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- Print Length: 377 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1539153762
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: June 22, 2015
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B00Y58WM5Y
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As to the style, its not just a pet peeve of mine with this book, but with all books that are mostly internal dialogue driven. The paragraphs are written in such a way that one paragraph is almost an entire page. Its run on sentences. I get (or at least I am assuming this is the purpose of this style and structure of writing) that this is supposed to help us get in and stay in the h's head. It is meant to help the reader be in tune with the stream of consciousness "real time" as the thoughts are happening. But it's overwhelming, and repetitive, and to that end, I end up skimming at times because she is literally having the same internal conversation with herself over and over. Even though the book is told in dual POV, 90% of it is from the POV of the h, and the portion that is from the H is just as repetitive. Literally, he says the same things over and over. This internal dialogue styling makes for little interaction between the H and h, even when they are in scenes together there is little conversation between the two of them.
I feel like this is supposed to be one of those taboo love stories that are all over the place right now, and in an attempt to stand out from those, the taboo is never mentioned. So, unless I missed something, the H and h are cousins. And we find out that he knows this, although perhaps not the first time he meets her at her second job. His uncle wanted him to check on the whereabouts of the daughter he had as a result of an affair with his maid. And it turns out, whatever information the uncle had, is correct. But no one freaks out over this. No one thinks "hey, you cannot have a relationship with this girl because she is your cousin." Its just not mentioned. So again, unless I skimmed over something, it seems keeping it all in the family is all good!
I don't have much to say about the H. Again, the tidbits we get about him are mostly through internal dialogue the h has with herself. In his internal brooding, we get the sense that the author is trying to portray him as someone who has never been in love, and maybe used to sleeping around and not feeling anything for those women, but somehow the h is different as soon as he sees her. Honestly, I feel like his chapters are just to remind us he is there and not some figment of the h's imagination.
I am hard pressed to say I liked this book. It may be that I have read a slew of mediocre books lately and this just seems to fall in line with all the rest. It doesn't really stand out, and it will not go into my "read again" section on my kindle. I feel for the h, I really do. She has had a crappy life, but there is a sense that she has some inner strength that got her to the point at which we find her in the beginning of the book. She doesn't cope in positive ways, but therapy would have done her wonders. The style and constant run on sentences of internal dialogue do the opposite for me than other reviewers. It took me away from the h and made me feel more like she was whining and less like I wanted to give her a hug and tell her it would all be ok. That may sound heartless, but pages and pages of just one paragraph repeating the same thing over and over doesn't make a story poignant...it just makes it long and repetitive.
Could've been shorter, with a little bit more dialogues. Overall it was not a bad book.