03-25-2009 09:53 PM
I had a difficult time getting through the book. I had lots of hope for it, as I too had grown up at the beach. I just wasn't as into it as I had hoped I would be. It was Ok, readable, but the lack of a cohesive plot threw me for a loop.
I couldn't agree more. I just finished the book - finally. While it was an interesting read, I just couldn't get into it. I'm usually the type who reads a book in one or two sittings and I found myself putting it down after each chapter and then taking a couple week long break when life got in the way of reading.
To me it was a lot like individual short storied that all had the same characters. Each chapter left me wanting for more. As soon as I got pulled in to the story, it was over and had moved on to something else. There seemed to be a lack of contiguous plot.
On a positive note, the whole Jonni Waffle story-line was great. I worked at a grocery store and a restaurant in high school and I could just picture the scene at the ice cream shoppe. The verbal illustration was perfect.
Overall, the book was OK. It didn't hook me in, but it was well-written and told a story of a life and time I would not have known. I probably wouldn't have picked this book up on my own - which may be part of the reason I wasn't "hooked" - but it was worth reading.
03-28-2009 01:42 PM
"Every burned book enlightens the world."
Ralph Waldo Emerson