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Cracks by Sheila Kohler
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Aug 30, 2012

really liked it

I read the book because I loved the movie, which I actually preferred. I thought it had a stronger dramatic structure, but that was by focusing more on a couple of the characters. The book wanted to encompass the group of girls in culpability. I gave it 4 starts because I love poetic writing, and the descriptions were gorgeous and the story and characters well done. It didn't go up any higher because it did start to get repetitive. I think some of the repeated descriptive phrases were deliberate, almost like a chorus, but they weren't used well enough to have that work, if it was the intention. The film has an earlier timeframe and different setting, but does capture the lyrical feel of the book and intensifies the conflict.

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