Eat, Prey, Love ends better than it begins. The primary issue is that the heroine comes across as a bit juvenile, whining a lot over feeling abandoned by her sister, always crying, "Why?" If she were really feeling abandoned, would the girls just pick up where they left of as children, closer than ever? There have to be more subtle and less petulant ways to communicate that inner conflict. The narrator's "little girl" voice may contribute to that characterization as well. The heroine also seems to find it difficult to put 2 and 2 together, having to be told that her father kept her letters from her sister when there is more than enough clues to give her that information. My third complaint is that there is no build up from lust to love--just an off-hand comment that love is worth fighting for, when I didn't believe we'd gotten that far yet.
Having said that, once both characters realize that they love each other and the real object to them getting together is revealed, the book gets better. The heroine shows a lot more maturity and intelligence in the second half of the book, and the plot becomes more intricate and entertaining.
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