Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Book Review: Hell's Belles by Seale Ballenger


I've had this one on my TBR for quite a while now, so I was pretty excited to find it at McKays for $0.75.  It's a book of short essays and facts about famous Southern women - actresses, authors, singers, politicians, socialites, and criminals.  Each essay is only a page or two long and has a brief biography of the woman and how she influenced the South.  It also has some fun quotes and fact lists, things like that.

Writing
I hate to say it, because I want everything Southern to be awesome, but the writing in this was pretty poor.  Lots of typos, grammatical errors, and awkward phrasing that really took away from the fun of the book.  The writing was a huge distraction from a fun topic.

Entertainment Value
It's not that hard for me to put aside so-so or even poor writing in the case of good entertainment.  But the writing in this one was so bad that it kept me from enjoying the book.  All I could think of was how much editing it needed and what changes I would make to make it better.

It's a really cute idea but the book needs some serious editing and rewriting in sections.  It's an older book, so I doubt that'll happen.  Do not recommend.

1 comment:

  1. That sucks that this one was a dud because the cover with Vivien Leigh as Scarlett O'Hara would normally be enough to entice me to buy it!

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