I was initially suspicious when I saw there was a new Pooh book. But then I saw the photo that proved that Christopher Milne had a stuffed penguin asI was initially suspicious when I saw there was a new Pooh book. But then I saw the photo that proved that Christopher Milne had a stuffed penguin as well, which helped to inspire one of the stories!
It's no exaggeration to say that you've been, as a whole, my favorite publisher for my entire reading life. Your G.P.Putnam's Sons imprinDear Penguin,
It's no exaggeration to say that you've been, as a whole, my favorite publisher for my entire reading life. Your G.P.Putnam's Sons imprint has also published many distinguished authors and books, among them the classic LORD OF THE FLIES and Liane Moriarty, one of my recent favorites.
How disappointing it is, therefore, to find a book like THE GIRL BEFORE in your slate this year. The premise for this thriller is intriguing--a young woman finds out her husband is not what she thought--but the execution is an embarrassment. The characters are cartoony, the heroine is unbelievably naive (unsympathetically, frustratingly so), the action is sketched in, the suspense is non-existent (you know from page 2 pretty much what has happened to the MC), and the writing is painfully, excruciatingly simplistic. I understand fully where the story is going, but I just don't care enough about these people, and am so annoyed by them, that it's not worth the effort to continue. And a subject like child trafficking deserves better treatment than this.
This book would be an irritation for someone who paid for a pulpy mass market paperback or even 99 cents for a self-published book, let alone one who forked over $15 for trade paperback from a top 5 publisher, with all the editorial discernment and help that that entails. For that price, the story and writing need to be stellar.
Please reconsider your standards for future releases of this kind. This effort is unworthy of Penguin Random House, and frankly, it's a breach of my trust in you.
P.S. A completely unironic hat tip to the art director responsible for that eye-catching cover, as well as to the marketing people for that terrific blurb. It contains more coherence and intrigue than the book by far.
I like the story, and I usually really like Jorjeana Marie's narration, but I find the broad, exaggeratePutting this audiobook on hold 8 chapters in.
I like the story, and I usually really like Jorjeana Marie's narration, but I find the broad, exaggerated accent she's doing for this 1920s book too distracting. I keep picturing a little girl playing dressup/make-believe imitating gangster/mob movies. :/ I guess I'll try to get ahold of the book eventually......more
After an uneven start, this became surprisingly entertaining, though it's not a "good" book by any stretch of the imagination, mostly because of the aAfter an uneven start, this became surprisingly entertaining, though it's not a "good" book by any stretch of the imagination, mostly because of the abundance of humorless, meant-to-be shocking sex.
But it's enjoyably sociopathic (or psychopathic, depending on how you interpret the MC's behavior), and it's an interesting/different thriller because of its backdrop of stolen art, expensive clothes and meals, money laundering, and assorted hustlers. I was surprised to see the door left open for another installment, as I think the character has run her course? But another bag of potato chips would be hard to resist.
Great plane reading if you have a weakness for thrillers featuring thoroughly shallow and unpleasant people. ...more
2.5 stars Frankly, I'm confused by who the intended audience is for this book. It seems to be marketed as YA and is released under Viking Children's,2.5 stars Frankly, I'm confused by who the intended audience is for this book. It seems to be marketed as YA and is released under Viking Children's, but the protagonist is college age and the situations (which involve a family ranch, restoring historical places, etc.(view spoiler)[and also having sex/courting someone specifically for a business venture (hide spoiler)]) are decidedly grown up. But the narrative voice and main character felt very young. It's fine if she's naive or inexperienced, but even the thought processes and emotions felt very high school--which is weird when the end game love interest is a millionaire running a business, complete with an assistant who makes great lattes.
The audio book narrator might've also contributed to this; Erin Spencer's voice is pleasant but very youthful in its tone and diction, though in all fairness the book sends wildly contrasting messages, too.
I don't know. I would have enjoyed seeing more of the charming traditions of a debutante season, and the characters could be more nuanced. For some reason, I also expected the book to be funnier, and certainly the dialogue and prose could've used a bit more wit. From my vantage point, the soccer thing also just seems to be there to make Megan into a sporty modern girl.
I think the book actually does work in a broad sense as a Pride and Prejudice-inspired story(view spoiler)[mostly romantically, and the weird ranching deception and misunderstandings involving her sister (hide spoiler)] and I quite liked Andrew, the Mr.Darcy of this tale; his story and character are portrayed very well and true to a modern Darcy. But overall, the book is too emotionally simplistic to be a satisfying adult book and is tonally and topically too off to be satisfying as YA.
I'm curious to see what other people think, as the very few early reviews I've seen thus far have not seemed at all bothered by the disparate messaging. Almost 3 stars, but not quite; it's not a terrible book by any means, and I was interested enough to push through to the end, but I think it suffers from an identity crisis that never gets resolved. It's too bad.
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