This could have been great. I was really looking forward to it so I went ahead and bought it on my ereader. Disappointing is not a strong enough word....moreThis could have been great. I was really looking forward to it so I went ahead and bought it on my ereader. Disappointing is not a strong enough word. I feel like I'm missing something since I was the only one who didn't give it at least two stars. *Sigh* Oh well.
The writing was ok, there was nothing special about it. I sort of liked her characters, the hippie parents and the dogs were the best part. I did not really like the main character, though I felt she should have been liked, because who hasn't been in a position of serving annoying customers that you want to kill?
The actual execution of the book was clunky. There was too much repetition about her 'porn star' husband and wanting to open her clients jugular vein with her shears, though I realize that is what it's about. The story needed more flow. It felt like it would have gone better if it had been diary entries, or there was less jumping around. I got so annoyed when reading it that I was skimming paragraphs and then pages at a time to see if it got any better, it didn't, it just gave me a headache.
Also mediocre writing can be forgiven, if the plot or the characters make up for it. I didn't feel this was the case in this book otherwise it would have gotten another star. I didn't like any of the characters that much and I feel the plot could have been much more interesting.
I can't finish this book because it doesn't compel me. I feel like the back cover blurb was misleading. Skye does want to kill people but she doesn't look for ways to get away with it and if she does it came far too late in the book for me to care.
I'll probably go back and try to finish it later, but right now I have other books I'd rather read and I know will not disappoint.(less)
I believe I cannot finish listening, or even reading, this book.
If I wanted a pretentious book on philosophy then I would have proceeded to buy one t...moreI believe I cannot finish listening, or even reading, this book.
If I wanted a pretentious book on philosophy then I would have proceeded to buy one that was not disguised as a novel. I don't understand why this book has such great reviews.
It is supposed to be about a middle-aged female Concierge who's husband has since died and (for some reason unbeknownst to me at least) wants to keep up the perceived notion that she is an uneducated Concierge who wastes her idle time in front of the television and a twelve-year old who is supposedly quite brilliant (even though no one but herself knows) that has decided that she should end her life when she turns thirteen and until that point she will also keep up her facade of being an average pre-teen that can be overlooked.
The fact that I find the first HALF of the book much less than enjoyable and nearly unreadable (or unlistenable, if you will) is part of the low rating for this book. I do give a book several chances past the first 70 pages or so, and even skipped a few chapters ahead to see if it had improved (only slightly) before I decide to discontinue reading it.
I don't have time to finish reading books that I do not enjoy and there are plenty of other books waiting on my shelves to be read. This book seems more focused on the ramblings of philosophy from characters that I cannot be convinced to care about than anything.
I admit that perhaps I don't have the depth or patience for it but I do usually enjoy a bit of philosophy here and there. There is a lot of telling throughout the book which goes against my core guidelines for good novels.
That said, of course everyone's opinion should be taken with a grain of salt. I didn't like it but obviously there are many that can't say enough GOOD things about it.(less)