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Choose your setting wisely
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on September 7, 2019
I started reading this book because I thought it holds an interesting topic, mother-daughter relationship. However, I couldn't sympathize with any of the two main characters and I eventually found myself scanning over the pages just to get to the end. I got angry with the mother and the daughter and both their immature and selfish behavior.
What angered me most was the complete ignorance of the setting. Why choose Yosemite when the author obviously never has been to this place? The happenings in this novel take place in March - I wonder how they were able to get to Olmsted Point in March? Tioga Road is closed until at least the middle of April, often longer. It is impossible to see the climbers getting up Half Dome from Olmsted Point with the naked eye, never mind that the cables aren't even up in March. Just walk to Tenaya Lake because it's only a short walk? In the high country? In Keds? And no mentioning of snow, in March. And so it goes on and on. Realistically the two wouldn't have survived the first night. It is so obvious that the author doesn't know Yosemite at all. I wonder why she hadn't chosen a place closer to home that she might know a little bit better. Yosemite was just used as a dramatic background for a very melodramatic story.