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Barefoot by Elin Hilderbrand
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Aug 23, 10

bookshelves: fiction, ebook, family, friendship
Read from August 19 to 22, 2010

The characters were interesting but not particularly likable in the beginning. By the end, they were slightly more likable and definitely not as interesting. It was a good set-up but I felt like the novel really didn't have much to say. What I think is bothering me the most is the pat ending- there is not one negative consequences for any of the character's choices that last longer than the summer. But not because the characters do much to change their circumstances (although there is a little of that). Most of the time the characters willfully ignore their problems, until they finally have a heart-to-heart/forced confrontation and then things are fine. Sometimes that's what life is like- things are difficult and even though we don't do much more than survive, things get better. But it's a bit too pat that this was the basic solution for all the main (and minor) characters' problems, and it definitely leaves the ending flat and unsatisfying.
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