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Parallel Paperback – August 26, 2011
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About the Author
Claudia Lefeve was born and raised so far down the Texas Gulf Coast she has to pull out a map to show people it's nowhere near Houston. Now living in Northern Virginia, she is taking a temporary hiatus from a civilian career in law enforcement in order to write full-time. She lives with her husband and three dogs.
For more information about the author, please visit claudialefeve.com
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Top Customer Reviews
It was a good idea and I kinda got into it in the beginning, but the more I read, the more I would get distracted by something else because of all the confusing parallels I guess.
I also cringe a bit when I read in acknowledgements that there was an editor. While I don't know if this was a pro or not, I'd have to guess not because there were so many typos and mistakes, it just couldn't have been professionally done. It's very difficult to keep with a story when mistakes and typos overrun a story.
Professionally edited books average one or two typos. That's it and that's human. Many many mistakes throughout an entire book tells me "self edited" every time or edited by a friend.
Yes, the book was free. That was the good thing about it.
I think this would have been a better book had it been thought out better. Something like this, with the subject matter chosen like this writer did, has to be thought out to the very last detail.
A small amount of independent writers make me want to continue on to the next book, but that is rare. I wont be moving on with this one.
As I read this, as every reader does, I tried to put myself in the place of the main character Etta. Sure, there’s some confusion. But she really seems to just go with the flow. She’s the most passive protagonist I have ever met. Her type of character either changes, grows stronger, or remains that of a secondary character forever. She’s not the hardened foster system kid Lefeve keeps mentioning. And if I had to be told over and over by a teenager that she just didn’t put herself out there, held herself in, never had a boyfriend, etc., I feel like there’s just not enough showing. We spend so much time in Etta’s head and Etta explains herself so many times, that I wondered very much where the action was.
It wasn’t a painful read. I didn’t force myself to finish. The writing was smooth enough for me to just keep going wondering where the story was going. However, the end was predictable to the point that the only surprising thing was that I’d reached the end.
Perhaps if I were younger, without years of reading books that truly gripped my soul and still haven’t let go, I would have enjoyed this book much more than I did. So maybe it’s aimed for kids in middle school?
All I could think of when I finished this book and tried to come up with a review is: vanilla. It is the most vanilla book I’ve ever read. For some people, vanilla is their favorite flavor. And I’m not one to stray far from the familiar, but when going out for interesting, I’d prefer a little rocky road.
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As i started this book i was kind of curious how this book would go..Read more