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Carry the One by Carol Anshaw
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Mar 28, 2012

did not like it
Read in March, 2012

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Carry The One follows a set of siblings and friends over a course of twenty five years. The book begins with a wedding, and in the aftermath of the wedding, friends traveling together hit and accidentally kill a young girl. The book is meant to look at how one tragic moment impacts these individuals throughout their lives.

Unfortunately I did not enjoy the book at all. The book starts off with a wedding. The characters introduced sadly are not very likable ones. The description of the wedding includes descriptions of casual drug use, casual relationships, and the fact that even the wedding itself is precipitated by an unplanned pregnancy. Following this is the fact that these individuals in an alcohol and drug haze get in a car and drive. All that in the first few pages of the books. Not a positive start.

Given these circumstances, it is unclear that what transpires in the characters' lives is due to one tragic moment or a series of unfortunate choices. The premise of the book does not follow through because even in the first few pages, the accident is not a surprise and is a result of decisions made. To then turn around and present that accident as the cause in all that follows lacks conviction and makes for poor reading.
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Kathy James I agree with your review and am glad that I didn't bother to finish it. I am surprised it is getting good reviews elsewhere. I did not sympathize with any of the characters and felt that whatever bad things befell them they deserbed entirely. I am not sure this is the way the author wanted me to feel.

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Sherwestonstec i keep looking at this book in the bookstore, i am glad i did not buy it!

Soraya Scheibel I tossed the book after I read it...did not like it at all!

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