My name is KJ/Kerry-Jean. I’m a 24 year old trying to make it in the exciting world of teaching high school history. Due to the complete lack of available education jobs right now, I’m currently stuck working as a substitute teacher. The only highlight of this situation is that I had ample time to complete my Master’s Degree in History.
Reading has always been a passion of mine. What started as an interest in classic mythology and fairy tales as a kid has now blossomed into a fairly substantial obsession with building up my personal library.
I don’t read for escapism, but rather to push my mind to new limits, so I’ll admit to being a bit of snob when it comes to literature. I will always read a book before criticizing it, but I have difficulty taking some of my friends seriously when they gush over the newest romances or vampire trends.
This blog is my love note to literature. I use it to explore many different genres at once, discuss some of my favorite authors, and highlight books that I feel deserve more credit from the general audience. If you ever have suggestions or are looking for recommendations, I’m all ears.
I picked up this book almost entirely due to the slew of plot twists that Waters’ fans have raved on and on about. I expected to be shocked, taken by surprise, and wholly unable to see where the story would take me.
Well, that didn’t happen.
The only twist that I did not expect was at the end of Part One. From there on out, I found the plot to be very formulaic and conventional. While I turned each page with the desire to suddenly gasp out loud at the new startling events, I found that all of my expectations and guesses came true. It took much of the thrill out of this book.
However, that is not to say that I didn’t enjoy it. Waters is a thoroughly lovely writer who has managed to create a set of captivating and likable characters. Her use of differing perspectives was delicate and very effective: not many authors could have pulled that off without making the story repetitive. She somehow made it feel natural. It organically presented the reader with new information that allowed us to both question and appreciate the authenticity of both Maud and Sue. Without that small question mark, the end would never have been as satisfying.
This is a love story that has managed to move so far beyond the realm of romance. I almost wish that I had a dozen copies so that I could lend them out to friends.