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Jacob Have I Loved by Katherine Paterson
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it was ok

Listened to this on audiobook, which probably made it worse because you couldn't accelerate through the miserableness of the lead character. There's some decent storytelling in here but it really comes across as a score-settling diatribe written by a self pitying girl who hated her twin's guts.

That topic could be covered winningly with real humor, perspective or at least some dramatic progression but hardly anything significant happens to the central conflict in the book. Instead, it all kinda peters out in a montage-y end sequence that is hardly rewarding given that we've been dragged through a detailed litany of offenses both real and imagined.

I would have rather had 3 chapters of her teen life and 12 chapters of her life after leaving home - there's a far more interesting tale buried in there.
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September 14, 2013 – Shelved

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