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So Shelly by Ty Roth
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Jun 02, 2011

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The story was interesting, and there was some great potential, but an overall lack of connection really plagued it from being a great read. All of the incest, frank looks at sex, and the writing set it up for something literary - and indeed, I'd say fans of literary fiction may possibly enjoy this more - but it ultimately felt disconnected. Keats as a narrator doesn't have much emotional purchase behind the story. Byron is an utter douche canoe that you hate and you hate hating him, too. Shelly is tragic and interesting, but her Byron obsession just goes off the walls. There was so much stuff that was off-the-walls and could have made for a stunning and emotionally taxing read...but it just didn't connect enough to do that. I'll be interested to see what Ty Roth tries to do next.
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