first, let me say that i have thoroughly enjoyed the other books in this series! however, this installment was a disappointment both in story and narrator choice. i highly recommend reading this series, but would also advise skipping this book!
i find it difficult to fathom that this book ever made it to being published. the characters and dialogue are atrocious and the only kudos i can offer this author is the unique ability to include every cliche turn of phrase in one book! the plot, such as it is, leaves much to be desired and is quite clearly an amateurish attempt at a suspense. add to that the absolutely excruciating narration (think every elementary school play you've ever seen) and you have what may very well be the worst book i have ever read!!
excruciating narrator and narrative! i think i may have finally learned my lesson about caring if a book has won any prizes! in my experience, such accolades are rarely indicative of what is worth reading.
after all the initial hype and stellar reviews, i was really looking forward to enjoying this book! however, with the exception of the author's vivid and intriguing (initially) descriptions of the circus, this story was abysmal! the plot was flimsy and the characters were awkwardly developed which made the descriptions more tedious as i waited for something (anything) to happen. it was an excruciating exercise in futility!
absolutely hilarious! i can't think of a better pick for narrator than mr. jackson for this spot on characterization of parents everywhere. i laughed until i cried!!
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