Tuesday, April 29, 2008
C'mon Kids, Buck it Up and Play Along
John Scalzi issued a challenge that I think is great. He's asking authors to post their one-star amazon reviews and then move past them. That's right, he thinks we ought to be up front about it. Does everyone love my book? No. Am I okay with that? Of course. So, without further ado, here's my one-star Amazon review. And for the record, this particular reviewer has no other reviews on record (sorta makes me wonder of she thinks I stole her boyfriend somewhere along the line or something).
Poorly written, unrealistic soap opera, December 19, 2007
If I could give this book less than one star, I would. The characters in this book are poorly developed. Instead of spending some time delving into the main characters, the author adds unnecessary characters and story lines that have NOTHING to do with the topic of the book (i.e. a teenage student who is depressed because her mother is having another baby). This book includes more chance encounters than the worst soap opera on television. She happened to meet the mother of the boy who killed her son in public, changing her entire attitude, not once but twice. She was at a bar drunk and getting involved with a man and the guy she has a crush on happens to be there. It goes on and on. Of course, there is the poorly developed and cliche romantic relationship between the main character and her attorney. It was unneccessary fluff. This is a story that could have been told in a much more effective manner. Instead of having the enjoyable read I anticipated, I was left praying for the end which did not come soon enough
So, fellow writers, jump on in. Don't make me do this all by myself. Leave a link in the comments, both here and at John's blog if you want.