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Shallow characters, shallow story,
This review is from: The Friday Night Knitting Club (Paperback)
I hate to leave a bad review for a book - particularly a first novel, but I had to speak out about this book. The premise of this book was promising and I certainly wasn't looking for an intellectual read, but this book had some of the worst writing I have ever seen. Since when did the excessive use of parentheses become acceptable in a novel? Using them in emails or casual writings might be okay, but they were extremely distracting in this book and, to me, represented sloppy and lazy writing.
The characters were extremely shallow, unrealistic, and simply not likeable. What converted James from an insensitive cad to a model boyfriend/father 12 years after he abandoned Georgia and her daughter? What in the world attracted a wealthy widow with children and grandchildren to this single mother? And why, after knowing the deli guy for years, did Anita all of a sudden agree to go to dinner with him and then, a few pages later, move in with him?
Silly plot, sillier characters, horrible writing. All in all, an awful book. Save your money.
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Initial post: Jan 20, 2009 3:24:46 PM PST
I agree, I was bored stiff!
Posted on Mar 4, 2011 1:44:00 PM PST
Posted on Mar 28, 2013 8:21:40 PM PDT
I agree with you. The writing was substandard and while I was reading it I kept wondering if they've completely abandoned the use of proofreaders.
The characters in this book are never fully developed and their actions are just plain silly.
I remember the days when you could rely on a New York Times Bestseller to at least be readable. This is just a mess.
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