Published September 10th 2013
Nope … never mind … I won’t be swayed by the hype … solid 2.5 no higher
In a Word: Meh
And here we find ourselves yet again. Another hyped out of this world book that makes me question myself and my ability to enjoy books. I’m
not sorry, but I don’t get it. *sigh*
And so, I will start this review with a short story of my own …
You know that moment when you are telling a story and suddenly realize … it’s boring as fuck? Well, some odd years ago, my friends and I (after hearing a comedian remark on the subject and coin the phrase to be mentioned) started using the phrase “… and then he stabbed him” as a means of pointing out that very moment. You know what I mean. You are going along, telling a fabulous story when you notice … nobody’s listening and … Oh shit, this story is actually really not great *insert* “… and then he stabbed him”.
Well … this is precisely how I think Rainbow Rowell should have finished this book. Just slap a big “… and then he stabbed him” on the end and done. Because this book was a snooze fest.
Honestly, there is no way I would have made it through this book if it hadn’t been an audiobook.
What I Liked
Ok so parts of this book were precious, I won’t lie. A certain character was basically the purest creature on the face of the earth, yeah I’m talking about Levi. So there’s that …
The writing was really well done (as to be expected from RR), and the story was a quick easy read. All in all, a decent “meh” read for a slow boring day.
What I Did Not like
I think perhaps it is already obvious that I thought this book was uneventful. There were parts of the story (when there actually was a story) that I thoroughly enjoyed. But I never really connected with the characters fully. I liked them but I didn’t love them and I didn’t care one iota about any of the Simon Snow musings. Cath was whiny and I don’t quite understand the insta-whatever that Levi had for her to be honest. I just found myself not caring overall *shrugs*
ALSO EVERY TIME I HEARD THE WORD “CATHER” I THOUGHT “CATHETER” … which some how made it better? Or at least made me grin.
Cute-ish but …
Hyped and lacking.