by Shannon Hale
2 stars352 pages
Published June 9, 2009 by Bloomsbury USA
(first published Jan. 1, 2009)
Sometimes YA authors should stick to their genre. (Kathy Reichs, I'm not talking about you! I adore your YA books!)
Here, Shannon Hale, author of the popular Princess Academy books and Books of Bayern series dives into adult fiction. It's not a happy dip.
I've read 8 out of Hale's 10 published books, and there is an obvious trend - her YA books outshine her adult fiction books. So be warned.
The book starts out as every housewife's dream: meeting and having dinner with their movie star "crush." But from there, it just kind of got unbelievable - the two becoming best friends and all. That NEVER happens.
But what really bugged me is that Hale uses cancer to force some emotion into the book. Not cool.
Plus, her dialogue and repartee seemed just a bit too clever for its own good. Who talks like that? Who can come up with one-liners like that on the spot? It got old after a while.
Another thing, if you're not Mormon who has spent any time in Utah, you will not get half of the jokes.