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Open Road Summer by Emery Lord

From Good Reads

Let me just call it like I see it- Taylor Swift fanfiction.

You know it. I know it. Delilah Montgomery is young Taylor Swift. Matt is based off one of those Jonas Brothers.

It was mildly entertaining but the style the story was told in was terrible. Mostly because it would switch in the middle of a scene.  One moment the protagonist Reagan, is recounting a scene like she is telling us like a memory but then wham! it’s like on going action that is unraveling in front of you. It’s sporadic and not well done. Even if it was well done that memory/recount into on going action doesn’t work well with contemporary fiction. It works well with Secondhand Lions and The Great Gatsby.

Anyway, the characters were totally predictable and for a story with a character driven plot- double ouch. Not to say that at times it wasn’t mildly entertaining.  I did snort out in laughter at some of the quips and my favorite part of the whole book was the improv lyrics that Matt sang under Reagan’s window.

Matt, Reagan, and Dee plus all the auxiliary characters felt so 2-D because their characters were built off cliches that didn’t deviate from the mold. We were suppose to be given some insight into fame but that didn’t happen either. Though the relationship dynamics of Dee and Reagan are refreshing. It is nice to see two girls that truly get along and help each other. The obligatory fight with Dee and Reagan came out of blue, the content wasn’t believable, and not for one minute did the audience believe it was going do harm to their friendship.

The romantics in this book were boring. Dee’s not relationship with Jimmy was refreshing at first, then her revelation at the end was beautiful but the way the author wrote their eventual confrontation was a disappointment. I thought Dee would embrace her epiphany but instead it seemed like she just picked up where her and Jimmy left off. Reagan’s relationship with Blake was mildly interesting but the audience was left with no doubts about the general events that ended that relationship, learning the specifics was only solidified the evidence. Reagan’s relationship with Matt did not give me any feels.  It had a very predictable order of events with a very predictable resolution. Spoiler: I did hope that Lord would surprise us with an ending that left both girls independent of men and ready to face the world together.

The redeeming quality of this book is that the heroines were not total drips. They did not have completely immature and illogical behaviors. The adults characters did exhibit some adult behaviors which was also nice which is why I am giving the book 3 out of 5 irises.

Three Irises from Positive Creations, dlhorch
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Attachments by Rainbow Rowell

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In the past I have really like Rainbow Rowell writing. Attachments, not so much. I understand this was Rowell’s first novel and I think it shows. Everything feels super contrived.

So, this novel is about Lincoln, basically 90’s loser that is cute. Today he would probably fall into the hipster category. The original hipsters, the ones that didn’t try. He is, what amounts to, an internet night watch man. He reads his co-workers emails in case they are breaking company policy. Meet Beth and Jennifer-they don’t care about company policy. They rattle about personal problems all the time. This is where it starts to turn fake and plastic like, other than Lincoln being cliche. We, the readers, only get to read exchanges from Beth and Jennifer. Sure, we hear that others vaguely exist but we only get the exchanges from Beth and Jennifer. There were so many missed opportunities with this to built Lincoln and add interest.

Jennifer and Eve were probably the best characters in the book. Lincoln didn’t disappoint me, but he didn’t wow me either. Beth was….okay. Chris wasn’t believable, like at all. Lincoln’s mom was a typical mom, nothing too exciting going on there. Doris was also a pleasant character but it felt so convenient for her to appear. Then there was the subplot and backstory Sam, believable but so flat and boring. She was “different” in a trendy sort of way and she was extremely predicable. These clauses are oxymoronic (I’m making that a word!) which sums up Sam. The Dungeons and Dragons gang was alright. I don’t understand anything about that so I felt a touch lost. Then there is Justin, a walking cliche. SPOILER ALERT: I’m sure him and Dena will be divorced within a year. Justin is a total tool.

All the cliche movie references were kind of annoying. I was surprised there wasn’t more internet shorthand in the emails. The plot was pretty stale, especially for a publish date of 2011, even though it was a throwback. Maybe I just can’t appreciate throwbacks? Not sure.The ending was very OOC. I had to back up a page because I thought I missed something. Anyone that’s read it, please tel me if you agree.If you want something cutesy to read, go ahead, this isn’t terrible but don’t expect the fantastic work of Fangirl in Attachments.

I give Attachments a 2.5 rainbows out of 5.

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