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Important Topic, Poorly Done Book
on August 3, 2012
I wrote a review a few minutes ago, but not sure what happened to it, so I'm reposting.
I wanted to like this book, but ended up completely irritated by it for a number of reasons.
First, the writing is horrendous. It goes from first person to third person narrative, sometimes within the same paragraph, and the grammatical and spelling errors were a complete distraction. I believe it is self-published, and clearly no editor was involved. I'm not overly picky about grammar, but if you're going to sell a book, you should at least be a little up on basic writing mechanics beyond, say, fourth grade. Sorry to sound snarky, but it was quite bad.
Second, this book starts off OK from a plot development standpoint, but goes so far downhill and off the path that the author ends up doing a great disservice to human rights advocates who are truly trying to spread awareness and fight human trafficking. For example, one young girl who is being prostituted ends up being courted by her very kind john, and is then bought and taken to freedom, living happily ever after. Really?! This is not only unrealistic, it encourages the belief that there is hope for trafficked girls if they just meet a nice john or pimp.
Also, the main character falls in love with her captor's son (spoiler alert), who is, incidentally, also one of her captors for most of the book. He professes his love, then the ring is busted and he becomes somewhat of a martyr in jail. In the meantime, the son's mother, also a captor/captive, inherits a huge estate, and the main character ends up living happily ever after in it. Incidentally, the main character is also so beautiful and clever that she is never sexually assaulted ... she is being saved for special purposes. Again, really?!
While I don't doubt the author's passion, I do think this is a poorly written, badly executed book on a very important topic. I do not recommend it. There are many books on the subject that delve into the topic of human trafficking from a more informed, reliable perspective, and do so with skill. Awareness is the key to ending human trafficking, and there is quite a bit to learn, just not from "More than Rice."