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This month's Book With Buzz: "Little Fires Everywhere" by Celeste Ng
From the bestselling author of Everything I Never Told You, a riveting novel that traces the intertwined fates of the picture - perfect Richardson family and the enigmatic mother and daughter who upend their lives. See more
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There are so many ways to say I HATED THIS BOOK, but make your own decision. Just know, you will never get your time back.
Note: the author has improved so much since writing of this book, and I really have enjoyed her more recent works.
It started out pretty well, but towards the middle it dragged on and on. Also, when dealing with the dual story lines of Joshua/Ruth and Jed, it skipped all over the place. One moment we'd be a month ahead, the next we'd be two months behind, the next we'd be a year ago, and so on.
There were quite a few characters towards the end, but I easily kept them separated in my head. I didn't really like Ruth (I found her to be a bit of a Mary Sue) or Joshua (same). They both seemed judgmental to me.
I did like Jed, who was presumably the antagonist. I looked forward to seeing what happened next to him. He made me want to write a Western. I don't know why, but I just find the outlaws and sheriffs and such of the old west to be fascinating. Probably too much John Wayne ...
The description was pretty good. I really do want to visit Montana someday. I didn't really see anything missing in this aspect. The dialogue was sometimes a little too modern.
This book probably needs a little more editing. The worst problem was probably the head-hopping. I never knew whose head we were in, which was confusing.
I normally love reading Christian fiction ... but in this book, I found the Christian content a little bit preachy. It was hard to get through the paragraphs of Bible that seemed put in at random. Almost everyone in this book was a Christian or became a Christian (usually remarkably easily), which I didn't find very realistic.
However, the overall theme of redemption and forgiveness was a good one - despite my not liking the portrayal of it - and I did appreciate that.
Violence: robbing, outlawing, and even several murders. Never detailed, always treated as (very) wrong.
Sexual: Jed supposedly raped a girl at one point. It all happened off-screen and was dealt with pretty tastefully.
Not my favorite book. I didn't really like it and wouldn't recommend it. However, later works by the author were much better.
~Kellyn Roth, @reveriesreviews.wordpress.com
Here they rest up and head out to mom and dads place, and what happens next is a wonderful story.
This is the first book in a series. Although I am anxious to read the rest of the books, it would be fine as a standalone as well.
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