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Very Predictable and Highly Unrealistic
on July 20, 2014
This novel takes a tragedy, solves all the problems with money, and ties everything up neatly with a big red bow. The premise is promising: A teenage skiing sensation has her Olympic dreams ended by a devasting spinal injury, causing her to lose the use of her legs. Then Dad takes over. Luckily he has multiple millions of dollars, which he uses to solve every obstacle. Her Dad immediately spends a lot of money to have their home remodeled, gets her a car with manual controls, and then spends 10 million on a rehab facility to help others. How nice for them. All problems solved with money. Then we have a teenage girl who has just lost her dreams and never really seems to get very upset about it. She immediately retains her former skiing coach (at Dad's expense) and trains for the Paralympics. Of course, she has romance too. But she doesn't have a romance with the quadriplegic teen who becomes her very close friend and to whom she confides everything. No, she has a romance with the perfectly healthy, walking son of her doctor, even though she hasn't known him that long. She also gets into Princeton and thanks to Dad's money has everything she needs to lead a normal life. I realize DS is loaded, but her readers are not, and it would be nice to see problems solved without throwing huge chunks of cash at them. The father gets a romance too, and so does his friend who came back into their lives on the brink of suicide. All of the romances are easy to see coming. All of the problems are solved with cash. The father has endless millions to make everyone's lives happy. It would be nice to see a more realistic approach to the challenges faced in this book.