Thursday, October 6, 2011

Winnemucca by Laura Elliott

Source: Author provided digital copy in exchange for a fair and honest review

My summary:

Ginny is about to turn eighteen. Ginny is about to marry the high school quarterback, Bobby. Ginny is having issues with her feet. Mostly her feet are wondering everywhere except where they are supposed to, walking away from commitments that no one in her small town would walk away from. Now she has to try and figure out if her empty bag of dreams is more important than doing what’s expected of her, from everyone who keeps trying to run her life. Her journey to figure out her life happens on the road trip to Winnemucca. Does that place hold the answers to her road blood ripening? Is there such a thing as prince charming and happily ever after? Ginny’s gonna find out.

My thoughts:

2 stars – not my taste

So I struggled with this book. It’s like nothing I’ve ever read before. It’s a fairy tale. It’s a small town story. It’s a coming of age story.

I didn’t enjoy it.

I wondered a lot about why I didn’t enjoy it while I was reading it. A lot of other people have read this book and loved it. So, I kept asking myself, what is about this story that I don’t like? I think the most important thing I came up with was that I never got attached to Ginny. I didn’t like her and because of that her story just didn’t interest me.

The tale itself is intricately woven among many different shorter stories. The journey that Ginny takes has many stops. Each one has a new cast and a subplot with twists and turns but each one also contributes to the whole story. It takes a brilliant writer to weave those together into one great whole. I admire the writing that went into this story, well done. But in the end, I just didn’t care what happened to Ginny.

I guess I don’t feel like I can recommend this book one way of the other. It wasn’t for me, but it may be for you. I don’t know.

Need a second opinion?  Check out this very positive review.

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1 comment:

  1. Not relating to the main character can definitely ruin a book. Sometimes not everyone can relate. I haven't read this one. It doesn't sound like something I'd be interested in though.

    Btw, I LOVE the second opinion link. What a great idea for when you have to post a negative review! I might consider doing that in the future for my negative reviews as well.

    ♥ Sarah @ I'm Loving Books