Friday, February 12, 2010

Sweet, Hereafter

Wondering where I've been? I've been struggling to get through Angela Johnson's latest, Sweet, Hereafter.

You know it's a bad book when it makes you question other books you've read by an author! I thought I enjoyed Johnson's other works, but now I wonder if I really did. How could the same author have written this and The First Part Last?

Sweet, Hereafter is written in Johnson's typical sparse style, this time about a girl who is dealing with running away from home and a veteran lover that may have to return to Iraq. The main character is not developed enough for the reader to care what happens; I wanted to write "add more details" in red ink and return it like I was at school. Whatever you do, don't waste your time or your library's money on this one.

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