Monday, May 21, 2012

#BookReview: More Like Her - Liza Palmer

A disjointed story line and unlikable characters made this a difficult read.  I really wanted to love it because I've read so many other reviews from readers that thought it was fantastic.  But reading is subjective and it's obvious that everyone's idea of fantastic varies greatly.

Let me back up and correct my statement that the characters were unlikable.  As written, they were likable enough, but they were boring.  I don't know about you, but I can find boring any day of the week in aisle 5 at Wal-mart on sale for 50% off (actually, I can't. Have you seen the People of Wal-mart?).  I don't need it in a book.

In the main character, Frances, Liza Palmer has created a pathetic woman.  Recently dumped by her boyfriend, who happens to work at the same school as she does, she wishes she were more like Emma, the new principal.  Liza's best friend and co-worker, Jill, is obsessed with having a perfect marriage and finding Liza a new boyfriend.  East coast transplant Lisa is just out for a good time.  After the three witness a horrific crime, I'd love to tell you they have some big revelation, but the truth is, they don't.  The author wants you to believe they do, but really, yeah, no.

The cover and the blurb on the back of the book also leads readers to believe the three women are given equal story lines.  The reality is Liza is the main character and Jill and Lisa are satellite characters, which is a shame, because both seem much more interesting than Liza.  Honestly, I couldn't figure out what the author wanted this book to be.  Was it about women learning something new about themselves or was it a romance? Could it be both, sure, but if you can only do one thing well, then do one thing well.  Don't do two mediocre things.

Published: April 2012
Disclosure: Copy received from publisher, opinions are my own.

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