Ugh. The main character's primary tool when faced with a challenge is to lie. Whenever the story came to a point where the character should show some ethics, she doesn't. It makes me wonder what the author is like in real life. The books sets the stage early on, drawing a character who is unethical and unsympathetic. I figured it would end in triumph with her having a miraculous transformation. Nope. She ends up keeping most of a bribe and clearly never really learns anything.
On top of this, it wasn't funny, it wasn't dramatic, and it wasn't even very entertaining. It pretty much was nothing.
I hoped this would be similar other books of this genre like "It Takes a Village Idiot" or Noel Perrin's series. (Life in a rural setting from an ousider's perspective...) Unfortunately, the writer is a little pretentious and the reader is annoying. I'm not quite sure what it is that is annoying except that there is a little too much inflection or drama in his voice. The text varies between statistic laden lecture to cutesy anecdote.
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