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Above by Leah Bobet
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May 05, 2012

did not like it
bookshelves: did-not-finish, read-in-2012, young-adult, reviewed

So…four percent into this and I’m really struggling with the writing style of this book, to the point that I keep having to reread sentences and actually think it through to make sense of what the author is trying to say.

Another thing I’m really annoyed with is that when I started this book and the protagonists’ name wasn’t mentioned, I assumed he was a girl. So there I was, picturing this person as a female with a female voice, and suddenly I find out he’s actually a guy.

Needless to say, I LOL’d.

I’ve never really thought about this when reading other books, but I think an author should always make it clear from the start whether the protagonist is male or female.


Nine percent into this book, and I'm ready to give up. I can't tell whether the book is written the way it is because it's in the POV of a guy who grew up in an underground refuge and therefore has never had a proper education and can't speak properly, or if it's simply the way the author writes. Either way, it is really, really irritating.


OK. Eleven percent, and I'm done. It's making my head hurt.
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message 1: by Sophie (new)

Sophie I'll make sure I give it a miss :P

Catherine You do that! I promise you won't regret it :)

Hannah I am reading it now, and I just gave up. you're so right with the writing style! For me, it's impossible to read and so annoying! And I would rather have it be a girl.

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