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As for the rest of the story... there was a lot of telling and very little showing. The choice to start the story with the brief recap of the accident was a missed opportunity. It could have very well been relived through on of her dreams. the dialogue as well seemed very juvenile. I did really want to like this story, but it just wasn't for me. Had I not been reading it to review, I probably wouldn't' have finished it.
I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
As Elona gazes into a far off distance on the cover you can imagine she is reveling in the most exquisite fairytale existence. A dream realized perhaps or maybe the gift of unwavering love? Who doesn’t like a good love story, right? Yet a good love story is an understatement. “A Life No Less Than Perfect” was imperfect in so many ways. The fairytale love was so unbelievable, you have to question if the accident she was in caused some long lasting damage.
The contradicting subtext on the cover which reads, the crossroad of “When tragedy meets pain”, soon became clear venturing through Elona’s tale. Attempts to get to know and love these characters were thwarted by formatting issues, prose, and non-relatable characters. Large blocks of text made it difficult to follow; it was as if this tragic tale was never ending. If you are able to read past the formatting or minor grammar errors then the flow of the uncomfortable dialogue and lack of connection with the characters, take you back to the crossroad. For now, let’s journey on.
Three years after her accident, Elona decides to find her own way outside of the comfort of her parent’s home. What took her so long is still unclear to me. She packed up her bags and ventured out into a new world with naivety in her eyes and upon arrival sets them upon a young man named Michael.
Within a blink of an eye, Elona and Michael were in love. Love at first sight so it would seem. No, more like a careening through a guardrail and getting trapped under an obsession from Michael without clear reasons as to why.
Michael was ready to give up all he worked for to be with her upon the first meet. His heart was revving at full RPMs and he didn’t want to let up off the gas. His friend Laurence encouraged his every turn. With the strong support and push of her new friend, Elona rode past her doubts and fears about him. Filled with tepidness and uncertainty Elona opened the door of possibility and chose to strap her seatbelt tight and enjoy the ride of Michael’s obsession hoping it would take her to new places.
Parker’s style of writing doesn’t allow the reader to visualize the appearance of these characters. The cover is the only place which gives you an idea of what at least one of the characters may look like other than they were all blonde and beautiful. The most beautiful either had ever seen. Yet the entire surrounding scene is left unimaginable.
Parker tells you what’s happening in the story without drawing you a picture with words. One could walk through Michael’s apartment with perfect directions, mock his every movement but couldn’t tell you what it looked like inside or what he was feeling without the character saying it in dialogue.
The conversations in the dialogue don’t flow naturally either. I kept asking who speaks like this. Continuing through the read, another question came to mind, “why do I need to know this?” and I kept waiting for a situation to occur in which the dialogue benefitted the story.
The zero to sixty-second bolt right into love drove you through bad dialogue with boring characters along for the ride. The subject matter had the potential to go far but left me at the crossroads of confusion and disappointment. I almost jumped out the car halfway through but forced myself to journey to the end of the book. Perhaps, it may be more suited for a YA audience.
I look around at the other reviews posted for this novel of 4 and 5 stars and I wonder what they are seeing that I am not. What did I miss?? The novel was not badly written except for being slightly redundant in the author's need to recap what we just read from a different perspective when switching from one character to the next. BUT it was just so mundane and unbelievable. The climax was virtually nonexistent and more like a speed bump then a wave. I had to battle through to get to the last page and was immensely relieved when I did. If you believe and enjoy the idea of love at first sight then this novel might be a good fit for you. If you are like me and think that the word love probably should not be thrown into conversation after ONE day, then not so much.
*I received a digital copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.