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review 2015-10-04 18:33
Review: The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
The Girl on the Train - Paula Hawkins

This book is one of the most talked about novels in 2015 and for the life of me, I can't understand why.

 

The premise of this story is like a poorly written episode of Desperate Housewives.  It centers around Rachel Watson, a divorcee alcoholic who is obsessed with her ex-husband and his new family.  She rides a train each day that passes her old neighborhood and catches brief glimpses of the lives of families living on Blenheim Road, longing to return to her former life.  One day, she witnesses a startling event that later develops into the disappearance of Megan Hipwell, one of the residents on Blenheim Road.  Rachel embarks on a journey to solve Megan's disappearance and immerses herself into the middle of a murder investigation.

 

I am baffled by the popularity of this book.  The story is narrated by three different female characters, all of whom are rather pathetic: Rachel (divorced woman), Anna (wife of Rachel's ex-husband), and Megan (neighbor).  These women essentially possess identical flaws - they turn to alcohol when they are stressed, engage in irrational and unhealthy behaviors (ex. snooping in their partner's email/phone to discover a lie or engaging in inappropriate affairs), and they become fixated on their failures as wives and mothers.  None of these women are emotionally or mentally stable, and they are basically the same character.  

 

We're supposed to be gripped by Megan Hipwell's "mysterious" disappearance and feel sorry for these women, but I felt nothing.  I like flawed characters, but there needs to be some redeeming feature that makes me want to root for them even if I disagree with their motives or logic.  Unfortunately, I didn't find anything enjoyable about these characters or the story as a whole.  As far as the so-called "mystery" is concerned, it is evident early on who is responsible for Megan's disappearance.  Rachel's constant blackouts due to her perpetual state of drunkenness are overly convenient barriers to solving the mystery until the moment arises in the narrative that she miraculously remembers a key detail when it's needed the most.  I wish I enjoyed it more than I did, but the book and its characters were so contrived I couldn't take the story seriously.

 

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text 2014-08-02 23:17
Reading Challenge Book 1
Allegiant - Veronica Roth

First book finished as part of my August Reading Challenge to read at least 100 pages a day every day in August. 

 

I wasn't a fan of the series in general, but this was definitely the worst book of the three. 

 

Pages Read Friday: 384

 

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text 2014-06-07 17:55

I searched books on tumblr and I swear 85% of the results has something to do with John Green and especielly The Fault in Our Stars...

 

I have never read a John Green book, but he seems to be a popular fellow...I just have a little problem with authors and books that are overhyped...you MUST read that...no thank you!

 

 

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text 2013-11-29 19:11
Reading progress update: I've read 55%
Crash into You - Katie McGarry

 Sigh. If I don't buckle down and finally finish, I might jump the rails. 

It's the little things which are pulling me out of the story. I'm so tired of hearing about how this chick smells like the ocean. I'm having the same exact issues I had with the first two books. There's a story in here which isn't bad, but I'm honestly still perplexed about why this series gets so much attention over other, better books. 

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review 2013-10-09 20:37
Review: Written In Red by Anne Bishop
Written in Red - Anne Bishop

*No major spoilers.


 

Written in Red by Anne Bishop



Once again, I hate a book that everyone else wuvs. I don’t get it. I really, really don’t. Judging by the ratings, this book has blown people away. For me, it just blows.

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