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The Intern by Jess C. Scott
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Sep 05, 2010

did not like it
bookshelves: for-review, romance, contemporary, adult
Read from October 11 to 12, 2010

I've been assigned to read this, review it, and interview the author for The Broke and the Bookish. Keep an eye out for it!

UPDATE: Well... I wasn't a fan, really. For this reason, there will be no interview with the author, but a review will be posted soon. :)

REVIEW: So I just finished 1: The Intern by Jess Scott for the guest post/interview and giveaway for TB&TB... I've got extremely mixed feelings about it. While I liked the idea, the execution was poor. The grammar was bad, the editing needed to be more precise, and the style bothered me. I found a ton of typos... It was written in first person, which takes talent that this author does not really have... The details were too specific, especially regarding feelings. Nothing was left to the imagination. Jess spelled out every single emotion so you couldn't put yourself in the character's place. There's a lot of long descriptions of dance routines, which were so hard to follow. I could never picture in my mind the dance that the character(s) were doing. You have to be a Korean-Pop/Hip-Hop dancer to really understand, in my opinion. Maybe that's not a big deal, but there's a lot of it and I would have skimmed over those more if I were not planning to review this book.

Now, I really liked the story... and the idea. And I did find myself reading further to see what happened next. However, I found myself being confused by critical story elements, which is not normal for me. I don't get confused by what I read... lol. Not to sound pretentious, but I'm a reading teacher, so my comprehension was not the problem. It was the writing. I had to read entire passages a second time to try and figure out what was going on.

I dunno. I liked the story, but the grammar and writing was sub-par, and I worry that a raving review would shatter my credibility if someone went out and bought it as a result.

It all boils down to two things: it screams of being self-edited, and it screams of being self-published. I did not get the feeling that this was written by a professional.

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