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The False Friend by Myla Goldberg
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Jul 05, 11

Read from July 03 to 05, 2011

I'm honestly not sure why I keep reading Myla Goldberg, because I always start out with high hopes, and I'm always disappointed. The False Friend has a great concept. A girl is abducted, and twenty years later it returns to haunt the friend who let it happen. I bet it would have made a striking short story. But as a novel, as this novel, it just doesn't work.

First of all, dumping out a ton of quirks and details do not well rounded characters make. Every time I started getting into the rhythm of the story, we had to stop for a diversion about Celia's addict brother, or pot smoking boyfriend, or to be reminded once again that her father wears *driving gloves*. (Um...what?) When Celia's parents started saying that they never liked a certain character because she was pretentious, I just started laughing, because...what the hell is this story? Pretension after pretension after pretension.

There was no real resolution, which in a stronger story would have felt haunting, but here just made me wonder why I'd spent my time getting all the way through it.
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message 1: by Kaye (new) - rated it 1 star

Kaye Just finished it and am kind of wondering the same thing. Why did I bother?

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