This novel was easy to read but it just didn't keep my interest. It took too long to get to the actual road journey and by the time I got to that partThis novel was easy to read but it just didn't keep my interest. It took too long to get to the actual road journey and by the time I got to that part, I wasn't interested in the main character, Clem or the story anymore. Clem is a person who I think I could talk to on the bus or while waiting in line at the grocery store but she isn't a person that I want to read an entire novel about. She just drifts along (pun not intended) in life. This journey her father sets her on is supposed to make her grow. That's pretty much true of any story where the protagonist goes on a journey. However, the protagonist is usually a somewhat compelling person before the journey. Clem isn't. I don't think this was a bad book but it just wasn't what I was looking for....more
This book kept me interested and I read it quickly. That's why I'm giving it two stars instead of one. However, it was also problematic for a few reasThis book kept me interested and I read it quickly. That's why I'm giving it two stars instead of one. However, it was also problematic for a few reasons. The book is advertised as a thriller but it really isn't. We're already told very early in the novel that Mia is found so there's no real suspense or buildup to anything. I kept reading in the hope that there would be a buildup to this big, unexpected reveal but it never came. There's a "twist" but I saw it coming a mile away. Also, the "twist" goes completely against Mia's character.
Which brings up another point. Why couldn't we get Mia's POV throughout the novel? This is a novel about her but her entire story is told from everyone else's POV until the last couple of pages. It's almost as if her POV and the "twist" were afterthoughts that were thrown in.
The biggest flaw was the racism. I wasn't sure if the author was trying to show the racism of the characters but as a POC reading this novel, I was irritated a lot. Indians don't speak good English, Somalis are apparently really dark, scary and criminal etc. People seriously should not think like this in 2014.
This novel keeps getting compared to Gone Girl but I found the latter to have much more compelling protagonists and better writing than The Good Girl....more
I gave this book four stars not because I agree with Kushner's conclusions (I found much of his thoughts about God to be diametrically opposed to mineI gave this book four stars not because I agree with Kushner's conclusions (I found much of his thoughts about God to be diametrically opposed to mine and Islamic theology in general) but rather because Kushner does a wonderful job of explaining how he believes in God even with the bad things that happen to us. I find that too often religious people don't like to probe this problem in a serious way. I also appreciated the various Jewish perspectives as well as exegesis of Job's story as it appears in the Bible. Again, there were numerous times when I felt uncomfortable with the image of God that was presented. However, Kushner makes the story very accessible, especially for people who have little or no experience with the book of Job....more