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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting story but not enough punch, April 23, 2012
This review is from: Everything We Ever Wanted: A Novel (Paperback)
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The plot line for this book sounds very promising but I was disappointed that it did not progress smoothly.
The characters are from dysfunctional families and there are dark secrets that have affected the way that all of them conduct their adult lives. I have to say that although I wanted to like the characters I did not feel much empathy for their angst except for Scott, the adopted son who never lived up to expectations. How often does this happen in families? One son is the "good son" and the other is not but in this case there is the additonal aspect because Scott is a biracial child adopted into a family who did not know how to adjust to his reality. While everyone is trying to pretend that life is perfect, the other members of the family keep secrets and make assumptions about certain events. While it seems that Scott is devious and evil, the twist to the plot is that he is really the only person who is genuine. The writer played that very well.
The writing is excellent but somehow it does not assist in moving the story forward. I found that aggravating because much of the story seems to be a slow rehash of the same information. This story needs more depth to balance the story. It took too long to get to the punch and when I finally got there it was almost a hohum revelation.
I would saya that this book is worth a read because Shepard is a gifted writer and other's may have a different reaction to the story line-this review reflects my own reaction.
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