Thursday, December 29, 2011

In (Quick) Summary . . .

Because I mentioned (more than once) that I had this book in my pile to read. . . I just wanted to follow up and say I didn't much care for it on the whole.

Two main reasons:

1. It's dated. (I hope.) Meissner takes the family in the story to Disney World and the kids in the story are watching SpongeBob on tv. While I don't really mind if Disney World is still around in another 20 years, I'm hoping that fewer people will have a clue who SpongeBob is. The main character also uses her GPS which I recognize is not really a big deal for a story. However, at the same time, when I read along and find references to modern restaurant chains, newly released films, or "hip" cartoon shows, I tend to think that the books which mention those things aren't likely going to stand the test of time. A modern audience might enjoy it for a brief window in time, but the book's lifespan is likely to be short.

2. The book involves a ghost story, of sorts. Again, the subject matter didn't bother me so much until the main character has lunch with a spiritual medium trying to gather information on the supposed ghost. At that point I'd pretty much had enough. It wasn't a spooky-scary story. I just didn't care for how much attention the subject received. I can't even say that Meissner did or did not resolve it well because I didn't complete the read.

I read about half of the book before I skipped to the last chapter and contented myself with finding out how a few things resolved. (I think they resolve well.)

Basically, this book just did not work well with me and so I didn't read it through in its entirety. I also am not quite comfortable recommending it and so I felt like I should follow up and share my brief thoughts since I mentioned it a time or two. For me, this one is a definite "pass!"

(I'm not titling the book in this post or linking to it because I don't feel I ought to in this case. I did feel as though I ought to share my thoughts on it though because I mentioned a.) that I was planning to read it and b.) had started it and was enjoying the opening chapters. Since my experience with it wasn't quite what I was expecting, I just wanted to clear the air in case you were wondering what my impressions were.)

I did receive a copy of this title from WaterBrook Multnomah in exchange for my honest opinions (which I'm generally not afraid to share.)


Monica said...

I really didn't care for this book either, partly due to the medium aspect. Quickly passed it on.

Barbara H. said...

That's too bad. I've liked what I have read of some of her other books (except for what I felt was a serious problem in The Shape of Mercy), but when I read that the house in this book was something of a character, that weirded me out a little, so I wasn't inclined to pick it up..

BerlinerinPoet said...

Let's be more optimistic. Let's hope in less than ten years fewer people will know Spongebob. UGH.

Faith said... not a book I would enjoy most likely. I've never heard of it nor of the tend to read bestsellers from the NYTimes list and haven't seen this one......I just finished a great book last month titled The Secret Daughter about international adoption of Indian girls. it was excellent!! and LOL about spongebob...i'm with ya on that! i never allowed my daughters to watch that kind of fact we never really have it on unless we're renting a dvd! lol

Stephanie Kay said...

Thanks for sharing your honest opinion again. :)

Jennifer said...

Thanks for your opinion. I've read another of Meissner's (The Shape of Mercy) and enjoyed it very much, but the things you mentioned give me pause. I have plenty of books I want to read, so I'm not likely to pick this one up anytime soon. (And any reference to SpongeBob makes me queasy...)

Renee said...

Thanks for haring your honest opinion. Happy New year!

Pam K. said...

This was a quite different book, but I did enjoy it. I just knew from reading Susan's other books, that she writes about some different subjects. If you had completely read the book, you would know that she made it clear that there weren't any ghosts. I do understand why this book wouldn't appeal to everyone. Some may not like that a good portion of the book was letters written by the ancestor. However, this is essential to the story. I could relate more to these characters (through the letters) than to the present day characters.

Cassandra said...

I'm so glad I'm not the only person who didn't like this book and didn't finish it. I had pause over the mention of the ghost aspect (even though I knew it didn't exist) but had to set the book aside when I reached the section with the medium. That's a bit too much for my taste.

Thanks for sharing your honest opinion of it! It's kind of frustrating when all you can find is positive reviews of a book you didn't like. Makes you feel like a bit of an odd duckling! :)

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