I really wanted to enjoy this one more but something about it left me, I don't know, just feeling off.
Myra travels to Haiti with her mother as part oI really wanted to enjoy this one more but something about it left me, I don't know, just feeling off.
Myra travels to Haiti with her mother as part of a Doctors without Borders type of deal. Her mother is a doctor who does work at a clinic set up in Haiti and Myra, along with other teens, join the doctors as interns. Myra's mother hopes this will set her on the path to becoming a doctor. Problem is, Myra doesn't want to be a doctor, she wants to be a photographer. And she's in Haiti hoping to capture that one picture to win a scholarship to an art school. When she gets off the plane she immediately meets Elias. Elias has been hired to be a chauffeur/translator to the Americans while in the country. This is a huge opportunity for Elias. With this job he can afford to send his siblings to school and help feed his family. The job just comes with one warning - stay away from the Americans. I'm pretty sure you can all figure out what comes next.
I'm just going to say it, I did not like Myra. At all. I get that she feels trapped by her parents, by her religion, etc., but that doesn't excuse the fact that she ruins other people's lives with the attitude of 'oh it can't be that bad'. I get that she's young but being young and being naive are two different things.
Oh the other side, I did like Elias for the most part. I like what he represented and how the author chose to showcase his struggles with poverty and lack of jobs to grow. He wants to learn. He wants to be successful for his family. It definitely puts things in perspective when you watch how he just wants to feed his family.
I also appreciated the culture and description of Haiti. I read in the authors notes that Trombley has spent time in Haiti in her youth and I think that helped here. Writing another country is hard when you're just going off Google. Having been there and experienced the culture first hand added to the story.
But ultimately, I struggled with this book. The instalove was kind of ridiculous. I mean, you just met this person and you're only in Haiti, what, a week I think it was? It would have worked better if it was crush status more then love. I mean, they didn't really spend that much time together to make it believable. Another thing was the ending. Everything from when Elias receives the package to the end was a little sugary sweet and too perfect. It wasn't believable and took away from what could have been a bittersweet growing experience.
I do think this book will relate with young adults. Maybe I was just a little too old for the story and writing, that it just didn't work for me.
I received an e-copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Ummm..I'm not quite sure what happened in this book. I normally really enjoy Koontz's writing but I could not get into this one. For one thing, it wasUmmm..I'm not quite sure what happened in this book. I normally really enjoy Koontz's writing but I could not get into this one. For one thing, it was way too wordy for what it needed to be. I found myself skimming chapters to get to actual plot. There were times when nothing important happened in entire chapter. It was literally an entire chapter of description. Out of the 4 or 5 main characters, I really was only interested in the boy and his dog. Also the summary of this book is misleading. The girl that disappeared doesn't actually go missing until the book is almost at 500 pages.
This hasn't thrown me off of Kootz's work and I will continue to read him, but this one just wasn't for me. ...more
The Pledge follows 17-year old Charlie, a Vendor class girl who has a secret - she can understand all languages of her cSo, I wasn't super impressed.
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