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Falling Home by Karen   White
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May 20, 2011

it was ok
Read in May, 2011

Imagine a Hallmark movie, but as a book. If you don't know what I mean by that, let me assure you that the Hallmark channel has tons of movies that center around some of these same themes: big city is bad, career-oriented thinking is bad...well, you get the picture. The following quote stunned me:

"Her MBA training and years of working in New York had taught her to ignore the twinge of conscience."

All this time, I thought an MBA was an accomplishment for the hard-working and disciplined, but now I see it just numbs your sense of right and wrong. Eating sushi is elitist, broadening your horizons leads to ramming a giant stick up your ass and losing your sense of humor, and God forbid you move away from your family...even if your sister did elope with your boyfriend. Don't be selfish and stand in the way of true love!

Love interest Sam has his Harvard education, but brought it back to his home town and spends the book sneering at/lecturing Cassie (Cassandra in New York...New Yorkers apparently frown on nicknames) for the way she changed, and insists that she makes him glad he left Boston before the obligatory stick-ramming. That what they taught in Harvard? The contrast for him is Andrew, another favored Hallmark archetype, the successful but soul-less, uptight, pompous jerk who hates kids, old people, and anything not business-related. It takes the heroine inexplicably long to realize said-jerkiness...because she's too busy insisting he's right for her, clearly illustrating what she'll become unless she does what everyone around her thinks she should.

Obviously I had a lot of problems with the messages in this book. I also thought the beginning was pretty confusing as to what exactly were the main conflicts of the book, because it would introduce one conflict (I've been estranged from my sister for 15 years and now I have to go home again)and then quickly resolve the conflict within a chapter or two (I just realized I'm not mad anymore and I was wrong to be mad in the 1st place...we're cool, sis). There were at least 3 or 4 false starts before it moves on to the actual story.

About half-way through the book there's a mystery introduced, which couldn't have interested me less. I just kept speeding forward to find out what happened to Harriet...her story did end up interesting me, hence the second star.

I don't mind two-dimensional, predictable chick-lit because it can be comforting, like mac-n-cheese. I do mind stereotypes.
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message 1: by Denise (new) - added it

Denise Cornelius completely agree, full of stereotypes. Also, everyone in the town acting like they knew what's best for someone they haven't seen in 10 years-annoying.

message 2: by [deleted user] (new)

@ Denise and Krissy, this is trilogy book really that bad? I mean, I just started Falling Home a few days ago and I'm already on chapter 2 so far. I didn't think that the book really starts off real bad at first. I mean,I really don't like Cassie's New York idiotic boyfriend or whatever, I mean, I didn't think that her boyfriend really understood what it's like to lose a dad like Cassie is having to do (from where I'm at in the story) but still. Do the both of ya'll think that I should continue reading the rest of the story to find out more about Cassie,her dad and Harritt? Please let me know before I move on into the story,thanks.

message 3: by Denise (new) - added it

Denise Cornelius @april Her boyfriend does suck. That is what I mean full of stereotypes. They didn't even try to make her boyfriend halfway decent. I mean he didn't even go to her dad's funeral. They basically made him a NY creep so she would fall for the nosy doctor who I also hated. All the characters were one dimensional. I did like her niece though. Yes read it, it's like a lifetime movie or hallmark movie. Terrible but sort of entertaining.

message 4: by [deleted user] (new)

Denise~hey. Okay, I'll read it. I just hope that ur not right about the characters being 1 dimensional or whatever. I mean, towards the beginning of the story, I started to feel as if they were 1 dimensional but not sure as to y that is the case, but instead of putting the book down I continue to ignore it for some strange reason.I don't really like Cassie's boyfriend either,it felt as if he didn't care about her or her dad's funeral or even the fact that her dad was dieing in the first place (which came off as strange,odd and too weird to me). But I'll take a risk and read it. Thank u for ur honesty, I appreciate it.

message 5: by Denise (new) - added it

Denise Cornelius @april anytime let me know what you think when you are done

message 6: by [deleted user] (new)

Okay, I'll let you know what I think when I get finished with the noval. Thanks, Denise!

Barbarac Thanks put all my thoughts in writing about this book in your review. I was so mad reading it that by the end I couldn't stand anybody in the book. Except the kids. Way to make a woman that moved away from her family to go to school and get a good job feel bad about herself. Thank goodness my parents completely understand and are very proud of me!

message 8: by April (new)

April Vaughn Don't think that I'll be able to get into the story, y'all are absolutely right about the same character's being one dimensional...the beginning is rather too hard to understand why Cassandra left town 10 years ago or whatever. Don't even know if the book is even worth the time, energy, strength and cash put into it.

message 9: by Kathleen (new)

Kathleen I’m a third of the way through and trying to decide if I should read the rest of it. What bothers me the most is the one-dimensionality of Cassie. She throws out insults repeatedly (at Sam) for no reason. I figure they’re going to get together of course but I’m not sure why. And another thing - if he’s been pining after her since kindergarten (!) how could Cassie not know?? Even if Cassie was obtuse, Harriet knew and would have told her - they talked about boys and crushes after all. Just a few complaints— I appreciate reading these other comments and I agree.

message 10: by Kathleen (new)

Kathleen I also don’t see any character development. And there’s a lot of just slow repeated sentences. This could be a third shorter, more concisely written to improve it. I picked it because someone recommended this author and this seemed like a fun escapist read.

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