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The Other Hand aka Little Bee by Chris Cleave
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Jun 11, 2012

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Read in June, 2012

I was sort of tempted to place this on my 'overrated drivel' shelf, but based on the reviews here it really isn't overrated. Nor is it exactly drivel. Overhyped mediocrity, maybe.

This book really isn't bad. It's actually quite good. The problem is that, based on the cover blurb, I expected something amazing, something astounding. And it really isn't all that. I agree with reviewers say the ending feels rushed and... well, weird. And that there's too much coincidence. And yes, the relationship between Sarah and Lawrence is definitely weird...

There are some redeeming qualities, of course. This book really made me think, and that was mainly due to Little Bee's voice. Her remark that 'you are not bad people' really struck home, as did certain parts of her story. However, the whole quasi-literary feel that was given to it by the poetic and dramatic ending, and by all the coincidences and by Sarah's midlife crisis, just didn't really work for me.

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