Evan's Reviews > Paper Trails: True Stories of Confusion, Mindless Violence, and Forbidden Desires, a Surprising Number of Which Are Not About Marriage

Paper Trails by Pete Dexter
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Jan 21, 2008

it was ok
bookshelves: non-fiction, bookclub
Read in April, 2008

I hate to give this book an "OK" rating, but to be honest, it just didn't do it for me.

I found some of the articles to be interesting, only to have them drop off suddenly (of course, because they are newspaper columns). Others were just... there. For example, I thought either the first story or the last story should be thought provoking and really hit home to the reader, but neither drew me in.

Because of the format, I kept hoping for some sort of order to the book, but with no real titles to the articles, the reader is left to read the book as-written. I would have liked to follow some of the storylines contiguously, but there was no way to do that. This book would have been great as a hyperlinked document - allow the reader to follow and cross-reference the different stories.

So, I give this an "eh". Not awful, just not my style.
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