Book reviews


Does anyone else ever feel mean about writing a negative book review? Sometimes I do. I also feel like a hypocrite, because writing a book is beyond me. Sigh. Feeling mean doesn’t stop me from saying what I really think about books though…

This may seem obvious, but after reading The One That I Want by Allison Winn Scotch, I probably won’t read more books by this author. While I didn’t dislike the story enough to stop reading, but I didn’t enjoy it enough to praise it.

The story line of The One That I Want is simple enough. Tilly is married to Tyler, and is happy with her life. She is in her thirties and works as a guidance counsellor at the same high school she and Tyler went to. Tilly is the ‘go to’ person whenever anyone needs something done that they don’t want to do themselves, like organising the school musical production (which this year is Grease, hence the title of this book). The only thing Tilly wants that she does not already have, is to become pregnant.

When Tilly goes to a clairvoyant, she is given the gift of clarity. She starts dreaming of unhappy, life-changing events which begin to come true.

On reflection, I think the overuse of descriptions and metaphors* throughout this book annoyed me the most. For example, Tilly describes someone tailing her “like a delinquent puppy dog.” Or when she is feeling confused about the changes around her, Tilly mourns “the shattered comfort of place that once hugged me like a life vest.” A metaphor every couple of pages might have been bearable, but unfortunately nearly every paragraph contained an irritating, complicated description.

So, while The One That I Want, wasn’t for me, good on Allison Winn Smith for being able to write a book. I wish I could. Unfortunately book reviews and emails are about my limit.

*I may mean ‘similes.’ I get confused between similes and metaphors. Don’t tell me the difference though, because I won’t remember, any more than I will remember this book in a month’s time.




Comments on: "The One That I Want by Allison Winn Scotch" (6)

  1. No point in reviewing if we’re not honest – that’s my motto. Sorry this one wasn’t for you – not all books can fit us like a pair of comfortable old slippers or thrill us like a hot air balloon ride over the Sahara or entertain us like a kitten video on youtube…

  2. Very funny, why don’t you write a book? I loved Effie’s recent adventures…

  3. Aw, thanks! Problem is I have no imagination for plots, so can only do silly pastiches. 🙂

  4. Your so-called ‘silly pastiche’ was far more amusing than loads of actual books. What about something on a serious subject, or a book of reviews? 100 Best Novels, or the Reading Across the World?

  5. I think you absolutely have to give bad reviews where called for. I have, and people have actually been grateful. It makes me cross that there’s so many writers who can’t get published (not me incidentally!) and yet established authors get away with rubbish!

  6. I certainly consider reviews, especially from bloggers when choosing books too, so you’re right, it is our duty to review honestly.
    Perhaps book publishing is similar to other businesses and it is all about who you know…

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