Thursday, November 4, 2010

Book Review: Falling Home

I meant to post this yesterday, but I ened up staying home sick from work.  I thought it would take me another day or two to finish it, but when I started reading Tuesday night I couldn't put it down.  Literally.  I read the last 200 pages in one sitting.  I'm going to try to be calm and avoid gushing, but I really loved this one.

Writing:
I was particularly excited to read this novel knowing that it was a re-write of an earlier novel.  The author and I talked about it some in our interview, and she also included a note in the opening pages of the book.  She originally released the book from one point of view, but, when she re-wrote, she included two other characters' voices as well.  And for me, that completely made the book.  I loved hearing not only from Cassie, but also from Harriet and Maddie.  I can't imagine the book any other way.  I also liked how the author talked about cutting out extraneous material.  The book is still fairly long, but there weren't any scenes that I thought were unnecessary.  It's always interesting to read a book and have some knowledge of what the writer was thinking during its creation, and I loved getting to see that through my interview and through her comments in the introduction.

MST3K Review:
Perfect for pure entertainment value.  Yes, I did see the ending coming.  It was predictable.  And I didn't care at all.  It was smart and funny and I loved the characters.  I felt like they were believable and interesting and I loved seeing the changes and growth throughout the book.  I really have no complaints about this one at all.  I would classify it as something between women's lit and chick lit.  It's not chick lit in the vein of Shopaholic (much more serious) but also not women's lit in the vein of Virginia Woolfe.  If you're a huge fan of literary writing only, this may not be for you.  If you love reading a good story with interesting characters and an engrossing plot, you will enjoy it.  It's really rare for me to stay up late reading a book, but I literally couldn't put this one down.  Definitely recommend!

4 comments:

  1. I keep on saying I must read a Karen White book, she sounds like a touching author I will enyoy.

    Great review.

    It is interesting on the whole women's fiction vs chick lit theme.

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  2. Have put this on my "things to read" list. Thanks :)

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  3. Yet another one sitting in the TBR pile! I really enjoy Karen's books and am looking forward to this one. I didn't read the first version of the novel, but I'm actually curious about the changes between the first version and the second version.

    Another author you might like is Wendy Wax. I recently read "Magnolia Wednesdays" and thoroughly enjoyed it. I think her and Karen are friends and do some promo stuff together.

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  4. I'll definitely look into Magnolia Wednesdays! I've heard of it and I thought I had it on my Goodreads list, but I'm going to make an effort to find it and read it soon.

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