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A little disappointing,
This review is from: The Idea of Him: A Novel (Paperback)
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I had read Holly Peterson's first novel, "The Manny", when it first came out a few years ago and I really enjoyed it. So I was looking forward to reading her new novel but I found "The Idea of Him" to be kind of disappointing.
There aren't really any likable characters in the book. Even the main character, Allie, is not really that likable of a character. I had a hard time rooting for her because I didn't necessarily agree with some of her actions. Without giving too much away, just because someone does something wrong, doesn't mean it was okay or excusable for Allie to do the same thing. The only character that I didn't mind was Jackie. I almost wanted to know more of her story than Allie's. Maybe the book would have worked better if it alternated between Allie's and Jackie's point-of-view.
The plot was just so-so for me. It was an intriguing mystery at first but it seemed to drag and bore me by the middle of the story. It made the book feel too long because I just don't think that there was enough mystery to keep the plot moving. And the mystery aspect was not very well done. I could tell exactly what was going to happen right away and it made for tedious reading because there was no mystery pushing me to want to keep reading.
It was just a disappointment to read and made me feel a bit sad because I really wanted to like this book.