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can you spell c-o-n-t-r-i-v-e-d?
on March 31, 2013
Last night I finished, "Family Pictures," by Jane Green. Jane, Jane, Jane, what can I say? That she has lost her touch? That she has dumbed herself down, that this was the most contrived and predictable book I have read, perhaps ever? I CAN say those things, and I am saying them, and YET, I enjoyed the book! It was light, fun, lured me into its predictable web and didn't let me go until I finished.
Green's earliest books continue to be the best of her work. Family Pictures is an improvement over her last novel, which was simply horrible, ("Another Piece of My Heart") but it was barely a step above a Danielle Steel novel. Green is a good writer, technically, but her plot was ridiculously farfetched, with one coincidence after another, none of which were plausible. Still, I kept reading, hoping for a shock or turn of events. The last few pages were the most ridiculous of all. However, I finished the novel knowing I enjoyed the few days I spent inside its pages. How is that for a paradoxical review?