- File Size: 585 KB
- Print Length: 242 pages
- Publisher: Amazon.com (September 27, 2010)
- Publication Date: September 27, 2010
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0044XV7VA
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,268,337 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The opening almost lost me, with the texting between Rachel and her friends difficult at times to decipher, and I feared the whole story would be at this level. Mercifully, it was not.
The characters were each introduced abruptly, with only some immediate connection between a few of them. I hoped that as the story developed, their interconnection would become more apparent. Without spoiling the story, in some cases it did, but on the whole, I think it would have worked better for this reader's satisfaction to tie all the characters together by the end. It was somehow expected that it would be, so I felt left hanging at the end. There was simply no closure with more than half the characters. Also, I feel the author handled the characters unevenly, devoting more time to some and less to others, and leaving long, unexplained gaps of time in some cases. It was a little frustrating to have to make the leaps.
I feel, too, that the chapter changes with the characters ran into some difficulty when the author moved back and forth in time. It was clear that background and motivation were being developed, but structurally, it wasn't sound. I think the chronology could be tightened up.
In addition, the story is light on description. It's not fatal, but I would have liked more, and to have more context for the characters.
Last, but certainly not least, there were egregious formatting glitches in my e-book. The paragraphs, especially in dialogue sections, were a mess and a challenge to decipher. This is disappointing.
So in all, this is a light read that does carry you along. The characters are interesting people that you want to know more about, and there is certainly an element of fun.
She begins with an interesting premise--how many steps would it take to connect far-flung individuals using social networking sites? It's a tantalyzing question, and it reels the reader in right away.
But Rozanski's real strength is in her ability to create believable, sympathetic characters.
I'm glad I discovered this author and plan to read more from her!
The characters we are introduced to, and obliged to tolerate, are simple, hackneyed, and formulaic. Bratty sorority girl portrayed as stupid from start to finish (never is it demonstrated that she learns anything from her "journey" through this book) meets dorky, creepy, entitled Jeremy, who harasses her until she accepts him, and abra kadabra: "Unlikely Romance." It's rushed, falls flat in every way, and seems to only be a part of the story because the author consulted a bullet point list of cliched requirements to make "A Novel." Nothing about it snaps the way that junky, quick reading sometimes does. (Believe me, I enjoy my fair share of irredeemable cheese. This doesn't even offer the satisfaction of that.)
If it's possible to say anything nice about this book, it's that it didn't take too long to read it, and never once did I have to crack open a dictionary. There was in fact nothing edifying about it, and it passed about as uneventfully as picking one's nose. My advice: Spare yourself. Even for a bored foray into pointless contemporary literature, this is not worth the time of any serious fan of reading.
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