One Plus One by JoJo Moyes

My experience with JoJo Moyes has been pretty mixed. I absolutely loved Me Before You. Admittedly, it was total chick lit, but her character development really draws in the reader and forces an emotional investment in the outcome. Moyes’ followup, The Girl You Left Behind, was lackluster at best. The characters were stale and the plot just felt cheaply recycled. I was hugely disappointed. I decided to give her one more try, and, true to the trend, One Plus One is pure mediocrity. Continue reading “One Plus One by JoJo Moyes”

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Saving Max by Antoinette van Heugten

Teenager Max Parkman has Autism and he’s suspected of murder. Saving Max is only the latest incarnation of the Autistic/Asperger’s title-character trend, and it is likely the least realistic of them all. Max’s behaviors are inconsistent and really don’t seem too characteristic of Asperger’s or Autism. Moreover, Max’s mother, Danielle, is not the most likable of protagonists. By “not the most likable,” I mean that she is not likable in any way. Overrun with a lack of realism and no one to root for, Saving Max is a massive waste of time. Continue reading “Saving Max by Antoinette van Heugten”

Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy by Helen Fielding

Bridget Jones cannot exist without Mark Darcy. Period. Without him, there is no point. Wasn’t the entire plot of the first two novels focused around winning the undying love of one Mark Darcy? That worked! I remember getting anxiety over whether or not Bridget would end up with Mark, which reflects on Helen Fielding’s ability to convey genuine emotion. However, in removing the central plot element of all Bridget Jones novels, Fielding has effectively destroyed her franchise. Continue reading “Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy by Helen Fielding”

Burial Rites by Hannah Kent

This book is generating a lot of buzz on Amazon, even nabbing a spot as one of the September Amazon Best Books of the Month. The other books to debut this month must have been exceptionally appalling, because Burial Rites was truly one of the most painfully boring novels I have ever endured. That is saying a lot, as I have read some tedious novels in my time. Continue reading “Burial Rites by Hannah Kent”

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

Charlie is a sixteen-year-old young man whose narration suggests a mild retardation or some sort of unresolved trauma to the brain. In any case, Charlie’s woebegotten melodrama is told through a series of letters that he is writing to an apparently random individual (although Charlie consistently maintains that this person is not a stranger, the individual’s actually identity is never revealed). In these letters, Charlie admits to his growing apprehension regarding the start of high school, but his fears are alleviated upon meeting some new besties, Patrick and his step-sister, Sam. The trio partake in a series of high school adventures that are commonplace in books and film, but rarely occur in the reality of high school. They drive quickly in a truck and and refer to it as “being infinite,” and habitually enjoy alcohol, pot, LSD, and sex. Continue reading “The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky”

The Neighbors by Ania Ahlborn

Andrew Morrison is twenty-three years old and still lives with his mother. Employed by the local Kroger and with no college education, Drew is dedicated to supporting and enabling his alcoholic, agoraphobic mommy. After years of self-neglect, Drew finally throws a temper tantrum and abruptly moves into the degenerate bachelor pad of his childhood friend, Mickey. Mickey’s home is dilapidated, beyond filthy, and chiefly features a mysteriously locked room. Oh, the suspense! Continue reading “The Neighbors by Ania Ahlborn”