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Citrus County by John Brandon
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Sep 18, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: beyond
Recommended to Lisa by: Luis Correa
Read from September 15 to 17, 2010 — I own a copy

Reading anything that hasn't been published 50 years ago or more is usually a big deal for me, and I have to say that I was impressed with Citrus County. The characters were fairly well-developed, and the writing though terse, was very poignant. My issues were with the plot. Parts of the story were too fantastical to be believed, and I feel like Brandon was oftentimes forcing too many issues rather than letting his novel develop organically. The novel's final resolution was also a bit of a let down for me, given the build-up.

I think that being a teacher myself, I was a little prejudiced and informed to be reading about a teacher, especially dealing with the middle school age group and living part of this novel everyday. Other than that however, I really did enjoy this novel. It was simple and blissful to get through, and it makes me want to go back and read John Brandon's first novel. If that's not a compliment, I don't know what is.

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