The inclusion of the fantasy elements help fill out the story and give Crusies characters something interesting to do other than go to dinner, fix the sink and struggle with their mundane jobs while the get to know each other. I've read many of her books and they are all good, but nothing much happens. In this one they have danger and mystery to contend with from beginning to end. Other reviewers have complained because this book is a little bit different. But for me it was by far the most entertaining boys meet girls romp that she has ever written. I loved every moment of it.
I found the lead character, Betsy, to be dreadfully annoying. The word inane kept coming to mind. She fights hard at every opportunity to avoid learning anything, then is mad that people weren't able to explain things to her. If you like a smart heroine this is not it. In one painfully long conversation another character says "This is like trying to talk with a first grader" and it is very true, and as such, these passages have about as much entertainment value as talking to a young child on the verge of a tantrum.
None of this is accidental. Comments from other characters make it clear that this is the character Davidson is trying to create, so it seems to me that she is simply writing for a target demographic that does not include me. If you are a careful person who wouldn't do anything dangerous unless someone offered you designer shoes, this book may be for you. Fashion minded Cheerleaders, Barbies and Valley Girls between 14 and 22 years old will love it.
That said, it's not awful. It's not a book many of us will fall in love with, but with the exception of a scattering of painfully inane passages the book is entertaining. Have a listen if you have nothing better to do.
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