Thursday, January 3, 2013

Casual Vacancy: Book Review

Okay, I waited on the library hold list for this book for a few months and I can honestly say that I would have been better off never getting it at all. I must admit that I hated this book so much that I did not finish it. I usually give every book I read 100 pages to pique my interest. If it has not done that in that 100 pages, then it is not worth my time to finish it. I'm a mommy with two kids and a job, I don't have the time to be reading books that suck.

Description from Goodreads: When Barry Fairbrother dies in his early forties, the town of Pagford is left in shock.

Pagford is, seemingly, an English idyll, with a cobbled market square and an ancient abbey, but what lies behind the pretty fa├žade is a town at war.

Rich at war with poor, teenagers at war with their parents, wives at war with their husbands, teachers at war with their pupils ... Pagford is not what it first seems.

Review:  This book is super super super boring. There are too many characters, there are too many POVs and there is not enough character development for any one character. After 100 pages, I still didn't know who the main character was. And so I gave up on it and gave it back to the library. 

Too Adult! I get that this is Rowling's first "adult" book, but it was a little too adult for me. I don't like reading books that are too graphic, or too sexual, or has too much language and this book had all of that. 

When I read, I hear the words in my head as I read them. The characters develop a voice and personality in my mind. And, I just didn't like hearing such foul language in my head. That is just the kind of girl that I am.

Additionally, one of the many characters is a teenage boy. But, he is not the wholesome Harry Potter kind of teenage boy, it is the gross kind of teenage boy who thinks sexually about teenage girls and fantasizes and masterbates and GROSS! Why would I ever want to enter the mind of a smutty teenage boy? I would not. Just another reason that I put this book down.

So, I hated this book, I don't recommend it, please don't read it. Stay in the wonderful world of wizards and magical creatures and leave this book alone.

Rating: 0 Stars

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