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Sam's Letters to Jennifer by James Patterson
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Nov 01, 2010

it was ok

I read this novel largely because I see the name "James Patterson" everywhere, and I thought I should read a book by such a famous author. Needless to say, I was largely disappointed. I found the plot almost as flimsy as the characters--who themselves lacked substance and were almost as two-dimensional as the words on the pages. Having more recently learned that James Patterson is more of a brand name than a singular writer, I am less critical of "James Patterson" books in general. And, despite my lack of enthusiasm for this particular novel, I did learn--or re-learn--one thing: that character strength and depth is exceedingly important. Sam's Letters to Jennifer reminded me how valuable is strong dialogue between solid characters and made me reevaluate some of my own literary characters. (And perhaps that is a greater gift than entertainment.)

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