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The Spindlers by Lauren Oliver
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Apr 09, 13

it was ok
bookshelves: books-i-almost-didnt-finish, illustrated-books, lit-middle-grade
Read from April 07 to 09, 2013

The Spindlers wasn't a bad book, it just managed to hit nearly every narrative trope I loathe. Oliver writes well, and the text had its moments of beauty, but the story was undermined by the lack of complexity. I am aware that the The Spindlers is a middle grade title, and authors tend to be conservative in their storytelling with middle grade books, but the plot flowed neatly along the expected pathways; nothing a character said or did even once surprised me. The plot felt not just derivative, but outright formulaic.

However, my greatest dislike of the book stems mostly from personal preference; The Spindlers is quirky and offbeat in a twee kind of way that I have never liked. It feels like a mashup between Dr. Seuss and Alice in Wonderland, both things I never particularly enjoyed as a child and enjoy even less today. I think the kind of imaginative setting The Spindlers offers could be really enjoyable for a variety of people, but it wasn't for me.
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