The writing is just so, so bad. The opening is her walking into the water, already proving herself to be foolish and self-involved, and then the book...moreThe writing is just so, so bad. The opening is her walking into the water, already proving herself to be foolish and self-involved, and then the book goes back in time (I guess) with an almost identical scene. Then the author does something I loathe, which is to write two paragraphs then skip ahead. Then two paragraphs, then skip ahead. It's so stop and go. It's like the story can't carry me away because it keeps stopping to tie its shoelaces.
Couldn't even finish it. Read other reviews and saw that the problem I had from the very beginning is all it is for the entire book. I only picked it up because it had a pretty good review average, and the cover was intriguing. I'll always pick up a book that seems light, but is supposed to have something more. But no. (less)
The thing about this book, is that in order to read and enjoy it, you have to be seriously willing to stick with it. The first third of the book, our...moreThe thing about this book, is that in order to read and enjoy it, you have to be seriously willing to stick with it. The first third of the book, our main character is a true ninny with no backbone in the worst way. The story is the definition of shallow, and it seems like it'll never go deeper. And while they don't necessarily deepen, you come to appreciate the characters as they are. Picture "moi," the main character being played by Marilyn Monroe, not Rosalind Russell for example. She's a fluff character, but once you give in, you can really enjoy her story. Read if you want to be carried away to a New York made up entirely of bellinis and brand names, with a fun little tale tossed in.(less)
It took me absolutely forever to get past page 11 of this book. I would pick it up before bed and almost immediately fall asleep, making no progress w...moreIt took me absolutely forever to get past page 11 of this book. I would pick it up before bed and almost immediately fall asleep, making no progress whatsoever. To be honest--and this makes me pitiful, considering that I am a young adult author--it was the movie trailer that forced me I read it. The over- the-top Alice in wonderlandish characters intrigued me. Because honestly, I'm just not hugely into dystopian novels. But once I got started--I mean really COMMITTED--I fell in love. You turn the pages, unable to stop. I fell in love with Katniss' ability to be extraordinary and her ability to be flawed and unsure. She's all tough meat, but then sometimes you hit weakness in her flesh. It's wonderful. Truly a great book. (less)
I wanted to like this book. As soon as my friend gave me the breifest of rundowns ("It's like the fairy tale except the girl falls in love with the wo...moreI wanted to like this book. As soon as my friend gave me the breifest of rundowns ("It's like the fairy tale except the girl falls in love with the wolf"), I thought it sounded like a good premise. But that's not really what the book is about. It's more about a young girl in a tiny town, both of which are soon to be riddled with tragedy. The one question we have throughout the story is, "Who is the wolf?"
Unfortunately it's never revealed. Right after an incredibly rushed and unrelatable ending, a page tells you to check out www.redridinghoodbook.com for the final chapter. This was an asinine choice, and I read in another review that it seems as though it's not even been written yet and is just waiting for reader input. But that is ridiculous.
The reason this is the only question we have is because this author head-hops throughout the entire book. One second we are in Valerie's--the main character's--head seeing things from her perspective, and the next moment we're in someone else's head. We never wonder why a character looks distracted--we find out immediately. We never wonder if Peter feels the same way as Valerie, or if Henry feels a certain way, because we find out before we care enough to wonder.
The writing itself was alright. This author (or these authors) captures a lot of specific emotions perfectly every now and again, but too often is trying too hard to describe something and it falls flat. The storytelling was choppy and broken up after every few paragraphs to show time passing--often unnecessary because only a few moments would pass. It is as if that was to indicate a scene change, and the multiple perspectives were meant to be camera shots of other characters. It was too cinematic, and not in a good way. It all makes sense when you find out that this book was written as sort of a supplemental piece of an upcoming movie.
A few things would have made this a much better book: staying in Valerie's perspective for the entire book. Not giving away the death of a main character on the back cover summary. Made Valerie a little less fickle and more decisive in what she wants--if she doesn't know, then why do we care? Focusing on the romance a little bit more, since that was what quietly drove the plot. Not doing this absurd thing with the unreleased final chapter. (less)
Yes, this is my mother's book, and you might think I'm biased. But it was INCREDIBLE. My absolute favorite of her books.
I loved this one unreasonably...moreYes, this is my mother's book, and you might think I'm biased. But it was INCREDIBLE. My absolute favorite of her books.
I loved this one unreasonably, and recommend it to everyone who has ever angsted or felt the pull of the past. Or anyone who has ever liked to read, really. It's a book about first love and all of the agony and ecstasy that goes with it. In this story, the author delves into deeper stuff than she's ever done before, and shows her readers what she can really do with words.
I didn't like this one as much as the others--writing was still great, but I don't know...the end of the story wasn't what I was hoping for. But that'...moreI didn't like this one as much as the others--writing was still great, but I don't know...the end of the story wasn't what I was hoping for. But that's totally a personal thing! Everyone should still read it. (less)