Wednesday, April 4, 2012

#BookReview: And Everything Nice - Kim Moritsugu

I requested this from the library after reading an article about the author.  While the article made her books sound interesting with well developed characters, I have to respectfully disagree.  Though it's an extremely quick read at only 128 pages, you'd do better to read the back of a cereal box.

The lead character, Stephanie, is presented as a 24 year old manager at The Gap.   The character's phrasing and her actions make her seem more like an angsty teen than a grown woman.  Perhaps her character would have been more believable as a 16 year old.  As an adult, she just came off as immature.

She lives with her mother and joins a local choir at her mother's urging. In the choir, she befriends a local newswoman who is nice to her, though she's standoffish to others.  When her diary goes missing, Stephanie and Anna (the newswoman) devise a plan to get it back.

I didn't realize until I picked the book up from the library that it was a "rapid read" and maybe that accounts for the lack of depth in character development and story line.  But I've seen plenty of authors write short stories and/or novellas that have much more substance than was found in these 128 pages.  And though the main character is 24 years old, this book would be better classified as YA lit because of the lack of maturity of Stephanie.

Published: April 2011

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