Short disclaimer before this review… like so often, I need to be more diligent in doing my reviews as soon as I finish the book. The other problem thaShort disclaimer before this review… like so often, I need to be more diligent in doing my reviews as soon as I finish the book. The other problem that I had with this review is that I have read another Sarah Dessen book since this one, and so things might blend a little bit in my mind. Please forgive me for that.
I love Sarah Dessen. She is one of my favorite author’s EVER. I love her works. I love how they all take place (for the most part) in the same town. It makes it all that much more real to me. It makes me feel like I am viewing snapshots of the lives of various people who live in this town.
When we are first introduced to the character of Macy Queen, we see a introverted girl who is 100% dedicated to her boyfriend and the “plan” that they have made. She credits him with having patience with her and explaining things so that she can understand it. He is a brainiac and “intellectually superior to her” and so because of that, she melds her life to his. His friends are hers. He activities are hers. When he leaves for the summer, she covers for him at his job. She doesn’t have any friends of her own, much less a life of her own.
One night at a party her mother threw, she fell into a job with this catering company. They are totally disorganized and different than the atmosphere of the library. At first she just works for the catering company when she can, but as soon as the job is over, she returns home and studies and follows her perfectly planned life.
Then one day, she dares to sign a letter to her boyfriend “love, Macy” and he freaks out and says that he needs space. That she is expecting too much from him. This leads her decide on the spur of the moment to go out with the group from catering after a job one night. This leads to a total evolution of Macy into her own person. She isn’t following everyone else’s plan for her life, but her own.
Watching the evolution of Macy Queen into a new person was one of the best things about this novel. It was great to watch. In addition, the back store about her family learning how to cope with the death of her father several years prior was great. It was very realistic.
This was another great novel from Sarah Dessen and I highly recommend it. It wasn’t my absolute favorite of Sarah Dessen’s, but it was one of my favorites....more
Yet another book I hoped to love but the narrator on the audiobook ruined it. Why do female narrators sound so whiny all the time? Because that is whaYet another book I hoped to love but the narrator on the audiobook ruined it. Why do female narrators sound so whiny all the time? Because that is what Miri sounded like every time she spoke. A whiny brat.
I know, I know. It isn't fair to judge this book off the audio and I should take the plot into consideration and all that sort of thing. I wish that it were that easy. But it just isn't. The audio ruined everything about this book for me and I wasn't able to view it rationally. I disliked the book so much that I was able to put it down for two months before I finally forced myself to finish it (during the readathon).
I didn't find Miri to be a likable character. She felt sorry for herself WAY too much. I found the whole idea of quarry-speak to be annoying and stupid. And the love of the mountain is just plain on ridiculous. None of the characters (apart from Britta) were likable. I just didn't like it.
I am going to leave my review there because I don't really have anything else to add. I will probably not read the sequel seeing as I didn't like the first book at all. I will pass it along to my 11 year old sister and hope she appreciates it more than I did.