I loved listening to past Shopaholic books. They were funny and entertaining - good, light listening. I felt irritable and bothered throughout most of this book - irritated with Becky's seemingless endless credit limit (really? the amount of things she bought on a year-long honeymoon?) and her drive to be sisters and friends with this ungrateful, boring, negative woman.
I didn't find these "young adult" at all. I thought they were very surprising and well written. I agree that the reader had a hard time changing her voice to suit the different characters. I thought some of the details about the games were brilliant and I was interested from beginning to end.
I listen to books in my car, and I am fairly easy to please. As long as the book keeps me entertained, I'm satisfied. This book was so long-winded, inundated with insignificant detail after insignificant detail, that at some point, I started fast forwarding through the book, and I don't think I missed anything of importance to the storyline. What could have been an intriguing plot got so lost. And the ability of this thin, small woman at the end? Really? It was unbelievable at best. I feel bad saying this, but I just don't get it.
I wasn't sure what to expect when I heard that the majority of this book is told by a 5-year-old character. I often find that authors have a hard time speaking as a child - this was so incredibly believable and brilliantly written and read. What an awesome book. When I finished the book, I felt like I was leaving a few friends - I related to them and I felt like I knew them. I hated that this book ended. One of the best books, in addition to The Help, that I have read in a long time.
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