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The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling
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Apr 15, 2012

did not like it
Read from September 27 to October 11, 2012

Only halfway and I just want it to be over! What was she thinking? Who would want to read this? Is this some kind of joke? PLEASE don't tell me this is the sort of thing she'll be writing from now on. It's dry, boring, about as fast paced as a snail, devoid of a single likeable or even relatable character, littered with "adult themes" that don't drive the plot but seem to be there just for the hell of it, and lacking even a single shred of artistry. Seriously, I keep hoping I'll turn the page and there will be a "JUST KIDDING GUYS -J.K. Rowling" on the next page. I mean, I don't see how anyone could possibly enjoy this. Did she really find this interesting, or was she trying to prove something to herself or her fans like, "Look at me! I can write ADULT novels too! Don't you see how ADULT it is? PENIS VAGINA BREAST MASTURBATION SEX HEROIN see? It's adult and stuff, my writing is so raw and gritty and did I mention ADULT?" I feel so let down by this. I hope her next book has more of the artistry, charm, humor, engaging characters, and amazing plot that I know she's more than capable of. This is just deeply disappointing.
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message 1: by Ray (new) - rated it 1 star

Ray I'm half way through right now and this is exactly how I feel.

Sarah Yeah, I finally finished it and my opinion hasn't changed much.

message 3: by Ray (new) - rated it 1 star

Ray I finished the day after I posted that comment. Yeah I still thing the same thing... although I did like the ending.

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