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Lay the Favorite by Beth Raymer
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May 26, 10

did not like it
Read from May 18 to 26, 2010

Sadly, I found this memoir dull and un-engaging. I usually find something nice to say about memoirs but alas, nothing good will be here.

Luckily, I won a pre-release copy from Goodreads so I didn't actually pay for the book, but I'll never get the time back.

Raymer profiles, in painful detail, some quirky characters in the gambling world. She also profiles some terribly dull characters in the gambling world. Her own voice is uninteresting and almost absent. Sometimes the narration was best characterized a droning voice boring me to sleep. I wondered if she realized how little she made me care about her story. I also had a hard time equating the girl who was an escort and ran her own internet porn site with the girl helping professional bookies and gamblers.

I learned a little about the sports gambling world from this book. Not much, mind you, but I knew nothing about it going in. Maybe I'm so disappointed by the book because I had hoped to learn quite a bit about the actual industry.

Ultimately, I didn't care about how the narrator's life came out. I found nothing redeeming or interesting in her personality. I didn't even find her story compelling - probably because it wasn't her story but the stories of the major characters whose lives she passed through.
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