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Vanishing Acts by Jodi Picoult
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Jul 01, 2012

it was ok
bookshelves: read-in-2012, 2-stars, drama-llama-oo-la-la
Recommended to Tima by: Goodreads
Recommended for: Current Jodi Picoult die hard fans, my Mom
Read from June 27 to July 01, 2012 — I own a copy

Page 70, review: I've just barely cracked into this book but I already needed to comment on something. I really dislike Picoult's use of different fonts for each character. (she does the same in My Sister's Keeper If you cannot write a character well enough that it can't stand alone in generic font..you ought to start writing from one perspective only. Barbara Kingsolver writes almost all her novels from the view of 3-4 different people per story and keeps the same font. She gives them such depth and voice that they are entirely identifiable, no matter the font they're in.

Page 214, review: Qualms #2 & #3 about this book. I really am disliking the inconsistent perspectives the characters are using. Some of the characters are narrating in 1st person and some are narrating in 2nd person. There's one [the father] who switches between the two of them. It's making me want to smash the book in the garbage disposal. Qualm 3 is that this book is just a bit ridiculous, I'd love to give a full example of why, but i'm not ready to set up my spoiler tags yet.. oi vey!

Page 300, review: (view spoiler)

Final Review: This book was pretty bad. It started out strong, interesting plot. Then gave way to a boring, predictable love triangle, a random section involving the Hopi Indians that seemed really out of place in the story and really awful decision with the father's story line. Truth be told, I skipped the last 100 pages and read the final chapter, amazing that I still knew exactly what had happened and didn't have to page backwards for clarifications. I thought the character development was sub-par and if she cut this book in half, it probably would've been a decent novel.
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message 1: by Teri (new) - rated it 1 star

Teri Zipf Thanks for identifying the technical inconsistencies, in addition to the plain awfulness of this book. I've seldom hated a book as much as I did this one, and never more.

Amelia Looks like I got a different edition - there was only one typeface through the whole book.
Otherwise that would have peeved me off too!

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