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Beginner's Greek by James Collins
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Jan 19, 2008

it was ok
bookshelves: contemporary-fiction-chick-lit

I loved the premise but it did not carry through.

If you've ever seen the movie "Serendipity," the back-cover copy reads something like that: boy and girl meet on the plane, fall in love, he loses her number, she marries his friend, yada yada until they finally get together. And the reviews on Amazon claimed that this was a notch above the other romances and chick lit out there.

It could have been, had I cared more about the characters and had less of the book happened inside the hero's head. I'm not saying the writing was bad, the characters or story unlikable, or this book not worth reading...but for me, momentum is everything and this book just didn't have it.

It's the basic principal of creative writing: show, don't tell; to do the former, you need action and momentum--not description and introspection. At least that's my opinion.
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