Friday, February 29, 2008

(21) Souvenir by Therese Flower

Well, I tried to like it. Really I did. I even read the whole thing in hopes that it would get better. I kept expecting to the story to hook me in emotionally. I mean all of the components were there for a real heart wrenching story. You have the young love that was "ripped apart" by her family finances. In other words, she was basically sold to the highest bidder. You have a last minute romantic encounter the day of the wedding. Nine months later a new baby. Fifteen years later, an aging rock star, and an ALS diagnosis.

All the makings of a truly heart wrenching book. The ingredients were there, but the author did not do a great job of mixing them all together. In fact, it seemed almost clinical, as opposed to flowing.

My advice, skip it. Pick up the new Jodi Picoult instead!

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