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Poppies for Christmas Paperback – December 31, 2017
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It is a good read for young and old.
I really didn't into this book until half way through. I couldn't connect to any of the characters in the beginning.
It wasn't until the halfway through the book when I couldn't put it down. And I could connect to one of the characters. Denver was my favorite character in this book. I related to her in so many ways. She wanted to be loved for who she was. She was always treated like she was below her autistic brother. He always came first no matter what. This second part of the book hit me pretty hard with the feels of the characters.
But its not a book I could or would read again. This book has you feeling like you were in high school all over again. The characters were in high school so that may have been it. I honestly felt like I was there with them in some parts of the book.
This book was overall enjoyable if you can get through the first half. It wasnt bad in any way. Just very slow building.
Poppy is dating Declan (The Model),
Lenn (The Artist) wants to date Dexx,
Dexx (The DJ) wishes he was dating Poppy, and
Denver (Declan's sister) is interested in Dexx.
Dexx is invited to spend Christmas with the Davies family as Denver's guest. He accepts in the hope of getting close to Poppy, but she already has a boyfriend.
Dexx's thinks Declan has it all. The gorgeous girlfriend, the lavish family home and the luxury life. When they meet Dexx has already put Declan on a high pedestal and he needs a few minutes to recover.
Denver is super excited to have her own friend over for Christmas. She feels like she lives in the shadow of her brother and wants her own story. She wants to get to know Dexx and have someone who is truly hers.
Declan has mild asperger's and a stutter. He wants to be independent. He really cares for his girlfriend and hopes she feels the same way.
Lenn is the opening number and only has a small part in this tale.
The synopsis to this book is accurate, but doesn't make sense until about 40% and I found this really confusing. I'm glad I stuck with the book. However I think something needs a little tweak.
The ending is perfect and I enjoyed this book once I got into it. 3.5 stars out of 5.
*I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review*
The story is told from the points-of-view of Lenn, Dexx, Denver, and Declan - but, strangely, not Poppy. Lenn's point-of-view is unnecessary and irrelevant, as she disappears a third of the way into the book. It's difficult to keep track of who is narrating the story because they don't have distinct "voices". When they tell us how they are feeling (ad nauseum, by the way), they repeat the same thing two, three, four, or even five times in slightly different ways (e.g., "at the edge, on the fringe, away from the crowd, alone, off to the side"); and it's not just one character doing this, they all do it. Dexx even starts using Denver's made-up words towards the end of the book; I know it's meant to show their connection, but it feels forced. The italicised passages comparing relationships to baking are the best part of the book, but it doesn't become clear who is narrating them until the end of the story (unnecessarily so).
All of the characters are unlikable: Lenn is obnoxious, self-centered, and mean; the peppy Poppy Paris is a cardboard cutout Barbie doll who appears innocent but is dating an older man; Kit is a sycophant who uses annoying teen-speak likes "totes" and "supes", but her "voice" later changes to being wise and understanding; popular Denver is mean to Poppy and makes up annoying words; creepy Dexx pines over Poppy but is physically attracted to Denver, and he has no memory of childhood incidents that have scarred other characters; Declan is weak and childish, and the written depiction of his stutter is excessive and practically unreadable. And there is way too much crying from everybody, even (especially) the boys. While it becomes apparent that our perceptions of these characters are clouded by how other people see them, everybody acts one way in school and another way in private. In addition, all the characters - even if they live a life of luxury, are beautiful, and appear perfect to the rest of the world - lack self-confidence, think no one likes them, and rely on other people for affirmation. And, even though they redeem themselves by the end of the book, it's too little, too late.
The writing is repetitious, full of lame similes, extended mixed metaphors, cringe-worthy dialogue, and just about every cliché imaginable. The use of annoying teen-speak (e.g., "totes" and "supes") and euphemisms instead of swear words (e.g. "flip") makes it sound juvenile. Editing errors include misused words (e.g., two or to instead of too), the incorrect use of commas (a comma before nearly every "and"), and the consistent absence or misuse of the plural and possessive forms of "Davies" (hint: don't pick a family name ending with an "s").
While the book conveys a nice message about loving people for who they are, it fails in the execution.
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