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As Hot as It Was You Ought to Thank Me by Nanci Kincaid
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Jan 09, 2008

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Recommended for: vacation readers
Read in January, 2008

** spoiler alert ** As Hot As It Was... started strong with many of my favorite elements - introspective children, biblical end signs and a southern-gothic sensibility. The atmosphere of endless heat and forced smiles is gripping and the characters charming enough to keep one hurtling through the text. However, half-way through the novel it begins to lose its momentum. The introduction of Raymond is disappointing - his personality is indistinct and he never seems half as interesting as Berry finds him. The second half of the book, while ripe with grotesque and powerful imagery (an engine block full of snakes, anyone?) becomes bloated with increasingly unlikely plot-twists. The ending strives for transcendence by leaving the reader questioning the reality of Ford's disappearance. However, after so many turns of fate I left the text feeling grounded by half-hearted ending and peculiar lack of growth in the previously sparkling characters. A great, interesting beach read but it falls short of the brilliant novel it could be.

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