Monday, July 19, 2010

Summer Reads: Book 7

When I started this book I had no idea what it was about. I had read about it in People magazine- where it was listed as a must read- but there were no details about the plot. While reading the dust jacket, again, there are NO details about the plot so I had no idea what to expect. I figured it's chick lit, of course I'll like it.

The first half the book was a bit disappointing. In fact, certain parts made me want to puke. HA. The character development was fantastic, but it was all rainbows, unicorns and butterflies. I almost stopped reading at several points throughout the book because it was all a bit too Pollyanna.

Then, a little more than halfway through the book tragedy strikes and you find out that one of the main characters had cancer several years prior. Considering how detailed the writing was prior to the cancer bombshell, the details in the rest of the book were lacking. Callie's health deteriorates rapidly, but we never hear what she thinks, what she feels and how she gets through it. We spend the first one hundred pages reading about Callie and Reese's story book romance, but then hear nothing about how they cope with the diagnosis and later death. Steffi's recovery was limited to one line-- lexapro and weekly counseling.

It just didn't flow the way I would have liked. If you're going to spend page upon page of Pollyanna love, tell us what happens when things get rough.

In the end, I enjoyed the book and I'm glad that I read it. That being said, it's not on my top ten list.


Kids, Canines, and Chaos said...

I felt the same way and I'm a huge Jane Green fan. We're talking can't wait until the books come out and have to pre-order on Amazon. It was a decent read, but not my favorite Jane Green book.

Thanks for keeping us updated on books-- I have a few I'm on the waiting list at the library for that you've recommended. :)

Anonymous said...

I've read all of her books except for this one. It's on my list though.

Anonymous said...

Quietude is the crown of life.............................................................

Yellow House said...

I am reading Jane Green right now too... I am kinda "meh" about it.