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Registered: ‎11-25-2008
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Re: Final Thoughts

liisa22 wrote:

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.




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Registered: ‎02-09-2009
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Re: Final Thoughts

This isn't a book I would normally pick to read but I'm glad that First Look lets me broaden my horizons. If you want to reminisce about the 70s, it will awaken memories. However, the book did jump around and it was difficult to connect the dots.

"Every burned book enlightens the world."
Ralph Waldo Emerson