It happens to all of us from time to time. For whatever reason, we didn't like or finish a book. Rather than post a negative review, from now on I will be doing a Didn't Like/Didn't Finish Friday. This way I can still highlight the book. Perfect! :)
This week's pick is. . .
Small Damages by Beth Kephart
Release Date: July 19, 2012
Buy The Book: Amazon
It’s senior year, and while Kenzie should be looking forward to prom and starting college in the fall, she is mourning the loss of her father. She finds solace in the one person she trusts, her boyfriend, and she soon finds herself pregnant. Kenzie’s boyfriend and mother do not understand her determination to keep the baby. She is sent to southern Spain for the summer, where she will live out her pregnancy as a cook’s assistant on a bull ranch, and her baby will be adopted by a Spanish couple.
Alone and resentful in a foreign country, Kenzie is at first sullen and difficult. She begins to open her eyes and her heart to the beauty that is all around her and inside of her.
I love travel books and books set in other countries. I have always loved to travel, but don't get to nearly as much as I would like. So I tend to live vicariously through the character's that do! Set in Spain, the home of bull fights and latin lovers, Small Damages looked like a book right up my alley!
This book sounded like a book of self discovery, and I am all for that! Sadly, this one just wasn't for me. The story is told in a mix of present tense and numerous flashbacks. I was pretty confused at times. Flashbacks aren't a pet peeve of mine or anything, but in this setting it really confused me.
The main character's story and background is revealed throughout the flashbacks, in which you get glimpses and peaks at here and there. I had a hard time piecing everything together and just sort of lost interest at some point. While this book wasn't for me, I'm sure there are many people out there who will love it!
Check this one out if your a fan of international travel, self discovery, and coming of age novels!