I am an avid reader so sometimes I’ll post a book review from time to time. Here’s one I posted on Goodreads that I’d like to share.
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Finally finished reading this. It was tough for me. Smith is a good wordsmith and I believe she created some original and most importantly real characters (not everyone is gorgeous or thin and the drama they encounter is not foriegn to the average person). Perhaps this is what actually was a turnoff to me. I just found the characters so boringly real. And this is a personal thing, afterall I love scifi, fantasy and chick lit so I like to get away from how the real world goes. After all, why read about it when you can live it?
I suppose I’d have appriciated this novel more when I was in college and reading heavily writers from around the globe, especially in my classes dealing race relations. However, although this novel would fall into a culture/race type realm, it doesn’t present itself like that on purpose, which I liked.
I think for me, it just was a bit longer than it needed to be. There were some pages that were so randomly unnecessary. Dialouge and background information that I just didn’t see as helping the movement of the novel and I found myself skimming over it.
I like to be swept away from a novel and I just found myself counting down the pages until I was done.
I felt bad because this book has won so many awards and therefore, I should love it too but this just didn’t do it for me and I can’t fake it.
Update: upon reading over reader reviews I am glad to know I’m not alone. I would like to see the movie version though, just out of curiousity. Netflix!