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After the Leaves Fall by Nicole Baart
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Apr 16, 11

Read from April 02 to 15, 2011

Nicole Baart's AFTER THE LEAVES FALL was strikingly mediocre, moreso because of the writing itself than because of the story. At approximately the 40% point, the writing deteriorates - specifically, there is far too much exposition ('telling' / narration), and unnecessary clarifications of the main character's thoughts. Again, too much exposition. I only finished the book because I wanted to see whether or not the main character would end up with the character I hated.

In summary, this book wasn't as bad as I'm making it seem, but only the first few chapters are worth taking a look at. Because of the writing, at times the reading was unbearable. I feel bad to insult the author, but nonetheless, I won't be reading any more of Nicole Baart's books. She should stick to what she does best, whatever that is -- or maybe her current books are better (this was her first).
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Reading Progress

04/04/2011 page 54
15.0% "So far, I'm very much enjoying it. For the writing style and intimacy"
04/11/2011 page 177
51.0% "I've enjoyed this book for a while, but not so much anymore. A recently introduced character is becoming an apparent love interest, which infuriates me. I hate him! AND: the author is, at this part of the book at least, doing a lot of telling rather than showing. Blah."
04/14/2011 page 239
68.0% "Despite good reason to forget about this book, I'm going to finish it to 1} find out what whether or not Julia ends up with the character I hate; 2} be able to critique it; 3} add another book to my list of read books" 1 comment
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message 1: by Ivy (new) - rated it 2 stars

Ivy Krill QUESTION: Should I finish reading this book? I don't know if I should bother; I'm about halfway through and it's become very mediocre. And I hate the new character.


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