Book Review #623
The Key To The Golden Firebird by Maureen Johnson
Rating: zero stars (out of four)
From the very first pages of this book, I was slightly unsure of whether I wanted to continue reading or not. But I kept on, delusionally thinking it would get better. But it didn't get better, it got worse. I thought the relationships between the three sisters was not good, they were ignoring each other and their mother was ignorant of what was going on in her own house, expecting May to do most of the work. I could definitely see why May was frazzled, and I'm not really sure why she wasn't upset at her sisters. There were questionable acts in this book that I did not feel were appropriate or morally sound. I was glad that not too much detail was focused on these acts, but the mere fact that they were mentioned was disturbing and annoying.
And what was up with the character Pete Camper? Hm?! Do you really expect me to believe that this kid is secretly in love with May and has been for ever so long and then goes out and starts dating her annoying coworker Nell? Please - that makes completely no sense. If I was May I would be infuriated and it would only drive me away from him. And get this, not only does he start dating the totally obnoxious character of Nell, but he also sleeps with her. Multiple times. And of course, Nell tells all her juicy details to May while they are working. How can May even stand this? What was Pete thinking? Why would you want to even be friends with this kind of guy, who is ever so nice to you when you are together, but still dating and having sex with someone else. He is so not worth it. May deserves better, but she fools herself into thinking that she actually likes him back. And you know what he does? He drops Nell like a sack of potatoes and throws himself into May's arms. All the while I'm reading the book going, "Don't touch her you flea bag! You are so pond scum! You don't deserve someone like her! You two-faced jerk!" I mean, seriously, how could May even stand him? He's slept around with other people all the while he has been "in love" with her? I was so disgusted with how they ended up together, I would have kicked that guy to the curb. I was so annoyed with the author for letting those two end up together at the end.
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Because of the content and the overall lack of morals in the book, I would not recommend. I thought the author might pull off something half-way decent, but by the time I got to the end, I was thoroughly annoyed and ready to write a scathing review. So I did.