Tuesday, 23 February 2010

Review: Guilt Trip by Anne Cassidy

My review for Guilt Trip by Anne Cassidy is now up here.

Without getting into too much detail, I just want to say that I gave this book a 3 Star Rating, not a 4 star. My 3 star rating was being generous too.

I found it very hard to express what I thought of this book. It's haunting and poignant in places but fails to live up to what the 'present day' scenes promise, which is a book full of depth, mystery and humanity. The scenes set in the past were very disappointing and the only reason I couldn't put the book down was because I was waiting for it to improve. It didn't!

I think my editor sensed my inability to get this across clearly, got rid of a few criticisms, focused more on the positive and brought the rating up.

But, yeah, I just wanted to establish that I wouldn't bother reading it unless you're between the ages of 16-18 and living in Britain. Then you might find some sort of connection with it. Otherwise, just don't bother.


Magenta said...

Yeah, I don't think I'd be into that kind of book...

But what I found really fascinating is the fact that you write book reviews on a Wikipedia-like site that I had no idea existed. I love reviewing books! (I love reading them more, of course, but I do like to share what I liked about my favorites.)

If I may ask, how did you get involved in this site, BookBags? And do you think someone like me would be able to benefit from it?

Lauren said...

It's so interesting to read that review in the context of what you'd said here. Definitely puts a different slant on it, and I would never have imagined an editor would change the overall feeling (is that the right word) of a review.