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Adventures in Funeral Crashing: Funeral Crashing Series / A Kait Lenox Mystery Paperback – April 26, 2012
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What could use working on!!!!
-the punctuation could use working on! It was pretty distracting! There were commas all over the place where no commas were needed! And there were commas where there should have been periods! On top of those, I don't think I have ever read a story before with quite! so many! exc!amation marks!!!! They were everywhere! It almost read as though the narrator was either constantly yelling or constantly surprised! When it gets to the point that I'm noticing the (sometimes) 10+ exclamation marks on each page, some serious culling is in order.
-tense. The author could do with figuring out which tense she wants to use and attempting to stick to it. At one point, I had no idea what tense this story was supposed to be written in and it took some effort to switch off my inner editor and ignore it enough to read on. When the tense is consistent, it strengthens the writing and makes everything a lot clearer for the reader to follow.
-the voice. Yes, this is a teen novel. And yes, the teen voice of the narrator was pretty effective (which I'll mention in my pluses in a mo) but there was inconsistencies there. The author had obviously gone to great lengths (sometimes overdoing it with the repetitions and waffling to the point of distraction) but then there were so few contractions that from one breath to the next the dialogue or narration went from authentic to unrealistic and wooden. No teen on earth says I am instead of I'm (or any other such familiar sayings). Half the time, they drop the opening word of a complete sentence.Read more ›
CONSTANT references to Twilight. “Kait takes out her favorite book, Twilight…, Kait stays up late reading New Moon under her covers…Kait wonders, maybe he could be my ‘Edward’” All the references were not necessary for the story to move on. You’re not a real author until you can stand on your own two feet!
CONSTANT repetition! I lost track how many times Kait mentioned how much she LOVES peanut butter and banana milkshakes, how much her ex BFF hates her for no reason, how awkward she is, and her odd bodily ailments every time “Ethan” was around, how hot Ethan is, how someone like him will never go for someone like her. (I get that she is still mourning her mother’s death, but this girl is so self-deprecating that it got annoying, quickly.)
The narrator and Kait had a tendency to ramble, paragraph after paragraph after paragraph about stuff that had nothing to do with the story. It was also very predictable: Awkward Girl meets Hot Boy, Awkward Girl wants Hot Boy, and Awkward Girl gets Hot Boy. Sound familiar? How ‘bout…Awkward Girl keeps putting herself in danger, Hot Boy has to keep saving Awkward Girl from danger.
The story was cute, but it could have been so much better. I wouldn’t recommend this book nor will I be reading its sequels.
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Almost didn't get this book: it sounded too young and kind of silly. But, once I started reading, it got pretty interesting and went really fast.Published 5 days ago by Jan Tillman
So realistically written that it seems like ur reading the diary of a teenage girl. You have mystery danger and first love. Read morePublished 9 days ago by Kindle Customer
I got this book for free, which was great. I was surprised that it was so interesting and hard to put down.Published 11 days ago by Laura Larson
I love mystery books and recommend it to anyone who likes books about a smart girl who solves complicated mysteries.Published 29 days ago by Royshall
Short,sweet and to the point. Having a son who is a vp of one of the local funeral homes here made me laugh at all the possibilities of this happening. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Terry Clark
Not slow moving. Focuses on young peoples lives more than the requirements like attending school or work. Relationships change without making many a sick scene. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Heather