Top critical review
So-so, not worth twelve bucks
on August 10, 2017
Another book where I don't quite get the hype. It was okay. Not bad, not especially good, but okay. It actually started really dragging for me toward the end and I started skim-reading just to see how it would end up. This is one that went from indie to a published contract (and (sarcastic) thank you Penguin/Punam for making the Kindle book THREE DOLLARS MORE than the paperback. Not to mention that $11.99 is a totally ridiculous price for an ebook) because of sales success, which was based on word of mouth.
And I don't get it. I don't understand what it was that people loved so much about this book that they told all their friends to read it and have gushed about it online. I wasn't bothered by the age difference; it didn't seem scandalous or taboo to me (is that the appeal?). The relationship seemed believable given their circumstances. There were some moments that required me to suspend my disbelief (how did a dead guy end up in a teeny, tiny cave? And the dolphins just decided to show up and attack a shark? and how many illnesses/major injuries were these two going to sustain? Have they ever heard of being careful?)
Despite all the hype, this was an average book. Not an epic love story, not a grand-sweeping romance, an okay book that doesn't make me want to seek out more books by the author.