Tuesday, August 28, 2007

The Memory Keeper's Daugher... A Review by Elise

When I first posted on my blog that I was reading The Memory Keeper's Daughter, by Kim Edwards, I received a few comments curious about my opinions about the book. I think the most common questions we readers ask each other about books is: "So, did you like it?" My response regarding this book is...well...actually, no, I didn't. I should say that I thought the premise of the book was very, very clever and I was intrigued at how the story would play out. But ultimately, I had a very difficult time feeling attached to the characters-- all of them-- and I didn't feel that connection that makes me enjoy a good read. The writing, while very descriptive, was very choppy in a lot of parts, and lacking something that I can't quite put my finger on. I found myself having a difficult time "believing" the story. To me, the best fiction feels true when you're reading it-- even if the the story is about something very fictional, like vampires or time travel or wizards. I felt like this story missed that for me. But, what do I know?-- after all, it was a bestseller. I'm curious if those of you who read it had similar experiences.


Justin and Amber Manwaring said...

Oh, I feel the same way. I got so frustrated reading the book. I couldn't stand it but also thought it sounded good and wanted to see how it would play out. I hope it's one of those you checked out of the library or borrowed from someone so you don't have to keep it. There's always half.com.

Jen and Bryan said...

Come on, Elise, tell us how you REALLY feel. :)