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Secondhand Charm by Julie Berry
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Jul 05, 2012

it was ok
Read on July 13, 2012

I thought this story had potential, and it was relatively entertaining. It just seemed a bit too reliant on deus-ex-machina ending, and the story is a series of events that seem somewhat haphazardly related. The characters are also irritating in spots, either acting stupidly or not thinking, and I often felt that they somewhat resembled flat cardboard cutouts. The plot itself I felt could have been much more interesting, in the sense that there was potential for a much darker, deeper treatment of themes, rather than the somewhat superficial characterization and development it got. I don't want to be harsh, because it was a decent book; it's just that I thought it could have been better done, and from the enthusiastic reviews I had higher expectations.

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