3.5 stars Fun! Reminded me of old-fashioned isolated house mysteries, except of course this one's on a boat. Not terribly complex in terms of writing3.5 stars Fun! Reminded me of old-fashioned isolated house mysteries, except of course this one's on a boat. Not terribly complex in terms of writing or character work, which is why I side-eye that this isn't a mass market paperback, but it's a quick, enjoyable read that keeps you guessing. Better than her previous book, too. ...more
This review is a magnet for trolls for some reason, which I find extremely interesting, especially since it was quietly shelved a long time ago. LoveThis review is a magnet for trolls for some reason, which I find extremely interesting, especially since it was quietly shelved a long time ago. Love the book? Write your own fucking review and stay the hell off mine. You think you're actually helping a book you like by attacking people who didn't enjoy it? Think again. You're turning my disinterest for this book into despising it, and the next step is going to be my rating it one star whereas it's been left unrated until now.
I'm at the point where I've started deleting and blocking without a second thought. Mind. Your. Own. Space.
DNF at 25 pages. I had an uneasy feeling from literally the very first line, which boasts of the main character's self-proclaimed "affinity for sarcasm," and added to this are the jumble of:
-- an utterly cliche teen and authority figure/stepmom relationship -- at least 3 instances of using "Seriously?" (Not to mention additional "really?" and "s/he's got to be kidding" type incredulity) -- vague dad in coma references, moving, new house, new school, mean girls, and -- two attractive boys (view spoiler)[and I think there's at least one more coming, judging by the last couple of chapters I skimmed (hide spoiler)]
It's a lot in a short amount of time, and the writing is so awkward and not entirely organized/convincing and the MC such a stereotypical teen that I can't deal with any more.
This is written like it's the novelization of a TV show. And not a very good show at that.
An advance copy was provided by the publisher for this review.
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.