Yes, I would completely omit the new story line about the distant third cousin. I get that the author is attempting to foreshadow future books that a..Show More »re being penned, but it is done in such an obvious manner that it makes the brand name of V. C. Andrews feel like a cash cow just milking it's readers.
I also find it ridiculous that this is a TWO part book. There is not nearly enough information in this book to neccessitate dividing into two parts.
A particularly humorous reviewer gave this book “negative infinity stars” and I must agree!!!!
I don’t know what’s more amazing: just how BAD..Show More » the story was, or the fact that I read it on purpose knowing it was probably not going to be good… still… I underestimated to what level of bad a story could sink.
Book 1 essentially sucked, but what kept me going and tempted me to read Book 2 was the idea that there would be another side to the original story and there is!!... but it seems I’ll have to slog through Book 3 to read it.
This story was so preposterous!!! Basically, a girl stumbles upon Chris’ diary and she and her boyfriend decide to not only read it together but re-enact it! WHY!!!!! They run up to the attic together in secret and set up furniture and costumes and read aloud… Dear Lord, it’s so stupid.
Not only this that idea laughable, but the fervour the boyfriend has for the re-enactment is not only totally absurd and insane – it’s restraining order worthy! He gets SO into it that he even has a wig custom made to make him look/feel more like Chris while reading…. I don’t know about you, but if I stumbled up that I’d run for the hills; that’s sicko behaviour!
It’s so stupefyingly bad, I don’t care to waste more time knocking it down.
Based on the fact that Books 1 and 2 were some of the WORST I’ve ever read, I had extremely low expectations for Book 3 but I persevered anyway becaus..Show More »e I wanted to know the story of how Cory survived. The good news is: if that’s your goal too, you can completely skip Books 1 & 2… trust me, they are NOT worth your time and really have no connection to Book 3. It makes me wonder: how is this really even a series??
Less than 1% of this book was good… and I think that’s generous! I was genuinely interested in Cory’s storyline – What would happen to him? Would he talk about his experiences? Would he recover? Would there be an investigation into where he came from? I wanted to know all about it… but that’s IT! NOTHING ELSE WAS GOOD NOR INTERESTING!
The story of the angry petulant teenager mourning her brother who died in an accident was pointless and uninteresting. Her budding teenage romance, her life in high school, her Grandpa wanting to turn Cory into Willy 2.0… all skippable. It was boring, tedious, dumb and completely mind-numbing. Is all Young Adult fiction this bad? It was pure drivel.
My biggest question: Why even bother creating a pretext to “frame” Cory’s storyline? Why not expand THAT story and make it the main plot? As it was, I think the entire rest of the book aside from Cory’s storyline could have been cut out and the story left over could have been interesting … even if it would only be 3 paragraphs long!
In the end, nothing is really resolved or concluded; it was a HUGE waste of time!