Although The Tea Rose is not the worst book I've read, it's pretty terrible. With a good 200 pages of drivel, it raises the question, how did this sli...moreAlthough The Tea Rose is not the worst book I've read, it's pretty terrible. With a good 200 pages of drivel, it raises the question, how did this slip past the editor?
The other 350 pages drift somewhere along a mediocre plot-line, ridiculous dialogue and predictable, fairytale-like situations. Every time a character had a setback in life it was magically resolved by some farfetched coincidence. The book was littered with long descriptions that add very little to the story. On page 13, Donnelly spends an entire paragraph detailing how Kate prepared dinner. It's no wonder the book is over 500 pages long.
"Frowning, Kate banged the whisk on the side of the bowl, knocking globs of cream-colored batter from its wires, then tossed it in the sink. She picked up a fork and poked it into one of the three mutton chops sizzling on top of the stove. A rivulet of juice ran down the side of the chop, sputtering into steam as it hit the hot metal of the frying pan. She speared the chops, dropped them onto a plate, and put them into a warming hatch next to the oven, alongside a jug of onion gravy. Next she picked up a rope of sausages and cut the links into the pan. As they began to fry, she sat down at the table across from her husband."
The most annoying thing of all: Donnelly would spend hundreds of those pages leading up to the climax of a sub-plot, then she'd skip over it altogether and the reader would come in after. It was a huge letdown. The dialogue I did care enough to anticipate was skimmed over, leaving the reader with a sentence like, "Fiona told him the story of what had happened to her." Oh, great, thanks for that.
Having read A Northern Light as a teenager, I thought I would enjoy Jennifer Donnelly's adult fiction just as well. I was wrong.(less)
Made to look or sound important, but often seemed forced or overly clever.
As someone who usually speeds through any book set in front of them, it too...moreMade to look or sound important, but often seemed forced or overly clever.
As someone who usually speeds through any book set in front of them, it took me four months to read this book. I couldn't bring myself to care about any of the characters. I skipped several pages and skimmed through most. Only out of sheer determination did I finish this book. And I hated it.(less)
I could not have been more bored while reading this book. I couldn't find a plot, only a vaguely detailed account of a day in Mary Sue's Anne's life.
A...moreI could not have been more bored while reading this book. I couldn't find a plot, only a vaguely detailed account of a day in Mary Sue's Anne's life.
About 40 years ago, my grandmother bought this book for my mother because the cover picture of Anne looked like my mother as a child. Mom always told me she kept it on her shelf but never read it. She liked to look at the picture but didn't like to read at the time. Recently, she found Green Gables with the same cover in a dollar book bin, so she bought it for me.
A pretty quick read, but the contents made my eyes twitch uncontrollably at the cutesy fluff.
The unconventional plot line grabbed my attention. A woman falling in love with her childhood imaginary friend seemed like it would be an interesting...moreThe unconventional plot line grabbed my attention. A woman falling in love with her childhood imaginary friend seemed like it would be an interesting read. However, James Patterson and Gabrielle Charbonnet took a fairly good plot line and executed it very poorly.
The climax of the story was weak and jumbled. It seemed to me like there wasn't substance to it. Like it was just thrown in there at random to cause tension. It reminded me of a cheesy Hallmark movie.
When the couple got intimate, I couldn't shake the feeling that it was bordering on incest and pedophilia. Michael had known Jane since she was practically in diapers and he was 30 or so years older. As Jane's childhood imaginary friend he acted like a father figure in their time together. Thirty years later he's rolling her between the sheets.
On a side note, the banter between the characters seemed childish. Maybe that was intentional, since Jane and Michael last saw each other when Jane was a child. Overall, I thought it was lacking imagination and substance. (less)
Maybe it was because I didn't like the main character to begin with, or that I couldn't relate to her story, bu...moreThis book put me in a depressing mood.
Maybe it was because I didn't like the main character to begin with, or that I couldn't relate to her story, but I hated this book. I thought Caitlin was a coward.(view spoiler)[ It felt like Dessen made her drug use, sex, and abusive relationship with Rogerson more of a convenience to get her to hit rock bottom instead of being something that was in character for her. While reading this book I felt like I was the one being abused, and (hide spoiler)] by the end of it I threw it down and scoffed. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)