounds like something that I would really love. I always love to read the book and THEN watch the movie so that will be on my to do list.

  7. I love your rating system!! I totally need to do something like that. I have this on order from the library but it hasn’t come in yet, I definitely want to see the movie but want to read the book first!

  8. This title has been on my must read list for a while now. I need to check it out and read it. Your review convinced me to go get it.I have seen this title advertised on Netflix recently too.


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