Edition: Hardcover, 304 pages, published April 10th 2014 by Picador
Synopsis: For thirty-eight years, Bartholomew Neil has lived with his mother. When she gets sick and dies, he has no idea how to be on his own. His redheaded grief counselor, Wendy, says he needs to find his flock and leave the nest. But how does a man whose whole life has been grounded in his mom, Saturday mass, and the library learn how to fly?
The plot…was solid and effective. It provided a good base for the story, but didn’t involve a great deal of action or other extraordinary feats to make it unique or exquisite.
The characters…were simple. Unfortunately, I found the characters didn’t have much depth or character building of any sort. They did the job, but I think I would have preferred the book with better (and more in depth) descriptions.
The writing…was also simple. Maybe I’m missing something here, but I can’t find much to say about the writing. It did the job for the book, and I found it easy to read, but there was nothing to make it… exciting.
Something I liked…it’s hard to pick out one thing – maybe the settings? I have to admit, Quick did describe beauty quite well, and the settings are quite easy to picture.
Something I didn’t like…the simplicity. It just didn’t show great depths in any areas, something I believe is quite important for a novel. I also didn’t like the way Bartholomew, as the main character, wrote and came across as a child. Yes, even I feel like I’m missing the point here, but I just found him…immature. Especially for the main character of an adult book.
Overall…I was really disappointed. Although I hadn’t read any other writing by Matthew Quick, I have heard great things about The Silver Linings Playbook – so I have to admit I had high expectations. The entire book was just pretty mediocre. Yes, there were a few little things I enjoyed, and I’m still glad I read it, but this is definitely not one of the best books I’ve read.
My rating is…
2.5 out of 5 moons
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