Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Book Review: The Art of Forgetting

Oh, Reader Friends.  I'm sure you've seen me mention before how surpremely hard it is to write a negative review of a book that you are reviewing FOR someone.  Nevertheless, because I love you all, I must be honest.  This book has a great permise but on a scale of I Really Hate It to Best Book Ever, this one earns a solid Meh.  It's about two women who have always had an unbalanced relationship since they met in high school - one is domineering and the other is very compliant.  The alpha friend is in an accident that causes her to lose her memory and also causes a dramatic personality change.  The story revolves around how this changes their relationship as well as how it changes their self-perception.

Writing
Decidedly average.  I didn't have major complaints, no glaring errors, appropriate grammar and editing, etc.  But a good portion of dialogue seemed to be less than genuine and definitely stilted.  I had a hard time imagining a real person speaking the way some characters speak in the book.  I also felt like there were several scenes that served no purpose for the overall plot.  It was really up and down for me.  I'd read a passage and be annoyed that it existed, and then read another passage and be back in the story.  It wasn't consistently interesting or well-written.

MST3K
Again, inconsistent.  There were times I wanted to keep reading and find out what happened.  Other times I didn't care and had to make myself keep reading.  I think the overall largest problem I had was how little the "alpha" friend was in the story.  I felt like from the description, we were going to have some crazy lady behavior.  Or at least some serious drama. The whole drastic personality change, and the mysterious lover from the past (there's a mysteriously creepy lover from the past who is not supposed to be creepy) made me think that we would have some action.  Lady fights or at least arguments.  That kind of thing.  Excitement.  But the woman with the memory disorder moves away and is barely in the story at all.  She makes  few telephone appearances, but we really don't get any good arguments.  The passive friend continues to be passive-aggressive.  The pushy friend continues to be pushy and aggressive-aggressive. 

I'm trying to rein myself in some here, because it wasn't as bad as I'm making it sound.  There were moments of tension and points where I really did care what happened in the story.  Overall, though, I have to say that I think it was largely forgettable.  Ask me a year from now and I doubt I'd be able to tell you what it's about without looking up my review.  So ultimately, I think it's not one I'd recommend.  I think there are other books that are more well-written and more interesting. 

The good news is that I am not the only person on the TLC tour for this one, so feel free to check out the other reviews.  Several people on the tour really enjoyed this one.  For a balanced look, check out some of their reviews as well!  As always, thank you to TLC for sending me a copy to review!

4 comments:

  1. I hate to here this, I just bought this book. I will give it a try anyway, because it's the kind of person I am....and I do appreciate your honesty.

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  2. It is hard to review a book that you just feel "meh" about, but I appreciate you sharing your thoughts for the tour. Sorry this didn't turn out to be a better read for you!

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  3. Mmmmm. The synopsis sounds promising, but your review doesn't. :P I'll probably add it to my 'things to read' list, just to see if I agree. :)

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  4. Your review is spot on. I also had to put up a negative review on this book and couldn't understand why everyone was loving it so much.

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