(Jenna Fox #1)
Author: Mary E. Pearson
Format: ePub on Nook
Published: April 29th 2008
Rating: 2 Birds
As I start this review I haven't yet given it a bird rating. I'm torn and I hope to work it out as I move through typing it out.
Sigh. I don't know where to begin. I don't want to give this book a bad review, because it doesn't necessarily deserve it, yet I don't think it deserves a participially good one either. Sorry, this is a mildly spoilery review. If you skip the end of my review, which talks about how I felt about the ending - you'll be ok.
I didn't like the way it was written. The flow felt robotic and sterile. - "Mom said sit. So I sat. Do I like to sit? I must." A lot of very short sentences. This helps give insight into the protagonist, Jenna but I think that they could have portrayed her just as well with less of a choppy writing style. At some points a WHOLE page would be one to three word sentences stacked on top each other and I felt like I was reading some really poorly written haiku or a Toddlers First Book of Large Words or even a non rhyming Dr Seuss Book.
To even out the distaste I had for the writing, it was very beautifully set. Descriptions of the surroundings were very crisp and made it very easy for you to put yourself right in the book. I love this. Sometimes I find it hard to get into a book simply because I can't figure out what the author is trying to tell us by where he/she is putting me.
But then, we have equal parts perfectly built characters and equal parts not. Jenna, her family and even Ethan having nothing left to wonder about. You know why the do what they do. Dane on the other hand, is clearly not even needed in this book. There's build up to meetings with him and yet you get no explanation other that "That boys not right". I think that the author put him in a position he was too small to fill. A handful of wonderfully made characters all brought tumbling down by the of just one? Yikes.
And lastly, the ending. Oh the endings. I know these have to be hard. Wrapping up a million lose ends and making everyone happy. Knowing this makes what I'm about to say kinda hard and I feel badly but it must be done: I hated the ending.
This book I now see (which I SWEAR wasn't here last night when I looked) is set to be a series. How? The author wrapped the whole book up, including quite, QUITE far into the future, in about 5 pages. It was almost like reading an episode of Full House where something horrible happens and all it takes to fix it is a 45 second talk fro Danny Tanner, a hug, and some lame back ground music.
I feel....ripped off? Is that the best way to put it? I invested time and energy to read, to become a part of this book and then I get an ending where the cumulation of an entire book, all the questions, issues, they are all mashed together in a summary of an explanation at the end. *pouts*
I'm giving this book 2 Birds. The story was there and it was interesting. The writing was "meh" and the ending was *sobs thinking about it* not there at all.