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Red Leaves by Paullina Simons
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Feb 06, 12

bookshelves: dropped-in-despair
Read on February 06, 2012

I give up. This novel makes no sense. We're supposed to believe this quartet of college students is tight-knit, yet two of them do despicable things to the other two. I hate them.

Further, to give away one detail from very close to the beginning, the future murder victim, is married to the Korean family lawyer, who promised her dying parent he'd take care of her. Take care of her by marrying her when she was, what, 16?! Credulity strains, creaks and finally, snaps.

I did like the cop a bit, but a 30ish cop asking a 20 year old college student out is just gross.

I picked this up because it was compared to The Secret History. Sorry, no sale. And you know what's missing? Ideas. That's what I love about The Secret History and its kin--they're about the effects of ideas. This book is just about squalid relationships among squalid people. I'm going to donate this to the library book sale, but I hope no one buys it.

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