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Just about everything about this book was disappointing. It's over written, pretentious, elitist . . .
He writes from a decidedly male perspective, so the female characters are not at all convincing. So many times I asked
Not much. Maybe I'm holding him to higher expectations after _The Invisible One_
Frustrated that people might think this portrayal of higher education is actually real
The book club's unanimous review confirms everything =( We need to pick something amazing next time to make up for this time waster.
It depends on the friend. The narrator is engaging, and the storyline is complex enough to demand attention. But there are several aspects that keep me from getting excited about it enough to post a reccomendation on Facebook
Without giving away too much. . .
Andy Barber's character is just a bit too perfect, too smarter than everyone else, and seems not to be able to see Jacob as anything but a naive child rather than a teen with developing hormones.
The way Andy's father inserts himself in the case is off-putting to say the least and just isn't developed enough to be plausible (as if the rest is?!)
No, but I think I will in the near future
I figured out what some reviewers called a "whiplash ending" about two thirds into the book. No spoilers, but it just seemed like the only way things could go. This is probably because I was expecting some major turn of events given reviewer's reactions to the end though.
Absolutely! The story is refreshing on every level and captures today's teen psyche in a way I have never come across in literature before
The consistent plot and relentless honesty between the main characters
If I must choose I'd say the narrator, Hazel, was my favorite, but that's just because she has more air time. Kate Rudd magically translates each character into life
The honest moments between parents and their teens
This is my first step into the YA genre. I am far from young but found the story line refreshing and look forward to exploring this area of the book store
The "supernatural" elements in the book may draw readers who like to dabble in fantasy and sci-fi very now and then but wouldn't call themselves "fans" of the genre.
I think I might give the author another chance, but not after just "reading" several books in the genre. It's too predictable and then at times so drawn out I found myself checking to see how many minutes were left until "the end" credits.
I especially didn't like the supernatural elements in the storyline. I was expecting something more realistic and, well, explainable in terms of real world experiences.
NO - the voice drove me crazy. I thought maybe there had been a download glitch the way the cadence fell and rose then sped up unnaturally. The emotional inflections also seemed overly emphasized and at times entirely unwarranted.
I liked the gypsy angle and wish there had been more of it
The storyline gets to be too predictable and even unbelievable at times; the idea that Strayed went on this journey without any preparation and continually got into predicaments that could have been avoided. There needed to be more about the emotional evolution and not treading the path
Absolutely! Even people who aren't
Yes! A plot within a plot within a plot within a . . .
He is perfect for the book. My book club friends who read the book saw it in a whole new way when I played them exerts of Steven's voices
If only it were possible - yes
So satisfying I wish I had a cigaret when it ended.
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