- File Size: 2121 KB
- Print Length: 156 pages
- Publisher: The University of Life Press (December 1, 2009)
- Publication Date: December 1, 2009
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00318DBLS
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,496,047 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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My main problem is with the characters and all that happens to them. Each of the main characters always seems to have the nicest thought, the most pure motivation, and never seems to question any of the other main characters. This in itself isn't bad, but it just doesn't seem completely believable, and I can't put my finger on why. I had the feeling all along that the narrator was telling me the best possible version of a story, whereas someone else might have mentioned some things that he left out. This is basically a story of a likeable young man who's very insecure finding his confidence and security through a girl, not through himself. It also reads often as an excuse to throw in some philosophy here and there--really profound wisdom coming from the mouths and minds of kids in their early 20's. Things just never fit for me.
I actually only reached the end because I was curious to see if there would be anything redeeming in it, but as someone pointed out, it's an extremely abrupt and uncomfortable ending that leads into a sales pitch for book two, which costs $2 more than this first one. I really didn't care if the two main characters ended up together, and I cared even less for his two friends at college, especially the liar who was proud to be a liar.
All in all, this left me feeling empty and a bit dismayed that I had spent so much time on it for no really good reason. The writer has talent with his prose style, but the story-telling and the flow of the narrative and the character development all seemed forced and formulaic.
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I enjoyed this book which makes no pretence at being anything other than a fun read for Christmas. Rather implausible at times with an ending that leaves you wanting to know what happens next.
that is why i don't always bother