Wednesday, June 1, 2011
Writing: I hope I don't say this too much on here, but I feel like every time I review a book like this I need to reiterate WHY I have two review sections. For me, "well-written" and "entertaining" are two completely different things. I want my blog to focus equally on the academic as well as the entertaining, which means being able to judge a book by its merits in each category. So when I say on here that I don't think a book was particularly well-written, I don't mean that the book was "bad" (whatever "bad" means in terms of books). The writing in Night Road isn't poor. There aren't grammar mistakes, there aren't gaping plot holes, the characters are all interesting. But we're also not talking deep or lyrical or intense. It's typical "women's lit" and I don't mean that in any sexist way, I mean it in the way that it is comparable to what you'll find if you google women's best sellers. All that to say, I don't recommend this book for the writing, but...
MST3K: I definitely recommend it for the story. You don't pick up a Kristen Hannah book and expect to read Gabriel Garcia Marquez. And thank goodness. Because when I'm in the mood for an engrossing story that I'm going to be unable to put down, a story that's going to make me cry, and a story that will shock me with its ending, and a story that I'll breeze through, I'm not looking for Marquez. Just like when I sit down to watch a show like House I'm not expecting to see a medical documentary. Characters can be exaggerated, aspects of the story can be contrived, and sometimes a predictable ending with just the right amount of happiness and sadness is just what you want to read. And in this case, Night Road was exactly what I wanted to read.
I highly recommend it to any lovers of women's lit - if you like Picoult, Mitchard, Kittle, or any of the other major women's lit authors, you'll love this one! It also doesn't hurt that the cover is gorgeous.
Posted by Julie G at 8:02 PM