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Ordinary World by Elisa Lorello
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Sep 20, 11

Read from September 16 to 20, 2011

The story should have stopped at "Faking It." "Ordinary Life" turned out to be a disappointment. This book wasn't as good as "Faking It." Andi's story wasn't as strong or compelling and I didn't feel the need to know what happened as I did in her previous story.

"Faking It" was strong, it was different, and we learned about Andi. In "Ordinary World" I felt the storyline was more preachy and that Andi floundered. While I understand this novel contains a tragedy the previous novel didn't have, Andi's indecision was a turn-off, as was her lack of desire to figure out her life. I suppose when the rug is pulled out from under you, you do absolutely flounder. But what she did to David really wasn't fair. I also think that Elisa Lorello tried to repaint Devin/Andi's relationship a bit, with Andi learning Devin had been in love with her from the beginning. Interested because she was different, yes and offered him a kind of intellectual stimulation he hadn't had before. In love, now where did that come from, because it wasn't apparent at all before.

David, who apparently was always insecure, used his escort service to prove his manhood, and was always in love with Andi -- comes across as shallow here. While this may have been Andi's story, it was also David's and we didn't learn anything about him in this story. Before, we learned about Devin through his writing, and that awesome journal entry. Here, we just see David through Andi's eyes, and her eyes are not paying attention to the world.

Maybe this story is about growth after tragedy, finding a love you thought you lost, and intertwining that with tragedy. If so, ok, but it still could have been a stronger story, not going off in so many different directions and not so preachy. Nobody likes to be preached at.

I understood and appreciated the last line of the novel. Many people didn't like it, but I think the point was pretty clear: she found what she was looking for with Sam. She has to exist in a world now where he's not, so while her life won't be fabulous anymore, she's ok with that and can accept that, and David.

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