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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Shallow and unintelligent, April 7, 2005
This review is from: Chloe Does Yale: A Novel (Hardcover)
I will repeat what others have said before: There is no plot. There is not nearly as much sex as a book with the title Chloe Does Yale should have. But there were other things that bothered me...

Like the style, for example. Krinsky simply cannot write. I'm not a master of fiction myself, but that's why I haven't had a book published. Her novel is riddled with adverbs, like "jokingly," "sternly," "quietly," etc. And like Stephen King said regarding adverb usage--if the reader can't tell that a character is joking or being stern or speaking quietly without you blatantly telling them, you're doing something wrong--you're telling rather than showing. Either that or you're implying that the reader can't detect sarcasm or seriousness or whatever you're trying to convey. It feels like she's probably looking down on the reader in some way, assuming that only stupid people will read her lame novel that leaves NOTHING for the reader to interpret or contemplate. Now, I did not expect something intellectually stimulating when I purchased this book. But I sure didn't expect something written for a high school freshmen, either. I expected to laugh, I expected to encounter a fresh look at the dating scene on a typical college campus. If you expect those things too, look elsewhere.
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