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Worst Book Ever Published
on March 17, 2010
This book was selected to be read by our book club, almost entirely based on the somewhat entertaining title. This is a terrible method for picking books, as you occasionally end up with amazingly bad books, like this one.
From the very beginning, it is obvious that the author of this book has absolutely no talent for storytelling. We are introduced to the main characters through one of the most awkward, and annoying use of a narrator that I've ever encountered. The narrator is a future version of one of the main characters, who speaks directly to the reader in 2nd person, with the majority of the action actually taking place in 3rd person. The switch between perspectives is jarring and disjointed, pulling the reader out of the story.
Absolutely none of the characters have any redeeming value whatsoever. Each and every one of them is absurdly stupid, or insanely mean. They are 2 dimensional caricatures, with absolutely no depth, and inherently unlikable. I found myself unable to root for any of them, and constantly wondered how any of them could realistically be friends with one another.
The most disappointing part of the book is that there isn't actually a love story. There are instances of unhealthy obsession that the author might mistake for love, but certainly isn't presented in that way to the reader. I never thought that any of the characters felt anything resembling love for one another. This book was not only not the "Greatest White Trash Love Story Ever Told," it's not even a love story.
The writing itself is also fairly poor. I have a suspicion that the author may be mentally challenged, so I don't want to harp on it too much. However, this book makes the Twilight series look like Shakespeare in comparison. If I did not know that the author was a middle-aged man, I would have expected this to be written by a 14 year old girl.
After finishing the book, our book club rated this a 0.2 out of 5. Not only was it the first time any one of us gave a book less than a 2, but 7 of us rated it a 0. The only redeeming quality is that it's short, so not too many trees were killed to print this trash.