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Not my favorite Hoffman, but still enjoyed it.
Reviewed in the United States on March 31, 2017
I do 99.9% of your book reading on my Kindle Paperwhite these days. Since I stopped (mostly) buying hardback and paperback books, I find that I'very become pretty stingy about paying for Kindle books. I "rent" a lot of books from the Kindle lending library or download free books, so paying full price for a newly-published Kindle book is something I VERY rarely do.
However, being a Hoffman lover, I couldn't stop myself from pressing "BUY" when I saw she had a new book out. Am I sorry? Only a little. This novel is not as lyrical or as wow-inducing as some of her others (Red Garden was a favorite of mine), but it kept my interest and I did finish it. Here's the rub--there were days I felt like reading, but didn'the feel like reading THIS book. Why? It is depressing as hell sometimes.
A tragic event substantially changes the lives of two teenage girls--one irreparably, and one not quite. While I can certainly remember times earlier in my life where I allowed myself to wallow in a bit of self-loathing, but one of these girls takes it to such an extreme that I felt put off. Guilt, I get--we've all done stupid things in our youth--but years of physically and psychically harmful self loathing? Nope.
So, yes, I finished the book...eventually; but it wasn't a book that pulled me in, made me want to keep reading. That is a disappointment...from this author, and at the price of 15 bucks for a Kindle book.